The AFM was founded in 1896 to unite musicians to protect themselves and their work. We negotiate scale wages for musicians who work in recording, television, film, commercials and live performances, and administer thousands of contracts every year. In 2016, Local 257 processed over $13 million in scale wages for our members. New use and reuse payments would not exist without the strength of the AFM and our negotiated agreements with employers. Our recording agreements provide for a pension payment over and above scale, and the AFM-EPF is the source of retirement income for countless musicians. We also offer free live contracts to our members.