Magazine article International Musician

AFM Reinstates Local Audits

Magazine article International Musician

AFM Reinstates Local Audits

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The last few months have been pretty hectic with locals' problems. It has come as a complete surprise that in our small community of musicians we have what appears to be some officers who are less than honest.

A few years ago, the AFM decided in its wisdom to do away with regular audits of the locals. The idea was that the AFM should be warmer, fuzzier, and less of a police organization, and more of a service organization. Well folks, in some instances, it didn't work.

It would appear that we have a few musicians who become officers and then regard the money paid to the locals as their own personal bank account. I take offence at their conduct. Musicians who value their membership pay their membership dues and their work dues to the local, and the local is supposed to send on the AFM's share to the AFM headquarters in New York. In a few locals this has not been happening. I don't understand why any person would jeopardize their reputation for a few dollars, but then I'm not a student of human behaviour.

AFM President Thomas Lee and Secretary-Treasurer Sam Folio have reintroduced the audit process because of the ongoing problem of locals not living up to their obligations. Fortunately, the majority of locals are squeaky clean, but we have discovered to our dismay that is not always the case.

However, all is not doom and gloom. In every instance where Canadian locals have had this problem, there has been an outpouring of help offered by members who want to solve this situation. …

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