Magazine article International Musician

AFM Updates "Road Gig" Assistance Policy

Magazine article International Musician

AFM Updates "Road Gig" Assistance Policy

Article excerpt

When musicians travel to perform they face a host of challenges-from transporting and setting up gear in a new space, to finding a great late-night eating spot, to getting their instruments across a border or in the cabin of an airplane. The last thing any traveling group wants to worry about is getting "stiffed" on a gig.

If that ever does happen, though, the AFM offers help through "Road Gig," an AFM policy to assist traveling musicians in the event of contract defaults. But what exactly is Road Gig?

First, let's talk about what it isn't. Road Gig isn't roadside assistance, help at the border with a missing visa or passport, nor help in the event of stolen instruments or equipment (instrument insurance is offered through Mercer in the US and HUB/Intact in Canada). It is assistance with contract enforcement, in cases where a venue or purchaser defaults on payment.

Qualifications

The AFM will assist with collecting on defaulted contracts, when the following criteria are in place:

* The claim is for a traveling engagement.

* The engagement is covered by a written AFM contract (for US engagements only, other written contracts may also be accepted).

* The contract must have been filed with the appropriate union local, and must meet minimum scale.

* Each instrumentalist and member vocalist who performed/ would have performed, must be a member in good standing at the time the engagement was scheduled/performed.

The policy does not apply in cases where the venue/establishment is covered by an existing AFM Collective Bargaining Agreement, or in cases where musicians are acting as a backup unit for a traveling "name" artist/act. …

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