Magazine article International Musician

Post-Election 2016: Building a Movement toward Unity, Arts and Entertainment Unions Assess the Road Forward under New Administration and Congress

Magazine article International Musician

Post-Election 2016: Building a Movement toward Unity, Arts and Entertainment Unions Assess the Road Forward under New Administration and Congress

Article excerpt

In a broadcast email message to AFM members November 14, 2016, AFM International President Raymond M. Hair, Jr. put it succinctly, "... I am proud of our union's efforts to elect national, state, and local representatives who are responsive to musicians' issues such as performance rights, copyright reform, arts funding and advocacy, retirement security, and the offshoring of our jobs." For the AFM International Executive Board, AFM locals, and the AFM Office of Government Relations, these issues have driven our congressional agenda for many years and will remain the AFM's core legislative issues.

In an election filled with hope and starkly different ideological expectations for supporters of both presidential candidates, Republican Donald J. Trump emerged as the victor of the 2016 presidential race. Despite tough rhetoric from both sides during a long and hardfought campaign, Trump managed to emerge on election night with 290 Electoral College votes vs. 232 Electoral College votes for Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton. Though Secretary Clinton won the popular vote, it is the Electoral College that determines presidential winners and losers. It is important to note that, on December 19, 2016, the electors meet in their state to vote for president and vice president on separate ballots.

From the AFM's perspective, I am happy to report that, thanks in part to many of you who consistently contributed to TEMPO and to those of you who worked persuasion and GOTV efforts in your respective communities, our records show that all of our congressional democratic and republican champions (TEMPO recipients) in Washington, DC, were re-elected. This is important because the foundation they helped us lay will remain in place, despite the need to build new relationships in President-Elect Trump's White House.

For arts and entertainment unions and national arts organizations, the question is how do we move forward to continue building a movement that establishes a firm foundation for artists, particularly if our most reliable federal institutions come under fire? The answer is: continuous, growing, organized engagement. Over the years, and prior to the 2016 election, AFM locals have successfully engaged federal, state, and municipal legislators on issues that are priorities in their jurisdictions. That includes federal, state, and local legislative battles on film scoring, CITES, arts funding, organizing, and myriad other issues that impact the livelihoods of the musicians they represent.

The AFM Office of Government Relations will continue to meet with AFL-CIO affiliates and national arts organizations committed to legislative engagement in order to build on those efforts and create an internal movement that magnifies our voice in Washington, DC, at the State House, and on local government councils and boards. Our success is due to member participation and, over the years, the numbers of AFM musicians engaging these important issues has grown. To help build this movement, we have engaged 225 of our TEMPO Signature members on the issues. Their influence has helped grow this movement. In addition, we have successfully used the power of technology and social media to bring our message directly to our members. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.