Historically, the AFM was the place to be to get anything done with music performance; or so that's what I heard growing up. But I don't hear much about it now. This was even the case while I was working on my undergraduate degree in music performance surrounded by professional performers.
I understand it provided some benefits, and protection like all unions, but in this privatized day and age, is it still worthwhile to have an affiliation with a musician's union? Do they offer benefits you simply can not receive without affiliation?
Are people being refused service because of being in one? Not being in one?
I purely want to see what benefits (or lack thereof) they offer to performing musicians.