ArtsTour/Live Music The Illinois Arts Council Agency has announced the expansion of their former Artstour program, now titled Artstour & Live Music. This is due, in part, to our lobbying efforts with the Illinois State Legislature. This is a great opportunity for our members to partner with not-for-profit agencies to present live music performances across the State of Illinois. CLICK HERE to read more and get more information.CLICK HERE to view the ArtsTour/Live Music seminar on the CFM Youtube channel.
This is the place to find information on the approved soloists and ensembles for Music in the Schools. We have a wide variety of entertainers covering every section of the orchestra: strings, winds, brass, percussion and piano! There are groups performing bluegrass, ragtime, rap, and reggae. You can learn about afro-Cuban, afro-Brazilian, afro-Caribbean and Afro-American music. How about music with a little magic tossed in or a trip to the Tyrolean, Austrian, or Bavarian areas of Germany? It’s all here featuring our Union musicians bringing live music to our school children.
CLICK HERE to see a listing of ensembles that are available.
Call the CFM at 312-782-0063 or EMAIL us to find out details.
The members of the Chicago Federation of Musicians are talented, professional musicians, working locally, nationally and around the world. The almost 3000 members of Local 10-208 strive for the highest levels of musicianship in their performances. The Chicago Federation of Musicians represents a wide variety of musicians including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, the musicians playing in the theater pits of Broadway shows and the musicians recording commercials and broadcasts.
The CFM also represents the talented musicians who play corporate and private events, whose knowledge and experience is invaluable in making your event successful. The members of the Chicago Federation of Musicians perform all styles of music including Jazz, Classical, Latin, Folk, Blues, Reggae and more. To find the best in musical services for your event view the CFM Source. You will find soloists, ensembles and bands for whatever type of event you are planning. Or if you need arrangers, copyists or an orchestrator they are also in the CFM Source.
The Chicago Federation of Musicians is a Local of the American Federation of Musicians, the world's largest union representing musicians. The American Federation of Musicians with almost 100,000 members is an advocate for musician’s rights. Members can participate in the pension fund, which can help members with retirement income. Discounts are available for medicine; health care and dental care through the Union Plus discount programs.
Two letters from CFM President Gary Matts regarding the International Beethoven Project are linked below. Please click the links to read his letters.
Liability insurance is being required more and more in the freelance field and it can be expensive to obtain. The CFM is launching a pilot program that offers liability coverage for members in good standing, who file a contract and submit a request form for the date that liability insurance is needed. It is FREE to members in good standing. CLICK HEREto read more or call the office at 312-782-0063 to find out more.
Chris Jones has a great review of the recent production of "Gypsy" and the importance of professional musicians.
Check the Audition Notices on the Members Only side of the website for openings.
Check the News and Events section for events and notices.
Show your pride in America's labor movement and middle class by displaying a sign in your front window or on your lawn. The CFM has yard signs available for pick up. Call us at 312-782-0063 to find out more
Below the Illinois Conference of Musicians shows their support for the Proud Union Home campaign. Photo by Barbara Owens.
Friends of AFM is an organization designed for people who are not AFM members but want to show their support for musicians, music and art policies. People who sign up and become members will receive periodic notices informing them of art, music and labor policy in the nations capitol and asking for support. Please CLICK HERE to sign up
Members can sign up to receive notification of arts issues, arts related legislation CLICK HERE.
Whatever type of musical entertainment or number of musicians you are looking for, click the Performers tab to view the musicians information.
Click here to find information about benefits of membership and how to become a member of the Chicago Federation of Musicians.