Welcome to the American Federation of Musicians and Employers' Pension Fund
This website contains comprehensive information for Participants, Locals and Employers. This website reflects the commitment of the AFM-EPF to provide you with the highest level of service.
CURRENT ANNOUNCEMENTS - This section provides up-to-date announcements and notices. Click on the following links for current information about the Fund. The Fund Office has no additional information to provide about these current announcements; you should check this section of the website for updates.
Multiemployer Pension Reform Amendment of 2014 (MEPRA)
Congress recently passed new pension legislation, called the Multiemployer Pension Reform Amendment of 2014 (MEPRA). Much of the legislation includes technical modifications to the existing law (the Pension Protection Act). However, a new provision allows "Critical and Declining " plans only to suspend certain benefits already earned by participants, including those receiving pensions. You should know that the AFM-Employers’ Pension Fund is not considered to be a “Critical and Declining” plan as it is projected to remain solvent throughout the entire 33-year period for which the Fund’s actuaries provide projections.
Pensioners and Beneficiaries Please Note:
Changes to the Federal Withholding Tax Tables will be reflected in the January 1, 2015 benefit payment. Additionally, effective on the same date the following states will change their tax table: Arkansas, California, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
You may see an increase or decrease in the amount of your after-tax benefit payment for these reasons. We suggest that you consult your tax advisor to determine if a change to your Federal and/or State withholding status and/or number of deductions is needed. If so, the Federal and State withholding forms are located in the Applications & Forms section of this website.
Your 2013 Annual Covered Earnings Reports are scheduled to be mailed on August 28, 2014. The cover letter references the following documents:
- Correction Claim Form
- Correction Procedures
- SPD (Summary Plan Description)
- Rehab 204h Notice
- Plan Document
IMPORTANT INFORMATION - PLEASE READ
Required Notices - July 25, 2014
As required by law, the following items will be mailed to Participants, Beneficiaries, Employers, AFM and AFM Locals on July 25, 2014:
- Cover Letter
- Notice of Critical Status for Plan Year Ending March 31, 2015 - The Plan was certified in critical status. It describes the legal reason for that certification and discusses the implications of it.
Annual Funding Notice for Plan Year Ending March 31, 2014 - All defined benefit plans (including the Plan) are required to provide you with this annual notice, regardless of their funded status. Please be aware that parts of this notice reflect the finances of the Plan as of April 1, 2013 rather than March 31, 2014
IMPACT OF SUPREME COURT'S DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT (DOMA) DECISION ON PLAN BENEFITS
Notice to Participants and Beneficiaries Regarding Funding Relief - This document advises you that the Plan's Board of Trustees elected to take advantage of special rules that provide a longer period for the Plan to take into account the unprecedented investment losses in the Plan year ending March 31, 2009. The notice also discusses the implications of that election.
NEW and NOTEWORTHY - Pension Estimator Enhancements - The updated version of the Pension Estimator automatically populates the contributions for benefit periods A through E with the contributions from the participant's last published Covered Earnings Report. The participant can enter future projected contributions prior to generating an estimate. The Estimator can be used by any registered participant regardless of whether s/he is currently vested in a pension benefit.
Register on our website through the "Participant Portal" (located in the lower left hand corner of the home page). You will be able to access some personal information on file at the American Federation of Musicians & Employers' Pension Fund.
American Federation of Musicians and
Employers' Pension Fund
14 Penn Plaza - 12th Floor
PO Box 2673
New York, NY 10117-0262
(800) 833-8065 Ext. 1311