Under federal law, multiemployer pension funds like the AFM-EPF are administered by union and employer trustees with equal voting power. The Plan has sixteen Trustees - eight Union Trustees and eight Employer Trustees.
The AFM President appoints the Union Trustees. According to the AFM bylaws, at least three of the Union Trustees must be rank-and-file working musicians. Employer Trustees are appointed by the rest of the Employer Trustees or by the employers.
While the Trustees receive ongoing education and training, they are not professionals in investing or actuarial analysis. This is typical across the other 1,400 multiemployer pension funds because most recognize the importance of having trustees who are stakeholders that understand the industry and act in the best interest of participants. In the case of the Plan, the Union Trustees are working and retired musicians - just as ironworkers, actors and machinists serve as union trustees of their respective funds. The AFM-EPF Employer Trustees are current or former executives from the film, recording, symphonic, television and theatre industries.
The Trustees retain a wide range of experts to provide them with guidance and make certain investment decisions within parameters the Trustees establish. These experts include:
- The actuary, Milliman, which evaluates the funded status of the Plan and makes financial projections to inform the Trustees' decisions.
- The outsourced chief investment officer (OCIO), Cambridge Associates, which oversees day-to-day decisions for the Plan's investment portfolio—including the selection of asset managers - acting within established parameters.
- The independent monitoring fiduciary, Opus Investment Advisors, which assists the Trustees in monitoring the OCIO's performance.
- The law firms of Proskauer Rose LLP and Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP, which provide legal counsel.
- The certified public accountants, WithumSmith+Brown, which advise the Trustees on accounting and financial reporting issues. Withum also conducts an annual independent audit.
Additionally, Andrew Irving, Manager of Blakeman Crest Advisors, serves as the Neutral Independent Fiduciary Trustee. He is a non-voting member of the Board's Investment Committee and an advisory resource to the voting members of the Investment Committee.