Now is the right time to become an American Federation of Musicians member. From ragtime to rap, from the early phonograph to today's digital recordings, the AFM has been there for its members. And now there are more benefits available to AFM members than ever before, including a multi-million dollar pension fund, excellent contract protection, instrument and travelers insurance, work referral programs and access to licensed booking agents to keep you working.

As an AFM member, you are part of a membership of more than 80,000 musicians. Experience has proven that collective activity on behalf of individuals with similar interests is the most effective way to achieve a goal. The AFM can negotiate agreements and administer contracts, procure valuable benefits and achieve legislative goals. A single musician has no such power.

The AFM has a proud history of managing change rather than being victimized by it. We find strength in adversity, and when the going gets tough, we get creative - all on your behalf.

Like the industry, the AFM is also changing and evolving, and its policies and programs will move in new directions dictated by its members. As a member, you will determine these directions through your interest and involvement. Your membership card will be your key to participation in governing your union, keeping it responsive to your needs and enabling it to serve you better. To become a member now, visit www.afm.org/join.

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Official Journal of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada

Dan Pliskow: Bassist and Guardian of Detroit’s Jazz Heritage

Dan Pliskow

Bassist Dan Pliskow, 79, has been a member of Local 5 (Detroit, MI) for more than 60 years, but his love and excitement for jazz is as youthful and exuberant as ever. “Jazz has all this exploration, substitution, chord movement, and to me, that says it,” he explains. The son of a pianist mother and …

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Joyce Spencer: Back In The Biz

Joyce Spencer

Joyce Spencer’s love of music is so strong that it didn’t leave her—even after 20 years of not playing her instrument. “I thought it was something that just came back to me,” Spencer, a member of Local 72-147 (Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX), says. “But my friend said, ‘You never gave up music in your heart.’” The …

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Tanya Marie Harris: Taking Canadian Country by Storm

Tanya Marie Harruis

Tanya Marie Harris of Local 226 (Kitchener, ON) attributes much of her success to having an open mind and owning your dreams. Originally from London, Ontario, she attended college in Frampton, Ontario, but never finished. Instead, she took on her “dream job” working as a coordinator for the nonprofit organization Seniorlink and later ran a …

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Tim Louis: From Music to Politics

Tim Louis

Growing up taking classical piano lessons, Tim Louis of Local 226 (Kitchener, ON) got used to rules in music. But around the impressionable age of 15, he was exposed to a genre that opened up his world at a prime time in his musical development. “All those years of classical piano lessons, of rules and …

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