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

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Josh Nelson: Straddling the Border of New and Old

Josh Nelson of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) is one of those rare artists that can straddle new and old, traditional and modern. First exposed to classical music at the age of five, he began piano lessons at eight and trumpet when he was 12. But he always knew piano was his real love. “I …

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Tony White: Finding New Challenges in Teaching and Performing

Tony White doesn’t accept being pigeonholed into a genre. Rather, he thrives by avoiding classification. “I like any genre where I’m able to improvise,” the sax player says. “Music has no boundaries. I think being able to listen to any type of music and using your voice in those settings is very important. It’s something …

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Frank Potenza: Freelance “Jazzer” Passes Tribute to His Hero

After recording nine solo albums and becoming chair of the studio jazz department at the University of Southern California, 64-year-old guitarist Frank Potenza of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) is excited for his most recent album release For Joe. The tribute to the eminent Joe Pass comes almost 50 years after Pass recorded a tribute …

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Pete Seeger: Singer, Songwriter, Citizen Passes His Hammer Down

Fifty-year Local 802 (New York City) member and Local 1000 (Nongeographic) charter member Pete Seeger died January 27 after a brief illness and a long life. So embedded in American culture was Seeger that any appreciation of him by a fellow musician is, by necessity, an olio of the professional, the political, and the personal. …

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Musicians Hall of Fame Calls for AFM Nominees

In April the Musicians Hall of Fame, located in Nashville, Tennessee, announced that it is accepting nominees from AFM members for 2015 induction. It has created a special web link ( to simplify the process of nominating peers. Each member may nominate up to 10 musicians, two producers, two arrangers, and two engineers. Nominations will […]

AGMA Requests Injunction

In a letter to the National Labor Relations Board, the American Guild of Musical Artists, representing singers and chorus members of the San Diego Opera, requested an injunction to freeze the opera’s assets. According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, the letter cited a portion of labor law that allows the agency to go to federal […]

Canadian Members Perform at Canadian Blast SXSW Showcase

It’s been two years since the AFM Canadian Office has been to SXSW, but this year the CFM decided to go back and take part in the Canadian Blast SXSW showcases, presented by the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA). CIMA undertakes various initiatives to raise the profile and increase the success of the independent music […]