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


Susan Draus
The Local 802 (New York City) member describes life on the road as music director and conductor for the touring musical Beautiful: The Carole King Story.

Record Breaking Bow


Record Breaking Bow — The silver & ebony violin bow, made by Francois Xavier Tourte, is believed to have been owned by Polish virtuoso Bronislaw Huberman.

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Lyricizing Jazz

Lyricizing Jazz —Pianist Jeffrey Todd Cohen of Local 802 (New York City) is passionate about transcribing the recordings of jazz icons and adding lyrics.

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Live Sound Spotlight

Live Sound Spotlight — Just as you should work out all of the arrangements to your songs, you should also work out all the arrangements to your show.

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FMSMF Update

FMSMF Update —On September 30, the FMSMF completed the first six months of its 2016 fiscal year. It’s a great opportunity to look at the final results from fiscal year 2015

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A Combination of Sun Tzu and Will Rogers

Needs to be said and I’m the one to say it! I remember the AFM Convention in 1983 very well. First, because it was when I first ran and became a member of the AFM International Executive Board (IEB), and secondly, because it’s when I first met my friend Ray Hair. You know when you […]

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Public Television Contract Negotiations Have Begun

Fresh on the heels of last month’s opening round of Sound Recording Labor Agreement (SRLA) negotiations, the Federation has just finished the opening round of talks with the Public Television Industry toward a successor National Public Television (NPTV) Agreement. First negotiated in the early 1970’s, the existing agreement was reached in December 2002, and expired […]

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