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


Reggie Watts
The Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) musician and comedian is bandleader for The Late Late Show with James Corden.

AFM Year in Review: Highlights from 2016

AFM International officers are sworn in by President Emeritus Mark Tully Massagli at the close of the 100th AFM Convention. (L to R): AFM IEB members John Acosta, Tina Morrison, Dave Pomeroy, Tino Gagliardi, and Joe Parente; Secretary-Treasurer Jay Blumenthal; Vice President from Canada Alan Willaert; Vice President Bruce Fife; and President Ray Hair.

This December caps off another busy year for the AFM. In addition to a number of key negotiations and lobbying for legislation beneficial to our members, 2016 marked the historic 100th AFM Convention, held in June.

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Hamilton Local Doubles Its Membership

Hamilton Local

In 2008, when President Larry Feudo and his board took over the leadership of Local 293 (Hamilton, ON) they faced a tough challenge. “Our membership had been decimated to under 300 because of poor prior leadership and embezzlement,” he explains.

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Post-Election 2016: Building a Movement Toward Unity, Arts and Entertainment Unions Assess the Road Forward Under New Administration and Congress

For the AFM International Executive Board, AFM locals, and the AFM Office of Government Relations, these issues have driven our congressional agenda for many years and will remain the AFM’s core legislative issues.

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Recommendations for Amendments to Canada’s Copyright Board

With Heritage opening the door to examine and revise so many aspects of the laws that affect culture—and musicians—we felt that it was best to separate our recommendations for the Copyright Board (which are procedural and regulatory in nature), and treat the 2017 s.92 Copyright review as a separate issue.

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Reggie Watts: Musical Disinformationist


Reggie Watts of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) is making a definite mark on late-night television. For years, in his solo shows, he has entertained by disorienting his audience, referring to himself as a “disinformationist.”

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Creating Visibility Within the Labor Community


Several years ago I wrote an article about the importance of our connection and involvement with other labor organizations in our communities. I feel it bears repeating.

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