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


Jimmy Vivino
The Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) and 802 (New York City) member and guitarist leads The Basic Cable Band on Conan and has been Conan O'Brien's music director for 23 years.

TEMPO: One of the AFM’s Most Effective Advocacy Tools

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The Taskforce for Employment of Musicians Promotional Organization (TEMPO) was established in 1961 when the AFM was steeped in legislative battles over copyright, the Cabaret Tax, and royalty distribution, which followed prior legislative battles over the LEA Act, the National Labor Relations Act, and a host of other federal legislative initiatives

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Fair Trade Music Seattle Builds on Its Success

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Seattle’s Fair Trade Music campaign has picked up momentum in recent months. More than 20 clubs have signed on as Fair Trade Music venues, City Council has declared Fair Trade Music Day, and additional musician loading zones are in the works.

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MPTF: Building New Relationships in Its 68th Year

MPTF is proud to continue its support of music education in the schools. Through MPTF support, the Allegria Ensemble recently performed a program called “How to Listen to Classical Music: What to Know to Enjoy the Show” in five Centre County schools. Above, Allegria Ensemble performs at Houserville Elementary School in State College, Pennsylvannia, August 5, 2014.

by Dan Beck, Trustee, Music Performance Trust Fund On April 30, 2015, the Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) wrapped up its fiscal year for the 67th time in its storied history. The 2014-2015, 12-month period was an eventful one. We co-sponsored  2,777 performances throughout the US and Canada—music festivals, community programs, educational initiatives, and outreach […]

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Jimmy Vivino: Working 9 to 5 for Conan, Anything but basic


With a steady day gig as music director and bandleader for the Basic Cable Band on Conan, and involvement in enough side bands to make your head spin, life for musician Jimmy Vivino, of Locals 47 (Los Angeles, CA) and 802 (New York City), is full. Being bandleader is what he’s worked toward for his entire life.

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