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 Capps
One of the most accomplished and respected backing guitarists in the history of country music talks about his career, his union membership, and his 60 years on the Grand Ole Opry stage.

The Formation of AFM Bylaws

formation of afm bylaws

When it comes to the formation of bylaws in the AFM, a process is still in use today that has been used within the organization for decades.

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Rich Redmond

Jason Aldean’s recording and touring drummer has played on 26 No. 1 hit songs, as well as co-produced and written three no. 1 hit radio songs.

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Convention Delegates Smash TEMPO Record

The AFM Convention has long been the gathering where union leadership shines.

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A Report on the International Freelance Conference

international freelance conference

At the end of May, the International Federation of Musicians (FIM), a membership organization that includes musician unions from around the world, hosted their first-ever International Freelance Conference.

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AFM 101st Convention Award Winners and Certificate Recipients

AFM Lifetime Achievement Award: Lou Marini AFM Lifetime Service Award: Wally Malone of Local 6 (San Francisco, CA) Eugene Tournour of Local 661-708 (Atlantic City, NJ) Cass Acosta of Local 116 (Shreveport, LA) and Local 777 (Biloxi, MS) 2019 AFM Diversity Awards: Charles Walton Diversity Advocacy Award: Gilbert Sedeno, Local 65-699 (Houston, TX) Charles McDaniel […]

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Together We Can: AFM 101st Convention

afm 101st convention

The AFM 101st Convention was held June 17-20 at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino. Two hundred thirty-five delegates from 145 locals attended.

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