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


Serena Ryder
A member of Local 149 (Toronto, ON) since the very start of her career, Ryder appreciates being a part of a larger organization that helps musicians.

MPTF 2015-16: A Year of Steady Progress

Music Performance Trust Fund

Although the Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) fiscal year ended April 30, the validated details from our auditors often take several months to process. While we anticipate the imminent release of the final audit report, I am eager to provide an overview of how the 2015-2016 year fared.

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Violinist Ann Ourada Strubler Discovers Her Musical Heritage

Ann Ourada Strubler

Ann Ourada Strubler of Local 5 (Detroit, MI) was born a musician. Barely four years old, she was already playing piano, but switched to violin, when it was discovered she had perfect pitch.

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Music Policy Coalition: A United Voice for Copyright Reform


In recognition of that, the MPC has decided to put forth a short list of guiding principles for copyright reform, as opposed to specifics. This allows for a better opportunity to achieve consensus.

While still in draft form, here are the main points:

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The Power of the (Digital) Paper Trail

paper trail

This was my first experience with the power of the paper trail, which is a direct result of the protections of working under an AFM contract.

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The Heart of a Bass Legend: How Chuck Rainey Found His Groove

Chuck Rainey

Bass player Chuck Rainey has graced the recordings of the best musicians and the biggest hits of the last 50 years.

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AFM Endorses Hillary Rodham Clinton for President of the United States

Hillary Rodham Clinton

The November 8 general election will mark a turning point in American government and history. America’s values are on the line and it is up to each and every registered voter to weigh in and select a president that shares our values as workers

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