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


Jane Little
The bassist of Local 148-462 (Atlanta, GA) begins her 71st season with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra this fall.

Jane Little Traces the Steps of Her 70-Year Career


Growing up in Atlanta, Jane Little was drawn to music from the time she was a small child, and did everything she could to seek out musical opportunities.

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A Holistic Approach to Performance Preparation

Performance Preparation

“Feeling nervous before a performance is normal,” says Dr. Richard Cox, a musician, music educator, and psychologist at the Colorado School of Professional Psychology. A certain amount of “concern” is probably good, normal, and useful, Cox continues, but anxiety is a physiological hindrance to good performance. When the nervous system registers “anxiety,” it has already […]

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52-Week All Media Cycle Addition in Commercial Announcements Agreement


There’s a new addition to the AFM Commercial Announcements Agreement. At the end of negotiations of the Commercial Announcements Agreement, June 5, 2014, the American Federation of Musicians and the Joint Policy Committee (JPC) agreed to add a new 52-week cycle in the all media initial use cycle and re-use cycle.

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5 Sound System Mistakes Club Musicians Always Make

5 Sound System Mistakes

You definitely want to avoid these 5 sound system mistakes that musicians always make when setting up at a gig while on tour or in some club…

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