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


Eugenia Zukerman
The world-renowned flutist, artistic director, author, journalist, and Local 802 (New York City) member shares how music, family, and writing a lyrical memoir have helped her cope with Alzheimer’s disease.

Wynton Marsalis to Receive Ken Burns American Heritage Prize

Jazz legend Wynton Marsalis, a member of Local 802 (New York City), has been named the recipient of the 2020 Ken Burns American Heritage Prize. The award will be presented May 6, 2020, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Named in honor of America’s most revered visual historian and filmmaker, […]

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Joni Mitchell to Receive Les Paul Innovation Award at 35th Annual NAMM TEC Awards

Folk artist and pioneer, and 45-year member of the AFM Joni Mitchell will receive the prestigious Les Paul Innovation Award at the 35th Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards (NAMM TEC Awards), being held Saturday, January 18, 2020 in Anaheim, California. The award is given on behalf of the Les Paul Foundation to honor individuals that have […]

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Local 257 Musician’s Emergency Relief Fund Receives More Than $28,000 in Donations

Local 257 Musician's Emergency Relief Fund

Nashville Musicians Association Musician’s Emergency Relief Fund helps Local 257 members in financial need due to medical and emergency issues that prevent them from working.

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2020: Fighting For the Right to Make a Living


Much has been written in the past several months, by President Hair and others, about the motion picture/TV film negotiations that have commenced once again in Los Angeles

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A Month in the Life of a Union Officer

Bruce Fife headshot

“Now that I’m a union officer at both the local and international levels, the work can be just as exhausting and daunting, but fulfilling as well.”

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AFM Budgeting Process Begins for 2020


Budgeting is not an exact science, but rather a best guess estimate based on past actuals and the expectations for the upcoming year.

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