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.

Boston Local 9-535, Getting Results

Boston Local 9-535, Getting Results

This month, as a part of my series highlighting the outstanding legislative work being accomplished across the Federation, I am honored to shine the spotlight on AFM Local 9-535 (Boston, MA) and its president, Patrick Hollenbeck.

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The Best Defense Against “Right to Work”: Organize!

The Best Defense Against “Right to Work”

“Right to Work” can destroy the working people in any state the law is active, but the best defense against “Right to Work” is extremely simple: organize!

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The Role of Orchestra Committees

Orchestra Committees

“Any Orchestra committees who seek the authority to administer the agreement must also acknowledge the responsibility and liability for decisions…”

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Contract Considerations for Artists Crossing Borders

contract considerations

When you are negotiating to perform in another country, there are certain considerations that need to be taken into account. There may be language problems, or cultural differences.

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