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 www.afm.org/join.

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The New Reality for Musicians
How Our Union is Working For Us and How We Can All Adapt to the New Environment


The New Reality for Musicians: How Our Union is Working For Us and How We Can All Adapt to the New Environment

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The new reality is a digital one, in which musicians have transitioned to online existence in order to keep creating, marketing, and sharing their music.

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Thank You, Brother Ray Chew — You Are Answering Members’ Prayers

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Ray partnered with the Federation to develop a four-part virtual series featuring a fundraising portal that would accept donations for relief funds to help AFM freelance musicians whose jobs were lost due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

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The COVID Blues

We have to stay nimble and we have to determine ways that we can use this tragedy as an opportunity for making systemic change, work to come out stronger on the other side.

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Et maintenant, qu’est-ce qu’on fait?

To view this article in English, click here. Alan Willaert, vice-président de la FAM pour le Canada Les dirigeants et le personnel des syndicats liés à l’industrie du divertissement s’entendent pour dire que la dévastation causée par la COVID-19 est totale et complète. De plus, lorsque les gens commenceront tranquillement à retourner au travail, les […]

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Well, Now What?

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Clearly, the new normal will be nothing like the old, and we may be stuck with it for quite some time. Make sure you have the AFM in your corner. Don’t go out into this new reality alone and unprepared.

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Getting Through This Crisis

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There will be many lessons learned by all of us as individuals and together as a country while we navigate our way through the current crisis

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