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.
The AFM needs your to help support working musicians. Listen Up! is a nationwide campaign of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM), led by musicians and community members advocating for the right of working in the entertainment industry. Click here to learn more or sign the petition.Read More
The Self-Described Leading Post Post-Feminist Feminist All-Female Horn Experience Is Redefining Chamber Music Genghis Barbie’s sense of fun leaves audiences smiling, while their virtuosity leaves them speechless. When you hear the words “French horn” and “quartet,” a few things probably spring to mind. You might see four serious-looking Germans onstage in tuxedos, sitting down to …Read More
Local 802 (New York City) member Rosanne Cash laughs about how she’s “union made,” as a 35-year member of the AFM and AFTRA. She says she was encouraged to join the AFM by her father, Johnny Cash. “It was an honor to join the union; it means you are a professional. I became part of …Read More
Josh Nelson of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) is one of those rare artists that can straddle new and old, traditional and modern. First exposed to classical music at the age of five, he began piano lessons at eight and trumpet when he was 12. But he always knew piano was his real love. “I …Read More
Tony White doesn’t accept being pigeonholed into a genre. Rather, he thrives by avoiding classification. “I like any genre where I’m able to improvise,” the sax player says. “Music has no boundaries. I think being able to listen to any type of music and using your voice in those settings is very important. It’s something …Read More
After recording nine solo albums and becoming chair of the studio jazz department at the University of Southern California, 64-year-old guitarist Frank Potenza of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) is excited for his most recent album release For Joe. The tribute to the eminent Joe Pass comes almost 50 years after Pass recorded a tribute …Read More
Fifty-year Local 802 (New York City) member and Local 1000 (Nongeographic) charter member Pete Seeger died January 27 after a brief illness and a long life. So embedded in American culture was Seeger that any appreciation of him by a fellow musician is, by necessity, an olio of the professional, the political, and the personal. …Read More
April 22, 2014
In April the Musicians Hall of Fame, located in Nashville, Tennessee, announced that it is accepting nominees from AFM members for 2015 induction. It has created a special web link (ww.musicianshalloffame.com/nominations) to simplify the process of nominating peers. Each member may nominate up to 10 musicians, two producers, two arrangers, and two engineers. Nominations will […]
April 10, 2014
In a letter to the National Labor Relations Board, the American Guild of Musical Artists, representing singers and chorus members of the San Diego Opera, requested an injunction to freeze the opera’s assets. According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, the letter cited a portion of labor law that allows the agency to go to federal […]
April 1, 2014
It’s been two years since the AFM Canadian Office has been to SXSW, but this year the CFM decided to go back and take part in the Canadian Blast SXSW showcases, presented by the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA). CIMA undertakes various initiatives to raise the profile and increase the success of the independent music […]