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


Allen Toussaint
The legendary musician and Local 174-496 (New Orleans, LA) member is known for writing songs that have spanned generations.

Debra Reilly: Grammy Educator Award Finalist

Debra Reilly

Debra Reilly of Local 45 (Allentown, PA) is in her 26th year playing viola in the Allentown Symphony. She is also an accomplished teacher and was recently named a finalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award. This award recognizes teachers who have made significant contributions to the music education field and who appreciate the value …

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Daniel Profitt: Lost Hope, Gained Music

Daniel Profitt

Country singer-songwriter Daniel Profitt’s journey to songwriting was unexpected and life changing. After some time working as a health care worker, he realized the medical field was not where he wanted to be for the rest of his life. A couple years later, he was diagnosed with renal failure and nearly died. Just as he …

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Melissa Gardiner: Rising Star of Trombone

Jazz trombonist Melissa Gardiner of Local 78 (Syracuse, NY) teaches, plays in various groups, including her own band, and tours internationally all from her hometown of Syracuse, New York.

With a combination creativity, emotion, and technical prowess, Melissa Gardiner of Local 78 (Syracuse, NY) has established herself as a premier jazz trombonist. She’s stayed versatile, but focused on her goal of making music her life. Currently, Gardiner teaches at two universities, Syracuse and Cornell, works with the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, the groups Paradigm Shift, The …

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Robert Lee Watt: the Man, the Mission, and the Horn

Robert Lee Watt

Robert Lee Watt of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) is the first African-American French hornist to be hired by a major symphony in the US. Watt tells his story in the autobiography, The Black Horn: The Story of Classical French Hornist Robert Lee Watt, released in late 2014. His journey was far from smooth, even …

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