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


Tania León
The Local 802 (New York City) member, composer, conductor, and educator is founder of the Composers Now Festival, which celebrates diversity in composing. The festival takes place in New York City throughout the month of February.

She Rocks Awards Recognize Music Industry Leaders

Held during the January NAMM Show for the sixth consecutive year, the She Rocks Awards paid tribute to women who display leadership and stand out in the music industry.

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Bob Weir Honored with Music for Life Award

AFM Local 6 (San Francisco, CA) member Bob Weir was honored at the opening of the 2018 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show in Anaheim, California.

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Tania León: A Celebration of Diversity in Composing and Life

Tania León

The music of North America would be vastly different if not for the richness brought from other cultures. That’s one reason why the career of Tania León is so remarkable.

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The Freedom to Play: How Jazz Saved Lennie Cuje

Lennie Cuje

Lennie Cuje has been a fixture on the jazz scene for more than 60 years. A Local 161-710 (Washington, DC) member since the 1950s, the celebrated vibist has experienced life on a grand scale—in music, in war, and in two homelands.

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Aiding Musician Organizing South of Our Borders

I recently had the privilege to represent the AFM at several International Federation of Musicians (FIM) workshops in Latin America.

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Bringing Licensing Reform into the Digital Age

Protecting the intellectual property rights of creative artists has long been a primary mission of the AFM.

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