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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Le représentant local : une ressource précieuse de recrutement et de syndicalisation

Le représentant local qui se rend sur les lieux des prestations est une ressource très précieuse et souvent négligée.


MPTF Celebrates 70th Anniversary with Upbeat Outlook for Future

As the Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) approaches its 70th anniversary, it is gratifying to report that we recently embarked upon a renewed level of sustainability. After weathering nearly two decades of music distribution disruption, and being entirely dependent upon royalties from the sale of outmoded physical products—CDs, tapes, and cassettes—the agreement reached last year between labor and industry has begun to bear fruit for the MPTF.


Cape Symphony Musicians Ratify First Contract

After 10 months of negotiations between Local 9-535 (Boston, MA)—along with the negotiating committee—and representatives of the Cape Symphony Board, the Cape Symphony is now a union orchestra. Musicians voted 59 to one to ratify the first contract for the symphony that was founded in 1962.


Alabama Symphony Orchestra Ratifies New Agreement

In August, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra ratified a new three-year contract agreement that began September 1, 2017 and is effective through August 31, 2020. The orchestra’s musicians are members of Local 256-733 (Birmingham, AL).


New York Philharmonic Achieves Salary Increases

In March, musicians and management of the New York Philharmonic approved a new three-year contract. Musicians will see a 4.5% salary increase over three years. The musicians, members of Local 802 (New York City) will contribute more toward their health care costs.


CFM Holds Anti-Harassment Summit

On March 1, the Canadian Federation of Musicians launched the first Canadian Music Industry Anti-Harassment Summit in Toronto. Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly addressed the Summit via Skype.


AFM Members Join in Working People’s Day of Action

Working People’s Day of Action was about demanding an end to the rigged economy and defending our freedoms. On February 24, working people across the country came together to defend our freedoms and fight for decent and equitable pay for our work, affordable health care, quality schools, vibrant communities, and a secure future for all.


Dayton Musicians Head Off Wage Reopener

Musicians of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra (DPO), members of Local 101-473 (Dayton, OH), recently headed off an attempt by their employer to reopen talks when the ink was barely dry on a memorandum of agreement for a new CBA.


La FCM tient un sommet anti-harcèlement de l’industrie de la musique

Le 1er mars dernier, à Toronto, a eu lieu le lancement par la Fédération canadienne des musiciens du premier sommet anti-harcèlement de l’industrie canadienne de la musique. Présente via Skype, la ministre du Patrimoine canadien, Mélanie Joly, s’est adressée aux participants.


Your Local Business Rep: A Valuable Tool for Recruitment and Organizing

A very valuable and often overlooked position in each AFM local’s personnel is the on-site representative (sometimes referred to as a “business agent”). Each local is required to have at least one person designated as such.








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