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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Member Profiles

David Amram: Wisdom from 65 Years of Hanging Out

David Amram: Wisdom from 65 Years of Hanging Out — David Amram ended 2015 by celebrating his 85th birthday in grand style, with festivities in New York City, Toronto, and London, among other places. Looking back on those 85 years there is plenty to celebrate.


Belief in Trumpet

Belief in Trumpet — For Freddie Jones trumpet is everything. It has been a huge part of his life ever since he picked the instrument up at around age 12. Raised in Memphis, Tennessee, his mom had a beauty salon on the corner near Stax Records.


Freddie Jones Believes in Trumpet

Freddie Jones Believes in Trumpet —


2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts (HARA)

Henry Kaleialoha Allen and his wife, Sherron Allen receives 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts (HARA)


Teen Launches Professional Drumming Career

With professional chops way beyond her age, Gina Osmar of Local 433 (Austin, TX) is making a name for herself in her local music market, as well as nationally.


The Hodads: Riding the Waves to Private Parties and Corporate Events

The Hodads: Riding the Waves to Private Parties and Corporate Events — California party band The Hodads takes its name from the slang for a greaser, non-surfer who hangs out in the surfer scene. The group was first launched as a beach party theme band.


Jonathan Haas, Percussion Evangelist

Jonathan Haas, Percussion Evangelist —


Harvey Mason—Chameleon Is King of Versatility

Harvey Mason—Chameleon Is King of Versatility. He’s appears on 1,000+ albums & 150 motion picture soundtracks. It’s no wonder he’s called the Chameleon.






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