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


Recent News

Record Breaking Concert for Charity

With 18 days of continuous music, Epidemic Music Group broke the Guinness World Record for Longest Concert by Multiple Artists. More than 450 performers took part in the event that raised more than $90,000 for 16 charities that included Habitat for Humanity, United Way, and the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research. In order to break the record audience size couldn’t drop below 10 people at the Stouffville, Ontario, Earl of Whitchurch pub.

Auto Jobs Continue Shift to Mexico

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Burger King Ordered to Rehire Fight-for-$15 Organizer

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Leave It to Me: My Life in Music

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Mayor Averts Showdown at Chicago O’Hare

At the end of June, Mayor Rahm Emanuel averted a City Council Showdown on an airport living wage ordinance with a plan to tie O’Hare Airport contractor licenses to a “labor peace agreement,” which would allow 8,000 airport workers to join unions.

Trump Appoints Republican Lawyer to NLRB

President Donald Trump has appointed attorney Marvin Kaplan to fill one of two vacant seats on the National Labor Relations Board.

Radio Station Sells Local Music without Artist Permission

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Charter School for Social Justice Fires Staff for Wanting Union

The United Federation of Teachers, which represents educators at the Charter High School for Law and Social Justice (CHSLSJ) in the Bronx, filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board after three-quarters of the staff was fired for wanting to unionize.

SAG-AFTRA Plans Strike Authorization

Following a month of negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) studios, the union’s national board voted unanimously to send strike authorization ballots to its members. Unless a deal is reached by Friday, when the current contract expires, members will vote on strike authorization, which would require 75% approval to pass.