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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Classical Musicians and Celebrities Collaborate on New Album to Fight AIDS

Today is World AIDS Day and Sing for Hope is releasing  AIDS Quilt Songbook: Sing for Hope, a new album featuring classical musicians and celebrities to benefit amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research on their quest to end the AIDS epidemic. The musicians performing in the album ranges from rising stars to award-winning classical artists like Yo-Yo […]


AFM Members Among CMA Award Winners

Among those honored at the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards in November were Local 257 (Nashville, TN) members Dierks Bentley, who was awarded Music Video of the Year for “Drunk on a Plane”; Blake Shelton, who was awarded Male Vocalist of the Year; and Mac McAnally who was awarded Musician of the Year.


H.E.A.R. Day New York Honors Les Paul

Last week on H.E.A.R. Day New York a panel of medical and health experts discussed the importance of improving hearing conservations for performers, professionals, and those who enjoy listening to music as well. This year Les Paul was honored with the H.E.A.R Leadership Award. Kathy Peck, ED of H.E.A.R. has this to say: “Les Paul […]


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Musicians Question Streaming Business Model

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