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


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Calling All College Students: If You Want a Career, Look to the AFM

A while back I had an opportunity to speak to students at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, about the business of music. It was an interesting experience. The questions were fast and furious. The energy and enthusiasm were contagious. Many of the students weren’t aware of the American Federation of Musicians and the benefits of being a member of the AFM going forward into a career in music.

A Guide to Easy Border Crossing

Crossing a border to work in a foreign country can be nerve-wracking if you are not prepared. With preparation, you can ensure easy border crossing while on tour.

2017 Touring Show Update

The touring show season has begun and thus we have a 2017 traveling show update of the new productions that are premiering and starting their season.

Elvis Live In Concert Celebrates the Career of Elvis with a Live Symphony Orchestra

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, Elvis Live in Concert a tour of Elvis performing with a live studio orchestra, was made.

Musicians Return to the Bandstand, The Circus Is Back in Town

The Big Apple Circus band musicians return to their bandstand with an improved three-year AFM contract negotiated by Local 802 (New York City).

Traveling by Air? Know the Rules and Your Rights

Traveling by air? After years of negotiating, the AFM saw the implementation of standard rules regarding musical instruments on airlines. Know the rules and your rights.

What Words Helped Further Your Career?

I don’t know about you, but there’s a bunch of quotes that I like to keep in mind. Sometimes they provide a motivational thought for the day. Here are a few:

Stress-Free Canadian Entry

It’s our first time and we have been told that there are certain requirements for getting into the country, and we’re not sure what to expect. Can you help

You Are the Prophet of Your Own Destiny

You are what you believe. Those big breaks don’t just come out of nowhere. You have to make them happen.

Planning for a Successful US Visa

It’s an unfortunate circumstance that artists are often unable to enter the US to perform because they simply run out of time for the visa process. Here are some suggestions: