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


Vijay Gupta
Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) violinist believes musicians can help "explore humanity through music," and help the disenfranchised to discover their transformative musical—and human—story. "I believe that the values of artistic integrity go hand-in-hand with the values of service."

OCSM Conference Focuses on Musicians’ Health

The 2019 OCSM Conference was held August 12-16 in Hamilton, Ontario, the birthplace of performing arts medicine in Canada.

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Expanding the Diversity Footprint of the Nation’s Premier Civilian Federal Arts Complex

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The John F. Kennedy Memorial Center for the Performing Arts (Kennedy Center) is the nation’s sole, premier civilian national cultural center. It is located on the banks of the historic Potomac River in Washington, D.C. and built with federal funds authorized by Congress in 1958. In 1962, President Kennedy stated, “The life of the arts, […]

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Report from the 2019 ROPA Conference

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The ROPA Conference is an opportunity for representatives from dozens of AFM union orchestras to network with colleagues and learn from experts.

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Hurricane Season Is Upon Us

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An ammended article in the AFM bylaws allows the AFM Emergency Relief Fund to provide assistance for hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, and wildfires.

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Campaign for Fairness in Streaming Media Continues with Film Negotiations

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With the 101st AFM Convention now in the rearview mirror and the annual August marathon of player conference meetings concluded, the Federation has turned its attention toward its collective bargaining objectives in television and motion picture film scoring, live television production, sound recording production, touring theatrical musicals, and public radio and public television.

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Philadelphia Orchestra Begins New Four-Year Contract

This round of negotiations was difficult, but respectful and productive.

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