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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AFM Participates in FIM Executive Committee Meeting

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I was honored to represent the AFM at the International Federation of Musicians (FIM) 114th Executive Committee Meeting in Bucharest, Romania, May 23-24. FIM brings together musician unions from all corners of the globe. Members of the executive committee discussed issues that affect musicians worldwide, including the environment, equality, exploitation of recorded music, and artificial […]

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Waddaya mean, “It’s just the way things are!?”

Ken Shirk Photo

I recently watched the documentary, Power, which describes the evolution of policing on our continent. Being American-centric in nature, it maps out policing in the US over the decades and centuries—from its original purpose of re-capturing escaped enslaved people, to Reconstruction where police violently enforced laws suppressing social and economic advancement of the formerly enslaved, […]

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Leading with Legacy—Stepping into the Office of Vice President from Canada

en français : Le legs de la direction: entrer dans la fonction de vice-président pour le Canada Having been sworn into office not quite a week ago, I am currently transitioning from my role as Canadian International Representative (IR) to my new position as vice president from Canada. There is a large void in our AFM […]

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Accountability of Publicly Funded Cultural Enterprises, An Important Issue

en français: La responsabilisation des entreprises culturelles subventionnées, un enjeu d’importance Since my early days as a trade unionist at Local 406 (Montreal, PQ), I’ve noticed that cultural enterprises receiving public funds were largely unaccountable to their backers when it came to artists’ working conditions. Yet, it seems so obvious that an employer receiving public […]

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The 2024 Get Out the Vote Campaign: You Can Make a Difference

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The presidential primary season is almost finished. Now is the time to gather your family and friends, review and discuss congressional and presidential platforms, and most importantly, make plans to vote in this year’s fall presidential elections. Candidate positions at both the executive and legislative levels of government, particularly on important issues such as increased […]

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Election 2024: Biden Restores NLRB to Powerful Agency for Workers’ Rights

President Biden’s administration has empowered the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to advance its mission of protecting the right of workers to organize, making significant progress to restore and fortify this powerful agency that had been hollowed out by the previous administration. Under Biden’s appointees to the NLRB, the agency is wielding its authority to […]

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