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


The fifth class of AFM local officers, staff, and musician leaders build their organizing skills during three days of active and intensive learning conducted by AFM and AFL-CIO Organizing Institute staff.

Capri Everitt: Canadian Teen Sings Outside the Box to Advance a Burgeoning Career

Capri Everitt

Fourteen-year-old Capri Everitt of Local 145 (Vancouver, BC) is a singer, speaker, and youth ambassador for orphaned children.

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FMSMF Reports Another Banner Year for Film and TV Musicians in 2019

The Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund (FMSMF) once again hit a record high in residuals collected for musicians in Fiscal Year 2019.

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2019 AFM 101st Convention Coming Soon!

The 2019 AFM 101st Convention will be held at the Westgate Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada June 17th through June 20th.

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Campaign for Fairness in Streaming Media Begins in Los Angeles

fairness in streaming media

The first leadership training and organizing committee development sessions recently concluded, with a goal to develop fairness in streaming media.

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Orchestra Players Honored with Ford Musicians Awards

The League of American Orchestras has named the winners of its fourth annual Ford Musician Awards—and all five awardees are AFM members.

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Never “Movin’ Out”: John Isley is Home in New York City

john isley

Local 802 member and saxophonist John Isley has been a union member for 30 years. His jobs have spanned the industry, from working as a copyist on Broadway during graduate school to touring years later with the Broadway hit Movin’ Out.

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