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


Home » Recent News » New Bill Would Expose Executives Entering Public Service for Wrong Reason

New Bill Would Expose Executives Entering Public Service for Wrong Reason


The Financial Services Conflict of Interest Act, introduced by Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD), would expose senior executives who receive “golden parachutes” as incentives to leave Wall Street to go into government service. Executive compensation plans should be designed to retain talent, not encourage resignations. Why should shareholders subsidize the second career choice of executives, and more importantly, what are the motivations of these companies?

“Only in the Wonderland of Wall Street logic could one argue that this looks like anything other than a bribe. Once upon a time, part of the nobility of joining public service was the willingness to make the financial sacrifice. We want people entering public service because they want to serve the public. Frankly, if they need a [golden parachute], I’d rather them stay away,” said Sheila Blair, former chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp in a Fortune article.