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 » AFM Elects New International Leadership

AFM Elects New International Leadership


The 102nd Convention of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada was held June 26 through June 29, 2023 at the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The theme “In Unity, There Is Strength” was reflected in the various discourse among the delegates and echoed by many guest speakers.

International President Ray Hair, International Vice President Bruce Fife, and Secretary-Treasurer Jay Blumenthal announced earlier this year they would not be seeking reelection, thus opening the top three positions for new leadership.

This convention’s election included 212 delegates representing 132 locals for 573 votes total. Congratulations go to Tino Gagliardi of Local 802 (New York City), the new international president of the AFM.Vice President from Canada Alan Willaert and International Secretary-Treasurer Ken Shirk were elected by acclamation.

“In the wider world, collaborating with our friends and allies­—inside and outside our profession—is the key to winning legislation, winning at the bargaining table, and getting us the pay and the respect we deserve at work,” says AFM International President-Elect Tino Gagliardi.

Issues presented to the delegates during the four-day convention included AI; musician replacement technology; building stronger relationships with EDM, DJ, and hip hop artists; mental health aid training for AFM officers and staff; assistance to small locals; investment in organizing and education; and growing the union.

Guest speakers included Michael Huppe, president and CEO of SoundExchange; Kate Shindle, president Actors’ Equity Association; Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, national executive director and chief negotiator of SAG-AFTRA, Kim Roberts Hedgpeth, executive director of Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund (FMSMF); Jeffrey Freund, director, Office of Labor-Management Standards and AFM general counsel emeritus; Stefanie Taub, CEO of AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund; and Rob DiPaola, fund administrator of the Sound Recording Special Payments Fund (SRSPF).

Full convention photo galleries can be viewed at:

Convention Photos:

When possible, please include credit:  “Photos by Fred Morledge –”

Newly Elected Officers

* New term of office begins August 1, 2023.

  • International President Tino Gagliardi, Local 802 (New York City)
  • Vice President Dave Pomeroy, Local 257 (Nashville, TN)
  • Vice President from Canada Alan Willaert, Local 149 (Toronto, ON)
  • International Secretary-Treasurer Ken Shirk, Local 99 (Portland, OR)

International Executive Board

  • Luc Fortin, Local 406 (Montreal, PQ)
  • Ed Malaga, Local 171-610 (Washington, DC)
  • John Acosta, Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Tina Morrison, Local 105 (Spokane, WA)
  • Dusty Kelly, Local 149 (Toronto, ON)

AFL-CIO Delegates:

  • Mont Chris Hubbard, Local 99 (Portland, OR)
  • Tracey Whitney, Local 618 (Albuquerque, NM)