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


Alfonso Pollard

It’s Time to Prepare for 2024 Elections

Presidential and congressional elections will be held Tuesday, November 5, 2024. The first Republican Presidential caucus takes place January 15, 2024 in Iowa. Now is the time to prepare. In the September International Musician, I outlined the monumental legislative successes you achieved over the past 10 years. Each of these wins created added value to your […]

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Political Advocacy: The AFM Member Path to Career Certainty

As the nation moves toward the 2024 general election, it is time to organize ourselves for success. Over recent years, AFM members have ramped up efforts on Capitol Hill to promote legislation affecting their lives. Soon, you will be confronted with making election and lobbying choices that will directly affect your career. Let’s look at our internal […]

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The American Music Fairness Act’s Impact on Symphony Musicians

The AFM adage, “There is strength in unity” certainly applies in our quest to move the American Music Fairness Act (AMFA) through the US Congress. Many musicians are under the misunderstanding that this legislation applies mostly or only to popular musicians whose creative works are performed on AM/FM terrestrial radio. This could not be further […]

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Know Your Bow: Tips for Owners and Users of Pernambuco Bows

The AFM continues to work with and support international efforts to update the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) treaty. The reform, led by League of American Orchestras Vice President for Advocacy Heather Noonan, in cooperation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, examines more effective ways to […]

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Diversity: Courage Through the Lens of the AFMand the American Labor Movement

Make no mistake, the AFM’s commitment to justice, inclusion, and gender equality remains a solid cornerstone of the institution. Following the decades-old mandate set down by the AFL-CIO, brothers and sisters who seek strong and just representation within the American labor unit—regardless of race, gender, or culture—are welcome. We should be proud of the AFM’s […]

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The American Music Fairness Act Reintroduced in the 118th Congress 

With the installment of the new 118th Congress in January, leadership changes in the House of Representatives required our intrepid lobbying team to re-engage both chambers. With the help of House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) as well as previous Senate Sponsors Alex Padilla (D-CA) and Marsha Blackburn […]

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AFM Opposes Proposed USCIS Visa Increases

The AFM strongly opposes increasing O and P visa fees as proposed by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The USCIS is very short-sighted in its proposal, as imposing such increases will vastly limit international touring and arts collaborations. In a letter sent February 8, 2023 (below), to Congressman Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member […]

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Legislative Outlook for Early 2023

AFM Legislative, Political, and Diversity Director As the new 118th Congress gavels in, the AFM looks ahead and summarizes the work still on the table. American Music Fairness Act Progress continues on the creator side of the industry, led in part by the AFM, to ensure that music creator’s and their intellectual property are fairly […]

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2022 Midterm Elections: The Balance of Power Shifts

The 2022 midterm elections are in the rearview mirror with some interesting developments. Republicans have declared control of the House of Representatives, whileDemocrats continue to fight for greater control of the US Senate, now held by a razor thin margin. Numbers are irrelevant at this writing as some states continue to count votes, though the […]

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Performing Artist Tax Parity Act: Fighting to Retrieve Your Unreimbursed Tax Deductions

HR 4750, also known as the Performing Artist Tax Parity Act and sometimes referred to as QPA, was introduced in the 117th Congress of the United States by Representatives Judy Chu (D-CA) and Vern Buchannan (R-FL). This bill would restore above the line tax deductions lost in the 2017 Trump Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. […]

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