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.
December 1, 2022
For some time, the Officer Education Committee, which I chair, has been working in conjunction with the Diversity Committee to put together a training program for AFM leadership, senior staff, local officers, and boards. This will eventually flow through AFM leadership to our members at large. The AFM, as well as most unions over our […]Read More
June 1, 2022
I hope you all read AFM International Executive Board Member Dave Pomeroy’s article in the May IM. I will use it as a jumping off point to continue the discussion of our union, our membership, and the role we all play in direct engagement and participation in our path forward. Like Pomeroy, I’m somewhat optimistic […]Read More
December 1, 2021
OK, all those who are done with COVID, raise your hands! (I have this fun image in my head of people raising their hands in all kinds of strange places, with people around them wondering what the hell they’re doing.) As a union officer and as a human being, it seems like I can’t go […]Read More
June 1, 2021
There’s a new energy out there. You can feel it, right? It’s not just that things are starting to open up, even in our industry. It’s that this lost year may not have been a complete loss, but rather a realignment. Part of that realignment has to do with the level of activism and engagement that I’m seeing all around us. […]Read More
December 1, 2020
None of us alive today are ever going to forget 2020. We are living within a perfect storm of crises, a string of earth-shattering events, virtually one after and on top of another. Obviously, this started in March with COVID-19 shutting our nation down and the resultant economic meltdown that has devastated our industry, and […]Read More
June 1, 2020
We have to stay nimble and we have to determine ways that we can use this tragedy as an opportunity for making systemic change, work to come out stronger on the other side.Read More
December 13, 2019
“Now that I’m a union officer at both the local and international levels, the work can be just as exhausting and daunting, but fulfilling as well.”Read More
August 14, 2019
At the end of May, the International Federation of Musicians (FIM), a membership organization that includes musician unions from around the world, hosted their first-ever International Freelance Conference.Read More
May 15, 2019
One of the themes presented at our AFM Officer Training programs that take place just prior to our regional AFM Conferences is the importance of the relationships we create with our communities and our elected officials.Read More
April 30, 2018
I find it fascinating to track the different paths people create to give music away. The new kid on the block in Portland is the public library system. If they’re going to do it here, given the intra communication of national and state library associations, you can bet it’s likely to pop up in your town.Read More