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



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Get your new release highlighted in the pages of International Musician.

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Bruce Springsteen, Springsteen on Broadway

Springsteen on Broadway is the recent album of music and stories by Bruce Springsteen of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) and Local 399 (Asbury Park, NJ), and the soundtrack of the Netflix film of the same name. The album is the complete live performance of the show.

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AFM Members Named to CBC Music’s ‘30 Under 30’ List

CBC Music has announced its annual “30 Under 30” list, celebrating the accomplishments of Canada’s up-and-coming young classical musicians

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45 Years in the EMSD

In October, AFM Electronic Media Services Division Director and Assistant to the President Pat Varriale will be celebrating 45 years in the EMSD.

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Baltimore Symphony Management intent on cutting season despite offer of $1 million from generous donors

At 6:59 pm Monday evening, September 9, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) management issued a “take it or leave it” offer to the BSO Musicians which will be presented to the orchestra for a vote this evening, September 10. The proposal contained wage and benefit cuts of 20%. The federal mediators proposed an extension of negotiations […]

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A Look Inside the New AFM Offices

Earlier this year, the AFM moved its headquarters offices in New York City from the sixth floor to the ninth floor at 1501 Broadway—also known as the Paramount Building because it served as the New York headquarters for Paramount Pictures.

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Jauvon Gilliam Series Timpani Mallets

The Jauvon Gilliam Series Timpani Mallets includes six models, all constructed with a stained black bamboo shaft and wrapped with a black German “Midnight” felt.

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Laka Ukuleles: VU40 Series

The new Laka VU40 Series ukuleles come in three sizes—soprano, concert, and tenor—with a mahogany body, okoume necks, and decorative soundholes.

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Willie Nelson, Ride Me Back Home

Ride Me Back Home, the latest album by Willie Nelson of Local 433 (Austin, TX) is a reflective, upbeat journey through life, of love and time’s inescapable rhythms, as viewed from Nelson’s inimitable perspective.

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EMSD Staff

The following EMSD “who’s who” puts faces with names and summarizes job responsibilities for our EMSD staff.

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