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



Understanding the New “Making Available Right”

At the June International Federation of Musicians (FIM) executive committee meetings, a central topic for discussion was streaming and the possibilities of properly monetizing this delivery system for musicians’ benefit. As the major labels and independents make deals with providers for access to their catalogues, compensation to the artist is all over the map in […]

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Wayne Kramer: Free to Create

Political Advocacy Is Fun and Rewarding

by Mark Tetreault, AFM Symphonic Services Division Canada Director Orchestral musicians often look for ways to help their organizations apart from their musical contributions. Musicians serve on boards and committees, organize and participate in special events, attend social functions, and so forth. 

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Corporatizing the American Symphony

by Christopher Durham, AFM Symphonic Services Division Chief Field Negotiator As we review the past five or six seasons we begin to assess the results of the worst concessionary bargaining the symphonic industry has experienced. It’s difficult to deny, and easier to suspect, that such behavior was calculated by our industry rather than being a […]

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Minnesota Orchestra Lessons Learned from a Lockout

Minnesota Orchestra Lessons Learned from a Lockout After a 16-month lockout, the longest endured by any American orchestra in history, the Minnesota Orchestra is back on stage. Music is once again filling Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis to rave reviews from both the critics, and more importantly, the audience. After resigning from his post last October, […]

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Musician Board Members: Is the Grass Always Greener on the Other Side?

by Barbara Owens, AFM SSD Field Services Representative, Midwest Territory, and Negotiator As musicians, we often lead with our emotions, whether or not we are playing our instruments. We are emotionally invested in all aspects of our musical lives, and that investment often motivates us to take on additional tasks and challenges. Unfortunately, sometimes we can […]

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Florida Orchestra Appoints New Music Director

The Florida Orchestra (TFO) has announced the appointment of Michael Francis as its new music director with a three-year contract beginning in the 2015-2016 season. Francis will serve as music director designate during the 2014-2015 season, conducting two masterworks programs. Although his primary role is with the Masterworks series, he will also conduct one Raymond […]

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Hawaii Symphony Orchestra Extends Contract to 2016

The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and Musicians’ Association of Hawaii, Local 677 (Honolulu, HI), are pleased to announce a new two-year agreement that will run through June 2016. It includes a minimum 14-weeks of employment each year, adding two additional weeks to accommodate more diverse programming and outreach.  HSO’s 2014-2015 season will celebrate the 50th anniversary […]

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Jazz Theory: From Basic to Advanced Study

Jazz Theory: From Basic to Advanced Study Written as a means to bridge the gap between theory and practice for amateur and professional musicians, this book provides a strong theoretical foundation. It begins with music fundamentals and moves through post-tonal theory, integrating ear training, keyboard skills, and improvisation. The included DVD has 46 play-along audio […]

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NS Artist Capo

  Noncrimping Capo Designed in conjunction with Ned Steinberger, the NS Artist Capo clamps to the front of the instrument, in order to avoid obstruction of the performer’s fretting hand while playing. It’s patented design is easy to open and close and applies even tension. With its micrometer tension adjustment dial, guitarists can fine-tune the […]

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