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



Reset Glove Can Prevent Tendonitis or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Every musician has certain muscle groups he or she uses repetitively. These muscles develop greater strength than their opposite muscles, and this unequal strengthening can lead to tightness and inflamed tendons. This effect is especially seen in the hands, and all musicians use their hands to play instruments. The key to preventing tendonitis or Carpal […]

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Fair Play Fair Pay Act of 2015, introduced by representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Marsh Blackburn (R-TN) would finally ensure that musicians are compensated fairly when their music is played on any radio platform—Internet, satellite, or traditional AM/FM.

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Bonnie Raitt ‘Buy This Fracking Album’

“ Buy This Fracking Album. ” It will include 22 artists to spread the dangers of fracking. All the songs have been donated and the proceeds from the album will be sent to groups working towards a ban on fracking.

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ to be scored in Los Angeles

When Star Wars: The Force Awakens plays in a theater on December 18, 2015, the music will be the sounds of the local 47 members and not the London Symphony Orchestra,

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Oil Worker Strike Expands

The oil worker strike has grown even larger as oil workers at three more refineries and a chemical plant joined the United Steelworkers (USW) strike…

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AFM Obtains Equitable Settlement for SPCO Musicians

AFM Obtains Settlement for SPCO Musicians and is pleased with this resolution that protects the SPCO musicians’ right to engage in union activities.

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American Symphony Orchestra to Cut Concerts

The American Symphony Orchestra to Cut Concerts in an attempt to save money and will only play 4 concerts this year instead of six.

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San Francisco Symphony’s SoundBox Draws New Audiences

In December, the San Francisco Symphony opened its new performance space, SoundBox, a multi-level venue with a lounge atmosphere built at the back of Davis Symphony Hall

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Reno Philharmonic Ratifies Four-Year Contract

Reno Philharmonic Ratifies Four-Year Contract in a secret ballot back in Sepetember 2014, but the new deal will retroactive to July 1….

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PG ALTA Microphones

Shure’s new line of PG ALTA microphones offer professional sound at a budget-conscious price. There are 14 new products available, including several added..

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