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



Tinnitus: When There’s Humming in Your Head and It Won’t Go Away

When Robert Plant sang “Your head is humming and it won’t go, in case you don’t know,” he could have been singing about tinnitus, a common problem, that is even more prevalent among musicians. About 50 million people in the US suffer from tinnitus, but it is estimated that less than one-third seek treatment. According […]

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Getting Merchandise Across Borders

by Robert Baird, President Baird Artists Management (BAM!) Travelling across the US/Canada border requires declaring to a customs officer what you are bringing with you. Personal items are exempt from duties and taxes. Bringing in goods or merchandise makes you an “importer” and you will definitely have to declare any items you intend to sell. […]

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Beware P-2 Visa Scam

The AFM has been made aware of recent cases of fraudulent companies promising expedited P-2 visas. “These individuals ask musicians to sign an affidavit and then have them wire money for the ‘expedited visa,’” explains Liana White, executive director, Canadian Federation of Musicians. “After receiving money from the musician, they then tell the musician they […]

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Improvisation for Flute: The Scale/Mode Approach

Improvisation for Flute is a treasured resource for players worldwide with its step-by-step exercises and explanations to help you develop your ear and improve your soloing technique. Improvisation for Flute will teach you how to better use distinctive qualities associated with modes and scales for expressive soloing; licks typical of each mode and scale; solos […]

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Music & Copyright in America: Toward the Celestial Jukebox

Music & Copyright in America examines the relationship between new technologies and music copyright in the context of the history of music copyright, from its origins in the early 19th Century through today. Attorney, educator, and entrepreneur Kevin Parks also presents a cultural history of how Americans have created and listened to music over time. […]

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The Jazz Masters Method [DVD]

The Jazz Masters Method DVD from artist and educator Steve Nixon will show you how to play and improvise in the styles of the great jazz piano masters the late Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Ray Charles, Bud Powell, and Red Garland, and Local 802 (New York City) members Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Diana Krall, and […]

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The Real Cool Book: Five-Horn Octet Arrangements for West Coast “Cool” Jazz Classics!

The Real Cool Book is a collection of 14 transcribed five-horn octet charts of West Coast “cool jazz” classics that is perfect for professional, college, and advanced groups. The eight separate books come in one big binder with transposed parts for piano, bass, drums, trombone, trumpet, alto sax, tenor sax, and baritone sax. Horn parts in […]

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San Francisco Opera Orchestra Ratifies Contract

The musicians of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra have signed a four-year contract that will be in effect through July 2018. The agreement calls for a 14.8% cumulative increase in compensation over the life of the contract: an effective increase of 5% in the annual compensation guarantee in the first year—from $81,179 to $85,279.99—followed by […]

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Satirical Song Mocking LionsGate

AFM members release a new satirical song mocking LionsGate Entertainment  for placing profits ahead of people by outsourcing jobs. The AFM’s ListenUp! Campaign is focused on ending offshoring of musician jobs. The song says: “We’re outsourcing workers; we don’t want to stop. We’re concentrating profits right here at the top!” To listen to the tune […]

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Justice for Jazz Artists Campaign Testifies before NYC City Council

New York City jazz artists and their supporters testified before the City Council Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries, and International Intergroup Relations and Committee on Civil Service & Labor requesting they endorse Resolution 207-A in support of Local 802’s (New York City) Justice for Jazz Artists Campaign. Some of the world’s best jazz artists spend […]

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