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


Robert Baird

President Baird Artists Management (BAM!)

Dealing with Taxation for Canadian Musicians

–Tax advice for informational purposes only, not intended to be a substitute for advice from your personal tax professional. En Francais Tax time is almost here again. This article outlines ways in which you can diminish your tax liability and take advantage of the many deductions available to Canadian musicians. Knowing what expenses you can […]

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The Taxman Cometh: Tax Considerations for Canadian musicians

Tax time is almost upon us and the annual tax filing of April 30 is fast approaching. Canadian musicians have certain advantages in terms of dealing with the Canadian tax system, and this article will outline how you can reduce your tax liability. Knowing what expenses you can deduct from your income and keeping track […]

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A Guide to Easy Border Crossing

Crossing a border to work in a foreign country can be nerve-wracking if you are not prepared. With preparation, you can ensure easy border crossing while on tour.

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Stress-Free Canadian Entry

It’s our first time and we have been told that there are certain requirements for getting into the country, and we’re not sure what to expect. Can you help

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Last-Minute Border Crossing Tips

Before you head out the door, here are some last-minute border crossing tips to ensure a successful crossing…

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Planning for a Successful US Visa

It’s an unfortunate circumstance that artists are often unable to enter the US to perform because they simply run out of time for the visa process. Here are some suggestions:

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Canadian Letter of Invitation and Border Considerations

My company is hosting an event in Whistler, B.C., and will be employing an American band as entertainment for the event. I understand that they will need a Letter of Invitation, but does the band need to show a contract for performance at customs? Do you see any other issues with them crossing?

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Playing It Safe: The Importance of Documents

It’s always a good idea to carry your paperwork with you, especially when it comes to border crossings.

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Avoiding Border Woes

So, how does one avoid border woes? Simply put: do your homework well in advance.

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Tips to Getting a Temporary Work Permit for the United States

Q: I am coming to the United States for a tour and I am making plans now to get my visa for the tour. Is there anything I need to know about getting a visa? The first thing a foreign artist, or nonresident alien (NRA), needs to know is that the visa required for any […]

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