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



New Touring/Theater Feature Added to the AFM Website

We are introducing a new feature in the members section of the AFM website—a section that is designed to improve and increase communication between the union and our members working under theatrical trade agreements across the country. Our first postings to this new site offer video/audio comments and impressions from a few of the musicians […]

New Noise for New Use

en français When it comes to musicians receiving the proper residual payments in Canada’s television and film industry, productions have been getting away with murder. Enough was enough. It was time to invest in the Electronic Media Services Division and make some new noise with the major labels, independent producers, and music supervisors across Canada—that’s […]

Meet the Canadian EMSD Staff

Meet the Canadian Electronic Services Department Staff

Pension Week in the US Senate: AFM Members Step Up the Pressure

As the drumbeat for pension security rolls through the halls of Congress, Democrats in the United States Senate kicked off their campaign to pass meaningful pension reform via the Butch Lewis Act. The legislation, S. 2254, will provide relief to more than 1.5 million workers, pensioners, and retirees who depend on their multi-employer pension plans. […]

Canadian Opera Company Orchestra Musicians Fight to Preserve Guaranteed Services, Achieve New Contract

by Catherine Gray, Member of Local 149 (Toronto, ON) en français Last spring, after a triumphant opening of La Bohème, the Canadian Opera Company (COC) Orchestra musicians found themselves facing a long, difficult summer fighting for their livelihoods and the future of Canadian Opera. When negotiations began on April 18, management wasn’t prepared to discuss […]

Toronto Symphony Orchestra Receives $10 Million Donation

The estate of long-standing Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) supporters and patrons Tom and Mary Beck has donated $10 million to the orchestra. The gift is the largest single donation in the orchestra’s history, and brings the lifetime giving of the Beck family to the TSO to over $20 million. In accordance with the wishes of […]

Virginia Symphony Orchestra Ratifies Collective Bargaining Agreement After Challenging Negotiations

In July, the musicians of the Virginia Symphony ratified a three-year agreement that is retroactive to August 1, 2018, and continues through July 31, 2021. The CBA covers 49 core musicians and 29 per-service musicians, represented by Local 125 (Norfolk, VA). Negotiations were difficult and lasted nearly a year. The committee successfully fought proposals to […]

Sarasota Orchestra Sees Improvements in New Contract

In early October, musicians of the Sarasota Orchestra, represented by Local 427-721 (Sarasota, FL) ratified a new four-year contract agreement. Running through the 2022-23 season, the contract includes salary increases in each year for the 42 full-time musicians (including two librarians) who perform in the 36-week concert season. The two sides of the bargaining table […]

Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra Reaches Five-Year Agreement

Musicians of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra (HSO) ratified a five-year contract agreement in early October. The spirit of negotiations was collaborative and cooperative. The CBA will be effective through August 2024, and provides modest increases to base salaries and other compensation including per diem, equipment transportation, pension, and more. “This agreement is an affirmation of […]

Musicians Perform Outside As Bob Iger and Oprah Talk

Musicians held a rally in late September with a brass band performing outside the 92nd Street Y in New York City—while Disney CEO Bob Iger talked with Oprah Winfrey inside the building. Iger was at the Y to promote a new book and discuss his self-described “decency-over-dollars” approach to doing business. The musicians were out […]