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 www.afm.org/join.

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Articles, Member Profiles

Community Outreach Is a Measure of Success for Principal Trombonist Donna Parkes

Donna Parkes has enjoyed a prodigious career, from performing at the Sydney Opera House at just 20 to competing around the world and playing in major orchestras across the US.


Symphonic Organizing, Solidarity and Inclusion

Welcome to the symphonic focus issue of the International Musician for 2019 which focuses on symphonic organizing, solidarity and inclusion.


Division in a Union Is Like Kryptonite

The reduction in pension benefits is truly unfortunate, but making sure there is a Pension Fund for musicians in the future is so important for all of us.


Update on OCSM’s 44th Annual Conference

OCSM’s 44th Annual Conference will be held August 12-16 in Hamilton, OH, which will provide an overview of OCSM’s part in the industry.


Building a Movement in Boise

Just prior to the 101st convention of the AFM, the International Executive Board approved the charter of new Local 423 in Boise.


ROPA’s 36th Annual Conference, and What ROPA Does the Rest of the Year

The Regional Orchestra Players’ Association (ROPA) will hold its 36th Annual Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, July 28-30.


How the Newfoundland Symphony Achieved Its First Collective Agreement

On June 15, the members of the NSO ratified their first collective agreement.


American Airlines Eliminates Oversized Musical Instrument Fees

A new policy with American Airlines, to eliminate oversize luggage fees for instruments, went in to place on May 21, 2019.


Highlights of the New Integrated Media Agreement

On April 15, after 18 months of extremely difficult bargaining, the AFM and the Symphony, Opera and Ballet Employers’ Electronic Media Association (EMA) reached agreement on a successor Integrated Media Agreement (IMA).


Jesse Kinch: Bringing Rock Back to Its Glory Days

Guitarist/singer/songwriter Jesse Kinch of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) may only be 25 years old, but he is already a seasoned musician.








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