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



Border Crossing Made Easier

Crossing borders has never been easy: it can be nerve-wracking and tedious. However, with some knowledge and preparation, it can be simpler, quicker, and less stressful.

The Value of AFM Membership Is Realized Through Proper Contracts

The shocking thing for me is discovering that these members are unaware of benefits they should have been receiving for years, such as payments for new use of their recordings, special payments, and pension statements laden with employer contributions. After a considerable number of recordings and a substantial amount of national success, how can this be? In a word: contracts.

Lyric Opera of Chicago Resolves Orchestra Strike

Days after a musicians strike began, musicians and management of the Lyric Opera of Chicago reached a contract agreement October 14.

North Carolina Symphony Collaborates with Cherokee Tribe

This October saw the culmination of a multi-year partnership between North Carolina Symphony (NCS), based in Raleigh, and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians with the world premiere of a work by composer William Brittelle.

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Ratifies New Agreement

The Metropolitan Opera reached a labor agreement with its orchestra musicians in August, allowing the company’s season to start on schedule at the end of September.

Vinyl Stripes Revive an Era when Turntables Rocked

Steve Curry (singer) formed a classic rock trio a few years ago with veteran Texas musicians and union members Mark Baker (drums) and Greg New (bass). Their band, The Vinyl Stripes, pays homage to a time when turntables, not streaming services, ruled the airwaves.

Breakout Groups Bring ICSOM Conference Delegates Together

The 56th annual ICSOM Conference was hosted by the musicians of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Local 1 on August 22 – 25, 2018.

Activists Needed!

When negative things happen in the workplace that affect people adversely, things that are unjust or unfair, musicians are moved towards activism because they realize, if things are going to change, they need to get involved.

2018 OCSM-OMOSC Conference Offers Timely Discussions

The 43rd annual Conference of the Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians (OCSM) was held August 13-17 at the Hotel Pur in Quebec City, Quebec. The Players’ Association of the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec hosted the conference.

Canadian Federation of Musicians Bargaining Roundup

The summer and fall of this year have shaped up to be negotiation-heavy. While exhausting, we see this as an opportunity to secure better wages and benefits for our members who work under those agreements.