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


International Musician, Music Business

Getting Back to Gigging, the Right Way

As restaurants and bars start opening and live events and weddings are being scheduled, opportunities for musicians are also coming back strong. Many musicians are eager to kick-start their stalled calendar of regular gigs and get out and play again. When getting back to business, take the time to do it right.

What Has RMA Been Up to Lately?

The one thing we can be confident of is that we will need to remember our common needs and goals. We will survive COVID-19, as we have survived all along: by banding together.

Supporting Musicians During Difficult Times with May 22 Fund Distribution

The FMSMF distribution was issued on May 22, more than a month earlier than the originally scheduled normal distribution date of July 1.

Non-Union Touring Shows Weaken Us All

There are probably a hundred reasons why an AFM member will agree to take a non-union job. But in the end, I would argue all those excuses do not justify the tremendous harm done to the musicians’ labor movement and the core principles of our union when professional musicians agree to take non-union work.

Player Conferences Council Leaders Coordinating to Serve Musicians

The Players Conferences Council consists of the top elected leader of each Player Conference and they have begun weekly videoconferencing amid COVID-19.

For ICSOM Orchestras, Collaboration and Transparency Are Key to Success

In many, if not most, of our ICSOM orchestras, we have succeeded in maintaining an environment of trust and cooperation in this unprecedented situation.

Unemployment Insurance Guidance for Musicians

Unemployment insurance provides partial wage replacement payments to eligible workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced.

Banding Together Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

The one thing we can be confident of is that we will need to remember our common needs and goals. We will survive COVID-19, as we have survived all along: by banding together.

What TMA is Doing in Response to the COVID-19 Situation

fills us in what the Theatre Musicians Association is doing in responce to the COVID-19 outbreak.

ICSOM Update: How Coronavirus is Affecting Our Orchestras

The ICSOM is doing what they can to protect their musicians and aid in slowing the spread of the virus, including closing down orchestras.