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


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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.

ICSOM Provides Legal Guidance Regarding the Application of Force Majeure Due to Coronavirus Threat

This message is intended to provide (1) legal guidance regarding the application of force majeure and (2) practical guidance as to steps you may want to take in dealing with management.

Report on the 2020 AFL-CIO MLK Civil and Human Rights Conference: “Give Us the Ballot”

From January 17-19, I had the great pleasure of representing the AFM at the 2020 AFL-CIO Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference, held at the Capitol Hilton in Washington, D.C. The theme of the conference, “Give Us the Ballot, Political Boot Camp,” emphasized the importance of us getting out to vote and making sure our members understand why the 2020 election is critical.

Income Tax Filing for Canadian Musicians – T1 Tax Return Revised

Here are some highlights and things to remember for musicians who do their own income tax filing in Canada from tax specialist Normal Slongo.

Tax Tips for American Musicians

Here are some tax tips for American musicians, as well as answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about taxes.

Commercial Announcements Shift from Catchy Jingles to Hit Singles

Despite the effectiveness of these little ditties, many advertising agencies are trading in the jingle tactic for a new approach that took off in the mid-1980s when Pepsi started using celebrities to endorse their products.

Getting to Know the EMSD Staff

As we so frequently get caught up in the day-to-day grind of business and the pursuit of agreements and payments, it can be difficult to make time to get to know each other. The following EMSD “who’s who” puts faces to the names and summarizes job responsibilities for our Electronic Media Services Division (EMSD) staff.

CDs and B-4 Report Forms Ensure Your Projects Are Covered

The importance of our CD Jacket Program has continued to grow over the years. Securing the release of all sound recording product (including box sets, anniversary packages, deluxe editions), which usually contain live and previously unreleased material, keeps this department busy. Coordinating the proper filing of B-4 forms for these recordings, as well as all recordings done under the Sound Recording Labor Agreement (SRLA) is as vital as ever.