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


Legislative Update

The PRO Act: the Logic Behind Labor Law Reform in 2021

While we all know that organizing is the lifeblood of the American labor movement, bargaining that elusive first contract is always one of our biggest challenges. After four years of incessant anti-union political rhetoric designed to weaken trust in and break the back of organized labor, union leadership refused to fold. Instead, they have helped […]

The AFM Directive that Brought Our Pension Efforts to Fruition

It was truly a remarkable moment in the history of this, our musicians’ union, when after four years of dedicated lobbying and political wrangling, AFM International President Ray Hair stood before the International Executive Board (IEB) and unequivocally pronounced to all senior staff and board members that it was time for “all hands on deck” […]

AFM Coalition Comes Together to Fight for Pension Reform

A new coalition was formed within the AFM to fight for pension reform that was passed in the budget reconciliation package voted out of committee on February 11. After three years of pension debate in both the House and Senate—only to have the Butch Lewis Act stalled in the higher chamber—new legislation was introduced in […]

Looking Forward: A New Biden Administration and a New 117th Congress

The year 2021 is now upon us. With that comes a new Biden administration and the new 117th Congress. The AFM’s work intensifies as we confront a plethora of new political and legislative issues; and, because of that, we really look forward to your help getting our issues across the goal line. Although all the […]

Washington Government Roundup

At this writing, Congress is now operating in a lame duck session. Also as of this writing, Hawaii is the final state to certify its presidential election results, making President-Elect Joe Biden the clear winner with 306 electoral votes to Donald Trump’s 232 electoral votes. This cleared the path for certified electors to meet in […]

Joseph R. Biden Elected the 46th President of the United States

Since the 2008 US presidential election, the word “Hope” has loomed large in Americans’ political psyche. Each election since then has seen the electorate’s political arc bend toward an almost disparate political direction, hoping for a resolution to a number of crushing national crises. In 2008, it was the hope that a man named Obama […]

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Her Love of Music and Law

The loss of Ginsburg has indeed resonated among those of us in the music industry who constantly look for Americans of great stature to help validate our existence.

Election 2020: Your Vote is Your Voice – Be Heard

The 2020 federal elections hold the promise of a new normal for Americans caught in the vicious trifecta of an economic downturn, a debilitating public health pandemic, and an employment meltdown that has taken hold of not only our personal lives but, as musicians, has turned our industry completely on its head without the immediate […]

Progress on Our Federal Issues Continues

In this update from Alfonso Pollard, see where the AFM stands with progress on federal issues such as the CARES and HEROES Acts, the AM-FM Act and more.

The AFM’s Coordinated Federal Response to COVID-19

The AFM’s coordinated federal response to COVID-19 has included engagement with the AFL-CIO, supported use of PPE in the workplace and more.