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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FMSMF Update

FMSMF Update —On September 30, the FMSMF completed the first six months of its 2016 fiscal year. It’s a great opportunity to look at the final results from fiscal year 2015

Show Me The Money: More Examples of Memorable Gigs

There are definitely some memorable gigs that the people performing will never forget and here are just two more examples such strange gigs.

The Best Defense Against “Right to Work”: Organize!

“Right to Work” can destroy the working people in any state the law is active, but the best defense against “Right to Work” is extremely simple: organize!

Marketing 101: A Good Old-Fashion Phone Call

Emails, social media, and other communication is great way to get in touch with people, but sometimes the most successful way is a good old-fashion phone call.

The Role of Orchestra Committees

“Any Orchestra committees who seek the authority to administer the agreement must also acknowledge the responsibility and liability for decisions…”

Solidarity and Arts: Know Your Rights!

As a musician, it cannot be stated enough for you to know your rights. It may sound obvious, but many musicians don’t fully grasp what their rights are.

Strategies for Effective Negotiating Teams

Musicians should read these strategies for effective negotiating teams to get a better understanding for when they are ready to discuss important matters

Promoting Your Orchestra Using the New Integrated Media Agreement

Here’s the best way to start Promoting Your Orchestra Using the New Integrated Media Agreement to ensure you get the most out of the IMA…

Discretionary Overscale and Parity for Subs and Extras in the Symphony Orchestra

Under the Bus, On a Pedestal, or Business as Usual? Discretionary Overscale and Parity for Subs and Extras in the Symphony Orchestra…..

Having Musicians on the Boards of Directors May Not be a Good Idea

Having Musicians on the boards of directors can be problematic when it comes to making decisions that would be better for an orchestra overall…