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


Music Business

How Do You Compete with the Local Mobile DJs?

A while back I addressed the subject of competing with mobile DJs. They are not going away. We all know that they’re out there. So what can we do about it?

Tips to Getting a Temporary Work Permit for the United States

Q: I am coming to the United States for a tour and I am making plans now to get my visa for the tour. Is there anything I need to know about getting a visa? The first thing a foreign artist, or nonresident alien (NRA), needs to know is that the visa required for any […]

First, You Have to Get Their Attention

Years ago, if an indie musician wanted to try to book a club or concert venue, they probably started by calling whoever the decision maker was—the club owner, theater manager, etc.—and tried to get them to hear them play. Today it’s a little different. It’s more than a phone call or a press kit with […]

Merchandising Is Extra Money and Free Promotion

Merchandising Is Extra Money and Free Promotion — If you have fan support, and you’re merchandising, you’re actually not doing all the promotional work yourself. For every T-shirt and every bumper sticker you sell, you are creating a walking or driving billboard for your band.

Crossing Borders: Why Bad Things Happen to Good Artists

Crossing Borders: Why Bad Things Happen to Good Artists — In the ever-changing and complex world of performance, today’s artist, especially a touring artist, must keep abreast of new regulations and be aware of the basic requirements for contracts, touring, visas, work permits, withholding, and taxation.

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…”