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


Recent News

2023: Year in Review

In 2023, union leaders were buoyed by a robust National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that empowered organizing nationwide. Though less than the surge of actions in 2022, filing of petitions for union representation in FY 2023 ticked up 3% (after a 53% spike in FY 2022). Union representation petitions for elections were up 3% over […]

SAG-AFTRA Secures Deal, Including AI Protections

The actors’ strike is over, with the union approving an agreement with Hollywood studios in November. Leaders of the Screen Actors Guild–American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) characterized the deal as a big win, with the contract achieving significant breakthroughs on actors’ pay and putting guardrails on the industry’s use of generative artificial intelligence […]

The Right and Wrong Side of Artificial Intelligence

A new Beatles song and video, released 50 years after the band broke up, is just one note in a crescendo of AI and music. The newly released recording that’s being called The Beatles’ last song now has a music video, and both elements used technology that wasn’t available during those heady days of Beatlemania. The song “Now […]

WGA Reach Agreement as Actors’ Strike Surpasses 100 Days

Hollywood writers and members of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) overwhelmingly ratified a new three-year agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) in early October, officially ending a 150-day strike. The terms of the new agreement will run from September 25, 2023, through May 1, 2026. “Through solidarity and determination, we have […]

Report from the 48th Annual OCSM Conference

by Robert Fraser, OCSM President and member of Local 247 (Victoria, BC) The Hotel Ruby Foo’s in the west end of Montreal was the site of this past summer’s Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians (OCSM) Conference, held August 14-17. Local 406 (Montreal, PQ) was our generous host. We begin each conference with oral reports from […]

What to Know Before You Fly

TSA Airport Security Screening Update It’s important to be aware that the TSA is in the process of updating security scanners at airports across the country. These new TSA screeners are smaller than previous equipment, and are causing delays and burdensome confusion for some musicians. The new machines’ smaller entry size (24.5″ W x 16.5″ […]

MPTF Celebrates 75th Anniversary at Curtain Up Finale

On September 10, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) at the final 2023 Curtain Up! Live from Broadway concert in Times Square. The tribute recognized MPTF’s work enriching lives and uniting communities through the power of music. “The MPTF team is so grateful […]

Philly Orchestra Tours, but Under Protest

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s musicians boarded buses bound for a scheduled North Carolina performance tour “under protest,” despite what Local 77 (Philadelphia, PA) leaders called stalled contract talks, according to a union statement. The orchestra’s performances at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are the musicians’ first since their contract expired September 10. They […]

NYC Ballet Musicians Fight for Fair Contract

On the opening night of the ballet’s 2023 season, the Musicians of the New York City Ballet Orchestra (NYCB) organized a rally outside of Lincoln Center. Hundreds of musicians and supporters took to the sidewalks to demonstrate their support. The NYCB musicians’ contract has expired, and they are demanding compensation for the sacrifices they have […]

EMSD 101: How to Select the Correct Agreement for Your Project

Answer these 10 questions to help determine which agreement is appropriate for your next music recording project. (Note: If the electronic media project involves a symphony, opera, ballet, or chamber orchestra that has a collective bargaining agreement, you will need to confer with the Symphonic Services Division to determine the appropriate agreement.) •What is the […]