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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Together We Can: AFM 101st Convention

The AFM 101st Convention was held June 17-20 at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino. Two hundred thirty-five delegates from 145 locals attended.

2019 Musicians Hall of Fame Inductees Announced in Nashville

The 2019 inductees into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville have been announced, and nearly every name on the list is an AFM member.

Baltimore Symphony Musicians Support Nurses’ Organizing Campaign

Sponsored by the AFL-CIO, National Nurses United, and the Coalition for a Humane Hopkins, the event featured both national and local labor and political leaders who spoke in support of the organizing campaign for Hopkins nurses to gain union recognition and collective bargaining power.

More Than 100 Musicians Deliver Petition to AMPTP Headquarters Demanding Streaming Residuals for Film/TV

On June 27, more than 100 professional musicians who work in film and television held a press conference and delivered stacks of petition signatures to the entertainment industry’s major producers demanding a fair contract, including residuals, for new media.

What Unions Did For You

Here are the lyrics to “What Unions Did For You,” written and performed by Dave Pomeroy at the 101st AFM Convention in Las Vegas.

Le Bureau canadien de la Fédération américaine des musiciens annonce une percée majeure pour les musiciens qui voyagent

To view this article in English, click here. Le Bureau canadien de la Fédération américaine des musiciens (FAM)  annonce que ses efforts en vue de susciter les changements nécessaires à la politique du Canada en matière de transport aérien à l’égard du transport d’instruments de musique par les transporteurs aériens canadiens ont été couronnés de succès. […]

Informations sur la 44e Conférence annuelle de l’OMOSC

To view this article in English, click here. par Robert Fraser, président de l’OMOSC et membre de la section locale 247 (Victoria BC) Nous arrivons à ce temps de l’année. Alors que j’écris ces lignes, c’est avec enthousiasme que je pense aux conférences auxquelles je participerai prochainement pour le compte de l’Organisation des musiciens d’orchestres symphoniques […]

AFM & SAG-AFTRA Fund Explains MMA Royalties at ASCAP EXPO

The AFM & SAG-AFTRA Fund’s CEO Stefanie Taub recently hosted a panel at this year’s American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) EXPO to discuss the Music Modernization Act’s (MMA) positive impact on music creators.

Canadian Office of the American Federation of Musicians Announces Major Breakthrough Affecting Travelling Musicians

The Canadian Office of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) has announced a successful outcome in its efforts to affect much-needed changes to Canada’s Air Policy with regard to the transportation of musical instruments on Canadian air carriers.

Comment l’Orchestre symphonique de Terre-Neuve a conclu sa première convention collective

To view this article in English, click here. Par Richard Sandals, directeur adjoint, Services symphoniques, Canada L’orchestre symphonique de Terre-Neuve (NSO) est le seul orchestre de la province de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador. C’est aussi l’orchestre situé le plus à l’est de toute l’Amérique du Nord. Depuis 1985, la relation entre la direction et les membres était régie […]