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 www.afm.org/join.

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Legislative Update, Recent News

Election 2024: Biden Restores NLRB to Powerful Agency for Workers’ Rights

President Biden’s administration has empowered the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to advance its mission of protecting the right of workers to organize, making significant progress to restore and fortify this powerful agency that had been hollowed out by the previous administration. Under Biden’s appointees to the NLRB, the agency is wielding its authority to […]


CITES Webinar Details Travel Rules for Instruments Containing Protected Species

On May 7, a webinar was held by the League of American Orchestras in partnership with the AFM and several other organizations to detail the latest rules of travel with musical instruments containing protected species. The webinar, a transcript, and slide presentation are now available for free, on-demand at the website: www.americanorchestras.org/travel-rules-for-protected-species-and-musical-instruments/. The webinar explains […]


Canada’s Music Awards

CFM Representing at JUNO and ECMA Awards by Liana White, AFM Canadian Office Executive Director The Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) was present at two of Canada’s biggest music awards shows, the JUNO Awards and the East Coast Music Awards (ECMA). This year’s JUNO Awards were held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for the first time […]


Working Together: the DPE’s Union Difference for AEMI Professionals

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and the US Census Bureau, in 2023, creative professionals represented by unions made on average 34% more than their nonunion counterparts. The AFL-CIO’s Department of Professional Employees connects 12 arts unions, including the AFM, in the Arts, Entertainment, and Media Industry Coordinating Committee (AEMI). Union members, working as […]


Mississauga Passes Fair Pay Policy

The city of Mississauga, Ontario, approved its first Musician Fair Pay Policy, marking a significant step toward recognizing and valuing the contributions of musicians within the local art scene. The policy is one of the first in Canada to set a minimum payment for musicians that perform at city-produced events. It’s the result of Music Strategy: […]


IEB Endorses Joe Biden for President

“Stand faithfully by your friends and elect them. Oppose your enemies and defeat them.” That is the political policy of the AFL-CIO, and one that the AFM has subscribed to for decades. The unquestionable truth of it motivated the AFM International Executive Board (IEB), in its first quarterly meeting of 2024, to endorse US President […]


Music Performance Trust Fund Student Scholarships

Applications for 2024 Music Performance Trust Fund scholarships are being accepted through May 31. The MPTF Scholarship initiative supports the children of musicians through Music Family Scholarships, and helps future musicians through Music’s Future Scholarships. A minimum of $150,000 will be awarded to students in the Fall of 2024 through two scholarship programs: ♦Music Family […]


Free .MUSIC Domain Name Registration until May 24

The official provider for .MUSIC domains is now offering priority registration to AFM members to secure .MUSIC domain name(s) linked to their songwriter, artist, or brand name free for one year. .MUSIC provides a recognized, trusted, and verified music-centric internet profile. Every .MUSIC will also receive a free SmartBadge, which acts as a QR code […]


Saying Goodbye to an AFM Colleague and Friend: AFM Vice President from Canada Alan Willaert

It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Alan Willaert, American Federation of Musicians Vice President from Canada and Director of Canadian Affairs, on April 18, 2024. Alan was a passionate and tenacious advocate for Canadian musicians—whether at contract negotiations or speaking about the impact of legislation before parliament. […]


Remembering Longtime AFM Leader Victor Fuentealba

AFM President Emeritus Victor W. “Vic” Fuentealba passed away April 17 at age 101. A proud AFM member for more than 80 years, he first joined the union in 1941, when he was performing with the Pete Santora Big Band at Haussner’s Rathskeller in Baltimore, Maryland. He was a member of Bob Craig’s orchestra just prior […]








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