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

Unis, pour le meilleur et pour le pire

To view this article in English, click here. par Alan Willaert, vice-président de la FAM pour le Canada Toute bonne chose a une fin, même pour les groupes de musique. Ils sont victimes du changement, que celui-ci soit externe, interne ou personnel. Même les Beatles n’y ont pas échappé. Lorsque des musiciens décident de former […]

Western Conference

The 2019 Western Conference Executive Board (L to R) are: AFM International Vice President Bruce Fife administering the oath of office to Western Conference President Rachel Dorfman of Local 105 (Spokane, WA), First Vice President Doug Robinson of Local 586 (Phoenix, AZ), Second Vice President Mont Chris Hubbard of Local 99 (Portland, OR), Third Vice President David Brown of Local 145 (Vancouver, BC), Fourth Vice President Michael Allen of Local 20-623 (Denver, CO), and Secretary-Treasurer Tammy Noreyko of Local 7 (Orange County, CA).

La communauté musicale du Canada s’engage à promouvoir des milieux de travail sains

To view this article in English, click here. Le 16 mars, 42 organismes musicaux, dont la Fédération canadienne des musiciens, ont formellement signé le Code de conduite des industries créatrices du Canada en témoignage de leur engagement à créer des milieux de travail surs et respectueux. Ils se sont également engagés à rehausser et à […]

Canadian Music Community Commits to Safe, Respectful Workspaces

On March 16, 42 music groups, among them the Canadian Federation of Musicians, formally signed the Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct in demonstration of their pledge to keep their work environments free of harassment, discrimination, violence, and bullying.

Conférence à venir de l’OMOSC

To view this article in English, click here. par Robert Fraser, président de l’OMOSC, et Melissa Goodchild, secrétaire de l’OMOSC, tous deux membres de la section locale 247 (Victoria, C.-B.) L’Organisation des musiciens d’orchestre symphonique du Canada (OMOSC) tiendra sa conférence annuelle à l’hôtel Sheraton Hamilton de Hamilton, en Ontario, du 12 au 16 août. […]

Bernie Sanders’ Staff First in Campaign History to Unionize

Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign will have a unionized workforce. The decision is a natural extension of the candidate’s policies and longstanding support for workers’ rights and a $15 per hour minimum wage.

AFM New York Office Relocation

The AFM New York office will be closed for business both Thursday, March 28, and Friday, March 29, as they move to their new office space on the ninth floor. Their computer servers will be off-line from March 28 until Monday, April 1. Therefore, email messages sent to the AFM New York Headquarters staff between […]

Music Performance Trust Fund Launches Documentary

This month, the Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) launches an uplifting documentary, Never Too Old. The film spotlights the experience live music performances create for performing musicians and their audiences as they come together at three senior centers located in New York City, New Orleans, and the Los Angeles area. The official release of the […]

Nashville Bids Farewell to One of Music City’s Founders, Harold Bradley

Former Local 257 (Nashville, TN) President and AFM Vice President Harold Bradley passed away January 31 at the age of 93.

AFM 2019 Grammy Winners on Signatory Recordings

Check out this list of signatory albums from union members that were nominated for Grammys during the 2019 Grammy awards!