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

Recording Academy and MusiCares Establish COVID-19 Relief Fund

The Recording Academy and its affiliated charitable foundation MusiCares have established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help people in the music industry affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak and subsequent cancellation of multiple music events.

L’OMOSC réagit à la crise de la COVID-19

To view this article in English, click here. par Robert Fraser, président de l’OMOSC et membre de la section locale 247 (Victoria, C.-B.) Au moment d’écrire ces lignes, il y a exactement une semaine que mon orchestre, le Victoria Symphony, a annulé un concert à un peu moins de quatre heures d’avis. C’était le soir du […]

La redevance moyenne pour le numérique au Canada est de 67 $. C’est tout?

To view this article in English, click here. par Alan Willaert, vice-président de la FAM pour le Canada La Société canadienne des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique (SOCAN), l’organisme de gestion des droits d’auteur du Canada qui représente plus de 135,000 auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs canadiens, a livré quelques données relatives à ses collectes […]

United States Travel Ban Extended to Europe

Beginning March 14, the United States travel ban extended to Europe in response to the growing coronavirus pandemic in the states.

AFL-CIO Calls for Workplace Standard on Infectious Diseases

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka recently decried the Trump Administration for being unprepared for the current coronavirus contagion spreading throughout the US—as well as being incompetent in its federal response to the outbreak—and called for an emergency workplace standard on infectious diseases to protect workers from the virus.

Limited Exception to Lacey Act Authorized

The US Agriculture Department has authorized a limited exception to the Lacey Act requirement that all imported products containing wood and other plant products be accompanied by a declaration disclosing all wood in the products.

AFM 2020 Grammy Winners on Signatory Recordings

Congratulations to all AFM musicians whose AFM signatory recordings won Grammys! Here’s a list of who was selected.

La déclaration de revenus pour les musiciens canadiens – révision de la déclaration T1

To view this article in English, click here. par Norman Slongo, membre de la section locale 591 (Thunder Bay, Ont.) L’Agence du revenu du Canada (ARC) a révisé la déclaration de revenus générale T1 pour l’année d’imposition 2019. Voici quelques éléments importants à retenir pour les musiciens qui préparent leurs déclarations eux-mêmes. Les musiciens ayant […]

E50 Series Symphonic Castanets

The new E50 Series Symphonic Castanets by Frank Epstein are designed to play soft and loud rolls as well as soft and loud articulated passages.

Local 180 Member’s One-of-a-Kind Fazioli Piano Destroyed in Moving Accident

On the last day of January, pianist Angela Hewitt of Local 180 (Ottawa, ON) lost her best friend—her precious Fazioli concert grand piano that she has been using for the past 17 years for recording and performing.