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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Local 374 – Still Serving After 115 Years

Local 374 (Concord, NH) celebrated its 115th year of service at its monthly meeting on May 2, during which the executive board also showcased the original “Certificate of Affiliation” that was drawn up on April 22, 1904.

2019 Symphonic Player Conference Schedule

Here is a list of the 2019 symphonic player conference schedule including the ROPA Conference, TMA Conference, OCSM/OMOSC Conference and ICSOM Conference.

Local 257 Member Sam Bush Receives Honorary Doctorate from WKU

On Friday, May 10, Sam Bush of Local 257 (Nashville, TN), Grammy Award winner known for helping create the new grass sound, received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Western Kentucky University.

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Candidates Seeking Election for AFM Office

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Recommendations and Resolutions of the IEB for the 101st Convention

In conformity with Article 18, Section 5, and Article 18, Section 4 (d), of the AFM Bylaws, the following are the Recommendations and Resolutions to be presented by the International Executive Board (IEB) to the 101st Convention of the American Federation of Musicians for consideration by the elected delegates.