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

David Lowery Testifies About Copyright Laws

On January 28, David Lowery of Local 123 (Richmond, VA), a musician and faculty member of the University of Georgia’s Music Business Program testified before the US House of Representatives subcommittee concerning copyright law.  Lowery, an outspoken proponent of artists’ rights is also frontman for the rock bands Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven.  You can read a transcript of […]

Retired Mine Workers Recover Benefits

After almost a year of protests, rallies, and court hearings Mine Workers of America (UMWA) announced it had reached a settlement with Peabody Energy to cover health care benefits for coal miners affected by the bankruptcy of Patriot Coal. Under the agreement Peabody Energy and Patriot will provide more than $400 million to fund retiree […]

California’s Working Families Set Example

According to Art Pulaski, executive secretary-treasurer of the California Labor Federation, California labor has led the way in bringing real equality and progress to California’s working families. Among the achievements and reforms listed on the website for the California Labor Federation were: minimum wage increased to $10 by January 2016; expanded access to driver’s licenses […]

British Entertainment Workers Exploited

According to Britain’s The Stage, exploitation of entertainment industry performers and low-paid workers is on the rise, and the problem is only being compounded by decreased funding for arts organizations. In a report to the Low Pay Commission’s 2014 consultation, UK’s Equity claimed that its members are frequently being asked to work for nothing. Equity […]

Tunisian Rappers Unionize

Hip-hop artists in Tunisia have formed their own union, the National Rap Union, which is affiliated with the General Confederation of Tunisian Workers. Italian news agency Ansa reports that the union is not so much about securing fair work contracts as it is about standing up for their rights. Last month Tunisian rapper Klay BBJ […]

Vermont Home Care Workers Unionize

In the largest AFL-CIO organizing victory of the year so far, 7,000 Vermont home care workers voted to join Vermont Home Care United, a part of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). In what is the largest organizing victory in Vermont history, the workers gained bargaining rights with the state government […]

Taxpayers Subsidize Fast Food Industry

According to a report from researchers at University of California, Berkeley, most fast food workers are paid so poorly that they are forced to enroll in public assistance programs, despite the industry making $200 billion in profits each year. “The taxpayer costs we discovered were staggering,” says the report’s co-author Ken Jacobs, chair of UC […]

Gift Establishes Juilliard Fellowship

A new scholarship program established through a $60 million gift from Bruce and Suzie Kovner will allow 25 Kovner fellowships to The Juilliard School beginning in 2014, with a gradual increase to 52 by the year 2018. The fellowships will pay the full cost of attendance for classical music students selected on the basis of […]

Website Is Window to Affordable Care

Now that the Affordable Care Act is in effect, the AFL-CIO and Working America would like to make sure it is successful. Part of that is ensuring working Americans have all the information they need to take advantage of their new health care options. The website is a resource where working families can find […]

Marsalis Heads Juilliard Jazz Studies

Local 802 (New York City) member Wynton Marsalis, who is also managing and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center and a Juilliard alumnus, has been appointed director of Juilliard’s jazz studies program. The Juilliard Jazz program has long-standing ties with Jazz at Lincoln center but the school hopes to expand on those ties, increasing […]