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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.

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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

Six Flags Workers Avoid Strike

Workers at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, accepted a new contract at the end of December that averted a strike. “The membership was not thrilled with the outcome,” says International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District Lodge 947 President Sal Vasquez.

McDonald’s Is Accountable as Joint Employer

While the National Labor Relations Board overturned an Obama-era ruling that gave workers significant leverage in challenging labor practices of fast food restaurants and other chains, McDonald’s will still be held accountable for its misdeeds.

Unions Plan to Back Marijuana Workers

California unions are hoping to organize the 100,000 expected workers that will enter the cannabis workforce this year. On January 1, legal sale of recreational marijuana in licensed shops to anyone 21 and older began.

New Internet Streaming Promotion Agreement Approved

The AFM International Executive Board has approved a new agreement known as the Internet Streaming Promotion Agreement. Please log onto the website ( to view a copy of the agreement.

New Symphonic and Local Non-Symphonic Limited Pressing Agreements Now Available

The AFM International Executive Board recently approved new versions of the AFM Symphonic Limited Pressing Agreement and the Local Non-Symphonic Limited Pressing Agreemen

Multi-Card Member Rebates

Effective January 1, 2018, members who belonged to three or more AFM Locals throughout 2017 can petition the AFM Secretary-Treasurer for a “rebate equal to the per capita dues received by the Federation” for that member’s membership in each AFM Local in excess of two.


AFM National Lead Organizer
American Federation of Musicians of the United States & Canada (AFM), AFL-CIO

Location: New York City, with the ability to travel within the US and Canada.

WestJet’s Encore Pilots Organize

Last month 500 pilots for WestJet Airlines’ regional carrier Encore formally joined the Air Line Pilots Association, selecting the organization as its bargaining representative.

Missouri Workers to Decide Right to Work

The Missouri Secretary of State’s Office certified 250,327 signatures of registered voters, 78% more than what was required to put the question of “right to work” on the ballot in November 2018.

Dozens of Ontario Newspapers Cease Operations

A swap deal between Postmedia and TorStar will see 36 newspapers shuttered—all but two of them in Ontario.