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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Fellowship Program Preps Diverse Musicians for America’s Orchestras

This program, launched in August, provides four string musicians looking to further or begin a musical performance career with a variety of opportunities.

Tim Atwood Honored for Career in Country Music

Tim Atwood, member of Local 257 (Nashville, TN), was honored with both a Proclamation from the 18th Congressional District of Illinois and the City of Peoria.

Google Employees Protest Inequality and Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

On November 1, thousands of Google employees worldwide walked off the job in a protest against the mishandling of sexual harassment allegations and discriminatory actions.

La FCM donne son appui et participe à la conférence de Folk Music Ontario

To view this article in English, click here. Du 27 au 29 septembre, la Fédération canadienne des musiciens (FCM) a participé à la conférence annuelle de Folk Music Ontario (FMO). Le rôle de la FCM auprès de FMO a varié au fil des ans, mais cette année, ses représentants ont eu le plaisir de présenter […]

La valeur de l’adhésion à la FAM passe par les contrats

To view this article in English, click here. Rencontrer nos membres est toujours un exercice intéressant et une bonne façon de rester au fait des réalités de la scène musicale, les bonnes comme les moins bonnes. Parmi ce qui me déçoit le plus, il y a ces conversations avec des musiciens reconnus qui sont membres […]

Se Faciliter son le passage à la frontière

par Robert Baird, président BAM! Baird Artists Management Consulting To view this article in English, click here. La traversée des frontières n’a jamais été chose facile; elle peut même être éprouvante et ardue. Toutefois, avec quelques connaissances et un peu de préparation, elle peut se passer plus simplement, plus rapidement et de façon moins stressante. […]

Local 6 Stands Together with Marriott Hotel Employees

AFM Local 6 members joined the line in solidarity with UNITE HERE Local 2 workers striking the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. A total of eight musicians participated in six shifts over two days.

AFM Members Among Most Powerful Women in the Music Industry

Each year, BBC Radio 4 releases a list of the most powerful women in the music industry. This “Women’s Hour Power List” features women that are performers, business owners, musicians, and executives and have a strong influence in the industry.

Saxophonist Recognized for Work with Detroit’s Jazz Community

Wendell Harrison, member of Local 5 (Detroit, MI), was recently named the 2018 Kresge Eminent Artist. This lifetime achievement award honors a musician who has had a significant impact on the cultural environment of Detroit and is dedicated to the development of Detroit’s cultural community and residents.

Violinist Earns Recognition for Work with Underprivileged

Vijay Gupta, member of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA), was recently named a MacArthur Fellow. His work with the homeless and under-resourced communities has inspired musicians all over the Los Angeles area.