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 www.afm.org/join.

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Baltimore Symphony Management intent on cutting season despite offer of $1 million from generous donors

At 6:59 pm Monday evening, September 9, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) management issued a “take it or leave it” offer to the BSO Musicians which will be presented to the orchestra for a vote this evening, September 10. The proposal contained wage and benefit cuts of 20%. The federal mediators proposed an extension of negotiations […]


Les Règles sur le contenu canadien d’une production – hier et aujourd’hui

To view this article in English, click here. écrit par Alan Willaert, Vice-président de la Fédération américaine des musiciens des États-Unis et du Canada (FAM) pour le Canada Je vais commencer par vous expliquer la raison pour laquelle j’ai choisi de parler de ce sujet en particulier. Le 16 juillet dernier, les négociations avec la […]


House Approves Butch Lewis Act, Musicians Praise Pension Reform Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act, also known as the Butch Lewis Act, on July 24.


AFM Applauds Proposed Tax Fix for Musicians

The Performing Artist Tax Parity Act (PATPA), introduced by U.S. Representative Judy Chu (D-CA) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL), would update the Qualified Performing Artist (QPA) tax deduction to help musicians and other performers deduct the costs of work-related expenses.


The Recording Game

The Recording Game is designed to demonstrate simply the continued gains musicians are entitled to when they record under AFM conditions.


Together We Can: AFM 101st Convention

The AFM 101st Convention was held June 17-20 at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino. Two hundred thirty-five delegates from 145 locals attended.


2019 Musicians Hall of Fame Inductees Announced in Nashville

The 2019 inductees into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville have been announced, and nearly every name on the list is an AFM member.


Baltimore Symphony Musicians Support Nurses’ Organizing Campaign

Sponsored by the AFL-CIO, National Nurses United, and the Coalition for a Humane Hopkins, the event featured both national and local labor and political leaders who spoke in support of the organizing campaign for Hopkins nurses to gain union recognition and collective bargaining power.


More Than 100 Musicians Deliver Petition to AMPTP Headquarters Demanding Streaming Residuals for Film/TV

On June 27, more than 100 professional musicians who work in film and television held a press conference and delivered stacks of petition signatures to the entertainment industry’s major producers demanding a fair contract, including residuals, for new media.


What Unions Did For You

Here are the lyrics to “What Unions Did For You,” written and performed by Dave Pomeroy at the 101st AFM Convention in Las Vegas.








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