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

Governors Ball Lineup Announced

The Governors Ball lineup has been revealed with lots of great artist performing. We wish everyone good luck with their performance and want to highlight the AFM members who are participating.

Notice from Sony to Current and Former Employees of SPE Affiliated Companies

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) experienced a significant systems disruption on Monday, November 24, 2014.  SPE has determined that the cause of the disruption was a brazen cyber attack. After identifying the disruption, SPE took prompt action to contain the cyber attack, engaged recognized security consultants and contacted law enforcement. SPE learned December 1, 2014, that […]

The Matthew Bellamy Signature Black Cort Guitar

The Matthew Bellamy signature black Cort guitar features a unique shape and incorporates a sleek maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, solid basswood body, special Manson Guitar Works bridge humbucker, and true single coil neck pickup.

Drum Workshop’s Exotic Monogram Tailor-Made Snare Drum

Drum Workshop’s Exotic Monogram tailor-made snare drums let you create a one-of-a-kind drum. These playable, high-end drums are personalized with hand-inlayed, laser-cut exotic wood veneers that contain two initials of your choice.

Harp and Bass Duo 2tone Brings a Fresh Sound to the Stage

Musician Discovers Expanded Range with Harp-Guitar

Retiring AFM Executive Secretary Looks Back Fondly

Theresa Naglieri began working for the AFM June 24, 1958. She was just a few days out of high school when she joined the steno pool.

AFM Members to be Inducted to Rock Hall of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the 2015 class of musicians who will be inducted next April.  Green Day; Bill Withers; Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble; Lou Reed; Joan Jett and the Blackhearts; and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band make up the 2015 class of inductees. The members of Green Day […]

Full List of the 2015 Grammy Award AFM Member Nominees

The full list of the 2015 Grammy Awards have been revealed and we wanted to highlight and congratulate our fellow AFM members who were nominated.   Best American Roots Performance Keb’ Mo’ local 47 (Los Angeles, CA)   Best Rock Performance Arctic Monkeys’ members: Alex Turner (keyboard), Matt Helders (drums), and Jamie Cook (guitar) from local […]

Nathan East Will Be Inducted into NAMM TEC Awards Hall of Fame

Bassist Nathan East will be inducted into the NAMM TEC Awards Hall of Fame by the NAMM Foundation. The induction will occur during the 30th Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Award show on January 24th in Anaheim, California. East has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry including: Daft Punk, […]