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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The AFM and its Members Respond to COVID-19 Effects on Musicians


While our union officials have been monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and potential impacts on musicians since it first became a global health emergency in late January, once music events began being canceled and restrictions on large gatherings were announced by both US and Canadian officials in early March, that is when the impact on musicians and their livelihoods became stark.




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Rum Ragged: Spreading the Living Tradition of Newfoundland Folk Music


The members of Rum Ragged were brought together by their shared passion for collecting and arranging undiscovered traditional songs and tunes of their home.




Timpanist Jauvon Gilliam Drives the Rhythm


“I have a dream job,” says Jauvon Gilliam of Local 161-710 (Washington, DC), principal timpanist for the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO). “Rarely am I the superstar or the soloist and I relish that. I like being the main support system, like the load-bearing wall, if you will.” From his riser in the back of the […]




The Ancestors Are Calling


At 72, singer and songwriter Laura Vinson has lost none of the natural beauty of her voice. In her striking visual performances, images of elders hover above Native dancers, as ancient drum rhythms summon the past. Her music is not characterized by gritty protest, but the emotional pull is palpable: part dissent, part nostalgia, part […]




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Eugenia Zukerman: Renowned Flutist Reflects on What Comes Next After Alzheimer’s Diagnosis


Eugenia Zukerman, now 75, has had a long and successful career as not only a musician but also an author, journalist, and music director.




Kenny Seymour


Music Director Underscores the Universality of Music Ain’t Too Proud is the story of the influential Motown group The Temptations, and their journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame during the turbulent times of the 1960s. It is a show filled with the group’s signature dance moves and […]




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Vijay Gupta: Encouraging Musicians to be Empowered by Their Artistry


Violinist Vijay Gupta was awarded a MacArthur fellow late last year, resigned from the LA Phil and now works full time at his non-profit, Street Symphony.




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Cellist Dave Eggar on His ‘Pandora’s Box’ of Creating Music


Cellist, pianist, and composer Dave Eggar has been given many labels—including prodigy, virtuoso, musical genius—but he prefers to see himself as a storyteller.




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Jimmy Capps: Hall of Fame Guitarist Celebrates 60 Years Onstage


Jimmy Capps’ image may be low-key, but his prolific career has earned him a place as one of the most accomplished and respected guitarists in the history of country music.




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The Boise Philharmonic: A Textbook Example of How to Organize


After six months of hard work on the part of the BPO Organizing Committee, the Boise Philharmonic has become the newest member orchestra of the AFM.










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