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


Music Business, Robert Baird

Dealing with Taxation for Canadian Musicians

–Tax advice for informational purposes only, not intended to be a substitute for advice from your personal tax professional. En Francais Tax time is almost here again. This article outlines ways in which you can diminish your tax liability and take advantage of the many deductions available to Canadian musicians. Knowing what expenses you can […]

A Guide to Easy Border Crossing

Crossing a border to work in a foreign country can be nerve-wracking if you are not prepared. With preparation, you can ensure easy border crossing while on tour.

Planning for a Successful US Visa

It’s an unfortunate circumstance that artists are often unable to enter the US to perform because they simply run out of time for the visa process. Here are some suggestions:

Canadian Letter of Invitation and Border Considerations

My company is hosting an event in Whistler, B.C., and will be employing an American band as entertainment for the event. I understand that they will need a Letter of Invitation, but does the band need to show a contract for performance at customs? Do you see any other issues with them crossing?

Contract Basics for Touring Artists

Knowledge of contracts is a must for every touring artist. A contract ensures that both parties communicate their understanding of the details of an engagement. And it binds both parties to honor its provisions.

Avoiding Border Woes

So, how does one avoid border woes? Simply put: do your homework well in advance.

Tips to Getting a Temporary Work Permit for the United States

Q: I am coming to the United States for a tour and I am making plans now to get my visa for the tour. Is there anything I need to know about getting a visa? The first thing a foreign artist, or nonresident alien (NRA), needs to know is that the visa required for any […]

The Complete Story on Canadian Work Permits

The Complete Story on Canadian Work Permits — For many years getting a work permit to bring your band to Canada for a bar, pub, or restaurant gig was a reality.

New Year’s Resolutions for Artists Working in Foreign Lands

As we greet the New Year, we take the time to reflect on the past and resolve to do things better in the coming year. So, with my best wishes for success in 2016, here are some New Year’s resolutions for musicians working in foreign lands:

Crossing Borders: Time Is of the Essence

Crossing Borders: Time Is of the Essence —Musicians crossing borders to perform need to know that time is of the essence dealing with requisite paperwork.