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


Traveling Musician

Tips for Safe Air Travels with Your Instrument

Tips for Safe Air Travels with Your Instrument — Customs, and other agencies have made improvements and reduced unexpected surprises when traveling by air.

TMA: Broadway and Beyond

TMA: Broadway and Beyond — TMA represents theatre musicians around the country; the Theatre Committee represents theatre musicians in New York City.

How to Structure an Overscale Deal that Works for You

How to Structure an Overscale Deal that Works for You —you may enjoy the negotiating wages or other “perks” that are beyond union scale minimum terms.

Touring and Theatre Special

Touring and Theatre Special — Welcome to the 2015 International Musician special section on the AFM’s Touring, Theatre, Booking and Immigration Division.

Central Withholding Agreements in the US

Most artists should take advantage of central withholding agreements (CWA) with the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to reduce this withholding amount.

Perform at Your Best: Eating Well on the Road

Eating well on the road is important for anyone traveling, but especially musicians who are under tremendous mental and physical stress…

Contract Considerations for Artists Crossing Borders

When you are negotiating to perform in another country, there are certain considerations that need to be taken into account. There may be language problems, or cultural differences.

USCIS Visa Processing Delay Notice

We regret to inform Canadian travelling musicians that USCIS, primarily the Vermont Service Center, is severely backlogged. Please note that USCIS does not notify petitioners

Travel Advice From the AFM for Musicians Flying with Instruments

Some very simple but important travel advice for any musicians out there who are traveling with their most precious cargo–their instrument.

Problems Crossing a Border with a Criminal Record

Even a minor criminal conviction can cause you to be turned away from a border crossing. Many musicians are surprised to find out that their criminal record prevents them from traveling overseas for work. I received this letter from a reader: