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


Contributor Guidelines

FEEDBACK: All letters regarding articles printed in the International Musician must be typed, signed (with name, local, and phone number), and should be no more than 300 words in length. Feedback can be emailed to

The editor reserves the right to determine whether material submitted shall be published and the right to edit as needed for clarity, length, libelous statements, and personal attacks. The opinions presented in Feedback are those of individual AFM member writers and in no way do they represent the opinions of the AFM, IEB, or IM editorial staff.

If you have a musician you would like to see profiled in the International Musician print edition or website please submit the member’s full name, local number, and contact information here.

For other suggestions and topic, email the International Musician editor at  All submissions will be reviewed by the International Musician Editorial Board for approval.

AFM members profiled in articles in the International Musician magazine must include positive attributes about the subject’s union membership and the benefits of belonging to the AFM. The story highlights AFM member’s career accomplishments, special projects (especially current ones), background, future goals, influences, etc.

Please read and follow these guidelines:

  • Under no circumstances does the International Musician or American Federation of Musicians pay for unsolicited submissions.
  • Please provide the subject’s contact information (e-mail and telephone number), primary Local membership, and website/social media links, along with the submitted article in case we need to contact him/her.
  • Upbeat profiles are never written in the first person. You may submit an Upbeat about yourself, but it should be written in the second person (as if someone else is writing about you). In that case, there will be no byline.
  • The subject musician or musicians in an article must all be AFM members in good standing, no exceptions.  All current working US or Canadian musicians mentioned in the article must also be AFM members in good standing.
  • In most cases, Upbeat articles should not be biographies starting with childhood. Try to find a theme or angle to focus on. Upbeat profiles always include something about the subject’s union membership and the benefits of belonging.
  • The International Musician does not publish articles focused on a particular performance review or albums reviews. If a submitted article does discuss a particular recording the work needs to have been done under an AFM agreement.
  • Always verify all information gathered from sources other than the subject musician.
  • We reserve the right to edit all submissions to meet space and content restrictions.
  • Please follow the International Musician Style Guide as closely as possible. Articles should be submitted in Word/text format with no indentation at the start of paragraphs and no double spaces at the end of sentences.
  • Headlines should include a verb whenever possible and are subject to editing.

Photos / Video  / Recordings

  • You are responsible for submitting at least one photo to be published with the story. Provide a caption in sentence format that describes what is happening in the photo or a caption that invites readers to continue reading the story.
  • We prefer a (color) photo of the subject with his/her instrument. For articles to be published in the print version of International Musician, photographs must be high resolution (at least 300 dpi at three inches).

Note: photos grabbed off the Internet are not high resolution enough for print. The writer is responsible for securing permission to use the photograph submitted and for providing any photo credit that needs to be published with the photo.

  • Performance videos posted on YouTube can be linked to online Upbeat profiles.

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