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


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Scholarships Available to Union Families


For more than 20 years, the Union Plus Scholarship program has been providing annual college scholarship awards to union family members. They have provided funding to more than 2,500 union members, spouses, and dependent children, totaling $3.7 million-plus.

Union families looking for help financing education should check out the Union Plus Scholarship. Awards are granted to students attending two-year colleges, four-year colleges, graduate schools, as well as recognized technical or trade schools.

There’s still time to submit a 2016 Union Plus Scholarship application. The deadline is Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 12pm (noon) ET. The application requires a letter of reference and two brief essays. You can save your entries and return as many times as you need until the deadline. Visit: to begin your application.

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