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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Canadian musician Shawn Mendes of Local 149 (Toronto, ON) is the first artist to land four number one hits on the Adult Pop Songs Chart before reaching age 20. His most recent tune to hit the number one spot is “In My Blood.” “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” was on top for five weeks from September 2017; “Treat You Better,” spent six weeks at number one, beginning October 2016; “Stitches” in February 2016. Mendes turned 20 on August 8.
Runners up, each with only two Adult Pop Song number ones while in their teens were: Avril Lavigne (now 33) with “Complicated” (2002) and “I’m With You” (2003) and Lorde (now 21) with “Royals” (2013) and “Team” (2014).