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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Working Together: the DPE’s Union Difference for AEMI Professionals


According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and the US Census Bureau, in 2023, creative professionals represented by unions made on average 34% more than their nonunion counterparts. The AFL-CIO’s Department of Professional Employees connects 12 arts unions, including the AFM, in the Arts, Entertainment, and Media Industry Coordinating Committee (AEMI). Union members, working as musicians, actors, choreographers, writers, singers, stagehands and more, are able to organize together to lobby for public policy issues and workplace improvements and support each other in collective bargaining with common employers.

Recently bargained collective agreements have led to tangible gains in pay, health care, retirement, and work-life balance as well as protections from loss of work due to artificial intelligence, harassment, and inequity. Visit to read more details about what they’ve achieved together, so far.

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