The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada is the largest organization in the world dedicated to representing the interests of professional musicians. As an AFM member, you are part of a membership of more than 90,000 musicians. The AFM can negotiate agreements and administer contracts, procure valuable benefits and achieve legislative goals. No single musician has that power.

The AFM has a long history of service for musicians in the United States and Canada. Becoming a member of the AFM means that you become part of an organization with more than 100 years of experience in improving the lives of working musicians, and thousands of years of collective experience!

With offices in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC and Toronto, in addition to a network of more than 240 local unions in small and large cities throughout the United States and Canada, the AFM is everywhere you are. We have negotiated high-quality consumer benefits and services for you and your family, and have a professional staff to assist you with your professional needs.

Here are just a few of the benefits and services you are entitled to as an AFM member:

Contracts/collective bargaining. The AFM negotiates wages and working conditions in order to maintain minimum standards for its members involved in recording, TV shows, music videos, commercials, films, video games and traveling theatrical productions. The AFM also can provide a legally binding contract for any type of engagement, and when properly executed and filed with the local union, they allow the local officer to help collect payments in the case of a default.

Pension. The American Federation of Musicians’ and Employers’ Pension Fund (AFM-EPF) is one of the largest pension funds in the entertainment industry. With more than a half billion dollars in assets, millions of dollars are paid out to participating musicians every year. Participants can download a Summary Plan Description to help understand how the Plan works, and can also check the status of their individual employer contributions.

Life Insurance. A life insurance policy comes as part of your AFM membership.

Web Services. The AFM provides a host of referral programs and access to licensed signatory booking agents to help, including: List your band on the AFM online booking agency. List your services on the AFM music instructor referral service. This online resource enables consumers to easily locate and engage AFM member music instructors. Professional web hosting services to help you develop the perfect web site. List yourself or your band in the Atlanta Musicians searchable database.

Subscription to International Musician and Podium Stay informed with free subscriptions to the AFM’s award winning monthly magazine and the Atlanta Local’s monthly newsletter. In addition to fascinating interviews with some of the industry’s top names, each issue has news and information you need, industry employment and audition advertisements, and useful career advice.

Union Plus. Union Plus offers exclusive discounts to AFM members on everything from mortgages to phone service.

Rehearsal Space. Use local 148-462’s rehearsal hall free of charge during business hours.

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