Celebrating 100 years of supporting live music and professional musicians!
We are a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to advocating for musicians to help ensure the future of live
Local 689 is a chapter of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada, with headquarters in New York, Los Angeles and Ontario.
We were granted our charter in 1914, making us one of the oldest organizations in Eugene.
It's easy to join Local 689! Visit our membership page and find out why nearly 100,000 professional musicians in the US and Canada have joined the American Federation of Musicians. We embrace all genres including jazz, classical, rock, folk, contemporary Christian, bluegrass, gospel, big band, country, and reggae, and our active members include Roberta Flack, Santana, Yo-Yo Ma, Mark O'Connor, Sheila E, Suzanne Vega, The Goo Goo Dolls, Robert Cray, Willie Nelson, Branford Marsalis, and many other prominent artists. Join the professionals!
"Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast, To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak."William Congreve (1697)
“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”Victor Hugo
“The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.”Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
"Music is the universal language of mankind."Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”Plato
“Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.”Igor Stravinsky
“I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.”John Cage
“Music does not deal in general ideas or morality or salvation. It is an art. It expresses private sentiments through skill and sincerity, both of which last are a privilege, a duty, indeed, of the private citizen, and no monopoly of the prophetically inclined.”Virgil Thomson