Celebrating 100 years of supporting live music and professional musicians!
We have approximately 200 members with diverse interests and needs. Over one
half of our members are orchestral musicians who are involved in organizations such as the Eugene Symphony, Oregon Bach Festival, Eugene Opera, Oregon Mozart Players, the Oregon Festival of American Music and others.
A small portion of our members are retired or no longer actively performing but keep up their membership because they want to remain involved and continue to support other musicians.
Some have become members because of the affordability of our Group Instrument Insurance.
Another small portion are musicians who live elsewhere, such as Robert Cray, but continue their membership here.
The remaining portion are freelance and recording musicians, teachers, copyists, arrangers, and songwriters.
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 nearly 100,000 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.
HOW TO JOIN
You may easily join by stopping by our office during normal hours, completing an application form, and paying the relevant fees. If you wish, you may download a PDF file of our application form, print it, fill it out, enclose your fees, and mail it to our office. You have a third option of joining directly through the national AFM website. Note that reinstatement fees and fines must be paid directly to the local, not through the AFM website.
Local dues rates are set by vote of the general membership. Annual membership dues are $146.00. They
may also be paid quarterly at $38.50, or every six months for $73.00. One time initiation fees total
$85.00 ($20 for Local Initiation plus $65.00 for Federation Initiation.) Initiation fees are waived for
anyone under 21 years of age or college students of any age. Federation Initiation Fees are waived
for musicians who are already members of another AFM Local or Locals.
Life member's dues are $88.50 annually, or $44.25 semi-annually.
Inactive life member's dues are $82.00 annually, $41 semi-annually.
Benefits of AFM Membership
Here are just a few of the benefits and services you are entitled to as an AFM member:
Low-cost instrument & liability insurance
Free contracts and contract enforcement
Subscriptions to The International Musician and The Score
Online gig referral service
Music Performance Fund
GoPro AFM Referral Programs
Musician's Payroll, Inc
Lester Petrillo Fund
Members-only access to www.afm.org
One of the strongest pension/retirement funds in the country.
Specialized AFM departments available for all areas of the music business
The Musicians' Association is not a "booking agency". However, we do give direct referrals to clients who
call us looking for bands and musicians. That means that they call you, and we stay out of it. We never
charge an agent or referral fee. We also do not discuss your price with them.
As a Union Member, can I only play at Union clubs?
There are no longer any "Union clubs". Since the Taft-Hartley Act was reinterpreted in the early '70s,
musicians have been defined as Independent Contractors and not legal employees of club owners. Labor
laws prohibit Unions from seeking collective bargaining agreements with club owners. You may play
wherever you like. However, there may be a rare occasion where we may ask you to support the efforts of
ours or another Union's boycott of an unfair establishment.
What does the Union do for me?
The Musicians' Association is membership run. As a union member, you are the union! Our membership is
very diverse - symphonic, folk, blues, rock, Latin and other ethnic musicians have very different needs.
You tell us what you need and help us find a way as a group to address those needs. If you don't like our
Bylaws, change them. If you don't like the way we run the office, become a Board Member. If you have an
idea about how to improve the lives of musicians, tell us about it. Come to our General Membership Board
Meetings. Write an article for our newsletter. This is one place where you can make a difference!
If I join the Union, will I only be able to take gigs that pay union scale?
The Bylaws of the AFM state: "No member shall perform or agree to perform an engagement for less than the applicable minimum compensation established for the engagement by the Local or AFM, as the case may be."
Our Local wage scale establishes a minimum wage at a fair standard for our region. Wages are
determined by three things: how many players, how many hours played, and what sort of job/venue it is. If you take a job for less than union wage scale, then you risk losing the union benefits of contract protection and dispute resolution, and you undermine the bargaining power of your fellow professionals.
Can the Union help me negotiate a contract with an employer?
Yes. Any member can ask for help with negotiating a Single Engagement contract.