Musicians' Association

Local 689 - American Federation of Musicians

Eugene, Oregon

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.

Oregon Mozart Players
Oregon Mozart Players, Annual Candlelight Concert.

Eugene Symphony
Eugene Symphony

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:

You can find an in-depth discussion of membership benefits at our international website.

Eugene Opera
Eugene Opera