Don't Go It Alone.

Join Now

News

American Federation of Musicians Celebrates 125 Years: 1896-2021

Today (October 19) marks the 125th anniversary of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM). In the 125 years since its inception, the AFM has had one goal: to elevate, protect, and advance the interests of all musicians who receive pay for their musical services. It was an evolutionary act of organizing that gathered musician leaders […]

Read More

Update to Performing Artist Tax Parity Act Legislation Introduced

Congress proposes to restore tax deductions for performing artists. The Performing Artist Tax Parity Act legislation would provide much-needed tax relief to working artists by updating the Qualified Performing Artist (QPA) tax deduction, which allows certain performing artists to deduct the cost of expenses incurred in the course of their employment. The Performing Artist Tax […]

Read More

An announcement Sunday by the San Antonio Symphony Society that it would immediately impose its “last, best and final offer” prompted a unanimous strike vote by the musicians of the San Antonio Symphony. The employer’s offer would reduce the orchestra from 72 members earning approximately $35,000 seasonally to 42 full-time “core” positions earning $24,500 each […]

Read More

AFM Stands in Solidarity with IATSE

The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) stands in solidarity with members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) in their fight for a fair contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). “IATSE members are key behind-the-scenes workers in film and television production, and […]

Read More

Celebrate Labor Day

Many of us think of Labor Day as the unofficial end of summer—and we sometimes forget it’s the day we recognize and celebrate the achievements of working people. Whether you are spending time with your family or doing a gig this weekend—take pride in being a union member and part of the labor movement. We […]

Read More

AFM Statement on the passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada is saddened to learn of the death of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka today. Throughout his entire life, Rich Trumka fought hard to improve the lives of working people, not only in the United States, but around the world. AFM sends its most sincere condolences […]

Read More

Musicians Win Union Coverage for HBO Miniseries

The American Federation of Musicians (AFM) confirms that Home Box Office (HBO) has agreed to cover musicians working on the period drama “The Gilded Age,” under the AFM’s TV Film Agreement. Musicians who were hired to sideline on the production were told their compensation would be based on union rates but then discovered there was […]

Read More

The American Federation of Musicians today filed an unfair labor practice (ULP) charge with the National Labor Relations Board against Home Box Office (HBO) for federal labor law violations. In its charge, AFM said that the company fired musicians after they asked to be represented by the American Federation of Musicians. After a meeting this […]

Read More

White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment

The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) wholeheartedly supports and endorses the White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment established by President Biden today. Since the day our country was founded, Unions of American workers have fought and won improvements in wages, working conditions, and health and retirement […]

Read More