Many of us standing together are more powerful than any of us standing alone.
The American Federation of Musicians of the US and Canada represents musicians from all fields and genres, including freelancers or “gigging musicians,” touring, recording, freelance, composers/arrangers — from the nightclub, in theater pits, to the symphony hall — and everything in between.
Many AFM members are freelancers—they are not regularly employed by a symphony, a theater production, or in media production. Musicians have been part of the gig economy since before it even had a name. From young bands just starting out to seasoned performers working regularly—all musicians deserve good wages, decent working conditions, healthcare, and a secure retirement.
Like the industry, the AFM is also changing and evolving, and its policies and programs will move in new directions dictated by its members. As a member, you will determine these directions through your interest and involvement. Your membership will be your key to participation in governing your union, keeping it responsive to your needs, and enabling it to serve musicians better.
Resources For Freelance Musicians
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It’s hard going it alone in today’s gig economy as temporary, contract, and freelance workers.
Musicians’ ability to make a living is threatened as never before. Corporate profits continue growing while technological advances transform our work and how we are compensated. We have built strength, allowing us to negotiate strong contacts, good wages, decent working conditions, healthcare, and a secure retirement.
Join together with AFM musicians to have a voice, build power, and earn a decent living. Many of us standing together are more powerful than any of us standing alone.
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By joining AFM you are joining the largest union of musicians in the world. Don’t go it alone—join 70,000 musicians throughout the United States and Canada making the music industry work for musicians.
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