Our Musicians: Freelance
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.
But it’s hard going it alone in today’s gig economy as temporary, contract and freelance workers. 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.
By joining AFM you are joining the largest union of musicians in the world. Don’t go it alone—join 80,000 musicians throughout the United States and Canada making the music industry work for musicians.
Resources For Freelance Musicians
As the largest union of musicians in the world, we have the power to make the music industry work for musicians. Don’t go it alone—join with 80,000 musicians.
List your group on AFM Entertainment where musicians help musicians get paid gigs for private events like weddings.
Published monthly, the International Musician magazine provides vital news of legislation affecting musicians, audition notices, industry news, features about activism and labor organizing campaigns, and spotlights featuring the activities of their colleagues.
Fair Trade Music
Building an organization city-by-city raising standards for working musicians through organizing, collective action and inspiration.
Get more information about organizing and how a union works for musicians
Venue reviews — by musicians, for musicians. Musicians on Venuology anonymously review venues they’ve played at. Armed with info about sound quality, room size, pay and vibe, we can collectively pressure clubs to improve!