80,000 musicians comprise the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM). We perform in orchestras, bands, clubs and theaters—both on Broadway and on tour. AFM members also make music for films, television, radio, commercials, and sound recordings. As the largest union of musicians in the world, we have the power to make the music industry work for musicians.
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.
Membership is open to any full-time or part-time musician or vocalist,working in pop, rock, country, classical, jazz, folk or any other area of music making in the jurisdiction of Local 78. If you live outside of the jurisdiction of local 78 (Syracuse area) use the Find a Local feature of the AFM web site to find a Local Musicians Union in your area.
Check out these AFM Solution Series Brochures (pdf)
Musicians Referral Service - no booking agent fees as a result of our advertising.
Music Performance Fund (MPF) concerts.
Assistance with Canadian work permits.
Pension benefits and Special Payments for recording under AFM agreements.
Initiation Fees: $65.00 Federation + $55.00 Local (total: $120.00)
Dues: $38 per quarter. For new members, dues are $153 (which includes initiation fees or $115 and $38 per quarter.
Youth (under 21) and Students: $38 per quarter (do not pay initiation fees).
Call or visit Local 78 for an application form. (315) 433.9807
Download and print out our online APPLICATION FORM PDF
and mail it with your check, made payable to:
The Professional Musicians of Central New York
3009 Burnet Ave.
Syracuse, N.Y. 13206