Why be a member of the Professional Musician’s Association?

Our primary purpose is to represent our members in their workplace. We do this by obtaining contracts, administering contracts and by setting area wage scale standards and working conditions. All AFM Local 500 members receive the American Federation of Musician’s monthly publication, The International Musician, and our Local 500 newsletter.

Who is eligible to join?

Membership is open to all qualified musicians – Professionals who work part-time or full-time in pop, rock, country, jazz, classical, folk, or other areas of music making.

How do I join?

Return a completed AFM application, along with six months dues of $57, to the address above. First time AFM members must also send an additional one-time $65 Initiation fee.

CLICK HERE for AFM application in a fillable Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Format. Or visit the national AFM web site for more membership information.

Additional advantages of AFM membership

  • Local Job Referral
  • Locally Negotiated Agreements
  • AFM Group Insurance Available
  • AFM Contract Forms
  • Union Plus AFL-CIO Benefit Plans
  • AFM Instrument Insurance
  • Collection of Claims
  • Phono Special Payments Fund
  • Music Performance Trust Fund
  • Touring Support

Current Members May Now Pay Dues Online!

Annual Dues are $110 (paid on or before 2/15/18). Dues paid 2/16/18 or later is $114. You may also pay bi-annually for $57. Current members may pay their dues online with a credit card, through PayPal. Be aware that we are charged a fee for the processing, so we must increase the price by $4 to cover the fee. You may also opt to pay with a check to avoid the fee. Please send to: AFM Local 500, PO Box 90486, Raleigh, NC 27675

Anyone wishing to join or if you are behind in payments, DO NOT USE THIS OPTION! You must contact the Treasurer at

2018 AFM 500 Dues - $4 service fee added