New Orleans
LOCAL 174-496

New Orleans
LOCAL 174-496


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Membership Benefits

The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada is the largest organization in the world dedicated to representing the interests of professional musicians.  As an AFM member, you are part of a membership of more than 80,000 musicians. The AFM can negotiate agreements and administer contracts, procure valuable benefits and achieve legislative goals. No single musician has that power.

The AFM has a long history of service for musicians in the United States and Canada. Becoming a member of the AFM means that you become part of an organization with more than 100 years of experience in improving the lives of working musicians, and thousands of years of collective experience!

With offices in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC and Toronto, in addition to a network of more than 240 local unions in small and large cities throughout the United States and Canada, the AFM is everywhere you are. We have negotiated high-quality consumer benefits and services for you and your family, and have a professional staff to assist you with your professional needs.

Benefits and services you are entitled to as an AFM member:

Contracts and Collective Bargaining.

The AFM negotiates wages and working conditions in order to maintain minimum standards for its members involved in recording, TV shows, music videos, commercials, films, video games and traveling theatrical productions.  The AFM also can provide a legally binding contract for any type of engagement, and when properly executed and filed with the local union, they allow the local officer to help collect payments in the case of a default.

Pension and Retirement.

AFM members may earn pension credits each time they work through the AFM pension plan.

FREE Use of Fully-Equipped Rehearsal Hall

Tricentennial Hall is the New Orleans AFM’s new, state-of-the-art rehearsal and event facility that is completely free to use for members during business hours. Even a big band can fit in the 30′ x 21′ soundproofed space, equipped with the following:

See this page to learn more about the rehearsal facility!

Insurance Programs You Can Rely On.

Members may take advantage of special rates negotiated by the union with Mercer Health and Benefits Insurances Services. Mercer offers helpful plans tailored to the needs of working musicians, including the Special Risk Musical Instrument Equipment Insurance.

Take 1 Insurance is another low-cost option available to union members looking to protect their valuable instruments.

Referral Programs and International Booking.

The AFM provides a host of referral programs and access to licensed signatory booking agents to help, including AFM Entertainment, the union’s live music referral site, and GoPro, which features services like GoProLessons, an online resource that enables consumers to easily locate and engage AFM member music instructors.

Union Plus.

AFL-CIO Union Plus benefits help current and retired labor union members and their families save money and support them through major milestones, celebrations and hardships. Benefits and savings have been negotiated for union members in areas including home buying and maintenance, technology, travel and auto needs, entertainment, money management, education and more.

AFM Travel Kit.

The AFM Travel Kit helps members stay current on the latest information and advisories about traveling with instruments, from major airline policies to the process for filing a complaint.

Subscription to International Musician.

Stay informed with a free subscription to the AFM’s award winning monthly magazine, International Musician.  In addition to fascinating interviews with some of the industry’s top names, each issue of the International Musician has news and information you need, industry employment and audition advertisements, and useful career advice.

And much more …



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