HOW TO JOIN THE UNION -
2016-17 Membership Fees:
*We accept cash, checks and VISA/MC (please add a 3% transaction fee to credit card payments, payable by phone 206-441-7600).
New Member Discount if paying annually and have never been a member of any AFM local:
Save 10% and pay $181.80 + Initiation Fees: $65.00 Federation + $20.00 Local (These are one-time-only fees which you pay upon joining) for a total of $266.80
New Member Discount if paying annually and have been or currently are a member in good standing of any AFM local:
Save 10% and pay $181.80 + Initiation Fee: $20.00 Local (This is a one-time-only fees which you pay upon joining) for a total of $201.80
For new members paying quarterly:
- Initiation Fees: $65.00 Federation + $20.00 Local (These are one-time-only fees which you pay upon joining)
- Dues are $50.50 per quarter. If you've never been a member before, dues would be $135.50 (which includes initiation fees) for the first quarter of your membership and then $50.50 per each quarter after joining.
For returning members who resigned in good standing:
See "existing members" and don't include late fees.
For existing reqular members in 2016:
Paying for 4th Qtr in November $55.50 (includes a $5 late fee)
Paying for 4th Qtr in December $65.50 (includes a $15 late fee)
For existing life members in 2016:
Paying for 4th Qtr in November $29.25 (includes a $5 late fee)
Paying for 4th Qtr in December $39.25 (includes a $15 late fee)
Additionally there could be work dues, (based on scale wages), payable at:
- 2% on jobs booked through the Local's referral service
- 4.25% on recording sessions
- Similar varying rates on organized performance groups as defined by their Collective Bargaining Agreements
For returning members not in good standing:
A $20.00 reinstatement fee and dues for the quarter you were expelled in will apply along with current regular membership dues as for "existing members".
For more information feel free to call us at: (206) 441-7600, Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00
Talk to our office staff about the costs involved in becoming a member or receiving insurance or health benefits - we're here to help you and answer your questions. Our organizing team is also eager to hear your ideas and concerns as a working musician.
GREAT DEAL FOR NEW MEMBERS OF BANDS OR ENSEMBLES OF TWO OR MORE!
One time initiation fees waived! A savings of $85/per musician can be had if the either of the following apply:
- Musicians are joining as a band at the same time as a musical unit (consisting of two or more musicians)
- Musicians are bandmates of a current AFM member and the rest of the ensemble joins