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As a benefit of membership, the Musicians Union offers dental insurance for an additional charge.

For more information go to the Membership page and click on Healthcare.

AFM Lester Petrillo Fund

Started in 1951 with a $10,000 personal contribution from then-President James C. Petrillo in memory of his late son, the Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund for Disabled Musicians is a charitable trust fund that provides financial aid to disabled members. For additional information, please contact the New York office at (917) 229-0224.

Music Performance Fund

The MPF is the world’s largest sponsor of live, admission-free musical programs.  Their priority is music that enhances education and affords students an opportunity to enjoy live music and interact with professional musicians.  There is never an admission charge for MPF performances, and its performances cannot be used to raise money, sell merchandise, or promote political or religious events.

Sound Recording Special Payments Fund

The Sound Recording Special Payments Fund (“SRSPF”) distributes annual supplemental wages to musicians under the collective bargaining agreement between the American Federation of Musicians (“AFM”) and the recording industry.

Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund

The Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund shall provide support to film musicians and the entertainment community worldwide and assist in establishing recognition of musicians’ work by ensuring the payment, processing and distribution of residuals generated by their talent and services.

Affiliated Funds

Sound Exchange

SoundExchange is the non-profit performance rights organization that collects statutory royalties from satellite radio (such as SIRIUS XM), internet radio, cable TV music channels and similar platforms for streaming sound recordings.

Pension Funds

The AFM Pension Fund

The AFM Pension Fund is a place to help you plan for your future. In order to make pension contributions, musicians must use an LS-1 Contract on casual jobs.

The LS-1 can be found HERE. 

If you need to speak with someone, call our local Seattle office or get in touch with the AFM-EPF:
Maureen Kilkelly
(212) 284-1200 or 1-800-833-8065

AFM Pension Summary

The AFM Pension Summary is a report from 2013 on how the pension fund operations on a detailed level.


4Culture is King County’s cultural services agency. 4Culture is located in Seattle, Washington, and was established in January of 2003 to continue the work of the King County Arts Commission, Public Art Commission and the heritage programs of the Landmarks Commission. In mid-2003, 4Culture launched a Preservation Program to promote the value of historic resources in building a unique sense of place in our region.

Artist Trust

Artist Trust is committed to providing vital financial support and quality information services to artists working in all disciplines throughout Washington State.


The program established by the Corporate Council for the Arts for individuals to support the arts and arts education directly or through workplace giving drives.

Bellevue Arts Commission

Acts in an advisory capacity to the Bellevue City Council – It may hold public meetings and make such studies, analyses, and reports as requested by the City Council.

National Endowment For The Arts

Enriches our Nation and its diverse cultural heritage by supporting works of artistic excellence, advancing learning in the arts, and strengthening the arts in communities throughout the country.

Office Of Arts & Culture – Seattle

Cultural partnerships include funding opportunities, initiatives and training for organizations, individual artists, youth arts programs, neighborhood and community groups.

PGA Foundations

Comprised of six distinct charitable foundations that support the arts, music, health and human service organizations, community development programs, medical research, on-line learning and forest protection efforts.

Regional Arts & Culture Council

Mostly serving the Portland, Oregon area, this council also lists regional calls to all artists, including the fields of music and multi-media art. They focus on integrating arts and culture in all aspects of community life and their list of competitions is updated monthly.

WA State Arts Commission

The Washington State Arts commission cultivates a thriving environment for creative expression and appreciation for the arts for the benefit of all; our website includes information about folk arts, community arts, art in public places, grants, cultural tourism, heritage tours, education, and more.


The Western States Arts Federation–is a regional nonprofit arts service organization dedicated to the creative advancement and preservation of the arts.

Bureau Of Labor Statistics

The principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics.

Mayor‘s Office Of Film & Music

The Office of Film & Music is devoted to promoting Seattle’s film and music industries. Sign up for the office‘s weekly newsletter or read archives at this site.

Office Of The Mayor

Mayor Ed Murray Seattle City of Music brings musicians, audiences, business leaders, educators and politicians together in enthusiastic support of the creative, economic and community value of music.

Seattle Music Commission

This Commission was established in June 2010 and is comprised of 21 members from Seattle’s diverse and expansive music industry.  Local 76-493 Vice President Joan Sandler was appointed to the commission in February of 2012.

US Department of Labor

Fosters and promotes the welfare of the job seekers, wage earners, and retirees of the United States.

US National Labor Relations Board

An independent Federal agency created in 1935 to enforce the National Labor Relations Act.

WA State Legislature

The Washington State Legislature is a bicameral body with 49 members in the Senate and 98 members in the House of Representatives. Each district is served by one Senator and two House members.

Directions and Parking for the State Capitol
Find Your Legislator
How a Bill Becomes a Law
Capitol Campus Map

Bringing social and economic justice to our nation by enabling working people to have a voice on the job, in government, in a changing global economy and in their communities.

AFL-CIO Union Plus Program

Union Privilege is a nonprofit organization founded by the AFL-CIO in 1986 to provide excellent consumer benefit programs exclusively to union members (current and retired) and their families.


American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (in conjunction with Screen Actors Guild)


American Federation of Musicians – National organization’s web site

AFM Player Conferences

  • ICSOM – International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians
  • OSCM – Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians
  • ROPA – Regional Orchestra Players Associations
  • RMA – Recording Musicians Association
  • TMA – Theater Musicians Association

American Guild of Musical Artists. The labor organization that represents the men and women who create America’s operatic, choral, and dance heritage.

Musicians’ Union (UK)

Our Brothers and Sisters across the pond.

Communications Workers of America

America’s largest communications and media union, represents over 700,000 men and women in both private and public sectors.

The Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, UW

The Harry Bridges Endowed Chair and Center for Labor Studies were created to be jointly housed in the departments of Political Science and History at the University of Washington.


International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees

  • IATSE Local 15 -The Western Washington Local of The International Alliance Of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists And Allied Crafts Of The United States, Its Territories And Canada, organized in the crafts of Stage and Projection
  • IATSE Local 887 – The wardrobe local for Western Washington, located in Seattle, representing over 200 backstage wardrobe and costume shop employees in the Puget Sound area
King County Labor Council

The M.L. King County Labor Council is chartered by the AFL-CIO and strives to represent the interests of workers in King County. We are comprised of over 150 affiliates, including many local unions as well as local chapters of constituency groups.

Labor Archives of Washington State

The Labor Archives of Washington State (LAWS) was founded to preserve the records of working people and their unions and to serve as a center for historical research, ensuring that new generations have access to the rich labor history of the region.

Labor Neighbor Radio

Labor Neighbor Radio is a non-profit corporation formed by working union members in Washington State, to help you know what the labor movement is doing and why.


SAG-AFTRA represents more than 165,000 actors, announcers, broadcasters journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals.

US Department of Labor

Fosters and promotes the welfare of the job seekers, wage earners, and retirees of the United States

US National Labor Relations Board

An independent Federal agency created in 1935 to enforce the National Labor Relations Act

Washington State Labor Council

The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is the largest labor organization in the Evergreen State. A state federation of the AFL-CIO, the WSLC is a voluntary non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and strengthening the rights and conditions of working people and their families.

Self Promotion For Musicians


Bandcamp provides a rock-solid platform for selling your music and merchandise to your fans, and bring your music to a thriving community of enlightened listeners who understand that the best way to support the artists they love is by directly giving them money.

Sonic Bids

Gig Listings, Fan Engagement, Music Promotion, Brand Promotion, Exclusive Bumbershoot and SXSW Partner.

Sound Cloud

SoundCloud is a leading social sound platform where anyone can create sounds and share them everywhere. Recording and uploading sounds to SoundCloud lets people easily share them privately with their friends or publicly to blogs, sites and social networks. SoundCloud can be accessed anywhere using the official iPhone and Android apps, as well as hundreds of creation and sharing apps built on the SoundCloud platform.

Reverb Nation

Powerful digital tools to promote your music and connect with fans. It’s the only platform you can use to create, manage, and track all of your digital campaigns


Founded in February 2005, YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small.

Social Media Marketing

These are just a few of the many Social Marketing Websites out there:


Hugely popular site for interacting with friends but it also offers endless opportunities for creating fan pages for you and your groups.  If you do a little research, your Facebook fan page can act as a free website.

Like us on Facebook.


Post photos of you and your ensembles
View our photo collection on Flickr


A job search website that offers opportunities to post news, links etc about yourself and your group.


Best for musicians that have downloadable music that they want to sell.  You can also post blog entries, links, photos, videos etc.


Pinterest is a virtual pinboard.  People use it to collect images for wedding planning, home decoration and share recipes.  We use it to collect images of our past and present members, seattle music history, music humor etc.
Follow us on Pinterest.


Great for sending out quick messages, links to events, receiving condensed news from accounts that you choose.
Follow us on Twitter


An excellent site for promoting your concerts and events.
Review us on Yelp


Post promotional videos for yourself and your group.
Visit our YouTube Channel 


Have someone add a listing for you or your group.  You cannot add a listing for yourself.

Radio Marketing

Bryan Ferrish, Radio Promotion

Focuses solely on radio, but we provide clients with direct advice in other areas as well.

Artist Photography

Cornicello Photography

Professional portraits and headshots for marketing and promotional use. Specialize in musicians/performers. Classical to jazz to rock. Studio or location shoots. Long history of shooting Seattle performances – from theatre to festivals.

• City Arts • Oregon Music News • Seattle Weekly
• KEXP Blog • Rain City Ambience • The Stranger
• ArtsJournal • Conducting Masterclass • Sandow
• Adapistration • Inside The Arts • Slipped Disc
• Backstage Pass • My Auditions • Trumpet Herald
• Classical Almanac • NobleViola • Violinist.Com
• All About Jazz • eJazzNews • JazzCorner
• Classic Rock Revisited
• Music Orb • NW Music Archives
• Labornet • Sounds • Venuology
• TheStand • The Unionist
• Acoustic Guitar • Harp Spectrum • Pianist
• Bass Player • The Instrumentalist • Piano and Synth
• Brass Musician • JazzTimes • Playbill Arts
• Classic Drummer • Keyboard • Strings
• Downbeat • Keyboard Player • Texas Music
• Drum Corps World • Making Music • Under the Radar
• Drum Magazine • Modern Drummer • Victory Music
• Electronic Musician • Percussion Magazine • The Viola Website
• Flutetalk • Performing Songwriter • The Strad
• Guitar Player • Performer Magazine
• Rolling Stone • Resonance • Variety
• Spin
• EQ Magazine • TapeOp • Recording
• Mix Magazine • Billboard Magazine
• Pro Sound News • CMJ Magazine
• American Guild of Organists • International Trumpet Guild
• American Harp Society • International Tuba Euphonium Association
• American Viola Society • Music Teachers National Association
• Guitar Foundation of America • National Flute Association
• International Association for Jazz Education • Percussive Arts Society
• International Clarinet Association • Seattle Classic Guitar Society
• International Double Reed Society • Violin Society of America
• International Horn Society • Washington Music Educators Association
• International Society of Bassists • World Harp Congress
• International Trombone Association

Album & Merchandise Manufacturing

Cafe Press is an online marketplace that offers sellers complete e-commerce services to independently create and sell a wide variety of products, and offers buyers unique merchandise across virtually every topic.

Disc Makers

Featuring short-run duplication, complete printing and packaging options, cd & dvd duplicators and printers, or affordable blank CDs and blank DVDs.

Disc Wizards

Disc Wizards, in London UK, specialises in CD, DVD replication and blu-ray duplication.


A local CD manufacturing company based in Ballard.

National Media Services

CD Duplication and Packaging based out of Virginia.

Oasis Cd Manufacturing

Oasis CD Manufacturing was founded in 1987 to be a company people could trust — an oasis, in fact, in a big, confusing and impersonal business.

Rainbo Records

A one-stop soruce for CD, DVD, vinyl and cassette manufacturing.


Local Seattle company, REALTIME, was founded by Philip “Pip” McCaslin in 1986. Pip has established REALTIME as one of the most prominent media duplication companies in the Northwest. Clients included Popllama Records (The Presidents of the USA, The Posies, Young Fresh Fellows, The Picketts, Fastbacks), DC Comics, Saltmine Creative, Realnetworks, Swamp Mama Johnson, Microsoft Corporation, Corbis Corporation, Fastrax, The Boeing Company, JZK Inc., KCTS, KING, Seattle Opera and Seattle Youth Symphony.

Digital Music Distribution

This article from Digital Music News has good reviews of 8 of the current (2014) music distribution companies.

Equipment & Supplies

Marina Music

4039 arrangements for concert band, jazz ensemble, jazz combo, and vocalists, PLUS recordings, fake books, and methods… all available to order online for same-day shipment!

The Woodwind & Brasswind

The Woodwind and Brasswind offers the best selection of musical instruments and accessories at the guaranteed best price

Gig Listings & Job Services

Media Match Magazine

The music industry’s central point for US professionals and employers.

The source of paying jobs for 33 YEARS.

Get Music

Join 6,725 other Music professionals receiving free weekly job listings to their inbox every week.

Orchestral Job Openings

AFM Audition Notices

You must have an AFM online password.  These are updated on the 1st of each month.

My Auditions

Pay to view

Musical Chairs

Free for musicians


A website for classical musicians

Licensing & A&R Access

Pump Audio

Pump Audio represents the best independent music from around the world, for licensing to advertising, television, film and web clients.


Rumblefish is a groundbreaking music and technology company. They provide music licensing services to social media and technology companies, movie and TV production studios, advertisers, video game makers and iconic brands worldwide. We are focused on providing cutting-edge solutions to the many intellectual property issues facing social media companies, artists, music labels and publishers.


The world’s leading independent A&R company helping unsigned bands, artists and songwriters get record deals, publishing deals and placement in films and TV shows.

Musician Communities

Fair Trade Music Seattle

Fair Trade Music Seattle is a grassroots campaign dedicated to raising the standard of living for all working musicians in the Seattle area through education, cooperation and inspiration. Our mission is to build an organization of musicians, club owners, government of?cials and music lovers working together to create a vibrant, sustainable community that supports a living wage for musicians. Our Steering Committee meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month (excluding holidays) at 1:30 PM at the Musicians’ Association of Seattle on Eastlake Ave, E.
Fair Trade Music Seattle – Facebook
Fair Trade Music Seaettle  – Twitter

One of the main purposes of the site is to give independent bands some free promotion.

Professional Associations


American Association of Independent Music – A2IM is an organization of independent music labels that promotes business opportunity, provides advocacy and representation, as well as networking opportunities for the independent label community.


National Association of Music Merchants – Originally an organization for music retailers, it eventually inherited most of the members of the American Federation of Independent Music (formerly NAIRD).

Recording Academy AT

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY® Awards, The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs.


Recording Industry Association of America


International Federation of the Phonographic Industry – IFPI represents the recording industry worldwide, with a membership comprising some 1400 record companies in 66 countries and affiliated industry associations in 45 countries. IFPI’s mission is to promote the value of recorded music, safeguard the rights of record producers and expand the commercial uses of recorded music in all markets where its members operate.


Washington Lawyers for the Arts (WLA) is a nonprofit service organization dedicated to supporting the arts in Washington state by creating alliances and making legal resources accessible to artists and arts organizations of all disciplines.


A major resource for Seattle area musicians to find recording studios, rehearsal space, mastering, and more.

A Pacific Northwest Recording/Mastering Studio Search Engine.

Sheet Music, Used Equipment Etc.

The leading Internet-based sheet music store offering more than 45,000 pieces of digital sheet music.

Welcome to the Musicians’ Association of Seattle’s Political Action & Education page. This page serves as a place for our members to educated themselves about important political issues and how we may achieve our goals.

Part of the process is electing the right people into office, but beyond that we need to hold the people we elect accountable to stand by their word and produce results. Political issues affect not only our jobs and working conditions, but every aspect of our lives. The political process goes well beyond November 4th and major dates on the calendar. It is in the spirit and hope for a better tomorrow that your brothers and sisters practice a true democracy.

As communities, counties, states and a nation we posses that same great power to also inspire change. Unions are communities – Union means everyone.

Together we can create the pro-union and positive working conditions we wish to see!

AFM Tempo

AFM has many allies in Congress. We work with them to advocate on issues that affect musicians everyday, from copyright protection to pension reform. The long-term success of AFM’s legislative efforts depends on making sure that our allies in the House of Representatives and the Senate remain in office. Donating to their reelection campaigns is the best way to achieve this. Therefore, it is necessary that we raise contributions to AFM’s political action committee, the AFM TEMPO Fund.

AFM donates to Members of Congress who help:

  • Fight for a full performance right on all sound recordings. This performance right guarantees that musicians are fairly compensated when their work is played on AM/FM terrestrial radio.
  • Fight for stricter copyright enforcement measures, therefore ensuring that musicians’ hard work is protected from theft and misuse.
  • Work to maintain and strengthen the pension system, so that musicians can afford to live comfortably in retirement.
  • Advocate for more funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts in Education programs, so that the next generation of musicians can have all the tools necessary to learning their craft.

AFM cannot use general treasury funds for political donations, so we need member donations to the AFM Tempo Fund. In order to make your contribution, just click here or send a check to:

1501 Broadway, Suite 600
New York, NY 10036

Current Political Actions

Reauthorize The “Lodging Tax” In The Washington State’s Budget For 2011-2012

Senate Bill 5843 and House Bill 1997, if passed, will extend the “Lodging Tax” which is a critical source of funding for presenting art, cultural, and musical organizations. It is a consumer tax on lodging charges for periods of less than 30 consecutive days for hotels, motels, rooming houses, private campgrounds, RV parks, and similar facilities. The tax is collected from the customer and reported by the lodging business on the excise tax return. The funds are distributed by the State Treasurer to the levying cities and counties. They may be used for promotion of tourism or construction and operation of tourism-related facilities.

The Following Letter Was Sent To Senator Ed Murray.

House Speaker Frank Chopp received a similar letter.

June 6, 2011

Senator Ed Murray

PO Box 40443

Olympia, Wa 98504

RE: SB 5834

Dear Senator Murray,

The Musicians Association of Seattle respectfully requests your support for extending the Lodging Tax to fund the arts and culture in Washington State. These funds are critical to our presenting organizations. We need healthy employers, so we have jobs. The community is enriched creatively, educated and entertained when the arts thrive.

We support both the House Bill 1997 and Senate Bill 5834, and we believe that using a portion of the funds for worker housing is a good idea. Musicians, dancers, writers, artists, stage hands, actors, and other workers will benefit.

We understand that a difference of opinion about priorities may kill the bills.

We sincerely request that our legislators work toward a collaborative solution that maintains the Lodging Tax for a strong arts climate in Seattle, and King County.

Ms. Motter Forman Snell
President, Musicians Association of Seattle, Local 76-493, AFM
3209 Eastlake Ave E.
Seattle, WA 98102

Resolution Supporting The International Association Of Machinists And Aerospace Workers

The Executive Board passed the following resolution in support of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and the rights of workers across the country. We also support the National Labor Relations Board’s efforts to protect workers’ rights as guaranteed by the National Labor Relations Act. We ask our membership to write a letter to their elected officials in solidarity with the Machinists and preserve the National Labor Relations Board in its current configuration.

America For The Arts: See How Our State Representatives Vote


Email us for a pdf listing elected officials in WA state (2017)


Americans for the Arts

Other Websites

Performance Rights Organizations (PROS)


American Society of Composers Authors & Publishers – Protects the rights of its members by licensing and distributing royalties for the non-dramatic public performances of their copyrighted works


Broadcast Music, Inc. – Non-profit company, founded in 1940, collects license fees on behalf of those American creators it represents, as well as thousands of creators from around the world who chose BMI for representation in the United States


Currently celebrating its 75th year of operation, SESAC was founded in 1930, making it the second oldest performing rights organization in the United States.


The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada – SOCAN is an organization that administers in Canada the performing rights of virtually the world’s entire repertoire of copyright-protected music.

Sound Exchange 

A dynamic and modern organization comprised of large, medium and small recording companies, united in the vision of receiving a fair price for the licensing of their music in a new digital world.



Music Publishers Association – Currently representing over 800 American music publishers, NMPA has worked to interpret copyright law, educate the public about licensing, and safeguard the interests of its members.

The Harry Fox Agency

HFA is the foremost mechanical licensing, collections, and distribution agency for U.S. music publishers. Our processes, culture, and technology are client-driven and results-oriented. We continually strive to add value and strength to the music rights industry.


US Copyright Office

A long tradition of promoting progress of the arts and protection for the works of authors.

Copyright Registration FAQ
Copyright Registration of Music
Fair Use
Search records of registered books, music, art, and periodicals, and other works. Includes copyright ownership documents.

Other Links

What Is SoundExchange, ASCP, BMI, PROS, HFA and How To Get All Your Royalties? 

Ari Herstand explains it all in an easy to understand format.

MOLA – The Misic We Perform

An overview of royalties, rentals and rights

MOLA – Copyright Primer
Copyright Basics

Good info rom the Copyright Society of the USA website

Can I Use That Song?  FAQ

Answers to legal music questions

FAQ On Public Domain

International Touring

When crossing the United States/Canada border, paperwork completed ahead of time can help eliminate complications and excessive fees at the border control. For Visa questions and answers go to Visa Questions and Answers on the AFM website.

AFM Members Performing In Canada

Cultural exchange instructions.
New foreign musician application fee causing confusion – Aug. 30 2013

FYI, AFM members are exempt from these new fees if you apply to the cultural exchange program.

Helpful Links for Traveling and Touring Musicians

AFM Guide and links for traveling musicians.

FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.  Print out these pages and take with you before traveling with your instrument as a carry on or as checked baggage

FAA PDF (6 pages) Updated Jan. 2015

AFM Applauds Passage of FAA Bill (updated Jan. 2015)

Traveling with Brazilian wood bows, elephant ivory inserts or instrument parts

U.S. Fish & Wildlife page for musicians traveling with Brazilian rosewood, tortoiseshell, and elephant ivory in their instruments.

US/Canada border crossing info from Local 1000

Lot’s of good links for traveling on this page: