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You can also download a fillable PDF version of the application here. The complete form must be submitted to the AFM local you wish to join.

Whether you are already an established artist or in the midst of completing your first creative project, the moment you consider recording or performing in public, you create a product that has value both now and in the future. When you become a member of an AFM Local within Canada you are automatically a member of both The American Federation of Musicians of US and Canada [parent organization], and its distinctly Canadian arm, The Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM). By joining, CFM collectively helps you to minimize the potential threats of exploitation and potential theft of your intellectual property.  

By joining you become part of an illustrious membership that includes Canada’s finest professional musicians performing all styles of music in every type of venue.  This legacy helped AFM Canada establish unrivaled working conditions for all members, which will be continued through CFM.  From comprehensive instrument, health and liability insurance, to a world-class pension plan, contract protection with emergency travel assistance,  free Internet referral postings, access to AFM/CFM-licensed booking agents to keep those gigs coming and more, we demonstrate that as a member-driven organization, we understand the critical benefits you need to further your career and to protect your future.

Specialized departments within CFM and the AFM International also offer members a host of vital services including assistance with immigration, media recordings, symphonic and theatrical matters, touring, freelance musicians and membership services, contract negotiations and administration, and management of royalty streams.  In addition, we offer web referrals, as well as three additional sites that provide members with a domain and hosting service, a musical instrument/gear auction site and another for music lessons.

As a member, AFM and CFM will be your voice in the US and Canadian legislative process. We are proactive in legislative action and were instrumental in bringing about Federal and Provincial Status of the Artist, as well as Copyright reform and new payments to musicians from new tariffs such as Neighbouring Rights and the private copying levy.

We make it our business to open the door to ongoing public dialogue on the issues that matter to you the most.  So, each time you take to the stage or enter a recording studio, why not bring the experience and strength of more than 90,000 musicians (across US and Canada) with you.  Simply put, as a professional Canadian musician, you can’t afford not to be a member. 

To join, please visit www.afm.org/join and complete an online application, or call 1 800 463 6333 x228 for more information.

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