Join South Florida Musicians Association

Membership is open to all performers on musical instruments of any kind and vocalists, or other individuals who render musical services of any kind in the United States and Canada. If you decide to join, we urge you to take advantage of our member service programs, attend our meetings and social events, vote for officers (or become one), communicate your ideas, and help make the union a better organization for all musicians. Please keep in mind that Local 655 is not a booking agency or hiring hall and we cannot guarantee you work as a musician.

 HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO JOIN?

One-Time Initiation Fees:

  • If you have never been a member of the AFM (any Local): $115
  • If you are/were a member of another Local of the AFM: $50
  • If you are a student or under the age of 21: $0
  • If you are a former member of Local 655, please call us

Annual Dues:

  • Regular members: $176/year
  • Youth members (under the age of 21): $108/year
  • Annual Dues are prorated by quarter for new members if you join in April or later of each calendar year (i.e. $132 for regular members if you join between April and June, $88 if you join between July and September, and $44 if you join in October or later)

Applications are available online or by calling 954-527-4458. Please mail completed applications, with a check for applicable dues and initiation fees, to:

AFM Local 655
404 SE 15 St.
Fort Lauderdale FL 33316

You may also join online via the national AFM website:

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Benefits of Membership

Collective Action Works

There are serious problems facing today's musicians, such as job security, economic exploitation, and a shortage of job opportunities. These are all prominent issues that must be addressed. Collectively, musicians have a stronger voice in the workplace. The only way that musicians will achieve equality and gain respect from others in the entertainment industry is through communication, cooperation and collective action.

Representing Professional Musicians

South Florida Musicians Association was established in 1913. We act together to protect our mutual interests, to promote and conserve our craft, to agree on fair prices and conditions, and to enforce fair dealings in our profession. In short, we combine our strength to do whatever we can do better collectively than we can do individually.

International Representation

Local 655 is affiliated with the American Federation of Musicians (AFM), the largest entertainment labor organization in the world, with 100,000 members throughout the United Stated and Canada. Our local charter was issued on September 24, 1913, and we have been serving musicians continuously ever since. We are also affiliated with Broward County AFL-CIO.

South Florida Musicians Association, Local 655, American Federation of Musicians, was formed in 1913 and represents professional musicians from Key West to Vero Beach. Whether it is negotiating fair agreements, protecting ownership of recorded music, securing benefits such as health care and pension, or lobbying our legislators, South Florida Musicians Association is committed to raising industry standards and placing the professional musician in the foreground of the cultural landscape.