Membership & Work Dues

The Membership/Dues Department at Local 47 processes all new member applications as well as Membership and Work Dues payments.

To pay by phone, please call 323.993.3116.

Go Paperless! Members may sign up to receive Work Dues notifications by email here.


The union’s operating monies come from two sources: Membership Dues and Work Dues. Here is a breakdown on the difference, and how they are used to the benefit of all members:

Membership Dues

Membership Dues are required of the entire active membership. Dues are billed to each member annually or semi-annually.

  • Members who opt to pay annually must renew by January 1 of each year. Payment must be received by March 31 (three-month grace period) to avoid suspension. If not paid by this date, a $75 reinstatement fee will be assessed.
  • Members who pay Semi-Annually (twice a year) must renew every January 1 and July 1. Semi-Annual Membership Dues for Regular Members, due July 1, must be received by Sept. 30 (three-month grace period) to avoid suspension. If not paid by this date, a $75 reinstatement fee will be assessed.

  • Dues and reinstatement fee must be paid by Dec. 31 each year to avoid expulsion.

A member may resign in good standing from the Local by satisfying all financial responsibility to the Local and filing a letter requesting resignation with the Secretary/Treasurer. Musicians wishing to reinstate or rejoin after a lapse in membership, or to reaffiliate after resigning in good standing, may contact the Secretary/Treasurer’s Office at 323.993.3160 for more information.

Work Dues

Whenever you perform a Union job, you pay a small percentage of the minimum wage for that job in work dues, typically 3% to 5.1% depending on the contract. Scale wages are the minimum wages agreed to between the employer and the union in a collective bargaining agreement. Local 47 contracts do not prevent musicians from negotiating wages which are higher than the minimum scale. For live performance jobs, your employer may automatically deduct Work Dues from your wages (check-off work dues) once you have signed a Dues Authorization Check-off card and given it to your union representative.

Every Local in the AFM sets its own Membership and Work Dues rates. Musicians who belong to Local 47 but who work outside the Local’s jurisdiction may be subject to a Work Dues payment to the Local in the jurisdiction in which they are engaged. You may receive a Work Dues bill from said Local, and are obligated by the Bylaws of the AFM to pay any such bill or risk being expelled from the union.


Suspension & Expulsion

Annual and Semi-Annual Membership Dues, due Jan. 1 of each year, must be received by March 31 (three-month grace period) to avoid suspension. If not paid by this date, a $75 reinstatement fee will be assessed. Both dues and reinstatement fee must be paid by June 30 to avoid expulsion.

Likewise, Semi-Annual Membership Dues for Regular Members, due July 1, must be received by Sept. 30 (three-month grace period) to avoid suspension. If not paid by this date, a $75 reinstatement fee will be assessed. Both dues and reinstatement fee must be paid by Dec. 31 to avoid expulsion.

Resignation

A member may resign in good standing from the Local by satisfying all financial responsibility to the Local and filing a letter requesting resignation with the Secretary/Treasurer.

Reinstating/Rejoining/Reaffiliation

Click here to learn how to reinstate or rejoin after a lapse in membership, or to reaffiliate after resigning in good standing.

How Dues Are Used

The privileges and protections derived from working under an AFM contract carry with them the obligation to pay dues in a timely manner. Work dues are used to provide collective bargaining representation and related services to AFM members and to any musicians working under Union agreements. These services include:

  • The negotiation of collective bargaining agreements that protect the wages, hours and working conditions of professional musicians

  • The enforcement of those contractual provisions and protections, and members’ other legal rights through the grievance process and through litigation in arbitrations, governmental agencies and the State and Federal courts

  • The employment and retention of a highly trained professional staff to administer those contracts and to provide related services to members, and to comply with all federal and state laws regulating labor unions

  • The education and training of elected union officers, delegates, members of negotiating committees and the general membership in the collective bargaining process

  • All related services necessary to protect the livelihood and welfare of the membership
Keep Your Contact Info Current!

Every member is responsible for ensuring that AFM Local 47 has his or her current address and that the Union receives dues payments promptly. Paying your dues keeps you in good standing and qualifies you to:

  • Work under an AFM contract

  • Participate in negotiations of the collective bargaining agreements that will determine your compensation and working conditions

  • Vote for the national and local area officers that will represent you

  • Have a voice in the union, its governance structure, and its policies

  • Receive the wide array of members-only benefits available to union members through the Relief Fund, the AFL-CIO’s Union Plus Program, the SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union, and various other vendors


If you have questions, please feel welcome to contact our Membership/Dues Department. Our friendly staff is happy to help answer any questions or concerns you may have: 323.993.3116, email