Union Dues

The union’s operating monies come from two sources: Membership Dues and Work Dues. The monies from dues are used by the union to provide collective bargaining representation and related services to AFM members and to any musicians working under Union agreements.

Online Payments

MEMBERS of Local 47 in good standing may pay Membership Dues and Work Dues here:

NON-MEMBERS and members not currently in good standing* may make Work Dues payments here:

Please do not use this yellow pay button to make any payments for anything other than Work Dues.

* You are not a member in good standing if:
  • You have not joined Local 47 (even if you are a member of another AFM Local)
  • You have been Suspended or Expelled from Local 47
  • You are Beck/Fi-Core/Agency Fee status
  • You have Resigned your membership from Local 47

To report an issue with the payment portals on this website, please submit an Error Report Ticket.

Mail/Phone Payments

Please make check/money order payable to "AFM Local 47" and mail to:
AFM Local 47 Dues Dept.
3220 Winona Ave. Burbank CA 91504

Pay by phone: 323.993.3116

Work Dues

Any musician who works under AFM agreements, even if they are not a member of the union, are subject to Work Dues billings from the union. The purpose of Work Dues are to financially enable the union to facilitate collective bargaining representation and related services to AFM members. 

Whenever you perform a union music 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. (It is worthwhile to keep in mind that Local 47 contracts do not prohibit musicians from negotiating wages which are higher than the minimum union scale.)

Every Local in the AFM, including Local 47, sets its own Work Dues rates. Musicians who belong to Local 47, but who work outside our jurisdiction, may receive a Work Dues bill from the Local in the jurisdiction in which they were employed.

Local 47 members may opt-in to receive email notifications when Work Dues statements are available. Click here to enroll. This option is not available to non-members.

Policies & Reminders

Work Dues Delinquency and Suspension

Refund/Return Policy

Consumer Privacy Policy

AFM Multi-Card Rebate Form (afm.org login required; rebate form filed under "Miscellaneous" in Document Library)


Resignation Procedure

Reinstatement/Rejoining/Reaffiliation Procedures

Make a Donation

Learn more about our Musicians Relief Fund and Political Action Committee.

Membership Fees

Regular Member
Annual Dues: $210
Semi-Annual Dues: $110

Life Member
Annual Dues: $110

Inactive Life Member
Annual Dues: $90

Membership Dues are pro-rated quarterly.

Initiation Fees: New members are required to pay a one-time Local Initiation Fee of $75, as well as a one-time Federation Initiation Fee of $65 if not currently a member of another AFM Local.

Renewal Due Dates

Annual and Semi-Annual Membership Dues for Regular, Life and Inactive Life Members are due 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. All outstanding dues/fees/fines must be paid by June 30 to avoid expulsion.

Semi-Annual Membership Dues for Regular Members are also due July 1 and must be received by September 30 (three-month grace period) to avoid suspension. If not paid by this date, a $75 reinstatement fee will be assessed. All oustanding dues/fees/fines must be paid by December 31 to avoid expulsion.

Life Membership

Per Article IV of the AFM Local 47 bylaws, Regular Members who meet the criteria described in Section 10 may request Life Member status. Life Members who meet the criteria described in Section 11 may request Inactive Life Member status. Inactive Life Members do not have all of the same rights as privileges as Regular and Life Members, such as the right to vote in Local elections.

Local 47 bylaws may be found in the Members-Only section of this website (log in here); print copies are available upon request from the Secretary/Treasurer's Office.


Contact the Membership/Dues Department:
323.993.3116, membership@afm47.org