Organizing Department

The basic principle of organizing is to come together collectively to build real power. Many united voices are more powerful than one. Organizing is the life-blood of a union, as well as any movement for social and economic justice.

When we organize to ensure that musicians work under collective bargaining agreements as well as other kinds of contracts and compacts and to build solidarity in our union, we are stronger and more united. When we join with others to organize for the rights of artists and workers, and in support of unions and activists in our communities as part of a broader mission, we are even more powerful.

The Organizing Department works with musicians on a local, national and international level to organize for musicians’ rights in our communities. We support organizing efforts in all segments of the music business, including the growing freelance scene, and especially in genres where the AFM has traditionally been less active such as jazz, Latin music, rap and hip-hop.

For more information call 323.507.1508 or email

AFM Fair Share for Musicians Campaign — We Did It!

Our AFM contract negotiations for theatrical and television film work with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television (AMPTP) — the same employers against whom WGA and SAG-AFTRA were recently on strike — concluded with a historic win for musicians. Congratulations to all who helped reach the tentative deal. Ratification packets are out now. Voting musicians: please be sure to cast your vote by April 1.

Visit the national AFM campaign website to learn more.

Local 47 #WhyUnion? Campaign

#WhyUnion? - Local 47’s #WhyUnion? campaign features members from every part of our profession, answering in their own words, this question: “Why Union?” Click the link to read members' answers, and to share your own.

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LA County Fed Strike Sanctions

Strike sanctions have been filed against three employers to ensure no unions will cross a Local 47 picket line formed at any non-union sessions. Read more

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