An Overview of the Detroit Federation of Musicians


Founded in 1881 as the Detroit Musicians’ Mutual Protective Union.

Mission: To unite the musicians of Detroit and vicinity, the establishment and maintenance of minimum prices for all engagements; the enforcement of the terms of all contracts made and properly filed by its members; the advancement and conservation of the individual and collective interests of its members; the enforcement of good faith and fair dealing by and between its members, and the promotion and stimulation of a true fraternal feeling among the membership as a whole.

Affiliated with the American Federation of Musicians in 1903 and became known as the Detroit Federation of Musicians, Local #5

Affiliated with the Michigan and Metro Detroit AFL-CIO

950 members

10th largest local union of the American Federation of Musicians and Canada, among those located in the US; 12th largest overall

Collective Bargaining Agreements with:

  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra
  • Michigan Opera Theatre
  • Detroit Opera House
  • Nederlander Detroit at the Fisher Theatre
  • Olympia Entertainment at the Fox Theatre
  • Detroit Jazz Festival
  • Michigan Philharmonic
  • Dearborn Symphony Orchestra
  • Warren Symphony Orchestra
  • Livonia Symphony Orchestra
  • Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra
  • Redford Civic Symphony
  • Southern Great Lakes Symphony

Administers national and local Electronic Media Agreements for projects that take place in the Metro Detroit area, including:

  • Sound recordings
  • Internet, Television and Radio Commercial Advertisements
  • Internet, Television and Radio programs
  • Theatrical and Industrial Motion Picture projects

Leadership: Elected President, a Vice-President and Secretary-Treasurer. Together with five (5) elected members, these officers constitute the Executive Board. Also, one elected Delegate to the AFM Convention.

Three Annual Membership Meetings: January Orientation, March Annual Meeting and October Semi-Annual Meeting

AFM Local 5 and Detroit Musicians Entertainment