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Are you already a member of the American Federation of Musicians?

No: When you join the Detroit Federation of Musicians (AFM Local 5) you will also join the American Federation of Musicians.

Yes: If you are a member in good standing of another AFM local, you will NOT be assessed national dues or application fees, only Local 5 fees and dues.

If you have any questions about the application process, please call our office during normal business hours at (248) 569-5400 or email your question to

  • $42.50 Quarterly

Or if you prefer – pay just once a year:

  • $170 Annually –  Please send payment before January 1.


  • $35 Local Initiation fee 
  • $65 National Initiation fee – A one time fee for applicants who are not yet members of the American Federation of Musicians (or former members who resigned in good standing).


  • Join as a Student – Musicians who are under the age of 21 or are full time students are also eligible to join with no initiation fees.
  • Join as a Group – When ALL non-union members of a musical group join at the same time, they pay no initiation fees – just the quarterly dues of $42.50. This means it costs only $42.50 per musician to join – a savings of $100 per person! To qualify for this discount:
  1. Your group must have 2 (two) or more non-union members.
  2. ALL non-union members of your group must join at the same time.
  3. You must provide a sample professional photo, brochure, or web site (provide address)  as proof of your status as band members.