Austin Federation of Musicians

Willie The Austin Federation of Musicians is the local chapter of the American Federation of Musicians of the U.S. and Canada. The Austin Local was founded in 1907 and since then has assisted local musicians with wages, working conditions and other issues relating to their employment. We’re musicians representing and working for musicians with over 500 local members.

What Does the Union Do?

KeenThe Austin Federation of Musicians’ primary purpose is to protect the interests of working musicians. We do this by negotiating contracts covering wages, working conditions and other workplace issues. We also provide benefit programs, such as equipment insurance, geared to the needs of musicians.

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What members say about The Austin Federation of Musicians:

“Actually, the union’s helped me a lot. They’ve gotten lots of money for me. Little things that you forget. Big things – special payment funds, special funds that come when you need’em.”
-Jimmie Vaughan

“When I’m hiring musicians for a session or gig, I just get the union membership directory for names and phone numbers. I figure if they’re not in the Union, they’re not serious.”
-Floyd Domino

Some Other Members:

  • Del Castillo
  • Pat Green
  • Lucinda Williams
  • Eric Johnson
  • Marcia Ball
  • Asleep at the Wheel
  • Austin Symphony Orchestra
  • Austin Lyric Opera
  • George Strait
  • Eddie Blue
  • Charles Thibodeaux
  • The Blues Crawlers
  • Joe Ely
  • Charlie Sexton
  • Jimmie Vaughn
  • Redd Volkaert
  • Ray Wylie Hubbard
  • Austin Jazz Workshop


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