Austin Federation of Musicians


2017 Congratulatory Year for Local 433 Fiddler Player

  November 15, 2017  

David Varnado began playing fiddle at the age of 4.  By the time he turned 12, he was playing in clubs.  Over the many years, David’s love for the fiddle in Cajun, Country and Texas Swing has served him well. …

KOOP 91.7 FM features Austin Federation of Musicians!

  October 24, 2017  

  The Austin Federation of Musicians was invited to do a PSA at KOOP 91.7 FM. Check it out here. A special thank you to KOOP Radio for supporting AFM Local 433!

Austin Jazz Workshop’s “Songs of the American Spirit”

  October 11, 2017  

Austin Jazz Workshop Presents 24th Season 115 Campuses to Receive “Songs of the American Spirit” The Austin Jazz Workshop, a nonprofit group of professional musicians dedicated to jazz performance in central Texas public schools, will visit 33,000 area youths in…

Bud Light Summer Live Series Benefiting Austin Federation of Musicians

  July 19, 2017  

Bud Light Austin Presents Summer Live Series Featuring Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears Date: July 20th, 2017 Location: Austin American Statesman 305 S Congress Ave, Austin, Texas 78704 Time: Happy Hour on the Patio: 5:00pm-7:00pm Doors: 7:00pm Concert: 8:00pm-11:00pm…

Local 433 Fiddle Player Wins 3rd Award

  June 29, 2017  

Congratulations to AFM Local 433 Member David Varnado on your Most Honorable Musician award from the State of Texas! This is David’s 3rd award this year. David has performed with Ty England, Trick Pony, Neil McCoy, Johnny Paycheck, Garth Brooks,…

Austin Jazz Workshop Presents George Gershwin

  March 15, 2016  

The Austin Jazz Workshop is led by Mike Mellinger. Barton Hills Elementary School. Feb, 2016. ‘Fascinating Rhythm’ written by Ira and George Gershwin. Video produced by Gavin Tabone.

Big Bird Remains Union

  December 11, 2015  

I’m pleased to announce there is a new agreement with Sesame Workshop. Earlier this year, Sesame Workshop announced a partnership with HBO bringing first-run episodes of Sesame Street exclusively to HBO for the next five years. After nine months of…


  August 10, 2015  

Changes to help protect endangered elephants were recently proposed by the Obama Administration that would further restrict the import, export, or sale of ivory in the U.S. Our union has been working with the administration to ensure that revised ivory…

Music & Memory Project

  June 4, 2015  

Music and Memory Helps Improve the Lives of People with Alzheimer’s Some Texas nursing homes will soon begin using individualized music playlists to try to reduce the use of antipsychotic medication for people with Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders. The…

Austin Music Census

  June 4, 2015  

The Austin Music Census is here! Click on the image to read the report!  We want to send out a big thank you to Titan Music Group, LLC for all of their hard work on this census and survey! To…