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Not your father’s benefit package

Does the phrase, “employee benefits” make you think of the humdrum world of nine-to-five, about as far you can imagine from your life as a musician? Think again. By joining Local 1000 you can get access to a pension plan, instrument insurance, low-interest credit cards, contract support and more – benefits that can keep you on the road for the long haul, doing the work you love.

Actors Federal Credit Union

We Have a New Benefit For Local 1000 Members!   We are pleased to announce that Actors Federal Credit Union is now available to serve Local 1000 members! ActorsFCU has been assisting Entertainment Industry professionals with banking for nearly 52 years. Click on the link below to see all they have to offer us.   […]

Crossing the border

Music may know no borders, but work visas can involve a lot of red tape. Local 1000 helps its members through the border-crossing maze.

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Disability insurance

Just like other professionals, musicians can benefit from disability insurance! The AFM plan is comprehensive, affordable, and available to any member in reasonably good health.

Emergency Relief Fund

Local 1000 adminsters a fund to assist members experiencing financial hardship with a no-interest loan.

Health insurance

Local 1000 offers its members plans that will cover most medical expenses should you become seriously ill. Premiums can be as little as $400 every 6 months.

Instrument insurance

Cover your instruments, sound system, computer and more at replacement value – at home, at the gig, or on the road – for as little as $85 a year.

Joe Hill Fund
Joe Hill Scholarship Fund

The Joe Hill Fund supports Local 1000 members to help them expand their knowledge of union and worker history, their skills in organizing and their skills in the use of music and song and performing arts in union activities.

Liability insurance

Some employers require it; some performers simply want the peace of mind. It’s available.

Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF)

The MPTF helps us play for audiences that can’t afford us, for union scale wages, via matching funds for gigs that are sponsored by schools, nursing homes, etc., free to the public.

Performance Contracts

In order to receive contract support, pension contributions and other AFM benefits, you must file each contract with Local 1000, using the union’s contract form. You can download the appropriate form here (or ask the office to send you one).

Recording Contracts

Local 1000 can now accept and file recording contracts with the AFM. President Emeritus John McCutcheon has written a helpful article to walk you through the process which can be downloaded here. Below are the scales and information forms for you to download. All downloads are in PDF format (you can get the free Adobe […]

Union Plus
Union Plus program

As a member of an AFL-CIO union you have access to low interest credit cards, discount travel programs, low cost mortgages and many other consumer benefits.

Contract support

As long as you filed a contract with us, Local 1000 can help you recoup your loss from an employer who fails to pay or goes bankrupt.

Pension plan

As musicians we’re lucky to have work we love, but none of us can keep going forever. The AFM’s secure pensions plans (U.S. and Canada) can pay out $1,000 a month or more when you retire!


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