The Detroit Federation of Musicians is an organization of professional musicians that has proudly contributed to Detroit’s rich cultural heritage since 1881. We are part of the American Federation of Musicians, which represents nearly 100,000 professional musicians across the United States and Canada.
Our history began in 1896 when musicians gathered in Indianapolis and organized the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) for “any musician who receives pay for his musical services.” Representing 3,000 members, AFM was granted a charter by the American Federation of Labor (AFL). Now we are 80,000 musicians strong.
Many of us standing together are more powerful than any of us standing alone. Musicians ability to make a living is threatened as never before. Industry continues reaping huge profits while technological advances transform our work and how we are compensated. But we have tremendous power—musicians just have to organize and use our power.