Membership & Work Dues

The union’s operating monies come from two sources: Membership Dues and Work Dues. Membership Dues are required of the entire active membership. Dues are billed to each member annually or semi-annually. Work Dues are used to provide collective bargaining representation and related services to AFM members and to any musicians working under Union agreements.

To pay by phone, please call 323.993.3116.

Go Paperless! Members may sign up to receive Work Dues notifications by email here.


Membership Dues

Regular Member
Full Year: $210
Half Year: $110

Life Member
Active Life Member: $110
Inactive Life Member: $90

Make checks or money orders payable to:
AFM Local 47, 3220 Winona Ave.
Burbank CA 91504

You may also make payments with VISA, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx

  • Members who opt to pay Annually must renew by January 1 of each year. Payment must be received by March 31 (three-month grace period) to avoid suspension. If not paid by this date, a $75 reinstatement fee will be assessed.

  • Members who pay Semi-Annually (twice a year) must renew every January 1 and July 1. Semi-Annual Membership Dues for Regular Members, due July 1, must be received by Sept. 30 (three-month grace period) to avoid suspension. If not paid by this date, a $75 reinstatement fee will be assessed.

  • Dues and reinstatement fee must be paid by Dec. 31 each year to avoid expulsion.

A member may resign in good standing from the Local by satisfying all financial responsibility to the Local and filing a letter requesting resignation with the Secretary/Treasurer. Musicians wishing to reinstate or rejoin after a lapse in membership, or to reaffiliate after resigning in good standing, may contact the Secretary/Treasurer’s Office at 323.993.3160 for more information.


Suspension & Expulsion

Annual and Semi-Annual Membership Dues, due Jan. 1 of each year, must be received by March 31 (three-month grace period) to avoid suspension. If not paid by this date, a $75 reinstatement fee will be assessed. Both dues and reinstatement fee must be paid by June 30 to avoid expulsion.

Likewise, Semi-Annual Membership Dues for Regular Members, due July 1, must be received by Sept. 30 (three-month grace period) to avoid suspension. If not paid by this date, a $75 reinstatement fee will be assessed. Both dues and reinstatement fee must be paid by Dec. 31 to avoid expulsion.

Resignation

A member may resign in good standing from the Local by satisfying all financial responsibility to the Local and filing a letter requesting resignation with the Secretary/Treasurer.

Reinstating/Rejoining/Reaffiliation

Click here to learn how to reinstate or rejoin after a lapse in membership, or to reaffiliate after resigning in good standing.


Help a Musician in Need

Be an anonymous donor to the Local 47 Musicians Relief Fund. Send contributions to the Secretary’s office or click here for more information.


Work Dues

Whenever you perform a Union job, you pay a small percentage of the minimum wage for that job in work dues, typically 3% to 5.1% depending on the contract. Scale wages are the minimum wages agreed to between the employer and the union in a collective bargaining agreement. Local 47 contracts do not prevent musicians from negotiating wages which are higher than the minimum scale. For live performance jobs, your employer may automatically deduct Work Dues from your wages (check-off work dues) once you have signed a Dues Authorization Check-off card and given it to your union representative.

Every Local in the AFM sets its own Membership and Work Dues rates. Musicians who belong to Local 47 but who work outside the Local’s jurisdiction may be subject to a Work Dues payment to the Local in the jurisdiction in which they are engaged. You may receive a Work Dues bill from said Local, and are obligated by the Bylaws of the AFM to pay any such bill or risk being expelled from the union.


Check-Hold Policy

At its Dec. 9, 2014 meeting, the Local 47 Executive Board passed the following motion:

“As a matter of policy, Local 47 will no longer mail checks to members or non-members whose delinquent work dues liability is in excess of $1,000. When the Local receives a payroll check for anyone who has such a delinquency, the member or non-member shall be contacted by the Secretary/Treasurer’s office. Checks within 14 days of expiration will be deposited in the Escrow Fund.”

If you fall into that category, you will receive a postcard informing you that your check is in the office. You can call the Secretary/Treasurer’s office at (323) 993-3159 to discuss your work dues delinquency and to make arrangements to pick up your check.

Work Dues Delinquency and Suspension

1) Local 47 members whose work dues delinquency exceeds $500 shall be suspended; and
2) Non-Local 47 members whose work dues delinquency exceeds $500 shall be referred to the IEB as provided in the AFM Bylaws.

In order to reinstate membership, a $75 reinstatement fee will be assessed.


For more information about how Membership Dues and Work Dues are used, click here.


If you have questions, please feel welcome to contact our Membership/Dues Department. Our friendly staff is happy to help answer any questions or concerns you may have: 323.993.3116, email