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Being a member of the Louisville Musicians’ Union (Local 11-637) offers numerous benefits to include, use of a rehearsal facility, engagement contracts, band and ensemble referral lists (to connect members and groups with purchasers of musical services), a $1,000.00 Life Insurance policy, and legal defense for infringement of properly-filed engagement contracts.

Through the AFM, benefits include negotiated national recording contracts, a pension fund, assistance for traveling musicians encountering problems with purchasers on engagements, various insurance programs (including musical equipment insurance), and programs available from the AFL-CIO, which provide credit cards and loans.

Contact us if you have questions or would like to come in for an informational tour.


Regular Membership

Annual dues are $150.00, which includes a $16.00 Life Insurance co-pay. Dues may be paid in-full by 1 January each year, or in bi-annual payments of $83.00 (includes $16.00 Life Insurance co-pay) and $67.00, which are due 1 January and 1 July, respectively. 

*The one-time initiation fee is $75.00 ($65.00 to the AFM and $10.00 to the Local). An applicant who is already a member of another AFM Local pays only a one-time $10.00 initiation fee.

Student and Youth Memberships

Student memberships are available to full and part-time students of any age.  Youth memberships are available to musicians aged 20 and below.  Dues may be paid quarterly, and membership is activated immediately upon receipt of the first quarterly dues payment ($37.50).  Full membership will be awarded, without payment of any additional fees, upon the student member’s conclusion of studies or when the youth member turns twenty-one, as applicable.

* Initiation fees (LFM and AFM) are waived. $75.00 savings!

Band and Ensemble Memberships

Each member joins under the appropriate membership category (see above).
* Initiation fees (LFM and AFM) are waived if all members of a self-contained band or ensemble join, together, as a group. $75 savings per band/ensemble member!


1. Complete application

Complete either of these membership applications.

2. Pay Fees

Pay here with Paypal/Venmo/Credit/Debit

New Membership Fees & Dues
Or Mail/Walk it to: Louisville Federation of Musicians, 1436 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY. 40204-1413

Alternately, new applicants wishing to make payment via credit card may visit the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) website to join online or to learn more about member benefits and resources, including member insurance services, web hosting and CD sales.