Local 17 American Federation of Musicians



Welcome, and thank you for your interest in Local 17 of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. The AFM is the largest organization in the world dedicated to representing the interests of professional musicians. Local 17 represents many of the finest professional musicians in the area.

AFM members, who number over 90,000, perform all styles of music—alternative rock, classical, pop, gospel, jazz, country, folk, rock, big band, reggae, contemporary Christian, etc.. With such active members as Bruce Springsteen, Roberta Flack, Santana, Yo-Yo Ma, Sheila E, Suzanne Vega, The Goo Goo Dolls, Willie Nelson, and Branford Marsalis, there is a strong representation of major recording individuals and groups.

The AFM has been promoting and protecting professional musicians for over 110 years. Local 17 has been serving musicians in the Erie and Crawford Counties in the northwest Pennsylvania area since 1896 and continues to be an effective advocate for musicians’ rights in the workplace (be that a nightclub, a symphony stage, in a recording studio, or on tour). The AFM and Local 17 protect the recorded works musicians produce from being exploited, and protect our members live performances by providing several types of benefit programs that help them build successful careers.