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The Nashville Musicians Association represents over 2400 of Music City’s finest musicians, including the Nashville Symphony, studio players, road musicians, teachers, singer/songwriters, bandleaders, arrangers, and producers. There are many reasons to join us, but none is more important than the simple concept of strength in numbers. 


It's about solidarity.

As a talented musician, your real strength in the music business comes from working and bargaining collectively with other musicians. By keeping an open ear to the diverse needs of our members, and adjusting our strategies and policies to reflect the rapidly changing reality of today’s music business, the Nashville Musicians Association continues to thrive as one of the strongest and most productive locals in the AFM.

We are here to help you protect yourself and your music. 

There are many other benefits you will receive as a member of Local 257:

  • Free use of our rehearsal hall, complete with full backline
  • Access to our Local 257 Emergency Relief Fund, which allows you to apply for financial assistance if you find yourself in a tough situation
  • A multitude of discounts to products and services, including instrument insurance, phone service, free passes to Summer NAMM and much more
  • Access to the AFM's Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund, which gives relief to disabled members 
  • Access to group health insurance with Sound Healthcare



Contact us to check on special rates for bands joining together, or to get your total to rejoin if you are a former member who resigned in good standing.

Dues for new members normally include two one-time initiation fees. If you've been an AFM member before, one of these fees is waived. The chart below contains a breakdown of the fees for new members. Note: Dues are pro-rated each quarter. 


We also have a special youth membership rate. Call for more information on the requirements to get these discounted rates.

Call Michael Minton for immediate assistance on joining Local 257 at 615-244-9514. Or you can email him: Michael at

    New Member Dues for 2024 - Prorated for 3rd Quarter 

Local Annual Dues  85.00
Federation Per Capita 33.00
Funeral Benefit Assessment 54.00
Emergency Relief Fund 3.00
Federation Initiation Fee  65.00
Local Initiation or Reinstatement Fee 100.00
Total 340.00
*Voluntary TEMPO (AFM Legislative Fund) & ERF Donation 5.00
*Total including Voluntary Donation 345.00















Ready to Sign up?

You will need to complete two forms to apply for membership in the Nashville Musicians Association.

The two forms are available below.  Open with Adobe Reader/Acrobat to fill out electronically. Otherwise, download and print forms. 

Please note: The Local 257 Funeral Benefit Card  must be notarized when signed, unless completed in person at the local. You may sign this form at the local or have it notarized and mail it to us.

AFM Local 257 Membership Application

Local 257 Funeral Benefit form