Welcome, and thank you for your interest in Local 66 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 66 represents many of the finest professional musicians in the greater Rochester metropolitan area including most of a nine-county region extending south from Lake Ontario.

AFM members, who number over 70,000, 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 115 years. Local 66 has been serving  the Rochester area musicians since 1897 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 66 protect the recorded works which musicians produce from being exploited, and protect our members live performances by providing several types of benefit programs that help them to build successful careers.

RPO at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Rochester, NY


Members of Local 66 of the AFM are secure in knowing that their organization is actively lobbying to promote legislation and public awareness that protects musicians’ interests, negotiating collective bargaining agreements with the recording industry, motion picture industry, jingle industry and TV networks, and providing excellent wages and working conditions for its members.