Pittsburgh Musicians Union
Musician in Pittsburgh, PA
The Pittsburgh Musicians' Union (PMU) is an organization of over 750 professional musicians. For more than 100 years, the PMU has been working to achieve dignity and just wages for our art. Our members include the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Orchestra, the River City Brass Band and the orchestras for Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and many other performing arts groups. We represent musicians performing all styles of music: alternative rock, soul, classical, jazz, rock, country, pop, regga.
Links for Musicians
read moreMany of the members of the Pittsburgh Musicians' Union are involved in the freelance/casual side of the industry. Whether performing at private functions or in clubs, as a soloist or in a large ensemble, they are pursuing their art as they pursue a fair wage for their performances. We have put together these links to help spread information to those in this field.
Links for Musicians
read moreWhether you are working as a session player, writing jingles, or recording your band in your garage, the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) is there to make sure that you get paid fairly and your work is protected now and in the future. You work hard recording. We work hard protecting your art for you. The AFM Electronic Media Services Division (EMSD) administers recording contracts negotiated between the AFM and record entities. These recording contracts cover the whole communications spectrum, including broadcast and non-broadcast media.
read moreWage Scales: Members participate in the establishment of minimum wage scales and working conditions for various types of musical services. These wage scales and working conditions enable members to remain competitive with each other without limiting how high their earnings can be. They are also designed to prevent employers from taking unfair advantage of musicians. Pre-Printed, Legal Contracts: Contracts suitable for all types of engagements are available free of charge. These easy to use contracts contain appropriate language for the resolution of disputes and provide protection for both musician and purchaser.
read moreGeneral Membership Meetings occur on the first Monday of February, May and October. If you wish to attend the dinner (free of charge) before the meeting, please call the office at (412) 281-1822. All Membership meetings are announced in the Pittsburgh Musician newsletter.
read moreThe American Federation of Musicians and its Locals have negotiated collective bargaining agreements with a wide variety of employers, such as the major recording companies, symphony orchestra managements, and others, to insure that musicians get paid for playing those types of jobs. But not all gigs fall under those categories. Many performances, like those in clubs, stage shows, and for private parties, etc., are negotiated directly between the musician and the purchaser. Unfortunately, some professionals risk their wages by not filing signed contract forms--and without a contract on file with the Local where the performance is taking place, there's little your Local or the Federation can do to get you your hard-earned money in case you get stiffed.
Hire A Musician
read moreWhether at the symphony, your best friend's wedding, your favorite club or your child's college graduation, our musicians are found everywhere. We are professional, versatile and reliable.
FAQ for Music Buyers
read moreLive music brings energy and excitement to any party, reception or special event. By hiring musicians, you are giving yourself and your guests the gift of a private concert. With classical music, you can create an environment of warmth and elegance. For a birthday or other lively celebration, you can hire a band for dancing. If you own a business, you can hire a small group to play for your office party or sale event to entertain your customers. Live Music makes your special day even more special.