How to Hire Musicians - FAQ

AFM musicians perform all kinds of music for all kinds of events. The Kansas City Federation of Musicians Referral Service will help you to find musicians who best suit your needs. Here are some frequently asked questions:

How far in advance of the actual event should a band be contracted?
As early as possible. Many musicians are booked as much as a year in advance of the actual performance date.

What if I can't get my first choice of musician?
With over 100,000 professional musicians located in more than 250 Locals throughout the U.S. and Canada, we can find musicians who meet your musical requirement. If the musician or group you want is already booked, we will recommend several suitable alternatives.

How much will the group or solo artist cost?
The cost will vary. The exact amount will depend on the number of performers, the length of the performance (usually 3 or 4 hours), the occasion, and the popularity of the musician(s). Live music usually costs about the same as a DJ (and sometimes less) and makes every event special.

Can I hear a soloist or group before signing a contract?
Yes. The soloist or leader of the group will tell you when and where you may hear a performance. Most musicians also make recordings and videos available

How can I be sure the musician(s) won't back out at the last minute?
All you have to do is sign an official AFM contract. Both the purchaser and musician must sign the contract to make it binding. An AFM contract is your guarantee that you will get the music you want at the date and time you want it. Once signed, the AFM musician is obligated to honor the contract and so is the purchaser.

Non-union musicians and DJs give contracts, too. What's so special about an AFM contract?
A signed AFM contract is "peace of mind" insurance for both the purchaser and the musician. Even if a non-union musician or DJ offers a contract, there is no organization or trade association monitoring their activities.

What if I sign a contract and then find that I have to cancel my party or event?
A cancellation clause may be added to any AFM contract. This clause allows you to cancel the engagement with sufficient advance notice (agreed upon by both you and the musicians).