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The object of the Union shall be, without discrimination, to unite all professional musicians for the purpose of elevating and bettering their economic status, social position and professional advancement. Further, it shall endeavor to promote, support, and develop audiences for the enjoyment and appreciation of performances by professional musicians.

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Sweeping new federal restrictions may have far reaching and negative implications for those who travel abroad with musical instruments containing African elephant ivory and other protected species. The restrictions prohibit the ‘import or export’ of African elephant ivory into or out of the United States.  

Any person traveling into or out of the United States with a musical instrument that contains ivory is subject to increased border scrutiny and enforcement.

The AFM is working with the federal government, members of Congress and other national partners to address this new threat to musicians’ ability to travel unimpeded.  

Here’s information about instrument passports. Bottom line: if you travel internationally with your instrument and/or bow that contains contraband materials like African Ivory, you may reach your destination and find that it’s been quietly confiscated.  You may also face fines.