I drove by the Denver's Musician Union a few days ago and it got me thinking about whether or not joining would be something of a benefit to me. Music is not my main income, more like a freelance gig. However, my main form of gigs are studio sessions, theatre subs and bowed gigs (I call it this because I'm asked to sound like a cello). I have one band I play with on a regular basis, when gigs are there. My question here is, what are the benefits of joining? Will I be able to take small side gigs without having to negotiate contracts? When looking at the http://www.afm.org/why-join (AFM) website, it sounds like they would be acting as middle man between myself and employers. It seems like this would be a pain in the butt for last minute gig calls. I do use a set standard studio rate, but does this also mean some places might turn to a non unioned musician because I would have a set standard pay? Any and all info you can shed on this would be great help!