Now is the right time to become an American Federation of Musicians member. From ragtime to rap, from the early phonograph to today's digital recordings, the AFM has been there for its members. And now there are more benefits available to AFM members than ever before, including a multi-million dollar pension fund, excellent contract protection, instrument and travelers insurance, work referral programs and access to licensed booking agents to keep you working.

As an AFM member, you are part of a membership of more than 80,000 musicians. Experience has proven that collective activity on behalf of individuals with similar interests is the most effective way to achieve a goal. The AFM can negotiate agreements and administer contracts, procure valuable benefits and achieve legislative goals. A single musician has no such power.

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Like the industry, the AFM is also changing and evolving, and its policies and programs will move in new directions dictated by its members. As a member, you will determine these directions through your interest and involvement. Your membership card will be your key to participation in governing your union, keeping it responsive to your needs and enabling it to serve you better. To become a member now, visit


Official Journal of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada

String Chix: Show-Stealing Electric Strings

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When Andrea Whitt first saw and heard a viola in an elementary school demonstration she was enthralled. “I thought it was the coolest instrument ever,” she says. Today, Whitt of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) and her trio, String Chix, are truly proving how versatile and cool their instruments can be. With Whitt on viola, …

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Shannon Wood: Strive for Diversity in the Lean Times

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Shannon Wood of Local 2-197 (St. Louis, MO) got his first taste of playing timpani in middle school band. Though he studied all types of percussion, he found he gravitated toward them. He earned an undergraduate degree in percussion performance at the University of Michigan and a graduate degree at Temple University. In 1993, he …

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Tony DeSare: Pianist Applies New Twist to Standard Tunes


A few years ago, singer and pianist Tony DeSare of Local 802 (New York City) was playing a jazz gig in Manhattan’s ultra-hip Carlyle Hotel when he spotted a familiar face in the crowd.  Sir Paul McCartney not only stayed for DeSare’s entire set, but also strolled up to the piano to talk to the …

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Jason Gianni: Session Drummer Keeps a Full Schedule


When Jason Gianni hops on the phone for an interview from his New York City home, he’s still a little dazed. His latest work as drummer for the musical Rock of Ages had him in Singapore for a month. Though it was the farthest gig he’s played, he notes that his five-month stay in Miami …

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