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

Nick Knirk: Keeping It Fresh

Nick Knirk

Keeping It Fresh: Nick Knirk Plays a Diverse Mix Variety is the spice of life for guitarist Nick Knirk. The Michigan-born, Louisiana-bred, and Texas-based player has dipped his toes in many ponds, spanning church music to ’50s classics to jazz, pop, rock, and country. Knirk of Local 72-147 (Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX), is never afraid of …

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Mike Vaccaro: Playing by the Rules

Mike Vaccaro

Members of the American Federation of Musicians have varying motivations for their initial involvement in the union. Likewise, each musician has a story about how they came to realize the benefits of union membership.  Freelance woodwind multi-instrumentalist Mike Vaccaro, of Locals 7 (Orange County, CA), 47 (Los Angeles, CA), and 353 (Long Beach, CA), is …

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James “Diamond” Williams: Still Funky After 30-Plus Years

James Williams

At 64 years old, James “Diamond” Williams of Local 101-473 (Dayton, OH) hasn’t lost a touch of the funk that got him started with The Ohio Players in 1972. And even after decades of performance, he’s still got a passion for the music. The group performs today with a full band of nine members, four of which …

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Frank Martin: 64 Going on 24 – Martin Stays Youthful Thanks to Music

Frank Martin

Frank Martin of Local 6 (San Francisco, CA) remembers the exact moment he fell in love with music, specifically the piano, like it was yesterday.   “I was six years old and I had two sisters who were five years old,” he says. “They expressed interest in piano to my grandmother who lived in our split-level house. …

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