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.

The AFM has a proud history of managing change rather than being victimized by it. We find strength in adversity, and when the going gets tough, we get creative - all on your behalf.

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 www.afm.org/join.

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

Sweet Crystal: Spreading Its Message of Hope for 40 years

Sweet Crystal

For four decades, Christian rock band Sweet Crystal has been spreading its music and message across the globe. Formed in the winter of 1971-1972, the group made up of Marq Speck (lead vocals, keys) and Bill Blatter (guitar, vocals) of Local 784 (Pontiac, MI) and Steve Wieser (drums) of Local 625 (Ann Arbor, MI) has …

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Joe Lovinsky: Running for Scholarship

Joe Lovinsky

Paying it forward is a meaningful way to express gratitude, which is what Joseph Lovinsky, of Local 161-710 (Washington DC), had in mind when he decided to run 100 miles as a fundraiser for students at Shenandoah University Conservatory, where he is an adjunct assistant French horn professor. He is also principal horn and a …

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Wayne Kramer: Free to Create

Wayne Kramer

Though he’s been playing jazz for his entire professional life, Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) member and former The MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer recently released Lexington, his first proper, full-length jazz record featuring all-instrumental music driven by brass, woodwinds, piano, and upright basses. Somewhat ironically, it’s also Kramer’s first Top Ten record (on Soundscan’s traditional …

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Pete Huttlinger: Musical Survivor Releases His Own Project

Pete Huttlinger

The road to success has been anything but easy for Pete Huttlinger of Local 257 (Nashville, TN). Though his résumé sparkles with his work with names like John Denver, LeAnn Rimes, and John Oates of Local 257, it wasn’t just getting to that point that was difficult, it was staying there.  After graduating from Berklee College …

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