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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Gear, Products

In-Ear Monitors

Mackie’s MP Series High-Performance In-Ear Monitors


Mackie’s MP Series high-performance in-ear monitors are meticulously tuned to offer exceptional clarity, bass, and headroom surpassing more expensive models.




RCF EVOX J Series

The RCF EVOX J Series


The RCF EVOX J Series comes in two models—J8 and JMIX8. J8 features a line source satellite module with eight two-inch, full-range drivers paired with a high-powered, 12-inch woofer in a bass reflex enclosure, powered by onboard 1400-watt Class D amplification.




Managing Your Band, Artist Management

Making Your Band a Business


The following article is taken from the book Managing Your Band, Artist Management: The Ultimate Responsibility, 6th Edition, by Stephen Marcone and David Philp (Hal Leonard Corporation). The book is a resource for any musician working in the music business. It covers data analysis, planning, modern record company structure, social marketing, touring, and more.




Washburn Revival Series guitars

Washburn Revival Series Guitars


The Washburn Revival Series guitars bring back inspirations and designs of classic models from the 1930s. The Revival Solo Deluxe Grand Auditorium is an electric/acoustic version of the 1939 Solo Deluxe guitar.




Allen & Heath SQ Series digital mixers

Allen & Heath SQ Series Digital Mixers


Allen & Heath SQ Series digital mixers, available in two models, bring high-resolution audio performance to a customizable, compact, cost-effective, easy-to-use, multi-application platform.




DPA’s d:vote 4099 microphone

DPA’s d:vote 4099 Microphone


Streamlined design and powerful CORE technology let DPA’s d:vote 4099 microphone brings clarity and details to music, across the entire dynamic range.




Yamaha EAD10

Yamaha EAD10 Stand-Alone Drum Module


Yamaha EAD10 stand-alone drum module system lets drummers easily capture sounds on an acoustic kit with a single microphone/trigger component attached to a digital processor.




Gary Karr

Gary Karr: Life on the G String


Gary Karr gained legendary status for his virtuosity and inimitable lyricism, infectious sense of humour, and pioneering spirit. In 1967, he founded the International Society of Bassists.




Springs for Percussion Quartet

Springs for Percussion Quartet


Springs for Percussion is a fascinating piece that demonstrates the ability of percussion to work up kinetic energy through pattern repetition and then “spring” into action.




The Musical Language of Rock

The Musical Language of Rock


From The Beatles to Nirvana, Michael Jackson to Bonnie Raitt, music theorist David Temperley shows how rock musicians exploit the musical dimensions of the style—harmony and melody, tonality and scale, rhythm and meter, phrase structure and form—to achieve aesthetic and expressive goals.










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