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


Gear, Products

Commanding Kit

Commanding Kit — The eight-piece Alesis Command electronic drum kit’s Mesh snare and kick drum heads deliver an authentic drumming feel and sound.

High-Tech Reader

High-Tech Reader — Officially launched in January, this reader was subjected to six-month’s intense beta testing by 600 musicians.

American Metal

American Metal — American-maker 660 Guitars introduced its debut Patriot model constructed of one piece of aircraft grade aluminum with a shallow-oval 16-inch radius solid graphite/carbon fiber neck.

Total Customization

Total Customization —  Guitarists can choose 10 different finishes, various pickguard and pickup options, hardware packages, and rosewood or maple fingerboard.

Small Size, Great Sound

Small Size, Great Sound — EVH 5150III is a “lunchbox” sized guitar amp head that’s easily portable, yet provides massive tone and crunch.

Tone DocDerr

Tone DocDerr — Empirical Labs DocDerr is a 500 series multi-purpose tone enhancement module that houses six different sections of digitally controlled analog processing in a compact, easy-to-use format.

Upgraded Production

Upgraded Production — The software features new creative tools and workflow enhancements that take online collaboration with Cubase to the next level.

Crushing Power

Crushing Power — Crush 35RT is the largest and most feature-laden model in the Orange Amplification Crush range.

Bench Envy?

Bench Envy? — The Premium Instrument Work Mat from Music Nomad Equipment Care is perfect for use with many musical instrument maintenance tasks.

Clip-On Quality

Clip-On Quality — IK Multimedia’s iRig Acoustic is the first mobile microphone/interface specifically designed for acoustic guitars and ukuleles.