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

Yamaha’s Motif XF


  Yamaha’s Motif XF is the only Music Production Synthesizer on the market that’s available in white. It comes with 741 MB of internal wave ROM, and includes realistic digital re-creation of two grand piano sounds, acoustic instruments, vintage synths, and hip-hop sounds. Sturdy front panel knobs and sliders allow for quick changes during performance […]




archon 50

Archon 50


Last year PRS Guitars introduced a 100-watt monster high gain amp head with bone-crushing crunch. This year’s Archon 50 continues that tradition in a tight package suitable for all genres and all spaces, no matter how big or small. With 50 watts, switchable to 25, via the amp’s back panel, the Archon 50 breaks up […]




EXL Export Lacquer Series

EXL Export Lacquer Series


Pearl’s popular Export Series drum kit is now available with a lacquer finish. EXL Export Lacquer Series incorporates Pearl’s Superior Shell Technology that puts sound first by blending premium poplar and rich mahogany for a lush, full-body tone. The kit also features Opti-Loc tom mounts, all-new 830 series hardware with a P-930 pedal, and a […]




The Magmount MM-10 Clip-on Chromatic Tunner

Tiny Tuner


  The Magmount MM-10 Tuner The Magmount MM-10 Clip-on chromatic tuner from Meisel Accessories is extremely small and light weight. It is accurate (+/- one cent). It easily affixes to any resonant instrument via its clip. Alternatively, remove the clip and attach it magnetically to a guitar machine head or any ferrous metal part of […]




Samson's Expedition

Excellent Expedition


Samson’s Expedition XP106w Finally, an all-in-one, lightweight, portable, and rechargeable PA system that delivers clean, crisp audio for small hall live performance, classrooms, tour groups, and parties, as well as a variety of outdoor applications. Samson’s Expedition XP106w’s four-channel mixer features multiple input options with separate level controls, including an XLR-1/4-inch combo channel (microphones and other […]




NS Artist Capo


  Noncrimping Capo Designed in conjunction with Ned Steinberger, the NS Artist Capo clamps to the front of the instrument, in order to avoid obstruction of the performer’s fretting hand while playing. It’s patented design is easy to open and close and applies even tension. With its micrometer tension adjustment dial, guitarists can fine-tune the […]




Let There Be Light


Need A Better Music Stand Light? Problem Solved! Whether on a stand, or at the piano, being able to see your music is essential. Now you can. Triplet’s Symphony II music stand light with 40 LEDs and Light Shaping Technology will illuminate your music like never before. It provides incredibly consistent, neutral, warm, white light […]




Rugged Guitar Pedal Receiver


Need A New Guitar Pedal Receiver? Shure’s GLXD6 wireless guitar pedal receiver has a built-in tuner with both strobe and needle tuning views. A foot switch enables shifting between wireless display and tuner mode with the option to mute or pass the audio signal while tuning. The pedal’s integrated Linkfreq Automatic Frequency Management technology seamlessly […]




Hybrid Beats


Roland’s TM-2 Trigger Module With Roland’s TM-2 Trigger Module you can easily enhance your acoustic drum set with the creative versatility of electronic percussion. Its two trigger inputs support a wide variety of Roland pads and drum triggers, plus ready-to-play pro sounds augment and extend the capabilities of your kit. Make use of studio quality […]




Limitless Modeling


Peavey’s Vypyr Pro modeling amp offers realistic tube sounding distortion, plus more than 500 presets and 100 models of effects, reverbs, delays, amps, and even instrument models for almost limitless combinations. Vypyr Pro can run up to four amplifier models in parallel. With five parameters to control effects, multiple delay types, microphone simulated direct interface […]








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