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


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IMcoversFor more than a century, members of the American Federation of Musicians have enjoyed access to one of the most important sources of information affecting their livelihoods. Published monthly and distributed to more than 80,000 union members, International Musician provides vital news of legislation affecting musicians, audition notices, industry news, features about activism and labor organizing campaigns, and spotlights featuring the activities of their colleagues.

Union members aren’t the only ones who can take advantage of the resources found in the pages of International Musician. Subscribe now to stay on top of the latest developments in the music industry. Important resources covered in the pages of IM each month include book and software reviews, new product spotlights, health topics, instrument sales, audition notices, and an extensive classified advertising section.

Publisher: Ken Skirk, AFM Secretary-Treasurer
Managing Editor: Antoinette Follett
Advertising Director: Honore Stockley

DEADLINES: The classified and print advertising deadline for International Musician varies per month. Contact advertising director Honore Stockley at for more information.

FEEDBACK: All letters regarding articles printed in the International Musician must be typed and signed (with name, local, and phone number), and should be no more than 300 words in length. Feedback can be emailed to
The editor reserves the right to determine whether material submitted shall be published and the right to edit as needed for clarity, length, libelous statements, and personal attacks. The opinions presented in Feedback are those of individual AFM member writers and in no way do they represent the opinions of the AFM, IEB, or IM editorial staff.

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