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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In celebration of 20 years of Goodtime banjo success, Deering Banjo Company has launched the Artisan Goodtime banjos. These banjos, priced from $729, offer stunning aesthetics normally reserved for higher price banjos. A rich dark brown hard maple neck features elegant, eye-catching artisan inlays, while the peghead is adorned with a beautiful carved scroll design that allows the maple color to shine through. A three-ply grade maple rim enhances the Artisan banjos’ full, rich, sparkling tone. The Artisan Goodtime banjos come in all standard styles—four-string plectrum, 19-fret five-string parlor banjos, and 22-fret five-string banjos. All are available both with and without resonators and tone rings.