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



AFM members take home CMA honors

The biggest night in country music occurred November 13, and numerous Federation members received honors from the Country Music Association. This year’s winners included Local 257 members: Blake Shelton – Single of the Year: “God’s Country.” Old Dominion (Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Whit Sellers, Geoff Sprung, and Brad Tursi) – Group of the Year Dan […]

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Wittner 811M Metronome

The Wittner 811M mahogany wood metronome runs on mechanical clockwork with no batteries required.

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Meet the Canadian EMSD Staff

Meet the Canadian Electronic Services Department Staff

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Between the Tracks

Between the Tracks is an all-instrumental album featuring fingerstyle guitar and light percussion, with styles including acoustic folk, bossa nova, ragtime, blues, and Americana.

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Kolstein’s Formulation Supreme Bass Rosin

A high-quality rosin designed specifically with bass bows in mind.

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K361 and K371 Headphones

Studio Headphones The new K361 and K371 headphones from Harman Professional Solutions combine studio-quality sound with a compact design that enable artists to produce professional content in the studio or on the road. An extra durable, oval earcup better conforms to the geometry of a musician’s head to provide comfort and less low-frequency leakage. Both […]

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53 is a work signaling a turning point in his life in which the pianist dares to venture into the intimacy of his own life story, while throwing himself resolutely into the unknown with new collaborations and new artistic gambles.

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M100-BT Portable PA System

Harbinger Pro Audio’s new M100-BT portable PA system is a complete, flexible, easily transported sound system.

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Hawaiian Oboe Legacy Project Creates One-of-a-Kind Instrument and Concerto

The Music of the Trees In August 2018, after waiting two years to see the instrument he commissioned from one of the world’s premier oboe makers, oboist J. Scott Janusch played for the first time an oboe unlike any that has ever existed—one made of rare, 300-year-old Hawaiian kauila wood. The instrument, with a reddish-brown […]

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Lee Greenwood Appointed to John F. Kennedy Center Board of Trustees

Two-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year, and Grammy-winning country music artist Lee Greenwood was announced on November 1 as an appointee to the John F. Kennedy Center Board of Trustees by President Donald J. Trump. Greenwood, a longtime member of Local 369 (Las Vegas, NV) and Local 257 (Nashville, TN), would serve as Member […]

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