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



Roland TM-1 Trigger Module

Great for players who are new to hybrid drumming, the Roland TM-1 trigger module lets drummers easily add electronic elements to their acoustic kits.

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Ernie Ball’s VPJR Tuner

Ernie Ball’s VPJR Tuner combined tuner and active volume pedal is easy to use and saves space, power, and signal routing on a pedal board.

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Brian Newman, Showboat

“Showboat” clearly displays influences of Miles Davis and Chet Baker, and also pays homage to Newman’s love of rock bands like Nirvana, NOFX and Thin Lizzy.

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David Finck: New York Bassist’s Talents Extend Beyond Four Strings

A longtime member of Local 802 (New York City), Finck first joined AFM Local 66 (Rochester, NY) while attending Eastman School of Music.

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Fender’s Acoustasonic Telecaster

Fender’s Acoustasonic Telecaster is equipped with a fully-hollow body, Stringed Instrument Resonance System, and Fishman-designed Acoustic Engine.

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Mackie’s FreePlay LIVE Personal PA

Mackie’s FreePlay LIVE personal PA features a built-in high-capacity (15-hour) rechargeable battery and integrated mic stand mount.

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The Travelin’ McCourys, The Travelin’ McCourys

This is the Travelin’ McCourys debut album. McCoury brothers, Ronnie (mandolin) and Rob (banjo), are the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury and spent years on the road with their dad.

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Yamaha YTR-8335IISKG Xeno Trumpet

The Yamaha YTR-8335IISKG Xeno trumpet was developed with the collaboration of some of some of the world’s most respected trumpet players.

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Report on the 2019 AFL-CIO MLK Civil and Human Rights Conference: The Fierce Urgency of Now

The 2019 AFL-CIO MLK Civil and Human Rights Conference was held January 18-21 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C.

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EHX Guitar Strings

Electro-Harmonix has launched a line of electric guitar strings. Each string is made in the USA to EHX specifications, precision-wrapped with round nickel-plated steel onto a high-carbon, hexagon-shaped steel core.

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