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.
May 22, 2019
Warren Howe of Local 161-710 (Washington, DC), former percussionist for the West Point Band, is writing the complete history of the band.Read More
May 21, 2019
The MeeBlip geode synthesizer lets you plug in a box and dial in edgy, cutting, grimy sounds you won’t mistake for anything else.Read More
May 20, 2019
Solidarity is at the heart of the TMA. A primary goal is to strengthen relationships with the Federation and the AFM locals.Read More
May 17, 2019
All of the songs on Local 1000 (Nongeographic) member Joe Jencks’ new CD were written by his friend and American Folk colleague Si Kahn, also a member of Local 1000.Read More
May 16, 2019
The TremLord 30 is Orange Amplification’s very British take on the 1950s amplifier. The carefully chosen EL84 output valves enable Orange’s unique tone.Read More
May 14, 2019
PRS Private Stock McCarty 594 “Graveyard II Limited” guitars have maple tops made from trees found on the outskirts of a nineteenth century graveyard.Read More
May 10, 2019
Recorded at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville, Jack Pearson Live showcases the versatility and musicianship of Pearson, a staple of the Nashville music scene.Read More
May 9, 2019
Uber and Lyft drivers in more than a dozen cities around the world are participating in an international day of protest, calling for better wages and working conditions.Read More
May 9, 2019
The new Yamaha CP series stage pianos—the 73-key CP73 and the 88-key CP88—feature three main sections that can quickly be split or combined as desired: Piano, Electric Piano, and Sub. Selectable damper resonance adds even more realism to piano voices for solo passages.Read More
May 7, 2019
The Simmons DA200SB drum combo amplifier leads its class with wireless, easy-to-use Bluetooth connectivity and the ability to stream playlists from a paired device.Read More