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



Excellent Expedition

Samson’s Expedition XP106w Finally, an all-in-one, lightweight, portable, and rechargeable PA system that delivers clean, crisp audio for small hall live performance, classrooms, tour groups, and parties, as well as a variety of outdoor applications. Samson’s Expedition XP106w’s four-channel mixer features multiple input options with separate level controls, including an XLR-1/4-inch combo channel (microphones and other […]

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The Ins and Outs of Digital Performance Royalties: How SoundExchange Can Help

SoundExchange is quickly becoming one of the most important names within the music industry. The nonprofit performance rights organization collects royalty payments from more than 2,500 digital radio services—like Pandora, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, and Music Choice—and distributes money to recording artists and record labels. To date, the organization has paid more than $2 billion in royalties […]

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Focal Dystonia in Musicians

By: Jill Gambaro It can start during or after a performance, or in the middle of the night, seemingly out of the blue. Your finger curls down into your palm, and won’t straighten out again. Your neck remains twisted sideways even after you put down your violin. Your lip trembles when you try to play […]

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Dealing with Withholding Taxes

It comes as quite a surprise to some musicians to find that the fee they expected to receive has had a portion withheld: 30% in the US and 15% in Canada. Tax withholding is required for nonresidents in both countries, but there are ways to avoid it. Here are two recent letters: Dear Crossing Borders, […]

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The Rolling Stones Fake Book

    The Rolling Stones Fake Book The Rolling Stones Fake Book includes 167 songs recorded by the Rolling Stones from 1963 to 1971. According to veteran music journalist Jim Bessman, these songs truly make up the bedrock of the band’s legend. All songs are arranged in complete professional-style lead sheets with riffs and figures […]

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THE REAL BOOK, volume 1, SIXTH Edition

    THE REAL BOOK, volume 1, SIXTH Edition The Real Book is Hal Leonard’s answer to the many poorly designed and inaccurate fake books on the market. This sixth edition contains rearranged, retranscribed, and licensed tunes from major jazz composers of the last 60 years to study accurately and legally. As an added bonus, […]

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Neil Young FAQ

    Neil Young FAQ Music journalist Glen Boyd’s Neil Young FAQ presents a definitive guide to the Local 47 (Los Angeles) member and iconic songwriter. It covers every song and album in painstaking detail, from his solo work and live recordings, to work with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Boyd includes […]

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Project Management For Musicians

    Project Management For Musicians This book will help you get organized and take charge of your music projects, harness your creativity and visions, and succeed. It covers everything from budgeting, management, and copyright to problem solving and mitigating risks. Whether you want to record, tour, launch your own studio, or promote concerts, this […]

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Local 180 Creates Organizing Committee Along with New Logo and Slogan

At the 99th AFM Convention locals were urged to establish their own organizing committees. As the result of that request, Local 180 (Ottawa-Gatineau, ON) set to work creating a committee to foster external and internal organizing efforts—in other words, to develop programs that focus on mobilizing current membership. “In September 2013, we created a Local […]

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Neil Sedaka: Prolific Songwriter Goes Back To The Basics

Over Neil Sedaka’s long career he’s been known for writing songs that catch your ear and make you want to sing along. Hit recordings like “Calendar Girl” (1961) “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do” (two versions 1962 and 1975), “Laughter in the Rain” (1974), and “The Immigrant” (1975) made him a household name for several […]

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