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



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The Samson C01 capsule is one of the best mics for the money. Now, that great capsule is tucked inside the beautifully designed Samson C01U Pro USB studio condenser microphone, a perfect all-in-one solution for musicians and broadcasters alike. It’s great for quick demos, audio for Youtube videos, voice-overs, and podcasts. No other interface is […]

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Voyage-Air Belair VER-1 guitar

Capturing the vibe from the earliest days of the electric guitar, this Voyage-Air Belair VER-1 guitar has a stunning high-gloss “TV Yellow” finish, and features ordinarily found in more expensive instruments—solid Alder wood body, solid Canadian maple neck topped with a solid Rosewood fingerboard, mother-of-pearl fret position dots, and an adjustable bridge. Plus, it just […]

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Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine

With nine finely-tuned presets emulating the legendary organs of the ’60s and beyond, the Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine delivers definitive tonewheel and combo organ sounds directly from your guitar or keyboard. The B9’s layout is straightforward and intuitive. Simple knobs and a switch allow the player to select among different popular organ types and control […]

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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Lockout Ends

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