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



The Line6 Amplifi 75

Distinctive Design and Sound The Line6 Amplifi 75 high performance amp looks as unique as it sounds. Always an innovator, the folks at Line6 have come up with a five-speaker, full-range stereo array that delivers killer tone with more than 200 amp sounds and effects. It also serves as a full-featured Bluetooth speaker system for listening […]

Read More

HHX Omni JoJo Mayer

Omnipotent Omni Cymbal Building on the sonic contrast and versatility of AAX Omni introduced in 2010, the new HHX Omni JoJo Mayer cymbal takes its sonic properties to a whole new level. HHX Omni provides more nuanced tone on the ride surface. It adds the dimension of playing with the shoulder, which has a wonderful […]

Read More

The Roland TR-8

Next Gen Drum The Roland TR-8 is a performance rhythm machine that melds the legendary sound and vibe of the TR-808 and TR-909 with features and functions for the modern age. It combines genre-defining sounds, classic effects, unprecedented live pattern manipulation, and solid, intuitive performance controls, with 16 stunning kits made up of 11 instrument […]

Read More

E10D Dreadnaught Guitar

Dreaded Dreadnaught Eastman’s E10D Dreadnaught Guitar is built with the same methods and materials as during the bluegrass era, prior to WWII. With solid Adirondack spruce on top and solid mahogany back and sides, it provides extremely dynamic response, whether playing finger style or plectrum strumming. It comes with a hard shell case. In this […]

Read More

Korg Pa3X Le Professional Arranger

Arrangement on the Fly Korg Pa3X LE Professional Arranger 76-note semi-weighted keyboard is naturally responsive with velocity sensitivity, making this the perfect choice for any experience level. Designed for live performance, it has a dual playback sequencer, extra articulation for recreating convincing instrumentals, 1,100 unique and high-quality sounds, and offers more than 410 styles. It […]

Read More

Dan Pliskow: Bassist and Guardian of Detroit’s Jazz Heritage

OCSM Conference Focuses on Advocacy and Outreach

by Robert Fraser, OCSM President and Member of Local 247 (Victoria, BC) This year’s Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians (OCSM) Conference was held in the Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia. While taking our annual group photo, under the portrait of Admiral Nelson himself, we took the opportunity to send a photo of support […]

Read More

Melissa Etheridge’s Musical Journey Takes Her To New Territory

At age 53, Local 47 member (Los Angeles, CA) Melissa Etheridge has newfound freedom to create and challenge herself in the modern music industry in ways that were not possible just a few years ago. The seasoned rocker with 17 Grammy nominations and two wins, just launched her first album as an independent artist. Now, the same […]

Read More

The Too Much Information Age

The downside of the information age is that far too often there is just simply too much information. The constant barrage of images, data, and noise coming at us from every angle makes it an ongoing challenge to extract the meaningful from the trivial, but that is exactly why music, art, and creativity still matter.

Read More

2014 ROPA Conference Celebrates 30 Years

by Karen Sandene, ROPA Secretary and Member of Locals 463 (Lincoln, NE) and 70-558 (Omaha, NE) The 30th Anniversary Regional Orchestra Players Association (ROPA) Conference convened in August in Pasadena, California. This special anniversary conference, with the theme: “Creative Change Through Creative Channels,” provided opportunities to examine ROPA’s history and role in serving musicians, and […]

Read More