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.
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This beautifully illustrated book offers a comprehensive history of the banjo in its many forms. It traces the story of the instrument from its roots in West Africa to its “birth” in the Americas and its coming of age in the Industrial Revolution. It provides information on all the main types and makes of banjos, and their roles in many genres, including country, jazz, and ragtime. Also profiled in the book are artists such as Local 257 (Nashville, TN) members Béla Fleck and Taylor Swift; Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) member Steve Martin, and Mumford and Sons.
Banjo: An Illustrated History, by Bob Carlin, Backbeat Books, www.backbeatbooks.com.