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


Books-Resources, Products

the beautiful ones

The Beautiful Ones

The posthumous memoir by Prince, a longtime member of Local 30-73 (St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN), is the story of how Prince became Prince.

jazz concertino

Jazz Concertino: for solo flute and flute ensemble

The Concertino opens with a long, free solo, encouraging the artist’s individuality, with the ensemble slowly gaining ground as the work progresses.

concerto for trumpet

Concerto for Trumpet

The Roskott Trumpet Concerto was commissioned to offer a full-length concerto representing the many voices of the trumpet as they occur in orchestral music but where the instrument would always be heard.

to touch their harps of gold

To Touch Their Harps of Gold: 22 Favorite Christmas Carols (arranged for harp)

Schocker’s third collection of Christmas carols arranged for solo harp dives deeper into traditional carols across Europe, from Portugal to Scandinavia.

Jazz Baroque:Vivaldi/Bach

Jazz Baroque:Vivaldi/Bach

Jazz Baroque:Vivaldi/Bach by pianist Lee Evans consists of 13 jazz-tinged piano solo arrangements of music from the Baroque era.

bassically jazz

David Finck, BASSically Jazz

This all-star collection of standards features acclaimed jazz bassist David Finck, one of today’s most versatile and in-demand bassists.

boston symphony commissions

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Commissions

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has added another CD to its extensive discography: recent Boston Symphony Orchestra commissions of works by American composers Timo Andres, Eric Nathan, Sean Shepherd, and George Tsontakis.

fire in my mouth

Julia Wolfe, Fire in my mouth

Julia Wolfe’s large-scale work for choir and orchestra Fire in my mouth was recorded live at the world premiere in January 2019 by the New York Philharmonic, The Crossing, and The Young People’s Chorus of New York City.

the pilgrim

Marty Stuart, The Pilgrim – Deluxe Edition

This 20th anniversary release is issued on double vinyl and includes a bonus CD with 10 never-before-released tracks, available only with the purchase of The Pilgrim vinyl.

still: for two guitars

Still: for two guitars

In this classical guitar duet, Frederic Hand, a member of Local 802 (New York City), considers a short, long-held figure passed from one guitarist to the other even as the resonance fades to stillness.