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.

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chromatic clip-on tuners

Chromatic Clip-On Tuners

Kinsman has introduced two new models to its popular range of multi-functional, chromatic clip-on tuners, the KAC105 and KAC405.



Danley Sound Labs introduces the Go2-6CX small-format loudspeaker. It uses a six-inch co-axial driver that fits snugly into a compact Baltic birch cabinet.

D Squared Digital Wireless Microphone

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Wedding Music for Violin and Viola, Wedding Music for String Quartet

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boss 200 series

BOSS 200 Series Pedals

The four pedal models in the BOSS 200 series feature premium audio quality, support for additional control via external switches, plus an expression pedal (MIDI).

QuikStaff Musician’s Pen

Ideal for making notes on existing music or jotting down a quick song idea on the go.



Handmade in Brazil and using certified vegan technology, the Ecostrap is considered the best-selling guitar strap in South America.

Weezer (Teal Album) and Weezer (Black Album)

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