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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Cool Tools, Products

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Fender American Ultra Series Guitars and Basses


Fender has launched its new lineup of electric guitars and basses, the American Ultra Series, which boasts all-new modern features, state-of-the-art craftsmanship, and nuanced design.




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SonoTone Vintage Series Guitar and Bass Strings


SonoTone has debuted its Vintage series of electric guitar and bass strings, made to reproduce the lush harmonic resonance and raw, responsive feel reminiscent of the guitar strings manufactured in the US during the 1950s and ’60s.




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Eargasm Slide Earplugs


The Eargasm Slide earplugs offer adjustable volume control, three sizes and two different colors of eartips, and attenuation filters that use passive technology to provide sound reduction without any electronic components needed.




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Protec Micro ZIP Case


Designed to fit most Bb and A clarinet makes and models, the Micro ZIP Case features a micro-sized profile that allows you to sling it on or slip into a bag, a lightweight ABS scratch resistant shell that protects against shock and impact, retractable carrying handle, and a thickly padded shoulder strap.




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Vandoren Profile Mouthpiece for Saxophone


Vandoren’s new Profile mouthpiece for classical saxophone features an elegant exterior design and tapered beak that allows for increased comfort and enhanced flexibility.




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Steinberg Padshop 2


The Steinberg Padshop 2 is an updated, redesigned version of the original Padshop granular synthesizer.




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Bass Ratio Machine Heads


The new Bass Ratio machine heads from Graph Tech Guitar Labs are each calibrated to a gear ratio, so each string feels and reacts the same to any tuning adjustment.




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Gigpad Music’s Groovpad


Gigpad Music offers a new innovation in drum practice pads: the Groovpad. Whisper-quiet with an incredible feel, the great bounce response is the result of feedback from real-world drummers.




Manhasset Specialty Company Celebrates 85th Anniversary


Manhasset Specialty Company, a leading manufacturer of music stands and accessories, is celebrating 85 years of producing quality music stands and accessories for use by musicians of all levels — from beginners to professionals who are members of world-famous orchestras all around the world. The Manhasset Specialty Company dates back to 1935, when inventor/musician Otto […]




The Thing About Fish


Rum Ragged Hailing from rural towns on the island of Newfoundland, one of the world’s richest hubs of folk and traditional music nestled at the easternmost point of North America, the band Rum Ragged has a passion for collecting and arranging the undiscovered traditional songs and tunes of their home. In their fourth album, the […]










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