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


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Guitarist’s Guide to Maintenance & Repair

Guitarist’s Guide to Maintenance & Repair: A Tech to the Stars Tells How to Maintain Your Axe Like a Pro

Author Doug Redler, who has been a guitar tech to the Black Crowes, Goo Goo Dolls, the Dixie Chicks, the B-52s, Paul Simon, and more, shares his trade secrets to reveal how anyone with a little mechanical ability can maintain their own gear. He covers such topics as proper stringing techniques, evaluating the guitar neck, […]

cheat sheet

Cheat Sheets for Guitar and Piano

Hal Leonard’s Cheat Sheets series includes intros and interludes, lyrics and chords, in an easy to follow format for guitar or piano. The books are bound for ease of display on the piano or music stand and designed for minimal page turns. Among the 100 Classic Rock piano cheat sheets are: “Candle in the Wind” […]

Improvisation for Flute: The Scale/Mode Approach

Improvisation for Flute is a treasured resource for players worldwide with its step-by-step exercises and explanations to help you develop your ear and improve your soloing technique. Improvisation for Flute will teach you how to better use distinctive qualities associated with modes and scales for expressive soloing; licks typical of each mode and scale; solos […]

Music & Copyright In America

Music & Copyright in America: Toward the Celestial Jukebox

Music & Copyright in America examines the relationship between new technologies and music copyright in the context of the history of music copyright, from its origins in the early 19th Century through today. Attorney, educator, and entrepreneur Kevin Parks also presents a cultural history of how Americans have created and listened to music over time. […]

The Jazz Masters Method

The Jazz Masters Method [DVD]

The Jazz Masters Method DVD from artist and educator Steve Nixon will show you how to play and improvise in the styles of the great jazz piano masters the late Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Ray Charles, Bud Powell, and Red Garland, and Local 802 (New York City) members Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Diana Krall, and […]

The Real Cool Book

The Real Cool Book: Five-Horn Octet Arrangements for West Coast “Cool” Jazz Classics!

The Real Cool Book is a collection of 14 transcribed five-horn octet charts of West Coast “cool jazz” classics that is perfect for professional, college, and advanced groups. The eight separate books come in one big binder with transposed parts for piano, bass, drums, trombone, trumpet, alto sax, tenor sax, and baritone sax. Horn parts in […]

Rolling Stones Fake Book

The Rolling Stones Fake Book

    The Rolling Stones Fake Book The Rolling Stones Fake Book includes 167 songs recorded by the Rolling Stones from 1963 to 1971. According to veteran music journalist Jim Bessman, these songs truly make up the bedrock of the band’s legend. All songs are arranged in complete professional-style lead sheets with riffs and figures […]

THE REAL BOOK, volume 1, SIXTH Edition

    THE REAL BOOK, volume 1, SIXTH Edition The Real Book is Hal Leonard’s answer to the many poorly designed and inaccurate fake books on the market. This sixth edition contains rearranged, retranscribed, and licensed tunes from major jazz composers of the last 60 years to study accurately and legally. As an added bonus, […]

Neil Young FAQ

    Neil Young FAQ Music journalist Glen Boyd’s Neil Young FAQ presents a definitive guide to the Local 47 (Los Angeles) member and iconic songwriter. It covers every song and album in painstaking detail, from his solo work and live recordings, to work with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Boyd includes […]

Project Management For Musicians

    Project Management For Musicians This book will help you get organized and take charge of your music projects, harness your creativity and visions, and succeed. It covers everything from budgeting, management, and copyright to problem solving and mitigating risks. Whether you want to record, tour, launch your own studio, or promote concerts, this […]

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