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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Books, Products

the invisible line

The Invisible Line: When Craft Becomes Art


In The Invisible Line: When Craft Becomes Art, seven West Coast artisans discuss their work and make the case for curatorial inclusion of instruments as art, alongside the finest sculptures and paintings in museums.




rickenbacker electric bass

The Rickenbacker Electric Bass: 50 Years as Rock’s Bottom


From the introduction of the 1961 two-pickup 4001, the Rickenbacker bass has been a phenomenon. Because The Beatles’ used Rickenbackers, teens everywhere wanted the instruments so they could achieve the “right” sound.




teach yourself to play accordion

Teach Yourself to Play Accordion


This book is for both beginners with no prior accordion playing and players who haven’t touched their accordion in years.




greatest rock and pop hits

2015 Greatest Rock & Pop Hits for Piano


2015 Greatest Rock & Pop Hits for Piano includes piano accompaniment, vocal melodies, lyrics, and chord diagrams for some of 2015’s greatest hits.




pas de trois

Ellen Taaffe ZWilich: Pas de Trois for Violin, Cello, and Piano


Commissioned to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio (KLR), Pas de Trois is named after the ballet tradition for which the music was modeled.




14 charcteristic studies for trombone

Jean Baptiste Arban: 14 Characteristic Studies for Trombone


Jean Baptiste Arban wrote his 14 Characteristic Studies for Trombone specifically to test a student’s power of endurance.




range of light

Range of Light for Alto Saxophone and Piano


Each movement of Range of Light—“Winter Sunrise,” “Vernal Falls,” “Jeffrey Pine,” and “Clearing Winter Storm”—was inspired by a different image of Yosemite National Park by photographer Ansel Adams.




movie music favourites

Movie Music Favourites: Eight Arrangements for Piano Duet


This collection of piano duet arrangements from the movies embraces a wide range of styles. Primo and secondo play-along tracks are provided on the accompanying CD.




Dancing Violin & Piano

Dancing Violin & Piano: I. Arabesque, II. Cortège, III. Stomp


Katherine Hoover’s “Dancing Violin & Piano” is a piece for advanced violin and piano duo begins with a light “Arabesque,” transitions to a “Cortège” with a brief cadenza section, and finishes with a driving “Stomp” finale. 




Yes, You Can!

Yes, You Can! Survival Guide for Teaching Strings


Yes, You Can! is a guide to teaching strings created to be especially useful if you are coming into teaching strings from another discipline, such as band or choir.










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