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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Articles, Books, International Musician, Products

Secret Language

The Secret Language of the Heart: How to Use Music, Sound, and Vibration as Tools


The Secret Language of the Heart: How to Use Music, Sound, and Vibration as Tools for Healing and Personal Transformation, by Barry Goldstein.




Lester Lanin

LESTER LANIN: An intimate view of America’s Favorite Society Dance Band and its Leader


One of the most in-demand bandleaders of all time, Lester Lanin began his career in the 1920s and his popularity grew worldwide.




Drummer's Perspective

From the Riser: A Drummer’s Perspective II


A sequel to the popular A Drummer’s Perspective, David Phillips captures images showing the energy, excitement, and emotions of drummers playing live.




Double

Double


Today, double bass drum playing or double pedal playing has made its way into every style of music. This book, “Double,” brings together all the basic techniques professional drummers need to master the double pedal.




Bowie

BOWIE: The Illustrated Story


Widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians and performers of the past five decades, David Bowie released 27 studio albums from 1967 until January 2016, two days before he died.




Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin: All the Albums, All the Songs


Author Martin Popoff examines the music of Led Zeppelin as a complex amalgam of blues, rock, folk, and country.




Audio Made Easy

Audio Made Easy, or How to Be a Sound Engineer Without Really Trying, 5th Edition


A concise and comprehensive guide to audio and recording equipment and techniques, Audio Made Easy contains everything you need and nothing you don’t.




Smithsonian Rock

Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen


Between December 2015 and August 2017 the Smithsonian called upon rock and roll lovers around the world to submit photos and stories of their favorite moments in music.




Woman Walk

Woman Walk the Line: How the Women in Country Music Changed Our Lives


A celebration of women in country, Americana, and bluegrass music, Woman Walk the Line is a collection of deeply personal essays from some of America’s most intriguing women writers




The Pastorale

The Pastorale: 26 Pieces Composed in the Pastorale Tradition


These pieces demonstrate the history and varied heritage of the Pastorale tradition that has permeated poetry, drama, painting, and music around the world.











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