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

Hal Leonard Trumpet Play-Along

Hal Leonard Trumpet Play-Along Series


The Hal Leonard Trumpet Play-Along series is designed to help you learn to play tunes quickly and easily with printed music and access to online audio tracks for download and streaming




Ultimate Easy Play-Along Series

Alfred’s Ultimate Easy Play-Along Series


Great for students, Alfred’s Ultimate Easy Play-Along series features easy-to-play arrangements of guitar parts from classic recordings in both TAB and notation.




How Music Dies (or Lives)

How Music Dies (or Lives): Field Recording and the Battle for Democracy in the Arts


In this book author and Grammy-winning producer Ian Brennan chronicles his journeys to find new and ancient sounds, textured voices, and nonmalleable songs as he presents readers with an intricate look at our technological society.




The Skin Above My Knee

The Skin Above My Knee


In her memoir, The Skin Above My Knee, former oboist and Local 802 (New York City) member Marcia Butler tells how she rose out of an abusive home to become a brilliant musician and artist.




Mastering the Bow

Mastering the Bow Studies for Bass, Part 2: Spiccato


The goal of this book is to help bassists develop a wide vocabulary of sounds with the bow through exploration of the expressive potential of bow strokes that combine movements, offering an infinite variety of musical gestures




Blues piano legends

Blues Piano Legends: 16 Note-for-Note Piano Transcriptions from 12 Blues Icons


Blues Piano Legends includes 16 transcriptions with lyrics for tunes that all blues fans should know, including: “Big Chief,” Professor Longhair; “Bloody Murder,” Otis Spann; “Boogie Woogie Stomp,” Albert Ammon




jazz session trainer

Jazz Session Trainer: The Woodshedder’s Practice Kit


In this book Local 6 (San Francisco, CA) member Larry Dunlap, a respected arranger, composer, and teacher, provides a series of tools to prepare musicians for jazz jam sessions.




Violin Secrets: 101 Strategies for the Advanced Violinist


This resource for serious violinists tackles a number of topics, from achieving immaculate intonation to advanced techniques like fingerboard mapping, controlling vibrato, and navigating in high positions. It includes tips from top master classes and conservatories across the country. The book also explores strategies for effective practice, as well as overcoming performance anxiety and winning […]




The Music Never Stops

The Music Never Stops: A Journey into the Music of the Unknown, the Forgotten, the Rich & Famous


Dick Weissman of Local 20-623 (Denver, CO), former member of the folk group The Journeymen, describes what the music scene was like as a rising star in the 1960s.




Opera with a Touch of Jazz

Opera with a Touch of Jazz


In Opera with a Touch of Jazz, arranger Lee Evans adds subtle and tasteful jazz stylings to 18 operatic masterpieces from Cilea, Donizetti, Gluck, Mascagni, Massenet, Puccini, Purcell, Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, and Verdi. Evans, a 60-plus year member of AFM Local 802 (New York City), says he hopes the book will serves as a motivational tool for piano teachers and students, and introduce the works to a new generation.








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