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.
January 15, 2014
This behind-the-scenes look at the job of the conductor provides a step-by-step guide to the basics and nuances of conducting. It contains everything you need to know to lead all types of ensembles. There are suggestions for reading, researching, and marking a score; tips for effective rehearsals; a guide for baton use and proper podium […]
January 15, 2014
You may know Vince Guaraldi’s playful jazz piano themes from early Peanuts television specials. This long overdue book looks at the entire career of Guaraldi, beginning with his early work with Cal Tjader and Woody Herman and his Top 40 Grammy-winning hit “Cast Your Fate to the Wind.” This book explores the talent and legacy […]
January 1, 2014
One of the most important recording engineers of the 20th Century shares his intimate memories of working with some of the most important artists in crafting sounds that have influenced and inspired generations of musicians. Ken Scott shares his tales of studio and stage on more than 400 pages, including never-before-seen photographs and technical details. […]