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.
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 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 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 […]
The Business of Audio Engineering, Second Edition Many musicians eventually set up their own studios in order to record their music, but they may also hope to earn some additional income recording others. Even if you don’t have your own studio, audio engineering can be an excellent side career. Audio engineer and technical support specialist […]
Neil Young: Waging Heavy Peace With a career spanning more than 40 years, Neil Young of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) is one of the most enduring and popular singer-songwriters of all time. In his first autobiographic memoir he reflects on his life, from childhood in Canada to the ’60s with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, […]
Beyond a Love Supreme: John Coltrane and the Legacy of an Album In Beyond a Love Supreme: John Coltrane and the Legacy of an Album, author and jazz professor Tony Whyton provides a detailed analysis of this legendary album. He attempts to interpret it in a spiritual context, comparing it to some of Coltrane’s later […]
Jazz Theory: From Basic to Advanced Study Written as a means to bridge the gap between theory and practice for amateur and professional musicians, this book provides a strong theoretical foundation. It begins with music fundamentals and moves through post-tonal theory, integrating ear training, keyboard skills, and improvisation. The included DVD has 46 play-along audio […]
The Beatles: Original Keys for Singers The Beatles: Original Keys for Singers features authentic vocal/piano transcriptions for 25 Fab Four tunes in their original keys. Among the songs in the book are: “And I Love Her,” “Blackbird,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “The Fool on the Hill,” “Here, There, and Everywhere,” “I Will,” “Lady Madonna,” “Let It Be,” […]
Method for Chromatic Harmonica Jazz harmonicist Max De Aloe first devised this method for learning chromatic harmonica to meet the needs of his own students. Unable to find a suitable method book, he put together his own teaching tools, which included an in-depth study of harmonica, as well as notation, both of which are not […]
Line Games: An In-Depth Study of Single Note Lines for Guitar Line Games: An In-Depth Study of Single Note Lines for Guitar is designed to help you develop the vocabulary of jazz improvisation while simultaneously developing and maintaining single-note technique. Jazz musician, teacher, and Local 292 (Santa Rosa, CA) member Randy Vincent uses lines and […]