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


Books, Products

The Who Bass Tab Anthology

What began in 1964 as a simple English rock band grew to become one of the most influential bands of the 20th century.

Wisdom of the Hand

Wisdom of the Hand: A Guide to Jazz Pentatonic Scales

Using an open-air concept that asks pianists to imagine there are only black keys, readers are led through 50 etudes and 200 special exercises that will eventually allow them to soar across the widely spaced scales “position playing” and the author’s unique two-octave fingerings.

The Martin Archives

The Martin Archives: A Scrapbook of Treasures

The Martin Archives documents two centuries of guitar making and more than two million guitars.

Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Father of Invention

Frank Zappa FAQ examines the long and illustrious career of Frank Zappa, following his style shifts over the years, his prolific catalog, from Mothers of Invention’s Freak Out! to Beat the Boots, as well as his film and video productions.

Changing the Tune

Changing the Tune: The Kansas City Women’s Jazz Festival, 1978-1985

In 1978, jazz in our country largely remained a boys’ club. Two Kansas City women, Carol Comer and Dianne Gregg, challenged that inequitable standard.

Artistic Citizenship

Artistic Citizenship: Artistry, Social Responsibility, and Ethical Praxis

Artistic Citizenship brings together the perspectives of artists, scholars, educators, policy-makers, and activists to investigate the system of values surrounding artistic-educational endeavors.

Superheroes of Music

Zap! Boom! Pow! Superheroes of Music

In this book, written for children ages five to 10, author Lucy A. Warner presents 12 classical composers as superheroes.


Timeless: The Music of John Abercrombie

Brilliant jazz guitar innovator John Abercrombie is known among jazz musicians as a composer of compelling, well-crafted tunes.

Alfred’s Guitar Sessions

Alfred’s Guitar Sessions

The best way to learn to play a song on guitar is to watch someone else play it. Alfred’s Guitar Sessions series books center around detailed instructional video lessons that teach you how to play rock ’n’ roll’s greatest songs through step-by-step teaching.

Classics with a Touch of Jazz

Classics with a Touch of Jazz: 27 Beloved Masterpieces

Classics with a Touch of Jazz reflects Local 802 (New York City) member Lee Evans’ longstanding interest in keeping music students and teachers motivated through including jazz music and concepts within traditional classical piano lessons.