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

Kalmen Opperman

Kalmen Opperman: A Legacy of Excellence


Kalmen Opperman is remembered for his dedication to teaching. This biography explores his story, from self-taught musician to a 50-year career playing in orchestra pits for Broadway musicals and ballets.




Life in Db

Life in Db: A Jazz Journal


Taken from the blogs of the renowned jazz composer, arranger, bandleader, and educator, Local 802 (New York City) member David Berger tells readers what it’s like to be a jazz musician and arranger.




Scoring the Screen

Scoring the Screen: The Secret Language of Film Music


Through extensive and unprecedented analyses of original concert scores, Scoring the Screen offers aspiring composers, music educators, and media content creators a view from inside the actual process of scoring to picture.




An Approach to Comping, Volume 2: Advanced Concepts and Techniques


The second workbook in this series, each of which can be used alone, An Approach to Comping: Advanced Concepts and Techniques delves deeper into some of the topics covered in the first volume, The Essentials, and offers new approaches.




Steinberg’s UR-RT2 & UR-RT4


Steinberg’s UR-RT2 (four inputs/two outputs) and UR-RT4 (six inputs/four outputs) interfaces offer a production studio solution for any situation.




Managing Your Band, Artist Management

Making Your Band a Business


The following article is taken from the book Managing Your Band, Artist Management: The Ultimate Responsibility, 6th Edition, by Stephen Marcone and David Philp (Hal Leonard Corporation). The book is a resource for any musician working in the music business. It covers data analysis, planning, modern record company structure, social marketing, touring, and more.




Gary Karr

Gary Karr: Life on the G String


Gary Karr gained legendary status for his virtuosity and inimitable lyricism, infectious sense of humour, and pioneering spirit. In 1967, he founded the International Society of Bassists.




Springs for Percussion Quartet

Springs for Percussion Quartet


Springs for Percussion is a fascinating piece that demonstrates the ability of percussion to work up kinetic energy through pattern repetition and then “spring” into action.




The Musical Language of Rock

The Musical Language of Rock


From The Beatles to Nirvana, Michael Jackson to Bonnie Raitt, music theorist David Temperley shows how rock musicians exploit the musical dimensions of the style—harmony and melody, tonality and scale, rhythm and meter, phrase structure and form—to achieve aesthetic and expressive goals.




don giovanni

Don Giovanni Overture: Clarinet Octet


This arrangement of Mozart’s Don Giovanni Overture for Clarinet Octet includes parts for clarinet in Eb, clarinet in Bb (alternate to clarinet in Eb), four clarinets in Bb, clarinet in Bb (alternative alto clarinet in Eb), two alto clarinets in Eb, and two bass clarinets in Bb.










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