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

Five Star Music Makeover: The Independent Artist’s Guide

Success in today’s music industry requires a lot of work and education. This book, written by five experts, was designed to help up and coming musicians meet the challenges of the industry. It covers five key areas: vocal technique; writing memorable and marketable songs; professional recording; publishing; and promotion.

Let Your Voice Be Heard: The Life and Times of Pete Seeger

Children’s book author Anita Silvey introduces middle-grade readers to folk musician and activist Pete Seeger, who devoted his life to furthering humanitarian causes.

The Music of Teaching: Learning to Trust Students’ Natural Development

“Twenty-four hour access to information allows children to learn more independently,” says author Barbara Kreader Skalinder.

Modern Etudes for Solo Trumpet

This collection of inventive and challenging etudes for trumpet players combines a variety of stylistic elements from early jazz to newer harmonic and intervallic concepts.

Creative Chords: Keyboard Improvisation Method

In this two-book series, designed for pianists from beginners to pros, composer Bradley Sowash coaches them to play “off page” in new and exciting ways.

The Integrated String Player: Embodied Vibration

The Integrated String Player is designed for violinists, violists, cellists, and bassists of all abilities.

Zig Kanstul: Last of the Great Masters

Zig Kanstul: Last of the Great Masters

Zig Kanstul: Last of the Great Masters, by R. Dale Olson, is an account of the lineage of the great masters of American brass musical instrument making, culminating in the story of Zig Kanstul.

Cuban Rhythms for Percussion & Drumset: The Essentials

Cuban Rhythms for Percussion & Drumset: The Essentials

Local 406 (Montreal, PQ) percussionist Aldo Mazza wrote this method book from his 16 years of experience facilitating KoSA study programs in Cuba and working with many important Cuban drummers in developing rhythms.

Recording Unhinged: Creative & Unconventional Music Recording

Recording Unhinged: Creative & Unconventional Music Recording

Far from being a recording how-to book, award-winning music producer Sylvia Massy shares creative and unconventional music recording techniques.

J.S. Bach: Six Sonatas and Partitas

J.S. Bach: Six Sonatas and Partitas

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine, a member of Local 10-208 (Chicago, IL), created this edition complete with detailed historical notes, performance suggestions, and downloadable study materials.