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


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Uebel Superior MGP Bb Mopane 24K Gold

The F. Arthur Uebel Superior Mopane 24K Bb clarinet is perfect for players who are looking for a warm “German” sound. It plays evenly throughout the registers without compensation by the player and is most at home in classical, symphonic, or chamber music environments. Made from seasoned Mopane wood, features include 18 keys, six rings, […]


The Soundbrenner Core gives musicians a set of fundamental music tools in a premium wearable. It serves as an everyday watch plus a vibrating metronome, magnetic twist tuner, and a decibel meter. It also offers Smartphone notifications, days-long battery life, and is water resistant. The Soundbrenner Core allows musicians to always have their tools with […]

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European Scrape Oboe Reed

Légère European Scrape oboe reeds respond instantly and are ready to play straight from the box. The design allows for a warm, centered sound with ease of projection. They never need to be moistened and are available in three strengths: medium-soft, medium and medium-hard. They also are unaffected by any weather or humidity. Their ease […]

Pirastro Perpetual Bass Strings

Mainly developed for pizzicato, the new Perpetual double bass strings are also for arco players looking for a precise and clear tone with a wide variety of dynamics. The strings were designed to provide the player with a comfortable left hand feel, fast articulate response, and strong energetic tone. All strings are chrome steel wound on […]

Bold Spotted Gum Snare

The LSG1465 “Bold Spotted Gum” snare drum features Spotted Gum wood, a hard and high-density wood growing in the Oceania area of Australia. The LSG1465 offers a dry and solid sound without sacrificing the deeper low end. A Super Sensitive Hi-Carbon snare wire provides a crisp and articulate snare sound, while the triple flanged 2.3 […]

Kentucky Master Mandolin

The KM-1000 Kentucky Master Model Mandolin was introduced in the late 1970s in response to players’ and collectors’ requests for a mandolin that duplicated the best vintage instruments in every point of tone, appearance, and finish. Kentucky Master Models are again being constructed to the same standard of quality. American spruce and maple is hand-carved […]



Powerhouse microphone Engineered and manufactured in Austria, the OC818 is Austrian Audio’s premier, professional, large diaphragm microphone. It is high sensitivity, low self-noise, and has the ability to handle everything from a whisper to extreme SPLs, making it ideal for studio, broadcast, and live applications. Features include: handmade CKR12 ceramic capsule, multiple polar patterns, two […]

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Grover Pro Miller Machine

Teaming up with innovator Billy Miller, Grover Pro has created the ultimate triangle triggering device. Their machine accommodates triangles up to 10 inches in size and comes with a Grover Pro Brass Tubular beater. The fully adjustable machine allows multi-percussionists to play a triangle with their hands or mallets. The angle of the beater can […]

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Fender American Ultra Series Guitars and Basses

Fender has launched its new lineup of electric guitars and basses, the American Ultra Series, which boasts all-new modern features, state-of-the-art craftsmanship, and nuanced design.