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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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Cool Tools, Products

stick bag

QUIVR Tour Dekade Edition Drumstick Bag


The QUIVR Tour Dekade Edition drumstick bag by GruvGear has all the design features of the original version plus a new, detachable drumstick sleeve allowing drummers to hang up to seven pairs on their floor tom and an additional large flat inside pocket which can be used to store up to 14 more sticks. Features […]




evo interface

EVO 8 USB Audio Interface


Capture Creativity Fast Audient’s EVO 8 USB audio interface is made for independent musicians, recordists, and podcasters. Featuring four transparent EVO preamps, class-leading AKM converters, a JFET instrument input, low latency software mixer, audio loop-back functionality, and Smartgain automatic level setting function www.evo.audio




mini multi guitar tool

Mini-Multi Tool


World’s Smallest Guitar/Bass Multi-Tool GrooveTech Tools’ newest guitar and bass multi-tool, the Mini-Multi, consolidates 14 tools into a body that’s less than three inches long. Included are eight hex wrenches, four screwdrivers, and a precision ruler. And for those important moments, a bottle opener is provided. Sizes are in both meters and inches for use […]




MD 435

MD 435


Capsule Sound in a Wired Microphone Sennheiser is bringing the sound of its MD 9235 capsule to a wired vocal microphone. The new cardioid MD 435 large-diaphragm microphone has a shock-mounted capsule to protect it from structure-borne noise, while a hum-compensating coil protects the microphone against electromagnetic interference. The lightweight aluminum-copper voice coil ensures fast […]




Brad Paisley guitar

Brad Paisley Signature Esquire


Working-Man’s Guitar Fender’s new Brad Paisley Signature Esquire guitar was made in collaboration with the Grammy winning artist, a member of Local 257 (Nashville, TN). The guitar takes the elements that have made the Esquire a staple and provides subtle upgrades, including a Seymour Duncan Brad Paisley Signature “Secret Agent” neck pickup hidden under a […]




Arturia PolyBrute


Flagship Synthesizer The Arturia PolyBrute is six pure analog voices driven by two Brute oscillators with digital Matrix precision, an innovative three-dimensional Morphée performance touchpad, and pristine stereo effects. Features include distortion, wavefolding, and FM control, shaped by dual enhanced filters for massive timbral variety. www.arturia.com




Ergonomic Contrabass


The Upton Bass Ergo Double Bass by AES features an asymmetric design that sits close to the player’s body allowing for a better reach with the bowing arm and remarkable fingerboard access. The Ergo also features unbroken cornerless lower bouts and sound ports on the player’s side for acoustic response. This first 2020 Upton-built version […]




GALA Clarinet


Buffet Crampon’s newest clarinet model, the GALA, takes advantage of the latest research and is characterized by rich harmonics and an overall balance of range. This new professional clarinet is equipped with grenadilla wooden chimneys, leather pads, adjustable thumb rest, silver plated keywork, and pochette-style case. Available in Bb and A; with an optional Eb […]




American Cut Jazz Reeds


The Légère American Cut jazz saxophone reeds—for alto and tenor saxes—are free-blowing, colorful, and loaded with personality. The distinct profile is what gives players a full, clear low register and vibrant altissimo. By taking material from the outside of the reed and pushing it towards the heart, the reed maintains its stiffness while allowing the […]




Blackhole Reverb Pedal


Go Beyond the Horizon Create haunting echoes, ethereal landscapes, and otherworldly ambience with Eventide’s new Blackhole, a reverb pedal “as big and as mysterious as the cosmos.” The pedal includes onboard tone controls, modulation, and infinite reverb settings with mono or stereo operation, MIDI, preset storing, and a new compact, easy-to-use interface.www.eventideaudio.com










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