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.
The new Amadeus AP-86 grenadilla wood piccolo by Wm. S. Haynes Co. offers a responsive head joint that plays with ease, while the body and silver-plated mechanism provides accurate intonation, balanced registers, and a liquid altissimo.
The Fibonacci Fibonacci is a versatile, multi-faceted, workhorse of a guitar, with soft, warm tones and an extra ‘bite’ when required.
Mega Tone starts with genuine Vincent Bach mouthpiece designs and more than doubles the outside mass. This darkens the sound and allows playing at higher dynamic levels without distortion.
Protec’s new modular woodwind mouthpiece case protects valuable mouthpieces and ligatures from damage.
The Triad Pad HD-F from Slug Percussion Products is for powerful kick drum play, providing maximum protection from foot pedal beater damage and increasing beater punch while diminishing high frequencies.
TASCAM’s Model 12 Integrated Production Suite multitrack recording mixer is a compact all-in-one integrated mixer designed for music and multimedia creators, songwriters, and performers.
The HoverMat—a portable acoustic barrier designed for use under drum kits, percussion setups, and other sound producing instruments—combines Auralex’s SheetBlok Sound Barrier with a non-slip durable fabric that is laminated together to produce an effective sound barrier.
Yamaha has introduced the second generation of the Yamaha 62 professional model saxophone line with the YBS-62II Professional Baritone Saxophone.
Fender has launched the all new Tom Morello “Soul Power” Stratocaster, developed in collaboration with Morello of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA).
Designed in partnership with Chris Thile of Local 257 (Nashville, TN), D’Addario’s signature mandolin pick was developed to meet Thile’s own specifications for maximum comfort, tone, and playability.