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 weight of laminated birch paired with the much larger shaft diameter make Greg Zuber’s new Nothung concert snare stick a truly unique offering to the Vic Firth Symphonic Collection. As the principal percussionist of the MET Orchestra, Zuber, of Local 802 (New York City), needed a stick that could cover a wide array of […]
Wrap It Up GruvGear’s FretWraps string muter is a professional string dampener / muting accessory that cuts overtones and sympathetic resonance during recording, live performance, two-hand tapping, or any creative situation where you need that extra muting hand for cleaner takes. The adjustable strap lets you fine-tune the pressure and dampening of the strings. Quickly […]
Stealthy Sound The Aston Stealth is a broadcast quality microphone for studio and stage. It offers four switchable voices, active and passive modes, a built-in Class A mic preamp with autodetect 48V Phantom power, and a unique Sorbothane internal shock mount system. Stealth was developed in partnership with 92 top engineers, producers, and artists who […]
Musical Swiss Army Knife The Akai Professional MPK Mini III 25-key Keyboard Controller offers everything the modern producer demands: universal compatibility, compact size, and an arsenal of pads and assignable controls. Features include a new Gen 2 enhanced dynamic keybed, a four-way joystick for pitch and modulation control, a built-in arpeggiator, and a sustain pedal […]
Virtual Music Creation Putting the “together” back into music, the new Aloha by Elk service offers real-time remote music creation and performance. It creates a virtual shared studio, rehearsal room, stage, and/or classroom with options to stream performances to audiences over social platforms. It allows musicians, producers, and educators from different locations to create, rehearse, […]
The Cordoba 15CFM ukulele adds exotic flamed mahogany and striking color options to Cordoba’s best-selling ukulele, the 15CM. The all-flamed mahogany construction provides a full, rich sound and appointments like an abalone rosette and black body binding. Additional features include silver tuners with pearl buttons, premium Aquila strings, and a sleek satin finish available in […]
Pitch Shifting Powerhouse The Pitch Fork Polyphonic Pitch Shifter/Harmony Pedal by Electro-Harmonix features two independent pitch shifting engines with full control over each. Both will transpose your pitch up or down over a three-octave range and detune +/- 99 cents. With rock solid tracking, an organic, musical tone, and extensive control, it’s your ultimate harmonizer. […]
Clean Acoustic Power The Fishman Loudbox Mini packs 60 watts of clean acoustic power and has two channels featuring Fishman’s preamp and tone control designs. It also features digital reverb and chorus for the instrument channel, reverb for the microphone channel, an MP3 input, and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. www.fishman.com
Secure Your Sax Woodwind accessory manufacturer Key Leaves has created a way to protect saxophones from getting damaged while bumped or dropped in their cases. The GapCap replaces traditional saxophone end plugs or end caps and features a coil spring wall to provide the perfect fit inside the saxophone neck socket, no matter what make […]
The PRS Guitars Floating Guitar Stand offers a sleek, minimalist design that lets the stand disappear allowing the guitar to take center stage. Designed to be stable and safe, features include: heavy duty construction, weighted base for maximum stability, three-pointed base engineered so the stand will not tip over, and a nitro-friendly foam headstock cradle. […]