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.
Punchy Tone Cajon Adjustable strings and an extra thick wooden sound port ring for bass compression gives the Meinl Percussion Cantina Line cajon a wide dynamic range of highs and lows. Two sets of six micro-coiled metal cajon strings give a snapping snare effect and are adjustable. The Baltic birch resonating body develops the sound […]
The new D’Addario XS coated guitar strings offer a new, thin film coating (1/10 the thickness of a human hair) that protects the wound strings from corrosion without dampening the tone. This new film covering is combined with D’Addario’s proprietary dispersion coating to protect the plain steel strings as well. The XS also incorporate D’Addario’s […]
Oboe Innovation The new Buffet Crampon Légende oboe model is complimentary to the Buffet Crampon professional oboe family for its qualities of accuracy, flexibility, centered tone, and projection. Particular attention has been paid to the acoustic quality, the harmonic spectrum, the ease of response, and depth of sound. The Légende is part of the new […]
Be a Fanatic The Nancy Wilson Fanatic guitar is created and co-designed by Nancy Wilson of Heart, member of Local 76-493 (Seattle, WA), and the luthiers at Epiphone. The Fanatic features a classic nighthawk shaped mahogany body and a figured maple veneer top. It comes equipped with ProBucker humbuckers, a five-way pickup selector switch for a […]
Free-blowing Power The JodyJazz DV Series saxophone mouthpieces are 24-karat gold-plated metal that deliver free-blowing power with a full tone. The DV has a chamber/bore/facing combination, while the patented ‘Secondary Window’ design eliminates the shrillness associated with metal pieces. This mouthpiece works efficiently, the articulation is clean, and one can easily go from low to […]
D’Addario’s signature reed case holds your reeds safe and secure, featuring a grooved surface that keeps reeds snugly in place while preventing warping. Crafted with an airtight gasket for unstable weather conditions, this case can hold eight reeds of any size clarinet or saxophone and a reed vitalizer Humidipak. www.daddario.com
Digital Wind Instrument Roland’s Aerophone Pro is the new flagship model in the company’s Aerophone series of digital wind instruments. The stock fingering on Aerophone Pro is the same as an acoustic sax and includes a high-F# key. Presets provide everything from vintage analog synth tones to modern hybrid sounds. Includes headphones jack, Bluetooth MIDI, […]
Silent Electricity The Yamaha SVC-110SK Silent Cello is an electric cello thatoffers superior feel and tone with an acoustic-body resonating chamber for professional stage and recording performance—and silent practice. Features a unique resonating chamber, studio-quality on-board preamp and built-in reverb, spruce and maple construction, standard tuning pegs, and a sleek, protective gig bag. www.usa.yamaha.com
New from TRX Cymbal Co. is the limited edition, four-piece set of CRX’s popular AIR Series low-volume cymbals with a custom, sky-blue finish. The set, which is recommended for practice rooms, teaching studios, and low-volume playing situations, includes 14-inch hi-hats, 20-inch ride, 18-inch crash-ride, and 16-inch crash, plus a cymbal bag. www.trxcymbals.com
Specially Tuned Ear Protection Experience sound as you normally would, just at a lower decibel level. Earos One hearing protection offers attenuation of 17 decibels. The soft outer body sits comfortably in the ear, even during extended use. Engineered to fit 90% of all ears, the outer edge of the product lays flush against the […]