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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.

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Cool Tools, Products


Black Swamp Percussion ArchThrow Die-Cast Strainer

The new Black Swamp Percussion ArchThrow is a smooth, stylish and durable die-cast strainer. It is chrome plated, fits drums five inches deep or larger, and features an indexing knob for smooth, consistent tensioning in small increments.

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Shubb Capo Royale

The Shubb Capo Royale for steel string guitar fits most acoustics and electrics and is designed to reduce tuning problems.

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Gruv Gear’s Keyboard Kapsule

Gruv Gear’s new Keyboard Kapsule is a lightweight travel-ready keyboard case made from a tough polycarbonate / ABS hard shell that is lined with varying density foams for protection and shock absorbency.

GP-310 and GP-510

GP-310 and GP-510 Celviano Grand Hybrid Digital Pianos

Casio has added two new models to its Celviano Grand Hybrid digital piano line: the GP-310 and GP-510. Both feature full-length Austrian spruce piano keys plus a true grand piano hammer mechanism, using the same materials and processes as those in C.

Gig Labs 2.20

Inspiring creativity by showcasing products and services designed to optimize your music.

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 […]