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 Yamaha CP series stage pianos—the 73-key CP73 and the 88-key CP88—feature three main sections that can quickly be split or combined as desired: Piano, Electric Piano, and Sub. Selectable damper resonance adds even more realism to piano voices for solo passages.
The Simmons DA200SB drum combo amplifier leads its class with wireless, easy-to-use Bluetooth connectivity and the ability to stream playlists from a paired device.
ZVex has released a vertical version of the Instant Lo-Fi Junky. The circuit remains the same, but the stomper is now more pedalboard-friendly.
Kurzweil’s KD1S nine-piece electronic drum kit is simple to set up and play. The set includes kick pedal; eight-inch snare; three eight-inch toms; 10-inch hi-hat with pedal, 10-inch crash, and 10-inch ride cymbals; and optional kick pad.
Supro Delay all-analog echo pedal delivers sounds ranging from 20ms slapback to 600ms vintage delay. Its high-voltage MN3005 IC chips provide sweeter echoes with increased headroom and dynamic range.
Sterling Audio’s SL230MP medium-diaphragm condenser microphones are packaged as a matched pair. They are an excellent choice for capturing realistic stereo recordings of instruments, choirs, orchestras, or bands at a reasonable price.
NS Micro Headstock tuner is a tiny yet full-featured tuner. It grips gently, but securely, to any headstock and can be perfectly positioned thanks to 360-degree rotation and 90-degree screen orientation options.
Avantone Pro’s CLA-10A active monitoring system features 35mm AV10-MHF high frequency silk dome-based tweeter and custom 180mm AV10-MLF low-frequency driver—based on paper cone construction with old-school speaker design artistry.
The Yamaha P-121 digital piano is an ultra-compact, light-weight, and affordable instrument for gigging musicians.
Invented by drummer Arti Dixson, the Evans Dixson Drum Lift is an effective tool for raising the bass drum off the floor to improve resonance and beater striking location.