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


Gear, Products

ghs strings fingerboard care kit

GHS Strings Fingerboard Care Kit

GHS Strings Fingerboard Care Kit makes it easy to maintain your instrument’s frets and fingerboard. Guitar maintenance is just as critical to an instrument’s sound and playability as a new set of strings.

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Breedlove Lu’au Concert Ukulele

For many years, Kim Breedlove left his workshop in the late afternoon, only to go home to his garage workshop and build ukuleles. Now retired, Breedlove has launched the Lu’au Concert ukuleles based on his custom shape and bracing.

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Sabian Center Hammered Triangles

Sabian Center Hammered Triangles are designed to boost projection and shimmer. Made from heavy gauge phosphor bronze, they allow for more clarity in any performance venue.

Boss VE-500 Vocal Performer

Boss VE-500 Vocal Performer

The Boss VE-500 Vocal Performer vocal harmony/multi-effects pedal provides automatic harmony/pitch correction, plus effects that range from subtle sweetening to over-the-top, even robot voice sounds.

Quaverato Harmonic Tremolo

Quaverato Harmonic Tremolo Guitar Pedal

Zeppelin Design Labs’ Quaverato Harmonic Tremolo guitar pedal is a great sounding, versatile, and practical tremolo pedal at an attractive price.

Washburn’s IDOL Style Body Guitars

Two new guitars revive Washburn’s IDOL style body pioneered in 1999; The IDOL WIT16 VSK-D in sunburst and the IDOL WIS26 MRK-D in metallic red.

sound spike endpin

Sound Spike Endpin

The innovative and affordable Sound Spike Endpin was developed by Local 60-471 (Pittsburgh, PA) member Aaron White, a double bassist for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Gig Lab September 2018

Inspiring creativity, by showcasing products and services designed to optimize your music.  d:facto Series Microphones In use the world over by Sting, Celine Dion, Enrique Iglesias, Lana Del Rey, Amy Grant, Bruno Mars, Earth Wind & Fire, Michael Feinstein and many more, the DPA d:facto™ series brings true studio sound to the live stage and broadcasting studio. These mics […]

boss tu-03

Boss Tu-03 Clip-On Tuner and Metronome

The Boss Tu-03 clip-on chromatic tuner and metronome provides two essential tools in one device. The tuner allows users to switch between chromatic mode and dedicated guitar, bass, ukulele, and violin modes.

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Deering Rustic Wreath Banjo

Deering Rustic Wreath is a stunning and affordable walnut-stained maple banjo that honors the heritage of the instrument, while taking on a sleek, minimalist feel.