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

Axient Digital Wireless System

Shure’s Axient Digital Wireless System

Shure’s Axient Digital Wireless System provides unparalleled RF and audio performance for professional use. Ideal for a variety of users and features, the receiver is compatible with AD and ADX series transmitters.

V-MODA REMIX Bluetooth speaker

V-MODA REMIX Bluetooth Speaker

V-MODA REMIX Bluetooth speaker delivers uncompromising sound quality in a highly portable 7.8-inch wide design.

Platform Desk

Output Inc.’s Platform Desk

Output Inc.’s Platform desk was designed to provide a functional, affordable, and stylish work area specifically for studio use by musicians, producers, and composers.

LED Music Stand Light

Aria Light’s Forte High Brightness LED Music Stand Light

Aria Light’s Forte high brightness LED music stand light has an eight-hour rechargeable battery runtime on full brightness (and 36+ hours on half brightness).

Vater drumstick

Vater drumstick

As a result, we developed what sounds, feels, and reacts like a refined instrument in and of itself with this unique AM 595 model,” says 30-plus year AFM member Anthony Michelli. The Local 149 (Toronto, ON) member’s signature Vater drumstick was released this year.

Paul Reed Smith 57/08 Pickups

Paul Reed Smith 57/08 Pickups

Paul Reed Smith 57/08 pickups, inspired by 1957 humbuckers and introduced on PRS guitars in 2008, are now available for separate purchase.

Passive Line Splitter

Radial Engineering Ltd. Rugged LX-3 Passive Line Splitter

The Radial Engineering Ltd. rugged LX-3 passive line splitter is designed to send one audio signal to up to three destinations at once



The eight-in-one Octopus from MusicNomad is the quintessential gig bag tool. It is perfect for adjusting output jacks, control pots, tuning machine bushings, and screws

The Duet Digital Wireless Monitor

The Duet digital wireless monitor (IEM) system from Lectrosonics is made in the US and was designed for professional performing and touring musicians

Epiphone Elitist Casino hollow body

Epiphone Elitist Casino Hollow Body

Based on the mid-1960s classic, the Epiphone Elitist Casino hollow body has the classic look and sound made famous by The Beatles.