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

Vexter Double Rock

When musician J.Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.) requested two Box of Rock pedals in one box with two stomp switches, Zvex knew he was on to something…

Roland JUNO-DS Synthesizer

The Roland JUNO-DS synthesizer is a powerful tool for performance and recording. It features improved pianos, organ sounds, waveform expansion capability…

Electro-Harmonix KEY9 Piano Machine

The Electro-Harmonix KEY9 Piano Machine emulates classic Wurlitzer and Rhodes sounds, as well as organ, vibraphone, marimba, steel drums…

Casio’s Celviano Grand Hybrid GP-500BP and GP-300 digital pianos

Grand Feel and Sound Casio’s Celviano Grand Hybrid GP-500BP and GP-300 digital pianos combine the latest electronic music technology with the traditional sound and feel of acoustic grand pianos. AiR Grand Sound Source recreates all the multi-faceted sounds of an acoustic piano, including sympathetic string resonance, damper resonance, key-off response, and mechanical sound. Plus the […]

Ann and Nancy Wilson’s Heart Gear Guide

Ann—Custom Martin acoustic guitar with heart-shaped sound hole and planet inlays up the fretboard. Only two of these were ever made. Nancy has the other one. She also plays a Rainsong carbon fiber acoustic guitar and Yamaha flute. Nancy—Nancy Wilson signature model Martin HD-35 acoustic guitar; 1963 Fender Telecaster (blue); 1968 Gibson SG with Bigsby; Gibson Nighthawk, renamed […]

Godlyke’s Pivot-All

Godlyke’s Pivot-All plugs and cables are set to revolutionize your ability to connect, even in the tightest places. This line of plugs and cables feature…

Downchild’s Donnie Walsh’s Gear

Read the interview with Downchild here.  “I use two guitars during each show. One is a Fender Stratocaster (1974) in standard tuning. When I play slide, I use an Epiphone Riviera in open D tuning. These guitars have always been comfortable for me to play. The Epiphone has a big full sound, which I like […]

JD-XA Analog/Digital Synthesizer

JD-XA Analog/Digital Synthesizer

The JD-XA Analog/Digital Synthesizer from Roland is essentially two synths in one. Its analog and digital engines can be used side-by-side or layered together.

SLG200 Silent Guitars

SLG200 Silent Guitars

Yamaha’s innovative SLG200 Silent Guitars provide professional sound and feel that is perfect for travel, stage, and studio.

RC-1 Loop Station

RC-1 Loop Station

Boss’s RC-1 Loop Station provides high quality looping at an affordable price. It offers straightforward operation, shedding many of the more complex features found in other loop stations