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.
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“No matter our path, the magic is inside us all. And though it may be forgotten, it can be remembered once again … It is only up to us to do one single thing, and do it purely … believe,” says Local 257 (Nashville, TN) member John Carter Cash.
Making the transition from teen star to career musician, the Local 149 (Toronto, ON) member’s self-titled album has Mendes trying different styles and collaborating with a number of well-known artists.
Immortal marks Local 76-493 (Seattle, WA) member Ann Wilson’s debut for BMG. She teamed up with her original producer from Heart, Mike Flicker. The album features 10 musically diverse tracks.
This Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra album was recorded in beautiful and historic Heinz Hall under the direction of Manfred Honeck. Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians are members of Local 60-471 (Pittsburgh, PA).
This digital-only release from San Francisco Symphony, members of Local 6 (San Francisco, CA), and Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT), a member of Locals 47 (Los Angeles, CA) and 9-535 (Boston, MA), was recorded during live performances at Davies Symphony Hall in March 2017.
Life After Dark is Local 257 (Nashville, TN) member Guthrie Trapp’s second album. The album was recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium, and pays tribute to Trapp’s musical influences throughout his career, from childhood to the present day.
Jason Mraz of Local 325 (San Diego, CA) has just released his first full-length studio recording, Know, since his 2014 release of Yes!.
One of the most personal albums of Local 257 (Nashville, TN) member Loretta Lynn’s career, Wouldn’t It Be Great communicates the universality of the human experience—love and heartbreak, as well as the transformative and connecting power of music.
Kenny Chesney of Local 257 (Nashville, TN) has long called the US Virgin Islands his second home. He even says his time spent there has shaped the man he has become.
The Tree of Forgiveness is Local 257 (Nashville, TN) member John Prine’s first album of new music since his 2005 Grammy-winning album Fair and Square.