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.
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.
New in Fender’s California Coast Series, the Zuma concert ukulele is crafted from sapele with an open-pore finish for a balanced earthy tone that blends well with other instruments.
High Valley, brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel, of Local 390 (Edmonton, AB), stripped down seven tracks from their Atlantic Records/WMN album Dear Life to create Farmhouse Sessions.
The self-produced album All Ashore includes nine originals from the Punch Brothers, a quintet of Local 257 (Nashville, TN) members Chis Thile (mandolin/lead singer), Chris Eldridge (guitar), Paul Kowert (bass), and Noam Pikelny (banjo), and Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) member Gabe Witcher (fiddle).