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



Essential Drum Lessons with the Greats

This book contains in-depth lessons and two CDs of performances by drumming greats such as Local 47 members Gregg Bissonette, Peter Erskine, and Dave Weckl, and Local 298 (Niagara Region, ON) member Neil Peart. In 26 lessons, eight legendary drummers reveal their secrets to solos, fills, double-bass grooves, polyrhythms, sticking and ostinato patterns, as well […]

Classics for the Developing Pianist

Edited by piano professors Ingrid Jacobson Clarfield and Phyllis Alpert Lehrer, the Classics for the Developing Pianist: Core Repertoire for Study and Performance series presents 100 master works selected for developing pianists. Each book has 20 pieces from the four main periods, as well as additional suggestions for 20th century repertoire. The books are progressively […]

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Conducting Music

This behind-the-scenes look at the job of the conductor provides a step-by-step guide to the basics and nuances of conducting. It contains everything you need to know to lead all types of ensembles. There are suggestions for reading, researching, and marking a score; tips for effective rehearsals; a guide for baton use and proper podium […]

Vince Guaraldi at the Piano

You may know Vince Guaraldi’s playful jazz piano themes from early Peanuts television specials. This long overdue book looks at the entire career of Guaraldi, beginning with his early work with Cal Tjader and Woody Herman and his Top 40 Grammy-winning hit “Cast Your Fate to the Wind.” This book explores the talent and legacy […]

Electro-Harmonix Crying Bass

Based on the Crying Tone wah circuit, the Electro-Harmonix Crying Bass pedal features a specially tuned resonance to enhance the wah effect over the entire harmonic spectrum of the bass guitar. It’s equally adept at adding funky filtering to a deep bass groove and pushing heavy harmonics for solos. In keeping with its bass-centric design, […]

Roland VT12 Vocal Trainer

The Roland VT12 Vocal Trainer will go with you in your pocket and on the road so you can warm up and exercise your voice any time. It has built-in exercises and warm-ups to improve your vocal skills. An illuminated pitch meter displays your pitch, and can even detect two singers simultaneously for two-part harmony training. It […]

The Tank

If you travel with a valuable instrument The Tank is made just for you. Its exterior is completely aluminum with steel latches that can’t open on their own. The handles are sprung to stay against the body when not in use. It features a full-length hinge with 90-degree stops and an incredible interior that cradles […]

The Total Classical Pianist

This unique learning method, will help students recognize the “shapes” of chords and intervals, and to use the logic and patterns to help place fingers on the correct keys. It also covers proper use of pedals, chordal accompaniment, transposition, and tips for selecting a piano or keyboard. Designed for beginning through advanced classical pianists, it […]

Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust

One of the most important recording engineers of the 20th Century shares his intimate memories of working with some of the most important artists in crafting sounds that have influenced and inspired generations of musicians. Ken Scott shares his tales of studio and stage on more than 400 pages, including never-before-seen photographs and technical details. […]

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