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


Books, Products, Resources

last year's words, and next year's voices

Last Year’s Words, and Next Year’s Voices: Essays and Speeches from a Decade as Chairman of ICSOM

These essays and speeches recount ICSOM’s expanded role under Bruce Ridge’s leadership as an advocacy organization.

Washburn’s IDOL Style Body Guitars

Two new guitars revive Washburn’s IDOL style body pioneered in 1999; The IDOL WIT16 VSK-D in sunburst and the IDOL WIS26 MRK-D in metallic red.

the british amp invasion

The British Amp Invasion

The British Amp Invasion chronicles how a minor offshore industry quickly became a world leader and the choice of British guitar heroes and American arena stars alike.

sound spike endpin

Sound Spike Endpin

The innovative and affordable Sound Spike Endpin was developed by Local 60-471 (Pittsburgh, PA) member Aaron White, a double bassist for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Gig Lab September 2018

Inspiring creativity, by showcasing products and services designed to optimize your music.  d:facto Series Microphones In use the world over by Sting, Celine Dion, Enrique Iglesias, Lana Del Rey, Amy Grant, Bruno Mars, Earth Wind & Fire, Michael Feinstein and many more, the DPA d:facto™ series brings true studio sound to the live stage and broadcasting studio. These mics […]

boss tu-03

Boss Tu-03 Clip-On Tuner and Metronome

The Boss Tu-03 clip-on chromatic tuner and metronome provides two essential tools in one device. The tuner allows users to switch between chromatic mode and dedicated guitar, bass, ukulele, and violin modes.

songs for the saints

Kenny Chesney, Songs for the Saints

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.

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Deering Rustic Wreath Banjo

Deering Rustic Wreath is a stunning and affordable walnut-stained maple banjo that honors the heritage of the instrument, while taking on a sleek, minimalist feel.

the tree of forgiveness

John Prine, The Tree of Forgiveness

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.

yamaha genos

Yamaha Genos Digital Workstation

Genos is Yamaha’s most advanced digital workstation keyboard to date. It features a sleek, modern design, breathtaking sounds, 550 accompaniment styles, and robust recording.