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.

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Books, Products

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Cheat Sheets for Guitar and Piano


Hal Leonard’s Cheat Sheets series includes intros and interludes, lyrics and chords, in an easy to follow format for guitar or piano. The books are bound for ease of display on the piano or music stand and designed for minimal page turns. Among the 100 Classic Rock piano cheat sheets are: “Candle in the Wind” […]




Gretsch Limited Edition G6137TCB Panther Center-Block Guitar

Gretsch Limited Edition G6137TCB Panther Center-Block Guitar


The Gretsch Limited Edition G6137TCB Panther Center-Block guitar features a beautiful deep double-cutaway three-ply maple body with a 16-inch lower bout, arched top and back, and elegant f-holes. The model is named for its long spruce center block that runs the entire length of the body to minimize body-resonant feedback and produce a spirited, lively […]




SRH940 Headphones

SRH940 Headphones


Designed with professional audio engineers in mind, SRH940 Headphones from Shure deliver accurate response across the entire audio spectrum for smooth high-end extension with tight bass. The collapsible, lightweight design with premium padded headband offers superior comfort and portability. Two included detachable cables (straight and coiled) and a replacement set of velour ear pads ensure […]




Yamaha’s Motif XF


  Yamaha’s Motif XF is the only Music Production Synthesizer on the market that’s available in white. It comes with 741 MB of internal wave ROM, and includes realistic digital re-creation of two grand piano sounds, acoustic instruments, vintage synths, and hip-hop sounds. Sturdy front panel knobs and sliders allow for quick changes during performance […]




archon 50

Archon 50


Last year PRS Guitars introduced a 100-watt monster high gain amp head with bone-crushing crunch. This year’s Archon 50 continues that tradition in a tight package suitable for all genres and all spaces, no matter how big or small. With 50 watts, switchable to 25, via the amp’s back panel, the Archon 50 breaks up […]




EXL Export Lacquer Series

EXL Export Lacquer Series


Pearl’s popular Export Series drum kit is now available with a lacquer finish. EXL Export Lacquer Series incorporates Pearl’s Superior Shell Technology that puts sound first by blending premium poplar and rich mahogany for a lush, full-body tone. The kit also features Opti-Loc tom mounts, all-new 830 series hardware with a P-930 pedal, and a […]




The Line6 Amplifi 75

The Line6 Amplifi 75


Distinctive Design and Sound The Line6 Amplifi 75 high performance amp looks as unique as it sounds. Always an innovator, the folks at Line6 have come up with a five-speaker, full-range stereo array that delivers killer tone with more than 200 amp sounds and effects. It also serves as a full-featured Bluetooth speaker system for listening […]




HHX Omni JoJo Mayer

HHX Omni JoJo Mayer


Omnipotent Omni Cymbal Building on the sonic contrast and versatility of AAX Omni introduced in 2010, the new HHX Omni JoJo Mayer cymbal takes its sonic properties to a whole new level. HHX Omni provides more nuanced tone on the ride surface. It adds the dimension of playing with the shoulder, which has a wonderful […]




The Roland TR-8

The Roland TR-8


Next Gen Drum The Roland TR-8 is a performance rhythm machine that melds the legendary sound and vibe of the TR-808 and TR-909 with features and functions for the modern age. It combines genre-defining sounds, classic effects, unprecedented live pattern manipulation, and solid, intuitive performance controls, with 16 stunning kits made up of 11 instrument […]




E10D Dreadnaught Guitar

E10D Dreadnaught Guitar


Dreaded Dreadnaught Eastman’s E10D Dreadnaught Guitar is built with the same methods and materials as during the bluegrass era, prior to WWII. With solid Adirondack spruce on top and solid mahogany back and sides, it provides extremely dynamic response, whether playing finger style or plectrum strumming. It comes with a hard shell case. In this […]










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