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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Health

Body Mapping

Body Mapping teaches musicians to question their own concept of anatomical size, structure, and function to improve facility, ease, and efficiency in playing.


Our Brains Appear Uniquely Tuned for Musical Pitch

In the eternal search for understanding what makes us human, scientists found that our brains are more sensitive to pitch, the harmonic sounds we hear when listening to music, than our evolutionary relative the macaque monkey.


Summer is Coming, Remember to Protect Yourself Against Lyme Disease

With the arrival of summer, it is a good time to review and remember the threat that Lyme disease poses to anyone who steps outside.


Prick Up Your Ears: May Is Better Hearing Month

May is National Better Hearing Month and the American Academy of Audiology encourages everyone to make an appointment with an audiologist if they suspect hearing loss for themselves or their loved ones.


Dealing Effectively with Performance Stress

Don Greene’s centering method is a great tool to help channel the mental and physical effects of performance stress into powerful performances.


Pilates for Musicians: Great Exercise for Seated Athletes

Musicians often benefit from massage, chiropractic, or other forms of bodywork. Regular practice of Pilates is complementary and can prolong the effects of bodywork between visits.


Fiber Is Key: Diverticulosis Requires Diet and Lifestyle Management

Diverticulosis is a condition in which small bulging pouches form in the lining of the digestive tract, usually in the lower part of the large intestine or sigmoid colon.


Musician’s Dystonia Symptoms and Treatment

Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder that occurs when the brain sends incorrect information to the muscles. It is characterized by failed or involuntary muscle contractions and movements.


Biomechanics: How to Be In Sync with Your Instrument

An important yet often neglected component of performance is proper biomechanics. Technique, skill, and interpretation all contribute to a musician’s professional potential, but the physical toll of holding an instrument and playing it for hours puts a strain on the musculoskeletal system.


For Some Traveling Musicians Motion Sickness Goes with the Territory

Motion sickness occurs when the inner ear detects movement, but the eyes do not register movement. Scientists call this “sensory conflict.”








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