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


Articles, Health, Resources

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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The Yolanda Kondonassis Collection

This collection of more than 30 harp solos features popular transcriptions and compositions from Yolanda Kondonassis.

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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.

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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.

Muscles in Play: Avoiding Pain and Strain

Playing is all about repetition so overuse can be synonymous with a music career. Proper posture and holding an instrument correctly are key to avoiding strain.

10 Mental Hygiene Hacks for Creatives

Here are ten mental hygiene hacks for those with a creative mind and lifestyle.

How to Talk About Depression

Having meaningful human contact with a trusted friend can make a huge difference to someone suffering from depression. Reach out to them, making it clear that it is safe for them to tell you how they feel without fearing judgment, pity, or guilt.

Too Loud, Too Close, Too Long: Musicians Suffer Career Ending Acoustic Shock

Seated directly in front of the brass section, he suffered acoustic shock, the result of sound that exceeded 130 decibels.

Cleaning Your Wind Instrument Could Be Life or Death.

Cleaning your wind instrument isn’t just a matter of aesthetics, it could be a matter of life or death. According to an article published in the journal General Dentistry, many woodwind and brass instruments are heavily contaminated with bacteria and fungi.