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.
December 1, 2018
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.
November 28, 2018
Motion sickness occurs when the inner ear detects movement, but the eyes do not register movement. Scientists call this “sensory conflict.”
September 26, 2018
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.
August 22, 2018
Here are ten mental hygiene hacks for those with a creative mind and lifestyle.
August 1, 2018
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.
July 27, 2018
Seated directly in front of the brass section, he suffered acoustic shock, the result of sound that exceeded 130 decibels.
June 1, 2018
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.
April 30, 2018
Those who suffer from migraines experience severe, debilitating throbbing pain, often occurring on one side of the head. Attacks frequently cause disabling symptoms. Visual disturbances, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, fainting, and severe sensitivity to light, sound, touch, and smell, are common.
April 2, 2018
The life of a professional musician is mentally and physically demanding. A musician’s mind is taxed with the need to memorize complex music, spontaneously improvise, and maintain focus during performance, all while putting repetitive strain on the body from hours of practice. While studying for his master’s degree, musician Joe Rea Phillips discovered the benefits of martial arts for musicians.
March 1, 2018
Due to repetitive motions, instrumentalists are prone to overuse injuries of the wrist and hand.