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.
February 1, 2016IM -
Newzik digital music claims to be the smartest sheet music reader app on the market. Officially launched in January, this reader was subjected to six-month’s intense beta testing by 600 musicians. It allows musicians to easily read and manage all types of scores on their iPad and iPhone. Key features include: zoom reorganizing bars; smart library management system; collaborative tools; and manual, automatic, or Bluetooth foot-pedal page turn. Three versions are available: use all Newzik features with up to 50 pieces of sheet music are free; Newzik Premium ($19.99) allows you to manage an unlimited number of titles; and a subscription to Newzik Band (starting at $4.99 per month for four musicians) will open up all the collaborative features.