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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Contrary to the beliefs of many, Luis & Clark carbon fiber instruments are not “machine made.” They are individually made, by hand. They are fabricated, using molds and each is made according to specifications, which allow little to no variation from instrument to instrument. At each step of the fabrication process, the instruments are measured and weighed to maintain strict quality control.
The meticulousness that goes into the fabrication process means that we can rely on the instruments sounding consistently alike.
We’ve all been there. The lighting at the gig just doesn’t cut it.
Thankfully, the Aria Forte music stand light provides all we need, at home or on stage. With maximum brightness for 8 hours on a single charge, the Aria Forte brings even coverage across four pages of music. And with the built-in full-range dimmer, you can set the right light level for any occasion. This season, get the gift of light.
Exclusive AFM holiday discount. AFM members save 20% between now and Dec.17, 2023. Enter code: AFMmember.
The Lotus Light Pro Series uses an array of high quality LEDs that provide powerful illumination that is easy on your eyes.
The rechargeable lithium polymer battery means you can “cut the cord” with confidence.
Comes with a neoprene travel bag and USB charger. For larger ensembles, we offer a 15 light Charging Station and optional Road Case.
Bring some sparkle to your sound this holiday season with the Rovner® Platinum Gold ligature. Effortlessly played, the Platinum Gold offers incredible evenness of scale, superior control and exceptional facility and response. The Platinum Gold’s bell-like tone introduces a warm, dark aspect that helps synthetic reeds sound more like cane.
Available in a dozen sizes for sax and clarinet, the Platinum Gold rewards the player with beauty, durability, and performance.
The perfect gift for trumpet players. Affordable, Lightweight & Portable.
The Artist Model attaches securely to the shaft of almost any music stand. The Longoria slides into the ledge of the music stand.
Both models hold up to 4 mutes, extra mouthpieces, Harmon stem, and a pencil. Always keep your mutes in your line-of-sight for easy mute changes.
Endorsed by trumpet legends Rick Baptist, David Longoria, Morris Northcutt, and Arturo Sandoval.
Modus Lascivus is a powerful tool for composers of all levels of experience, from classical to jazz to pop. “Self-Composed” provides a clear and concise explanation of the theory as well as a wealth of practical exercises and musical examples.
About the Author: Local 47 member Jerry Bilik has composed for film, TV, and recordings ranging from a jazz concerto for Doc Severinsen to serious works for the NY Phil, from Vegas showtunes (for Siegfried and Roy among others) to Musical Theater and touring spectacles such as “Disney on Ice” and Ringling Bros. Circus.