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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International Musician presents our annual guide to the coolest gifts of the season for your favorite musician (or yourself)!

The Practice of Better Practice

Enter a new era of music practice with Modacity deliberate practice app: Get organized, focused, and make faster progress. Plan your practice sessions, budget and track your time, get insights. Features include: guided deliberate practice, easy self-recording, built-in MetroDrone, and more. Get a free month via the AFM special!

modacity.co/afm


d:vote CORE 4099

d:vote 4099

Bring more clarity and details to your music, across the entire dynamic range. Anyone looking for the highest sound quality should choose CORE—every musician, live sound engineer and anyone else who takes pride in quality audio. CORE by DPA is a powerful new technology at the heart of DPA miniature microphones. We’ve minimized distortion. From pianissimo to forte, you will experience increased clarity and openness.

dpamicrophones.com/dvote-instrument-microphones


Piano Buying Guide

piano buyer guide

The Best of Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer is a collection of the most useful articles published in Piano Buyer magazine over the past decade. Edited by Larry Fine, author of the best-selling consumer guide, The Piano Book, this new collection includes more than 30 articles by 17 authors on buying new, used, or restored pianos; caring for, selling, or moving all types of pianos; accessories; and room acoustics—plus profiles of more than 80 piano brands.

pianobuyer.com


Lotus Light Pro

lotus light pro

Lotus Light PRO series with lithium polymer battery and high quality LED technology provide enough light to flood four pages of music, without any hot spots, and for a longer time. It is compact enough to take everywhere you go. The jaws are padded to clip in place without fear of damage. A stiff but flexible arm lets you position the light just right. Visit our website for other accessories.

lotuslights.net


Quikstaff

Quikstaff

QuikStaff is the easy way to draw a music staff on any blank paper. It’s loved by teachers, songwriters, and studio musicians all over the world.

www.quikstaff.net


Sonarworks Christmas Special

sonarworks

Buy Sonarworks Studio Edition and get Studio Sound on the go for free! Claim your Sonarworks Christmas offer today. Buy Sonarworks Reference 4 Studio Edition and get the True-Fi mobile app worth $79 for free. Enjoy calibrated and personalized music on the go!

sonarworks.com


Triple Horn

Balu Musik is proud to present the Ab Aeternum triple horn from Dürk. Light weight, unique interchangeable triggers and very precise German engineering makes it a must-have tool for every professional. It boasts outstanding, smooth intonation and response for “all three horns.”

www.BaluMusik.com


Soundbrenner Pulse Metronome

soundbrenner

At last, the gift that every musician would love. The Pulse smart vibrating metronome generates strong, distinct vibrations that vibrate with each beat, keeping you in time without an audible click. Connect to our app for more features including set lists, multi-unit sync, and DAW integration. Use code SBGift at checkout and get 25% off.

www.soundbrenner.com/gift


Hello Brass Players!

mute caddy

Tired of fumbling around for your trombone/trumpet mutes? The floor or music stand ledge is not the best storage answer. Mute Caddy solves the problem, by attaching conveniently to the shaft of the music stand at a height that you choose. Sturdy, attractive, easy to transport and affordable. Look for our
holiday specials!

www.themutecaddy.com


Halo Sport

halo sport

The first-ever brain stimulator that accelerates improvements from practice. Halo Sport uses a form of neurostimulation to put your brain into a temporary state of hyperplasticity, or hyperlearning. By wearing Halo Sport during practice, you more rapidly develop and improve musical skill.

gethalosport.com/internationalmusician


CD Baby

cd baby

CD Baby builds a bridge to your audience, giving you more ways to reach fans and make money. For a one-time setup fee of $49 per album, or $9.95 per single, your music will be selling and streaming on Apple Music, Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, and more. They give you promo tools, quick access to Spotify for Artists, tips to make money from YouTube, and daily trending reports. Check out holiday deals on cdbaby.com!

cdbaby.com/promo.aspx


Cloudlifter Mic Activators

cloudlifter mic activator

Give the gift of gain! Cloudlifter Mic Activators from Cloud Microphones provide up to 25db of ultra-clean gain for dynamic or ribbon microphones, allowing you to hear more of your mic and less noise and coloration from your preamp, mixer, or interface. An essential tool for any musician or sound engineer.

www.cloudmicrophones.com


End-all Endpin

sound spike endpin

The innovative and affordable Sound Spike Endpin, developed by bassist and Local 60-471 (Pittsburgh, PA) member Aaron White, has a carbide tip that stays sharp for almost any performance surface. Its corrosion-resistant stainless steel rod improves clarity and projection, while an over-sized rubber boot provides a larger, stickier surface area. Half-inch and 10 mm diameter bass endpins and 8 mm or 10 mm diameter cello endpins are available in a range of lengths.

www.soundspikeendpins.com





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