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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The repetitive stress musicians subject their bodies to is comparable to what an athlete endures. A pro athlete would never dream of performing or even practicing without first warming up. In order to perform with the least risk of injury, the muscles, tendons, and joints need blood circulating through them properly so they remain strong and resilient.
Warm Up with a WOW. Warming up also provides heat to the sheaths that cover the tendons and the fascia that cover the bones, ligaments, and joints, making them do their job more efficiently. Finally, warming up stimulates the body to secrete synovial fluid into joints, bathing them and allowing them to move with greater ease.
A product from the Institute of Health and Human Performance aids a musician’s warm-up, readying him or her to play more quickly. The Musician’s WOW provides oscillating resistance to muscles, movement to which they respond faster than they do to manual warm-up techniques. The Musician’s WOW can help prevent the kind of repetitive stress injuries, including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, tennis elbow, tendonitis, and bursitis, that affect the careers of more than 70% of all musicians.–to order the Musician’s WOW, call Innovative Fitness at 877-222-8173 or visit www.ihhp.org.