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


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Work Those Fingers


All athletes have a common goal to develop and maintain strength, control, endurance, coordination, and dexterity to ensure their competitive edge. Musicians are no different. Professional sports trainers, athletes, and therapists use Gripmaster because of its unique ability to provide an effective isolated resistance workout. Gripmaster conditions the fingers, hand, wrist, and forearm with a unit you can carry in your pocket.

Your hands are the direct link between your brain and your instrument. But your hand is really five separate systems–the fingers—which work in seamless unity. The only way to develop superior hand strength, endurance, and coordination is to challenge and develop each finger. Work those fingers. The patented Gripmaster hand exerciser can isolate and strengthen each finger individually.

The pocket-sized, durable device isolates each finger, supplying it with its own spring loaded button. Small size means you can practice anytime, anywhere. Gripmaster is available in three different tensions: blue (light, five pounds per finger), red (medium, seven pounds per finger), and black (heavy, nine pounds per finger).

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