Musicians' Association of Metropolitan Baltimore - AFM Local 40-453 - Baltimore, MD
Baltimore, MD
Local 40-543 of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada


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Welcome, and thank you for your interest in Local 40-543 of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. The AFM is the largest organization in the world dedicated to representing the interests of professional musicians. Local 40-543 represents the finest professional musicians in the Baltimore, MD community and surrounding areas.

Hurricane Disaster Assistance
Many musicians in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico are fighting to recover from Harvey and Irma. These storms have wreaked havoc on millions of people including our union brothers and sisters.
Please lend a hand to help AFM members and their families who have experienced unprecedented damage by donating to the AFM Hurricane Relief Fund.

The AFM Hurricane Relief Fund was established to help AFM musicians and their families who have been affected by storms. All proceeds from this special relief fund will go to AFM members impacted by hurricanes.

All donations - no matter the amount - will make a difference for musicians and their families. Please join union musicians nationwide in supporting AFM members who need our help.

MPRA Demystified
Multiemployer Pension Reform Act and the American Federation of Musicians and Employers' Pension Fund
If our members have any questions regarding the possible future of the Union's pension plan (AFM-EPF), then reading this article is a must. It is written by Kevin Case, current counsel for ICSOM, the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians. Kevin lays out the process for what would happen if the Fund finds itself in the "critical and declining" status.
The President's Message:
The History of Our Local:
Looking at the Years Through 1915
In the Baltimore local there were actually more members and more employment opportunities in the first 15 years of the 1900's than there are today, and the musicians of that era looked forward to prospects of job growth due to technologies such as ...
Official Publication of the
International Conference of
Symphony and Opera Musicians
AFM DiversityThe AFM has been promoting and protecting professional musicians for over 110 years. Local 40-543 has been serving Baltimore, MD and area musicians since 1903 and continues to be an effective advocate for musicians' rights in the workplace (be that a nightclub, a symphony stage, in a recording studio, or on tour). The AFM and Local 4-543 protect the recorded works musicians produce from being exploited, and protect our members' live performances by providing several types of benefit programs that help them to build successful careers.

Members of Local 40-543 of the AFM are secure in knowing that their organization is actively lobbying to promote legislation and public awareness that protects musicians' interests, negotiating collective bargaining agreements with the recording industry, motion picture industry, jingle industry, TV networks, National Public TV and Radio, and providing excellent wages and working conditions for its members.

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