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.
The President's Message:
The Gigs of a Baltimore Musician in 1899
We are fortunate to have one extant union membership directory and calendar, used by Wm. Cullen of 1624 Baker Street to record his gigs from August 1899 to June 1900.
Mr. Cullen had steady employment in a theatre orchestra. Most theatres engaged musicians by ...
The 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.