Musicians' Association of Metropolitan Baltimore - AFM Local 40-453 - Baltimore, MD
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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.

Protect Our Pension

AFM today officially endorsed the Butch Lewis Act of 2017 that would ensure musicians and other working people keep the pensions they earned.

The legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) would put multiemployer pension plans back on solid footing so they can they can meet their obligations to current and future retirees. It would establish an agency in the Treasury Department authorized to issue bonds to finance loans to pension plans in financial distress.

Click here to tell your representatives to protect our pensions by supporting the Butch Lewis Act of 2017.

To ensure that the pension plans can afford to repay the loans, the Treasury Department would lend them money for 30 years at low interest rates. The 30-year loans would buy time for the pension plans to make smart long-term investments for the future, while continuing to pay benefits owed to current retirees.

Tell your representatives to support the Butch Lewis Act of 2017 so musicians and all working people can count on the pensions we earned.

Musicians standing together have the power.

In Unity,
Ray Hair
AFM International President

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The American Federation of Musicians and Employers' Pension Fund (AFM-EPF) website has updated their Frequently Asked Questions section.

The AFM-EPF is a defined benefit multi-employer pension plan for members of the American Federation of Musicians.

Earplugs Essential for Orchestral Musicians, Study Finds
New research suggests physical measures and sound screens do little to protect musicians' hearing.
A new study from the Netherlands has found that earplugs are essential for orchestral musicians, revealing that physical measures such as placing screens between sections or creating more space between players are largely ineffective. The research from the Eindhoven University of Technology, which has been published this month in the peer-reviewed Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, used the first two minutes of the Stürmisch bewegt finale of Mahler's First Symphony as a representative example of loud orchestral playing.
The research, led by acoustics expert Remy Wenmaekers, was designed to evaluate ...
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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