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.
AFM-EPF FAQs Update
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 ...
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.