and Federation sponsored booking/referral services:
Local 40-543 assists potential live music purchasers in Baltimore, MD and surrounding areas to find the right artist
or group for their party, wedding, festival, corporate function
or any other event that requires live music. In addition, the AFM provides
on-line referral service (free of charge to all members
and potential purchasers) that is quickly becoming one of
the largest Internet resources of its kind.
The AFM maintains
an on-line list
of franchised booking agents for the US and Canada. It is
also available in booklet form by contacting Local 40-543 or the AFM. These agents are signatories to the AFM's Booking Agent Agreement
which sets standards for legally enforceable contracts specifying
negotiated fees, working conditions, and commissions.
The AFM is
an international union representing professional musicians in
both the United States and Canada. On behalf of its members
who accept gigs across the border, the Federation works with
the governments of both countries to cut through the hassle
of "red tape" usually associated with obtaining work
visas in either location. This assistance is available for both
US and Canadian musicians. There are specialized Canadian and
US forms, both formats conform to the laws of the individual
countries, are easy to complete, and provide comprehensive legal
protection for either single engagement or touring dates.
In the event a purchaser defaults on payment to members for
a contracted engagement, Local 40-543 and/or the AFM will work to resolve the dispute between the parties administratively.
Should this prove unsuccessful, Local 40-543 will pay members scale
wages for the engagement and the Local and/or Federation will
pursue the claim through a variety of legal methods.
Fund: Members have the option of having
the employer make contributions to the Pension fund of up to
15% of wages paid on their behalf. Please visit the fund's
website or contact their office (800) 833-8065 ext. 1311 for more
International, national and local agreements covering all types
of musical work ensure fair and timely payments as well as benefits
and royalties (where applicable) for the reuse and new
use of music recorded under these agreements.
A signed AFM contract offers you protection for individual engagements,
steady engagements, and traveling work. The AFM has a standard form contract that all members are entitled to
use. It contains the AFM seal and when properly filled out and
filed with the Local, it allows the local officer to help collect
payments in the case of a default. Forms are available for download
from the AFM's and this website, or at the Local 40-543 office.
The A.F.M. Mastercard offers special rates, travel insurance
benefits, and a special payment provision. Contact the Local 40-543 office for details.
The AFM is actively involved at the national, state and local
levels, advocating and lobbying for legislation that benefits
the lives of working musicians including public funding for
Musician Free Subscription:
Musician is the official journal of the AFM. Published monthly
and sent to all members, this informative newspaper delivers
articles of current interest to professional musicians, such
as educational resources, labour news, as well as audition notices
and help wanted ads. The International Musician is also available
online, beginning the first of each month, in the private members
area of the AFM website. Members may also search online through
past issues in the International Musician archives.
Only you know the value of your instruments and equipment. Just
think of the amount of money it would take to replace them.
Most homeowner's and renter's insurance is not enough to protect
you from loss, theft, or damage on location. The AFM provides
access to an "All-Risk" Musical Instrument and Equipment
Insurance Plan. Your instruments and music-related equipment
are protected from vandalism, breakage, water, fire, lightning,
and theft up to the full replacement value. If you are employed
full-time, freelance, work out of your home, or are self-employed,
this insurance protects the large investment you've made in
The AFM Business Liability Insurance Plan provides you with
up to a $2,000,000 aggregate limit each year. With the AFM Business
Liability Insurance plan you're covered for:
- Suits arising out of covered bodily injury which occurs on
or off premises as a result of your business activities.
arising out of covered damage to property of others resulting
from your musicians business activities.
arising out of personal injury and advertising injury, including
libel, slander, defamation of character, false arrest, detention
and malicious prosecution.
arising out of products liability resulting from the sale
and/or serving of food and beverages or other products.
arising out of host liquor liability when serving or giving
alcoholic beverages at functions incidental to your business.
arising out of real or alleged faults in work completed by
or for your business resulting in bodily injury.
arising from injury caused by the rendering of or failure
to render health care services by non-professionals.
arising from fire damage liability for up to $100,000 for
which you are legally liable for.
against such suits even though the charges made may be groundless,
false or fraudulent.
It is only through the combined efforts of members that Local
40-543 and the AFM are able to better the position of musicians in our society.
As a collective unit, we not only have a strong voice in collective
bargaining and government lobbying, but anywhere that musicians
work. As a member, you will have a voice in deciding our collective
the button to join on-line at afm.org)