AFM
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

bullet

Home
bullet Membership
Benefits
bullet Join
bullet
NEW!
Payments
bullet Community Outreach
bullet News
bullet The Party Planner's Guide
bullet Live Music Events Directory
bullet Our Members
bullet Links
bullet Contact

MEMBERS ONLY
PRIVATE AREA
bullet Login
 
pencil2-75

ppguide1.gif Questions & Answers




dot_clr.gif
Question Why should I choose live music for my party, reception or special event?
dot_clr.gif Answer If you want the energy, excitement and emotion that will make your party perfect, then live music is your only real choice.

Back to Top




Question How can I find a band that will set just the right mood?
dot_clr.gif Answer Whether you want Top 40, rock, country, adult contemporary, big band, jazz, classical, ethnic music or a blend of styles, the "Musician's Association of Metropolitan Baltimore" has the right band for you. Contact us online or call us at 410-337-7277.

Back to Top




Question How far in advance of the actual date should a band or solo performer be contacted?
dot_clr.gif Answer As soon as possible. Many bands and solo performers are booked as much as a year in advance of the actual performance date.

Back to Top




Question How do I know if a band is available for the date in question?
dot_clr.gif Answer Simply call the leader of the group. He or she will be happy to tell you everything you need to know about the group's availability. For the leader's phone number, head over to the Leaders' List page or call us at 410-337-7277.

Back to Top




Question What if I can't get my "first" choice band?
dot_clr.gif Answer With the pool of talented professional musicians within our Local, there really are no "second choices". If the band you want is already booked, we can recommend several suitable alternates.

Back to Top




Question How much will the group or solo artist cost?
dot_clr.gif Answer The cost will vary from one group to another. The exact amount will depend on the size of the group, the length of the performance (usually 3 or 4 hours), the occasion and the group's popularity. Live music usually costs about the same as a DJ - and sometimes less - and makes every event special.

Back to Top




Question Can I hear the group before signing a contract?
dot_clr.gif Answer Yes. By contacting the leader you'll be advised of where and when the group is performing. Some groups/soloists also have audio/video demonstration tapes of their performances. Stop by the Live Music Directory page on this site.
Back to Top




Question How can I be sure the musician/group won't "back out" at the last minute?
dot_clr.gif Answer All you have to do is sign an official American Federation of Musicians (AFM) contract, which will be furnished to you by the musician or the leader of the group. Both you and the musician/leader must sign the contract to make it binding.
dot_clr.gif     An AFM contract is your guarantee that you'll get the band you want at the date and time you want them. Once signed, the AFM group is obligated to honor the contract - and so is the purchaser.

Back to Top




Question Won't a non-union band or a DJ give me a signed contract?
dot_clr.gif Answer Not necessarily. Contracts are one of the professional musician's tools of the trade - just like his or her instruments and sound equipment.
dot_clr.gif     The AFM expects every one of its member bands to provide consumers with contracts as "peace of mind" insurance. There is no organization or trade association monitoring the activities of non-union bands or DJs.

Back to Top




Question What if I sign a contract and then find that I have to cancel my party or event?
dot_clr.gif Answer A cancellation clause that allows the purchaser to cancel the engagement with sufficient advance notice (agreed upon by both you and the musician/band) may be added to any AFM contract. This way, you don't get "stuck" - and neither do the musicians.

Back to Top




Question When should I think about hiring live music?
dot_clr.gif Answer Live music makes any event special - so think of live, union music whenever there's a party going on.

Back to Top
 

© Musicians' Association of Metropolitan Baltimore - AFM Local 40-543 . All rights reserved