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.
I am very happy to report that our office manager Mary Ann Szymanik is back with us
following her successful knee replacement surgery. It is a testimony to the dedication,
foresight, and effective planning of Mary Ann, Secretary-Treasurer Mary Plaine, and our
former long-time office manager, Jean Shaney, that the Local office was fully staffed and
functioning as normal during Mary Ann's recuperation at home. Mary Ann worked especially
hard as the year ended so that ...
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.