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AMFM is a nonprofit organization created in 2006 to provide temporary financial relief to professional Annapolis musicians who cannot work due to sickness, injury, or any other circumstance leaving them unable to perform.

This fund acts as an emergency relief fund for lost income. Since its founding, AMFM has grown to provide additional benefits to our local music community, including catastrophic relief and funding youth music programs in the form of scholarships and private lessons.

If you are an Annapolis musician or a musician who performs regularly in Annapolis, and you are in need of financial relief due to sickness, injury, or other circumstances, maybe AMFM can assist. To find out more about AMFM and see if you, as an artist, qualify for financial assistance, please visit our Benefits page to review our applications and to apply.

Annapolis, Maryland has one of the most vital, diverse, and exciting music scenes on the Eastern Seaboard. Annapolis offers live music entertainment seven nights a week, 365 days a year, in a variety of venues, in every musical genre, for all ages and tastes, for both locals and visitors to enjoy. Annapolis, Maryland is a thriving historic, recreation and tourist destination that profits tremendously from the many establishments that feature live music entertainment. This makes the musicians who live and work in Annapolis a valuable asset to the social, cultural and economic landscape of our community.

The hardworking musicians of Annapolis are continuously giving back to their community by helping to support and promote the local businesses and by participating in the many benefits and charity events held each year in the Annapolis area.

AMFM’s goal is to reciprocate that support by ensuring the musicians who work and perform in the Annapolis area can continue to maintain a quality of life during unexpected hardship that will keep them financially viable and the music in the city of Annapolis thriving.

As it has evolved over the years, AMFM has added benefits and grants to support the growth of live music in Annapolis and currently has the following five objectives:

  • Provide temporary relief to musicians unable to work due to illness, injury, or other circumstances leaving them unable to perform. More information about the Lost Gig Fund can be found here.
  • Provide assistance to musicians after catastrophic events. More information about the Catastrophic Fund can be found here.
  • Fund music lessons for talented students at Bates Middle School Performing & Visual Arts Program and Naptown Sings!
  • Fund a grant for a summer program to support underserved, creative youth.
  • Fund a college scholarship for a high school senior who will major in music performance at a four-year institution as a freshman. More information on the scholarship, including an application, can be found here.
Larry Byrne

Larry Byrne

Serves as AMFM’s secretary. He is a multi-instrumentalist who performs in several Annapolis-area bands and is a software engineer.

Brian Cahalan

Brian Cahalan

Is co-owner of 49 West Coffeehouse, Winebar and Gallery, which hosts regular art exhibits and live performance. An advocate in the creation of the Annapolis Arts District, he was involved in starting the First Sunday Arts Festival. He previously co-owned Acousticopia, a music store, and currently works in the Annapolis mayor’s office as an arts liaison.

Carolyn Krohn

Carolyn Krohn

was born in Annapolis and is a musician and an attorney. She sees, first-hand, the hardship that local musicians suffer. She is proud to be a board member of AMFM, which helps many people in the music community whom she knows personally.

Matt McConville

Matt McConville

President and founder of AMFM, is a twenty-five plus year local performer, musician, songwriter and writer of two novels.

Sean ONeill

Sean O’Neill

who is a financial advisor at RBC Wealth Management, has been serving on the AMFM board since its founding and is the organization’s treasurer. He has served as the entertainment chair of the Maryland Seafood Festival and music director for Easport-A-Rockin’.

P.J. Thomas

Has been on the AMFM board since 2009. She first served as secretary and more recently became board vice-president. Her love for music and especially the Annapolis music scene drew her to AMFM. A vocalist/guitarist, P.J. regularly performs in and around the Annapolis area. She often comments on how Annapolis musicians are like one big family—always looking out for each other and supporting one another.

Leah Weiss

Leah Weiss

Moved to Annapolis from Boston in 2000 and was blown away by the vibrancy and camaraderie of Annapolis’s music scene and AMFM’s role in it. She’s been performing in American roots bands, playing for square dances, and teaching fiddle for decades, and is currently a freelance editor.

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AMFM is a nonprofit organization created in 2006 to provide temporary financial relief to professional Annapolis musicians who cannot work due to sickness, injury, or any other circumstance leaving them unable to perform.

This fund acts as an emergency relief fund for lost income. Since its founding, AMFM has grown to provide additional benefits to our local music community, including catastrophic relief and funding youth music programs in the form of scholarships and private lessons.

If you are an Annapolis musician or a musician who performs regularly in Annapolis, and you are in need of financial relief due to sickness, injury, or other circumstances, maybe AMFM can assist. To find out more about AMFM and see if you, as an artist, qualify for financial assistance, please visit our Benefits page to review our applications and to apply.

Annapolis, Maryland has one of the most vital, diverse, and exciting music scenes on the Eastern Seaboard. Annapolis offers live music entertainment seven nights a week, 365 days a year, in a variety of venues, in every musical genre, for all ages and tastes, for both locals and visitors to enjoy. Annapolis, Maryland is a thriving historic, recreation and tourist destination that profits tremendously from the many establishments that feature live music entertainment. This makes the musicians who live and work in Annapolis a valuable asset to the social, cultural and economic landscape of our community.

The hardworking musicians of Annapolis are continuously giving back to their community by helping to support and promote the local businesses and by participating in the many benefits and charity events held each year in the Annapolis area.

AMFM’s goal is to reciprocate that support by ensuring the musicians who work and perform in the Annapolis area can continue to maintain a quality of life during unexpected hardship that will keep them financially viable and the music in the city of Annapolis thriving.

As it has evolved over the years, AMFM has added benefits and grants to support the growth of live music in Annapolis and currently has the following five objectives:

  • Provide temporary relief to musicians unable to work due to illness, injury, or other circumstances leaving them unable to perform. More information about the Lost Gig Fund can be found here.
  • Provide assistance to musicians after catastrophic events. More information about the Catastrophic Fund can be found here.
  • Fund music lessons for talented students at Bates Middle School Performing & Visual Arts Program and Naptown Sings!
  • Fund a grant for a summer program to support underserved, creative youth.
  • Fund a college scholarship for a high school senior who will major in music performance at a four-year institution as a freshman. More information on the scholarship, including an application, can be found here.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Larry Byrne

Larry Byrne

Serves as AMFM’s secretary. He is a multi-instrumentalist who performs in several Annapolis-area bands and is a software engineer.

Brian Cahalan

Brian Cahalan

Is co-owner of 49 West Coffeehouse, Winebar and Gallery, which hosts regular art exhibits and live performance. An advocate in the creation of the Annapolis Arts District, he was involved in starting the First Sunday Arts Festival. He previously co-owned Acousticopia, a music store, and currently works in the Annapolis mayor’s office as an arts liaison.

Carolyn Krohn

Carolyn Krohn

was born in Annapolis and is a musician and an attorney. She sees, first-hand, the hardship that local musicians suffer. She is proud to be a board member of AMFM, which helps many people in the music community whom she knows personally.

Matt McConville

Matt McConville

President and founder of AMFM, is a twenty-five plus year local performer, musician, songwriter and writer of two novels.

Sean ONeill

Sean O’Neill

who is a financial advisor at RBC Wealth Management, has been serving on the AMFM board since its founding and is the organization’s treasurer. He has served as the entertainment chair of the Maryland Seafood Festival and music director for Easport-A-Rockin’.

P.J. Thomas

Has been on the AMFM board since 2009. She first served as secretary and more recently became board vice-president. Her love for music and especially the Annapolis music scene drew her to AMFM. A vocalist/guitarist, P.J. regularly performs in and around the Annapolis area. She often comments on how Annapolis musicians are like one big family—always looking out for each other and supporting one another.

Leah Weiss

Leah Weiss

Moved to Annapolis from Boston in 2000 and was blown away by the vibrancy and camaraderie of Annapolis’s music scene and AMFM’s role in it. She’s been performing in American roots bands, playing for square dances, and teaching fiddle for decades, and is currently a freelance editor.

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