Chartered in 1908, the Professional Musicians’ Association is eastern North Carolina’s local union of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. The AFM is the world’s largest union of performing artists. Local 500’s jurisdiction includes Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham, Cary, Fayetteville, Wilmington, Jacksonville, Goldsboro, Greenville, Wilson, Rocky Mount, and much more of Eastern NC.
It is mission of Local 500, American Federation of Musicians, to serve the professional musicians of the Piedmont, NC area to create a cohesive fraternity representing the concerns, goals and general welfare of its members. We strive to accomplish this through effective communication with our membership and the community at large; by ensuring all our members fair and equitable treatment in the workplace; and to endorse our members individually and collectively. We pledge to uphold the highest standards of excellence in all aspects of the business of making music.
PRESIDENT :: Suzanne Rousso
Suzanne Rousso has played viola for symphonies in Texas, Tennessee, New Mexico, and beyond. She performed regularly with the NC Symphony, and was appointed Director of Education in May of 1999, overseeing all aspects of NCS’s educational programs. Following a stint as Director of Operations and Education for the Portland (Maine) Symphony, she returned to NC. She currently serves as Artistic Director of Mallarmé Chamber Players, continues to play freelance gigs, and was recently elected President of AFM Local 500.
VICE PRESIDENT :: Carla Copeland-Burns
Carla plays and teaches flute and piccolo. She is a former Secretary-Treasurer of AFM Local 500, teaches at Radford, and frequently performs with ensembles in the Triangle.
Mike is a free-lance bassist. He plays upright acoustic as well as solid body electric instruments. Mike has performed in a huge variety of musical styles, including bluegrass, rock, R&B, and classical. He is also a Grammy® nominated record producer.