Dues/Membership

The Dues/Membership Department at Local 47 processes all new member applications as well as Membership and Work Dues payments.

PAY ONLINE
Log in to your member account to review statements and pay dues.

New user? To sign up for a new account, click here (note: you must be a member in good standing to create an account and already have an email address on file with Local 47. Not sure if you do? Check here).

Questions about online payments? Email or call 323.993.3162

JOIN
Not yet a member? Learn more about joining Local 47 here.

Other Questions?
Contact Membership @ 323.993.3116 or email.

Paperless Statements

Local 47 members may sign up here to receive email notifications when your new Work Dues Statements are posted to your member account on our website.

Additional Info

Suspension & Expulsion

Annual and Semi-Annual Membership Dues, due Jan. 1 of each year, must be received by March 31 (three-month grace period) to avoid suspension. If not paid by this date, a reinstatement fee will be assessed. Both dues and reinstatement fee must be paid by June 30 to avoid expulsion.

Likewise, Semi-Annual Membership Dues for Regular Members, due July 1, must be received by Sept. 30 (three-month grace period) to avoid suspension. If not paid by this date, a reinstatement fee will be assessed. Both dues and reinstatement fee must be paid by Dec. 31 to avoid expulsion.

Resignation

A member may resign in good standing from the Local by satisfying all financial responsibility to the Local and filing a letter requesting resignation with the Secretary/Treasurer.

Reaffiliation

A former member who resigned in good standing may rejoin the Local only upon submission of a new application together with payment of the then current Initiation Fee and semi-annual Periodic Dues, subject to approval by the Executive Board.

Reinstatement

A member suspended for non-payment of Periodic Dues shall be restored to membership in good standing upon payment of a $75 reinstatement fee together with all accrued indebtedness to the Local and the then current semi-annual Periodic Dues. A former member expelled for non-payment of Periodic Dues who applies for reinstatement within one year from the date of suspension shall be restored to membership in good standing upon payment of a $75 reinstatement fee together with all indebtedness to the Local accrued until the time of expulsion, and the then current semi-annual Periodic Dues. A member suspended for reasons other than non-payment of Periodic Dues may be reinstated upon compliance with all orders of the Executive Board and/or the Hearing Board in addition to the payment of all accrued indebtedness to the Local together with the then current Periodic Dues.

Rejoining

A former member who was expelled for non-payment of Periodic Dues who wishes to rejoin the Local after one year from the date of suspension may rejoin only upon submission of a new application together with payment of the then current Initiation Fee and Periodic Dues plus payment of all indebtedness accrued through the date of suspension, and shall be considered a new member for all purposes. A former member who was expelled for reasons other than non-payment of Periodic Dues may be reinstated upon compliance with all orders of the Executive Board and/or the Hearing Board in addition to the payment of all indebtedness to the Local accrued through the date of expulsion together with the then current Initiation Fee and Periodic Dues.

Dues Structure

Our operating monies come from two sources: Membership Dues and Work Dues.

Work Dues

Whenever you perform a Union job, you pay a small percentage of the minimum wage for that job in work dues, typically 3-5% depending on the contract.

Scale wages are the minimum wages agreed to between the employer and the union in a collective bargaining agreement. Local 47 contracts do not prevent musicians from negotiating wages which are higher than the minimum scale. For live performance jobs, your employer may automatically deduct Work Dues from your wages (check-off work dues) once you have signed a Dues Authorization Check-off card and given it to your union representative.

Every Local in the AFM sets its own Annual Membership and Work Dues rates. Musicians who belong to Local 47 but who work outside the Local’s jurisdiction may be subject to a Work Dues payment to the Local in the jurisdiction in which they are engaged. You may receive a Work Dues bill from said local, and are obligated by the Constitution of the AFM to pay any such bill or risk being expelled from the union.

Membership Dues

Initiation Fee

New members pay Membership Dues plus an Initiation Fee of $140 ($65 to AFM International, and $75 to AFM Local 47).

After the first year, membership dues are structured on the following pay scale:

Option 1: Annual Membership Dues
Due January 1 of each year:

  • Regular Members: $210
  • Life Members: $110
  • Inactive Life Members: $90

Option 2: Semi-Annual Membership Dues
Due January 1 and July 1 of each year:

  • Regular Members: $110
  • Life and Inactive Life Membership dues may only be paid on an annual basis.