Organizing Department

Local 47 Organizing in action

The basic principle of organizing is to come together collectively to build real power. Many united voices are more powerful than one. Organizing is the life-blood of a union, as well as any movement for social and economic justice.

When we organize to ensure that musicians work under collective bargaining agreements as well as other kinds of contracts and compacts and to build solidarity in our union, we are stronger and more united. When we join with others to organize for the rights of artists and workers, and in support of unions and activists in our communities as part of a broader mission, we are even more powerful.

The Organizing Department works with musicians on a local, national and international level to organize for musicians’ rights in our communities. We support organizing efforts in all segments of the music business, including the growing freelance scene, and especially in genres where the AFM has traditionally been less active such as jazz, Latin, Latin jazz, rap and hip-hop.

For more information call 323.993.3143.


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This list contains the names of employers with whom Local 47 currently has disputes:

Kerry Candaele
Non-payment of pension and H&W contributions for live performances

Michael Franco
Non-payment of pension and H&W contributions for live performances

Ron Goswick / Valley Music Theatre
Non-payment of wages, pension and H&W contributions for theatrical performances

J. Anthony McAlister / McAlister Arts
Non-payment of wages and H&W contributions for live performances

Ghiya Rushidat
Non-payment of pension and H&W contributions for live performances

Jeff Weber / Weberworks
Non-payment of wages, pension and H&W contributions for recording session

West Covina Symphony
Non-payment of wages, pension and H&W contributions for live performances

Should you have any questions about this list, please contact 323.993.3181 or email


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