Final Note: Charlie Gould

Life Member. Bassoon
4/21/1921 – 5/28/2018

Charles Arnold Gould (Charlie) was born April 21, 1921 in Worcester, MA and was blessed to recently reach his 97th birthday. He was the sixth child in a family of seven children, four girls and three boys.

Charlie began studying bassoon and piano at an early age in Worchester, MA. He won a scholarship at Juilliard Graduate Music School. Later he also earned a Masters of Arts in Music Composition from UCLA. War interrupted his studies and career. During World War II he attended the U.S. Army Bandleader School, was made Warrant Officer, and transferred to Santa Monica to lead his own band. After army service, he settled in Los Angeles, married, and had three children, two boys, and a girl. Continue reading

AFM Int’l Unfair List: Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra

Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra has been placed on the American Federation of Musicians International Unfair List for failure to pay musicians according to industry standards.

The organization also appears on the AFM Local 47 Do Not Work For List.

If you are called for an engagement, please submit a report to Local 47’s Anonymous Tip Line: 424-341-DARK (3275), bit.ly/darkdate

Musicians Celebrate New Laws to Strengthen California Film & TV Music Industry

Newly inked state budget looks to bring music jobs back to the state

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 5, 2018) — Musicians and the entertainment industry celebrate a major victory with the update to California’s Film & Television Tax Credit Program that for the first time includes meaningful support for music-scoring jobs.

California has suffered an exodus of film and television music jobs for decades, and the state budget signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown gives the California Film Commission authority to create regulations that will have a significant impact in bringing these music jobs back home. In version 3.0 of the program, productions will now receive points based on how many music-scoring jobs will be created in California. These points don’t increase the incentive a production receives — they actually help a production qualify. Continue reading

New Study Finds Unions Increase CA Worker Earnings by $18.5 Billion Annually

The Union Effect in California #1: Wages, Benefits, and Use of Public Safety Net Programs is the first report in a three-part series that explores how unions improve the lives of all working people in California, both union and non-union members.

These findings are publishing as the U.S. Supreme Court just handed down a ruling in Janus v. AFSCME that threatens to weaken public sector unions. Continue reading

July 2018 Overture Online: Curtain Call 🎭 The Musicians of Musical Theatre

Overture Online
July 2018

Curtain Call:
The Musicians of Musical Theatre


Musical Theatre in the Modern Age
A look at the role of musical theatre in today’s fast-paced, hi-tech world

Cleto & the Cletones Say: #RespectTheBand!
Musicians tell TV networks to play fair

#ListenLA Spotlight: ‘Incredibles 2’
Incredible snapshots from the scoring stage

and more!

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Overture Online is optimized for reading via smartphone or tablet. For those without access to a smart device, this issue may be viewed on a web browser here. Local 47 members may download archived pdf versions from the members section at afm47.org.

New Agreement With Wallis Annenberg Center

We are pleased to announce a new three-year deal with the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

The Wallis CBA is the result of many years of dialogue with the management at the venue. “I want to thank Local 47 member Dan Savant for his help in arriving at this deal along with Business Rep Michael Ankney, who maintained a good working relationship with the venue’s operations team,” says AFM Local 47 President John Acosta. Continue reading

H&W: Are All Eligible Participants Enrolled in the Fund’s Life Insurance Benefit?

Professional Musicians & Employer’s Health & Welfare Fund:

The Professional Musicians Local 47 and Employers’ Health & Welfare Fund (“Fund”) provides a $20,000* Life Insurance benefit to all Participants who have qualified for benefits. Completion of an enrollment form is not required and enrollment is automatic once the Fund confirms, after the close of the annual qualifying window (generally Oct. 3 of every year), that you have qualified for benefits based on the employer contributions made on your behalf in the prior qualifying year (generally Oct. 2 through Oct. 3). Contributions in the qualifying year, determine eligibility for the following January through December (i.e. employer contributions made during the period of Oct. 3, 2016 through Oct. 2, 2017, have determined eligibility for the period Jan. 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2018). Continue reading