AFM Local 47 wins 2017 ILCA Labor Media Awards

AFM Local 47 the proud winner of the following 2017 International Labor Communications Association Labor Media Awards:

Overture Online App – 1st Place
Writing Awards / Best Electronic Content

The Local 47 Beat Email Newsletter – 2nd Place
General Excellence / Electronic Publication

Overture Online App – 3rd Place
General Excellence / Electronic Publication

Thanks to the ILCA judges, and to you, our readers!

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LA Young Workers meeting: Sept. 26, 2017

Please join us next week to hear from Lauren Perez-Rangel, Organizing Campaign Director for the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television Artists (SAG-AFTRA) as she speaks to us about her success in organizing for the labor movement.

What: Los Angeles Young Workers Committee Meeting

Who: Guest Speaker Lauren Perez-Rangel, SAG-AFTRA Organizing Campaign Director

When: Tuesday, September 26, 6pm

Where: The LA Fed, 2130 James M. Wood, Los Angeles CA 90006

Open to young workers 40 and under and young workers at heart. RSVP to

Instrumental Casting Pledges to Not Violate Federal Labor Laws

Company owned by Jennifer Walton required to comply with National Labor Relations Board settlement agreement

In May of 2017, AFM Local 47 filed an Unfair Labor Practice Charge against Instrumental Casting, LLC, owned by Jennifer Walton, for violations for federal labor laws. In its charge, Local 47 said that she forced musicians to disclose their union membership status and categorically denied employment to musicians who were members of the Union.

Faced with Local 47’s charge and an NLRB investigation, Instrumental Casting signed a settlement agreement with the NLRB that requires Instrumental Casting to post an official NLRB Notice on its website and at its office stating that musicians are free to advocate for better wages, benefits, and working conditions, and to join or form unions, and that Instrumental Casting will refrain from restricting those rights or discriminating against musicians that exercise them. Walton must also email this Notice to musicians to whom she sent casting calls.  Continue reading

September 2017 Overture Online: Celebrating Lalo Schifrin

Overture Online
September 2017

Celebrating Lalo Schifrin: 85th Birthday Concert

Looking Ahead
Local 47 Executive Board adopts five-year Strategic Plan

Musicians Stage Free Concert to ‘Keep the Score in CA’
See what’s next for our Music Scoring Tax Credit bill AB 1300

In Memoriam: Glen Campbell
Remembering a music icon

Instrumental Casting Pledges to Not Violate Federal Labor Laws
Company owned by Jennifer Walton required to comply with National Labor Relations Board settlement agreement

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‘Mission: Impossible’ Composer Lalo Schifrin to Celebrate 85th Birthday Concert

Legendary composer, musician, conductor and six-time Oscar nominee Lalo Schifrin (“Mission: Impossible”) will celebrate his 85th birthday with a special concert in his honor Oct. 7 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. Continue reading

‘Keeping the Score in CA’ Rally Highlights Good Jobs for Musicians Via Tax Credit Legislation

“Keeping the Score in CA” kickoff concert & media event outside of Los Angeles City Hall on Aug. 19, 2017. (Photos: Linda A. Rapka)

“Momentum is strong, and we can’t let up now!” That was the dominant message on Saturday, Aug. 19 at the “Keeping the Score in CA” free concert and rally at city hall where a crowd of 150 gathered to hear music, politicians and union leaders push for the AB 1300, the music scoring tax credit that will help keep good jobs in California.

“When you look at the overall state budget, the value of retaining these jobs here is of significant state interest,” Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-57th), told the crowd who gathered to hear performances by musicians including Rickey Minor (bandleader for the 69th Annual Emmy Awards whose credits also include “The Tonight Show” and “American Idol”) and Siddhartha Kohsla (composer for NBC’s “This is Us”).

Related: Variety – Musicians Union Members Stage Free Concert to Bring Scoring Jobs Back to L.A. Continue reading

Solar Eclipse Captures Nation’s Heart

L.A. musicians travel to ‘totality zone’ to experience full force of our nation’s first total eclipse in nearly 100 years

Marcy Vaj and Pam Gates

North America experienced its first total solar eclipse in nearly 100 years on Aug. 21, 2017. Its trajectory crossed the nation from the Pacific to the Atlantic, closely mirroring that of one in June 8, 1918, the last time North America experienced an eclipse in totality. Continue reading