A Truly Grand Opening

(Linda A. Rapka)

Close to 300 musicians, dignitaries and friends turned out on the evening of May 21, 2018 for the official Grand Opening Dedication Ceremony to commemorate the new home of American Federation of Musicians Local 47 at 3220 Winona Ave. in Burbank.

This past summer, our union began our relocation from Hollywood to a beautifully renovated building in Burbank. With Phase 1 of construction recently completed, we were ready to celebrate in style! Continue reading

Final Note: Katia Popov

Member. Violin
3/3/1965 – 5/19/2018

by Pam Gates

We lost one of our most magnificent colleagues on Friday, May 18. Katia was not only a brilliant violinist but also a wife and mother, and a friend to so many.

It was hard not to be starstruck by Katia. Her radiant presence was in evidence throughout her tenure as concertmaster of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and California Philharmonic. In addition to her accomplishments as a virtuoso violinist, she had an extensive background as a studio and symphonic musician. Her grace, dignity and beauty made her always look as though she had just walked off the cover of Vogue Magazine and onto the concert stage! Continue reading

John Acosta to be Honored at Black Business Association ‘Salute to Black Music’

We are proud to announce that Local 47 President John Acosta will be honored by The Black Business Association, the oldest ethnic business organization in the State of California, at its annual Salute to Black Music Awards Dinner.

Held in recognition of African American Music Appreciation Month, this year’s theme is “The Business Behind the Music.” The event takes place Tuesday, June 19 at the California African American Museum. A reception opens at 6 p.m., and the program commences at 7 p.m. Continue reading

Looking for Health Insurance?

Special Enrollment might be the answer. The Actors Fund can help

Questions about Covered California or Medi-Cal? Wondering what changes are happening with the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? Do you still need health insurance or face a penalty for being uninsured? How can you get health insurance before the next Open Enrollment?

The Actors Fund’s Health Services program can help answer these questions. Remember The Actors Fund assists everyone in the performing arts and entertainment and that includes musicians. Continue reading

Looking for health insurance?

Looking for health insurance? Special Enrollment might be the answer. The Actors Fund can help.

Questions about Covered California or Medi-Cal? Wondering what changes are happening with the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? Do you still need health insurance or face a penalty for being uninsured? How can you get health insurance before the next Open Enrollment?  Continue reading

Final Note: Todd Lybrand Hemmenway

Member. Cello
9/18/1949 – 11/27/2016

by Susan Cuscuna

Todd Lybrand Hemmenway, cellist, passed away after a brief battle with cancer, on November 27, 2016, in Black Mountain, North Carolina. He was raised in Northern Virginia and Cape Cod, studied the cello with Orlando Cole at the New School of Music in Philadelphia, and enjoyed his thirty year career in Los Angeles as a member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Joffrey Ballet, and as a studio musician recording the scores of many films particularly with John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, and Randy Newman.  He leaves behind his beloved son, Sam; wife, Susan; brother Scott and sisters Clare and Dana.


In Memoriam: May 2018

Allen D. Allen
Life Member. Composer
8/26/1936 – 3/23/2017
Survived by spouse & child

Bobb Bruce (Robert Berg)
Life Member. Violin
12/1/1925 – 2/28/2018
Survived by children

Leon Ndugu Chancler
Life Member. Drum Set
7/1/1951 – 2/3/2018
Survived by child

Robert A. Gotthoffer
Life Member. Trumpet
7/3/1922 – 1/17/2018
Survived by spouse & child

A. Clyde Hoggan
Life Member. Bass
4/4/1931 – 2/6/2018
Survived by child

Gelinda S. Quintile
Life Member. Harp
8/18/1951 – 2/6/2018
survived by parent & children

Erika Zador (Gould)
Life Member. Piano
8/10/1922 – 12/22/2017
Survived by spouse & child

May 2018 Overture Online: Why it Pays to be Union

Overture Online
May 2018

Spring Membership Drive
Why it pays to be union

May Day March
Join us on May 1 to commemorate International Workers’ Day

Grand Opening Celebration
Come party with us May 21 at our new Burbank headquarters!

Musicians Helping Musicians
Get to know about our assistance programs and advocacy funds

and more!

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AFM Local 47 reaches new agreement with New West Symphony

AFM Local 47 is pleased to have arrived at a fair agreement with the New West Symphony Association.

“We see our contract with the association as a partnership,” said AFM Local 47 President John Acosta. “Our musicians agree to give their greatest performance possible, bringing their artistry and talent to the concert stage, while management does their part to keep the organization healthy and running smoothly. While negotiations may sometimes be challenging, by working together we create the amazing product that is the music of the New West Symphony.”

Many united voices are more powerful than one. Sign up to learn more about getting involved with your union at afm47.org/47strong.


General Membership Meeting – April 25, 2018

Members: Please join us for our Spring Membership Meeting!

On the agenda (subject to change):
• Presentation of 50-Year Pins
• Election for Salary Review Board & Election Board
• Officer Reports
• Old and New Business

Hear an update from our Political Action Committee, get the latest info about our Grand Opening celebration, and learn about upcoming workshops & events.

Only 50 members are needed for a quorum. Please plan to attend!

Open to all members in good standing. Food & refreshments will be served.