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Final Note: Mitchell Thomas Peters

Former Life Member. Drum Set
8/17/1935 – 10/28/2017

Mitchell Peters, a prodigious composer, recording artist, music professor, and former principal timpanist and percussionist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, died in Encinitas Oct. 28, 2017 at the age of 82.

Peters joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as its co-principal percussionist in 1969 and retired as its principal timpanist in 2006. He performed under such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Carlo-Maria Giulini, André Previn, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Sir Simon Rattle, John Williams, Michael Tilson Thomas and countless others. Continue reading

Save affordable housing for artists!

Tax bill amendment puts artist housing in jeopardy

A last-minute change in the proposed tax reform bill eliminates the “artists preference” that has existed in federal law for many years that will undermine the ability to develop new affordable housing for people in our community.

We need as many voices as possible behind the push to correct this terrible amendment.


 Dear Senator, 

I respectfully ask that you DO NOT REMOVE THE ARTIST PREFERENCE clause of SEC.42(g)(9)(c) Law. I would like to see the artist preference clause kept and the new veterans preference language added to it, making it a stronger and more inclusive piece of legislation. Continue reading

Emergency relief for musicians

Musicians affected by the California wildfires may apply for disaster relief through the Local 47 Relief Fund and the Music Fund of Los Angeles. Follow the links to download the applications and call 323.993.3159 to speak with Rimona Seay, who will walk you through the application process.

The Actors Fund offers assistance nationally to everyone who works in performing arts and entertainment, including actors, musicians, and many more. Visit to apply and for referrals to area resources.

The LA County Federation of Labor, through Labor Community Services (501(c)(3) non-profit), is working to assist in relief efforts and in coordination with government and non-profit agencies. If you, or someone you know, are in need basic needs support – including housing, food, or connection to others services, please contact Margarita at If you can contribute to the Fed’s “Disaster Relief Fund,” make checks payable to: Labor Community Services, Memo Line: Disaster Relief Fund, Address: 2130 W. James M. Wood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90006.

If you need temporary shelter, or if you have available space — be it a spare room or a couch — to offer for a musician in need, please post your information here (this service is generously provided by AFM Local 6 member Robert Ashley).

It’s important to make sure that you and your loved ones are are prepared and informed in the event of a disaster or emergency. Here are useful links to help you plan ahead or find relief.

TV Musicians Demand Respect from the Networks

Audience members outside of “The Late Late Show With James Corden” taping at CBS Television Studios Dec. 6, 2017, support TV musicians and call on the networks to #RespectTheBand.


December 7, 2017 – Musicians working on late-night, award, and other live television shows are calling on the networks to pay band members when they appear on YouTube and network websites.

“Other performers are all paid when Jimmy Kimmel Live! streams on YouTube or other online outlets, yet musicians are paid nothing. Musicians just want to be compensated for our likeness and our music,” said Cleto Escobedo III, Musical Director of Cleto and the Cletones. “I love Jimmy, the producers, and everyone we work with. We just need to make sure the networks treat us and ALL of our colleagues fairly.” Continue reading

Health care: Open Enrollment for 2018

This reminder is brought to you by RMALA:

Local 47 members – health care open enrollment is now on for both the Flex Plan and Local 47 Health Plan!

Please read any materials you have been sent by the plans, and contact them with your questions. The time to make your choices is now.

PacFed Benefit Administrators
818-243-0222 or 800-759-3132

Entertainment Industry Flex Plan
323-993-8888 or 888-353-9401

Open enrollment has also begun for Covered California, and continues until January 31, 2018.
For questions about Covered California, their website is

Pasadena Symphony Musicians Vote to Authorize Strike

Musicians of the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra in rehearsal Aug. 16, 2016.

LOS ANGELES (December 1, 2017) — Musicians of the Pasadena Symphony and POPS orchestras voted today by an overwhelming majority to authorize a strike, potentially halting concerts during the popular holiday season and into the New Year.

Musicians have been without a contract since September of 2015, when their last agreement expired. Ten years ago, when the orchestra faced financial uncertainty, the musicians did everything possible to ensure the orchestra’s survival: absorbing cost-saving cuts, forgoing raises for years, even playing without compensation. At the time, the Pasadena Symphony Association promised musicians that these cuts would be temporary. Current management has disavowed those commitments. Now, a decade after the crisis, Pasadena Symphony musicians have yet to reach an agreement that restores their generous concessions. Continue reading

December 2017 Overture Online: Happy Holidays!

Overture Online
December 2017

Happy Holidays!

Pasadena Symphony Votes to Authorize Strike
Orchestra continues fight for a fair contract

Two Legends, One Stage
Charles Fox and Paul Williams to be honored at ASMAC Golden Score Awards

AFM Local 47 Statement on Sexual Harassment in the Entertainment Industry
If you experience or witness something wrong, speak out

and more!

The Overture Online app is available FREE @ Apple App Store & Google Play:

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 (must have flash enabled). Local 47 members may download archived pdf versions from the members section at