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Protecting our Pension Fund – be heard!

A message from RMALA:

Concerned about the future of our Pension Fund? You’re not alone. The question is — what can you as an individual do?

There is a U.S. Congress Joint Select Committee looking for a solution for pension funds like ours. We are not alone, and neither are you.

Our Pension Fund has created a page that gives you the tools to be heard.

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Slideshow – The Move: Hollywood to Burbank

In July 2017, AFM Local 47 began our relocation from Hollywood to a beautifully renovated building in Burbank. Here’s a look back at the historic move, in photos.

  • Boxing up the offices in Burbank

All moving photos by Linda A. Rapka/AFM Local 47. Rehearsal Room/Artists’ Lounge photos by McCormick.

Non-Union Concert Goes AFM

Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra was placed on the American Federation of Musicians International Unfair List and AFM Local 47 Do Not Work For List earlier this month for failure to pay musicians according to industry standards.

A week later, as a direct result of these actions, Kaleidoscope was canceled for a high-profile engagement they were scheduled to do in Anaheim for the company Music Paradigm for an engagement historically conducted under union contract. Once the employer was made aware that Kaleidoscope would not guarantee fair wages and benefits to the musicians, they instead hired a Local 47 contractor to secure an all-AFM orchestra.

We are stronger together! If you are called for a non-union engagement, please submit a report to Local 47’s Anonymous Tip Line: 424-341-DARK (3275),

Music Performance Trust Fund celebrates 70 years

This year the Music Performance Trust Fund celebrates providing grants to help create free music performances for the public’s entertainment and education for its 70th year.

Its funding is meant to ensure that the professional musicians who are performing are reasonably paid on par with local scale, while assuring that there is no cost to enjoy the music. The idea is to enhance our communities and enrich lives through music. Co-sponsored events run the gamut of musical styles, from classical and opera, to Dixieland, pop, rock, country, jazz, and R&B. Events often introduce musical styles that are not easily accessible, and many times include an educational element. Continue reading

Reprise for REPRISE! Announcing REPRISE 2.0

REPRISE is back after being absent from the Los Angeles theatre scene since 2013.

The newly launched REPRISE 2.0 presents a season of three classic American musicals at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse beginning this summer. Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Marcia Seligson (founder of REPRISE! Broadway’s Best), REPRISE 2.0 remains faithful to the original concept which presented limited runs of 50 classic musicals between 1997 and 2012 featuring an onstage band and simple sets and costumes. Matthew Herrmann serves as general manager, and Kevin Bailey and Arthur Allan Seidelman are executive producers. Continue reading

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),