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Healthy California: Help Guarantee Healthcare for All

Join us in canvassing Sen. Hertzberg’s district in a final push to get his vote

AFM Local 47 has endorsed SB 562, the Healthy California Act, will guarantee high-quality healthcare for all Californians.

But first it has to pass a vote coming this week in the State Senate.  Key senators who have not committed to voting for SB 562 – like Senator Hertzberg – need to hear from constituents ASAP.

Join other Healthy California supporters along with the Democracy Project and Our Revolution Tuesday, May 30 or Wednesday, May 31 to knock on some doors and spread the Healthy California message in Senator Hertzberg’s home district! Continue reading

Free classes: Orchestration With Dr. Norman Ludwin

** UPDATE 5/16/2017: PLEASE NOTE NEW DATES FOR BOTH CLASSES **

Courses offered paired or individually.
FREE exclusively to AFM Local 47 members
Space is limited! 

For both classes Dr. Ludwin provides access to online resources with an interactive website that includes essential class materials, scores and listening samples. Even if you have limited or no experience in orchestration, Ludwin strongly encourages you to attend to learn this important craft that can boost your career.

 

Orchestration I: Aug. 5 – Sept. 23

Orchestration I covers the basics: ranges, strength and weaknesses of the instruments, transpositions and how to orchestrate clearly and effectively. Participants are introduced to orchestral instruments and their usage, with a focus on film music. Two areas are covered: instrumentation dealing with the construction, sound production, range, notation, and playing techniques of each instrument and orchestration which is the actual process of scoring music for orchestra. Class sessions involve lectures, score study, instrumental demonstrations, and performance and discussion of student assignments.

Orchestration II: Sept. 30 – Nov. 18

Students will continue the study of orchestration and elements of texture and form by looking at contemporary concert music, analysis of different composers’ methods of orchestration, and extensive study of film music. Using classic scores and scores he himself has recently worked on, Ludwin will instruct on cues and selections from Michael Giacchino, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, and Thomas Newman, among others. The ending course project is a recording of the students’ original compositions by the Symphony 47 orchestra.
* Please note: Our headquarters will be in the new Burbank location when these classes commence. Those who RSVP will receive updates on the location and time of the classes as soon as they are determined.


Memorial for Leslie Gersicoff

We mourn the loss of sister Leslie Gersicoff, Executive Director of the Jewish Labor Committee Western Region, a tireless friend to musicians and to all workers.

Please join us for a memorial to honor and celebrate her remarkable life on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. in the AFM Local 47 Serena Kay and Earl Williams Auditorium, 817 Vine Street, Hollywood. Continue reading

Introducing the AFM Local 47 Lifetime Achievement Awards

Kickoff event to recognize esteemed members of the Los Angeles musicians union   

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(download pdf)

LOS ANGELES, CA (APRIL 10, 2017) — The American Federation of Musicians Local 47 is pleased to introduce the first AFM Local 47 Lifetime Achievement Awards honoring esteemed members of the Los Angeles musicians union.

Celebrated musicians Gene Cipriano (woodwinds), Vincent DeRosa (horn), Louise DiTullio (flute), Carol Kaye (electric bass), and Dick Nash (trombone) will be recognized on the evening of April 24 for their outstanding achievements and support of the artistic community of Los Angeles. Continue reading

Spring Membership Drive 2017

Between April 1 and June 30, new members can join without paying any initiation fees. Currently new members pay a $75 initiation fee to Local 47 and $65 to the AFM. That’s a $140 discount!

Spread the Word! If you know musicians who are working non-union or if you have friends who are sitting on the fence and want to join, tell them about the value of union membership. 

Call 323.993.3116 or join online @ afm47.org/join.