Healthy CA: SB 562 Labor Forum
When: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 details 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Musicians Local 47 (3220 Winona Ave., Burbank)
Panel discussion with:
- John Acosta, President of AFM Musicians Local 47
- Michael Lighty, Policy Director for California Nurses Association
- Leslie Simon, Co-Chair of Labor United for Universal Healthcare
- Dave Campbell, Secretary-Treasurer of Steelworkers USW Local 675
Save the Date!
Please join us at our Grand Opening celebration to commemorate our new Burbank headquarters on the evening of Monday, May 21, 2018, from 5-8 p.m.
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FEBRUARY 27, 2018: Today is the Operation: #OneMoreVote day of action to save net neutrality, and there needs to be a massive outcry from Americans across the country to stop Ajit Pai and the FCC from handing over control of the internet to companies like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T.
Despite enormous public opposition, the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality has officially been entered into the Federal Register. Now the Senate must act in the next 60 days to stop the repeal and save the internet or big cable companies will have the control over the internet they’ve always wanted.
What does this mean for the music industry?
As shared by Digital Music News:
Today, to make a living, you (or your band) may sell, distribute and promote your music. Streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music may offer subsistence, but direct online sales of merchandise and concert tickets may offer a bigger payout.
If (and when) the FCC eliminates net neutrality rules, larger companies could easily lobby for “premium prioritization.” This means that consumers would have to pay more to access their favorite sites. Your website may not make the list.
Access to the internet could become a two-tiered system based solely on financial success.
American ISPs would likely sell consumers faster access to sites. Larger companies would quickly divert traffic away from smaller, independent websites that help musicians. Popular social media networks, including Facebook and Twitter, could easily charge musicians more to promote their music.
Independent musicians, DJs, producers, and bands, meanwhile, would face rapid marginalization. Major music labels could pay Facebook to promote big-name artists like Taylor Swift and Adele. Users on these platforms, and even on video services (YouTube, Vimeo), would constantly see ads for these big names.
Indie artists could face an uphill battle just to get noticed.
In the end, musicians would live the worst-case scenario: a lopsided music industry favoring the strong.
Net neutrality is too important to the future of our democracy to give up now. We cannot back down and we have a real shot at saving the internet if we band together and take action.
Saturday, January 20th, 2018
9 a.m. – Pershing Square, Downtown Los Angeles
One year ago musicians made history by being part of the largest demonstration ever in Los Angeles. This year we will make our voices (and instruments) heard in the streets AND at the ballot box.
Musicians are taking a leadership role among entertainment unions: turning activism into political power for working people. Join us as we kick off a new year.
AFM Local 47 Life Members Charles Fox and Paul Williams to be honored
All Local 47 members receive special discount on tickets
Singer/songwriter/actor/voice actor PAUL WILLIAMS may be best-known to younger generations as “the Butcher” in this year’s summer blockbuster Baby Driver, or for his 2014 Grammy win for Album of the Year with Daft Punk. The American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers is proud to announce him as an honoree at the 2017 ASMAC Golden Score Awards, along with his Love Boat-theme collaborator, composer/arranger CHARLES FOX.
The event takes place Sunday, December 3, 2017, 5 p.m. at the Hilton Universal City Hotel. Continue reading