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Free classes: Orchestration With Dr. Norman Ludwin

** UPDATE 7/17/2017: The first month of classes will be held at Shepherd University, 3200 N San Fernando Rd. Los Angeles CA 90065. The school is near Glendale and Eagle Rock. The classroom is called the Midi Room and there will be a sign pointing the way. Parking is the back area of the school. Students should download the 15-Lesson Course from Dr. Ludwin’s website at or bring $30 to class on the first day.


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.

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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   

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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 @

Memorial Services for Violet Mae Wilson

Former member. String Bass
12/16/1925 – 3/7/2017

At this time the family of Violet Mae Wilson would like to express their sincere gratitude for all of the love and support, prayers and condolences that they have received.



Saturday, March 18, 2017

VIEWING 12:00 p.m.

SERVICES 1:00 p.m.

Trinity Baptist Church
2040 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90018 Continue reading