Category Archives: Features

Building Bridges

Students of the pilot Local 47 Career Pathways Program visit the Streisand Scoring Stage at Sony Pictures in Culver City. [photo by Tiffany Israel]

AFM Local 47 Career Pathways Pilot Program Strikes a Chord With Students

The Local 47 Career Pathways Program recently concluded its pilot session, and by all accounts was a resounding success.

With funding completely secured by the Verdugo Workforce Development Board from federal, state, and local sources, the program teamed up with the union to connect younger generation high schoolers with professionals working in the music industry.

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Welcome, Theater Musicians Association!

AFM Secretary/Treasurer Gary Lasley (far left) joins the newly sworn-in TMA Officers for a group photo. [by Tom Mendel]

AFM Local 47 was proud to host the 23rd Annual International Conference of the Theatre Musicians Association Aug. 20-21.

Theater musicians from across the United States and Canada joined together with the mission of continuing to build the organization that is our voice within the American Federation of Musicians.  Continue reading

Los Angeles Orchestra Fellowship

Violinists Ayrton Pisco and Sydney Adedamola, violist Bradley Parrimore, and cellist Juan-Salvador Carrasco [photo: Ben Gibbs]

New community program brings diversity to the classical arts

Four top-tier post-graduate string musicians from underrepresented communities have been announced as the first class of the Los Angeles Orchestra Fellowship, a program designed to increase diversity in American orchestras.

Launched in August 2018, the groundbreaking program was conceived by a partnership of Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICYOLA), the country’s largest African-American-majority youth orchestra; Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), one of the world’s leading chamber orchestras; and USC Thornton School of Music, one of the country’s top music programs.  Continue reading

LA Phil’s 100 for the 100th: Be Our Guest

LA Phil partners with L.A. County to make 10,000 free Walt Disney Concert Hall tickets available during centennial season

Breaking down economic barriers to Walt Disney Concert Hall and ensuring that its Centennial will be a celebration for all of L.A., the Los Angeles Philharmonic today announced that it will collaborate with the Los Angeles County Supervisors through its Education Department to distribute 10,000 free tickets to concerts during the anniversary season, October 2018 through June 2019. Continue reading

Are you or a loved one turning 65?

Understanding how private insurance and Medicare work together is an important part of your healthcare. Many Americans over age 65 are using private insurance in addition to Medicare.

For more information, read “How Does Medicare Work with Other Insurance?” by eHealth and the Union Plus Retiree Health Insurance Program. It can help you understand your options as you turn 65 and make decisions on enrolling in Medicare. Continue reading

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.

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