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Lucia Micarelli: Balancing life on the concert stage and the scoring stage

Violinist and sometime-actress Lucia Micarelli not only adapts well to change, she thrives on it. Born in Queens, New York, to a Korean mother and Italian-American father, by 3 she was already immersed in dance, piano, and violin. After moving to Hawaii at age 5, she debuted as a soloist with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra a year later. In 1994 she left Hawaii and returned to New York to attend the prestigious Juilliard School of Music, where she studied violin for seven years. Following her education, Lucia was asked to join a number of tours and is known for her performances with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Jethro Tull, Josh Groban’s “Closer and “Awake” tours, and with Chris Botti. In 2010 she obtained two union cards, joining both AFM Local 47 and SAG-AFTRA. In March, Lucia spoke with Overture’s Linda A. Rapka on a break during her live tour promoting her PBS Special, “An Evening with Lucia Micarelli.” Continue reading

Marl Young: The groundbreaking legacy of a civil rights leader

Rhythm Club President, Marl – pictured with Musicians’ Club Secretary Maury Paul (left), NAACP Secretary Lester Bailey (standing, center) and Rhythm Club Secretary Estelle Edson (right) – signs the final document transferring Local 767 Rhythm Club assets to the Local 47 Musicians’ Club of Los Angeles in March of 1953, marking the final step in the amalgamation of the two Locals. (Photo: AFM Local 47 Overture archives)

Throughout his esteemed career, Marl Young was known for breaking ground. A civil rights leader within the American Federation of Musicians, he was instrumental in the historic merger of the former all-black Local 767 and all-white Local 47 in the 1950s, which set the precedent for desegregation within the entire musicians union of the United States and Canada. In 1970 he became the first black music director of a major network television series, “Here’s Lucy.” Young served as a longtime director of the Los Angeles musicians union and remained an activist until his retirement in January 2009. He died on April 29, 2009, at age 92. Continue reading

Bruno Mars wins big at 60th annual GRAMMYs

The 60th annual GRAMMYs are a wrap — and what a night it was for Los Angeles musicians!

Bruno Mars swept the 60th annual GRAMMYs, taking home awards in all categories nominated including the night’s biggest wins: Record of the Year and Album of the Year (“24K Magic”), and Song of the Year (“That’s What I Like”). The Los Angeles AFM Local 47 artist also won in the categories of Best R&B Album, Song and Performance.

Read the full story and complete list of 2018 GRAMMY-winning recordings featuring AFM Local 47 musicians at listen-la.com.

Musicians join thousands in Los Angeles at Women’s March 2018

Local 47 musicians & union members joined hundreds of thousands at the 2018 Women’s March Los Angeles.

Activists converged on downtown the morning of Jan. 20 marching from Pershing Square to City Hall as part of the second annual Women’s March, the largest of dozens of similar protests held around the nation.

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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

Nine-week Tax Preparation Training Program begins Monday, Oct 23, 2017

Application Deadline: Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017

Looking for a great parallel career to help supplement the earnings from your industry work? Are you detail-oriented? Like numbers? Professional tax preparation might be a good parallel career for you!

The Actors Fund’s Career Center and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program are coming together to offer a free, two-stage Tax Preparation Training Program for entertainment industry professionals. Continue reading