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In Memoriam: December 2017

Paul Buckmaster
Member. Composer
6/13/1946 – 11/7/2017
Survived by child

Isabelle Daskoff
Life Member. Violin
6/4/1922 – 7/20/2017
Survived by niece & nephew

Jerry Lewis
Life Member. Drum Set
3/16/1926 – 8/20/2017
Survived by spouse & children

Alan W. Reinecke
Member. Timpani
2/6/1961 – 11/4/2017
Survived by spouse & parents

H&W: Eligibility & Enrollment Information

Professional Musicians, Local 47 and Employers’ Health & Welfare Fund

The Fund mailed Eligibility and Enrollment information to all eligible participants in mid-November. The enrollment materials advise each participant of the level at which they qualified (A, B or C).

The qualifying levels are as follows:

Level             Employer Contribution Amount
A                    $1,500 plus
B                    $1,200 to $1,499
C                    $800 to $1,199

In order to be covered by one of the Fund’s benefit plans, for the coverage year beginning January 1, 2018, you must (A) have accumulated a minimum of $800 in employer contributions, for covered work performed between October 3, 2016 through October 2, 2017, and (B) remit, to the Fund’s Administrative Office, a completed enrollment form along with the proper co-premium, no later than December 20, 2017. Continue reading

This #GivingTuesday help a musician in need

On this national day of generosity, help local musicians who have fallen on hard times to get back on their feet.

Please consider a donation to one of our worthy charitable causes:

The Music Fund of Los Angeles is a 501(c)3, charitable organization providing financial help to professional musicians, music students, and youth music programs in the Los Angeles area. Continue reading

Flex Plan: 2018 Open Enrollment

2018 Open Enrollment Starts 12/05/2017

Although you will not receive your Open Enrollment materials until Thanksgiving, you can view 2018 rate and benefit information. If you want to receive your Open Enrollment Information early, sign up for email delivery and you will receive the information about 7-10 days earlier, receive a discount on your administrative fees and help reduce a significant amount of paper waste.  Continue reading

Two Legends, One Stage: ASMAC Golden Score Awards 2017

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

Non-Union Alert: Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra

AFM Local 47 has been in discussions with Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, a conductorless chamber orchestra based in Los Angeles, to try and bring them into an appropriate AFM contract. Unfortunately they have not agreed to sign on to a union agreement.

Their next concert takes place Nov. 18, 2017 at Walt Disney Concert Hall. If you are contacted to perform with Kaleidoscope, please be aware that at this time it is a non-union date with no union contract protections. We recommend that AFM members not participate until such a contract is in place.

Any musician performing at a major venue like Disney Hall deserves to earn a fair wage and benefits in line with industry standard. By making orchestras available for dirt cheap, employers come to expect bargain rates that undermine musicians’ ability to pay their bills.

Members contacted to perform with Kaleidoscope are encouraged to alert the President’s office at 323.993.3181.

AFM Local 47 Statement on Sexual Harassment in the Entertainment Industry

As a labor union, American Federation of Musicians Local 47 was founded on the core principles of fairness, dignity, respect, and equality for all people. No one should ever be subjected to sexual or physical harassment or abuse of any kind in the workplace, and we commend the many women and men who have courageously spoken out and shared their stories of sexual abuse and harassment in the entertainment industry. Continue reading