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Blue Shield Teledoc® – Skip the waiting room – Talk to a doctor now

Eligible participants who have enrolled in one of the Blue Shield plans offered by the Professional Musicians Local 47 and Employers’ Health & Welfare Fund now have access to the Teladoc® program.

Eligible Participants
Why wait for the care you need now? Teladoc® gives you 24/7/365 access to a doctor through the convenience of phone or video consults. You can feel better today and avoid the hassles of the hospital waiting room. Continue reading

Final Note: Bobby Bruce

Life Member. Violin
(1925 – 2018)

Bobby Bruce (Robert Morris Berg) was born in Chicago, Illinois. His father owned a fruit market and his mother Rosie was a comedian and entertainer, performing at several theaters in the Chicago area. Bobby began violin lessons at age 6, and by the age of 9 he would do acrobatics, tap dance, sing and play violin on stage in a Vaudeville act called the Personality Kids on the Keith Orpheum circuit with his mother and older sister Eileen. Continue reading

Limited Pressing Agreement & Music Prep Chart update

Limited Pressing Agreement

The new Limited Pressing Agreement can be found on the Sound Recording page of our website here.

Music Prep Chart

The Local 47 2018-2019 Music Prep Chart has been updated with new rates for the commercials agreement and is now available in the members section at Members may sign up here to receive email alerts whenever this chart is updated.

Hollywood premiere screening of ‘The Savoy King’

Chick Webb and the Music that Changed America – April 15, 2018 at The Montalban

at for 2 for 1 $25 tickets, all to support the LA Jazz Society.

The Los Angeles Jazz Society has joined with the Ricardo Montalban Foundation in presenting the feature documentary “THE SAVOY KING – Chick Webb and the Music that changed America” on Sunday, April 15, 2018, 2 p.m. at The Montalban Theatre in Hollywood. Produced by Jeff Kaufman and Marcia Ross of Floating World Pictures, the documentary details the life of the amazing young drummer and bandleader who impacted the world of big bands in the ’30s. Continue reading

In Memoriam: April 2018

James O. Stewart
Life Member. Guitar
9/8/1935 – 1/8/2018
Survived by spouse

Shirley A. Fordis
Life Member. Oboe
4/22/1938 – 12/27/2017
Survived by children

Nunzio ‘Norman’ Panto
Life Member. Accordion
3/25/1929 – 2/24/2018
Survived by son

Joseph John Ragonese (aka Joey Rodney)
Life Member. Guitar
3/1/1922 – 3/10/2018
Survived by spouse & children

Elmer H. Ramsey
Life Member. Trumpet
6/3/1930 – 3/2/2018
Survived by spouse & children

Donald B. Thompson
Life Member. Saxophone
10/15/1925 – 3/7/2018
Survived by spouse & children

Andrew M. Weiner
Member. Arranger
8/16/1960 – 3/2/2018
Survived by sister

April 2018 Overture Online: Lucia Micarelli

Overture Online
April 2018

Lucia Micarelli

Balancing life on the concert stage and the scoring stage

LA Phil: 100 Years in the Making
Sneak a peak at what’s in store for the historic centennial celebration

Resisting Janus
Working people must stand together

Learn Orchestration the Practical Way
Free classes for members start this summer

and more!



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Overture Online is optimized for reading on smartphone or tablet. For those without access to a smart device, this issue may be viewed on a web browser. Local 47 members may download archived pdf versions from the members section at

A message from the Executive Board on Bylaws

Recently, there have been discussions regarding our internal procedures relevant to processing claims against members. With this communication, we hope to clarify any confusion and to provide answers.

The American Federation of Musicians Local 47 is charged with many duties including, but not limited to, advocating for musicians through collective bargaining and contract enforcement, organizing, defending and protecting the rights of its membership. Specific to the issue at hand, the Local is duty-bound to enforce and to comply with the Bylaws. Continue reading