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‘Allegiance’ Musical Goes AFM

We are pleased to report a recent organizing win in signing a new agreement with the East West Players for the production of “Allegiance,” a new musical running in Little Tokyo starring George Takei.

This victory came as the result of direct action by Asian-American musicians at Local 47 who felt passionately about ensuring that this project go union. The musical addresses the hardships and discrimination against Japanese Americans during WWII, when thousands of Americans were put into internment camps.
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Keeping the Score in CA: Tax Credit Committee Update

Musicians Chris Anderson-Bazzoli and Blake Cooper with Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo at a recent legislative visit in support of a California music-scoring tax credit.

Last year we had a bill, AB 1300 (Calderon), which was narrowly focused on modifying the existing Tax Credit Program to include a music-scoring tax credit.

This year, a new bill, AB 1734 (Calderon), aims to renew the entire Film and TV Tax Credit Program. We are working with Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon on how to include language in the overall renewal that will address the loss of jobs in the scoring industry. Continue reading

47 Strong: Hitting the streets

From President John Acosta’s February 2018 report:

As we continue our “47 Strong” campaign, you will see an increased union presence in the workplace. From recording sessions to the theater pit, Local 47 reps are out and about connecting with our membership on the issues that are important to you.

While we tell you about the initiatives we are embarking upon – from music tax credits, to fair pay in live performances– it’s also important that we know what the union can do to help you on the job.

If you want to help us organize an event at your workplace, covering anything and everything that affects your work, please contact our Organizing Coordinator Jefferson Kemper: 323.993.3143, jefferson.kemper@afm47.org.

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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