Live Performance & Music Prep Wage Scales extended to 2021

The AFM Local 47 Executive Board at its Nov. 24, 2020 meeting, voted in favor of accepting the recommendation of the Wage Scale Committee to freeze the wages, terms, and conditions set forth in the 2020 Live Performance & Music Prep Wage Scale Book through 2021.

Members may find the Wage Scales in the members-section at (login required) or by requesting a book from the Live Performance Department: 323.993.3156,

AFM Reaches New TV Agreement

A message from AFM International President Ray Hair:

I am pleased to report that after years of false starts, interruptions, and delays, the Federation has reached a three-year deal with CBS, NBC, and ABC for a successor Television Videotape Agreement, subject to ratification.

Despite fierce resistance from the networks, we succeeded in obtaining a streaming residual when TV programs are exhibited on advertiser-supported (AVOD) streaming platforms. We also achieved annual wage increases and additional health and welfare contributions. The new AVOD residual is a fundamental, structural contract change that would not have been possible without the solidarity, activism, hard work, and enormous time investment of all involved in the negotiations, for which I am very thankful.

Congratulations 2021 Grammy nominees!

Congratulations 2021 GRAMMY nominees! Union musicians of AFM Local 47 in Los Angeles can be heard on countless recordings from the hottest hits of the year.

Listen to our #AFM47 2021 Grammys Playlist while you review our list of #unionstrong 63rd annual Grammy nominees below, and be sure to check out the live broadcast of winners airing Sunday, Jan. 31 on CBS.

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Music Performance Trust Fund Live Streams program

The Recording Industry’s Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) provides live and FREE music all year round in the U.S. and Canada. With COVID-19 prohibiting most types of live in-person performances, MPTF has developed a program to present concerts virtually via live stream.

View archives of recent MPTF Live Stream performances here. Continue reading

Burbank Food Distribution: Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020

The American Federation of Musicians Local 47 and UNITE HERE! Local 11 are proud to host a free food distribution in advance of the holiday season. Presented in conjunction with Labor Community Services, the LA Fed, and the Los Angeles Food Bank, this event will take place at Local 47, 3220 Winona Ave. in Burbank, and is open to members of any union and the entire community.

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Drive-Thru Instructions/Map:

In order to prevent backup on Hollywood Way, the Burbank PD has provided the following driving instructions to get to our food distribution site:

  • From Hollywood Way (northbound), pass Winona Ave
  • Turn right onto N San Fernando Blvd
  • Turn right onto N Ontario St
  • Turn right onto Winona Ave
  • Turn left into American Federation of Musicians Local 47 parking lot

UPDATE: We are now at full capacity for volunteers. Thank you to everyone who signed up!

The food distribution will feed approximately 1,200 individuals and families. We need a total of 60 volunteers from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help with this effort. Breakfast, lunch, refreshments, and PPE will be provided to all volunteers. Please click here to sign up and help with this worthy cause!

H&W: Important Changes to 2021 Participant Eligibility Levels & Monthly Co-Premium Payments

Though, as usual, there are some changes to the Plan, the Trustees have made every effort to help our participants retain their coverage for 2021, even as we continue to protect and preserve the financial future of the Trust for the coming years.

Below is a summary of material modifications to the Plan. Continue reading

November 2020 Overture Online: Your Vote, Your Voice

Inside This Issue:


AFM Local 47 endorsements for the Presidential Election

#RespectUs Update

Live television musicians make headway in fight for residuals

Member Spotlight

Roy Wiegand: Advocating One Step at at Time

and more!

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Overture Online is optimized for reading via smartphone or tablet. For those without access to a smart device, recent issues may be viewed on a web browser from the Magloft bookshelf. The complete pdf archive may be found here.

AFM Local 47 Executive Board Announces 2020 Presidential Election Endorsements

Today the Executive Board of the American Federation of Musicians Local 47 announced its endorsements for the 2020 Presidential Election. 

Amid rising calls for action, Local 47 members and leaders have become more politically engaged since the last presidential election. There’s a growing consensus among musicians that the 2020 election will have tremendous consequences, and that organizations that can take a stand should do so. Endorsements were taken up at the most recent Local 47 Executive Board meeting, open to all Local 47 members, where rank-and-file musicians and elected leaders had a healthy, open discussion about the contests most important to musicians and our communities.

“Today Local 47 is taking positions that reflect the priorities of working musicians and our communities: strengthening workers’ rights, expanding healthcare, addressing climate change and ending racial injustice,” said AFM Local 47 President John Acosta. “That’s what we stand for, and that’s why we’re calling on all our fellow musicians to vote, to volunteer, and to bring music into the fight for justice.” Continue reading

Indian Classical Music and Its Diversity: A virtual seminar

Please join us for an Indian music seminar presented by AFM Local 47 and the Musicians Federation of India, supported by the Nagpur Performing Arts Centre.

The presentation will include performances of sitar by Avanindra Sheolikar, tabla by Ram Khadse, violin by Ratish Tagde, and vocals by Shyam Jain. Hosted by Shruti Jain.

Click here to register