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Work Dues billings

Local 47 is currently processing work dues — previously unbilled — based on wages paid directly during the pandemic years 2020 and 2021.

The Local, faced with a severely reduced staff, chose to focus on making sure wages and benefits were paid, deferring work dues billing.

Thank you for your patience.

Oscars 2022 Orchestra Highlights Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

by Susan Chatman, AFM Local 47 Diversity Committee

Congratulations to the music production team of the 94th Academy Awards for their hard work and superb artistry.

The music production leaders should also be applauded for their diverse representation of musicians, music styles and performances.

There were close to 120 musicians who performed at the 94th Academy Awards. What is notable was the cultural diversity, blend of musical styles, ages and genders from all over the world. Continue reading

May 2022 Overture Online: MAY DAY – A New Season

Inside This Issue:

  • COVER STORY: MAY DAY 2022 – A New Season
  • Musicians, Artists Rally for Arts Education in CA
  • #WhyUnion? AFM 47 Members Share Their Union Pride
  • Oscars 2022 Orchestra Highlights Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Orchestration Classes With Dr. Norman Ludwin – Free for Members
  • LA Fed Announces Ambitious New ‘People’s Project’
  • Spring Membership Drive – Spread the Word!
and more!
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Rehearsals are Back!

Pictured above: On April 14, 2022, longtime Local 47 Rehearsal Room staple David Angel and his ensemble were the first to rehearse in our facilities after two long years of Covid closures.

After a two-year closure due to the pandemic, we are thrilled to announce the partial reopening of our rehearsal rooms.

We will be open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To view our rental rates, please click here. Rooms may be scheduled by contacting 323.993.3172 or booking@afm47.org. Continue reading

VOTE ARTS & MUSIC: Musicians, Artists Rally for Arts Education in CA

Pictured above: Sidney Hopson (percussionist), former LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner, and Naomi Sato (music prep) at the kickoff event for the Vote Arts and Music campaign.

At the campaign kickoff for the Vote Arts and Music California ballot measure at Hamilton High School in Los Angeles on April 26, 2022, former LAUSD superintendent Austin Beutner, AFM Local 47 member Will.i.am, parents, teachers, Hollywood trade unions, and long list of celebrities and supporters rallied together to raise awareness about increasing funding for arts and education in California public schools. Continue reading

April 2022 Overture Online: 125 Years of Service and Progress

Inside This Issue:

  • COVER STORY: Happy Birthday to Us! 125 Years of Service and Progress
  • Next General Membership Meeting: April 25, 2022 – Resolution to Amend the Bylaws
  • Spring Membership Drive – Spread the Word!
  • Member Spotlight: William Roper
  • At the Local: Meet Membership / Work Dues Specialist Amber O’Donnell
  • Feeling Career Burn-Out? Attend the Musicians Career Support Group

    and more!

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Final Note: Robert G. Bornstein

Life Member. Orchestrator
5/14/1928 – 2/18/2022

Robert G. (Bob) Bornstein, the legendary music arranger and orchestrator, died peacefully in his sleep at home with his wife and loving caregivers by his side on February 18, 2022, after living with dementia for seven years. Bob was renowned in the entertainment industry, having worked on more than 600 films, countless television shows and the Academy Awards for 32 years. He worked with some of the industry’s top composers including Bill Conti, James Horner, Danny Elfman, Marvin Hamlisch, Quincy Jones, Henry Mancini, Randy Newman, Nelson Riddle, John Williams and Hans Zimmer. Continue reading

Final Note: Charles H. Deremo

Former Life Member. Alto/Tenor Saxophone
9/5/1929 – 12/17/2020

by Jean Deremo

For any former — surviving – big band musicians and friends who have many fond memories of it all — circa 1940s, ‘50s, ‘60s. 

Please remember a most talented, fine musician from those eras, Charles H. Deremo — tenor sax/flute (known to most all of us as Charlie!). Continue reading