The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada has joined SAG-AFTRA, DGA, and I.A.T.S.E. in support of the Writers Guild of America and their ongoing negotiations for a new film and TV contract.
Local 47 is taking concrete steps to support our Writers Guild colleagues in this strike. Their goal is our goal: winning fair and livable compensation from the same film/TV studios with whom we will be negotiating with later this year. We are in close communication with WGA leadership. Supporting each other is extremely important to both our campaigns.
Local 47 will be joining writers on their picket lines at four locations: Sony, Fox, Paramount and Warner Bros. studios. WGA members will be picketing from 9am-1pm and 1-5pm each day at these locations until further notice. It will be ideal that Local 47 members will be present each day as well. Please use our online form to sign up to participate. We can meet, walk together – and we will provide you with a Local 47 T-shirt.
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This series of six classes will feature examples that demonstrate styles heard in composers such as Bernard Herrmann, John Williams, Thomas Newman, and Max Richter.
The course will explore a range of theoretical concepts of modern composition and the various ways they are used in film and media composition.
Topics covered include intervals and chords, pitch in tonal and nontonal music, pantriadicism, Neo-Riemannian theory, chromatic and modal composition, minimalism, and aleatoric composition.
These free classes are being offered exclusively to AFM Local 47 members in good standing. Registration deadline: August 2, 2023.
Learn more and register at afm47.org/composition.
Life Member. Piano
6/16/1954 – 5/1/2023
Jeff Rizzo’s favorite Broadway musical was… well, almost all of them. Well known for his opinionated theatrical viewpoints, if a show was well cast and directed, with a sufficiently large orchestra, and moved along (preferably under 90 minutes), he’d give it a thumbs up. Musical Theater was in his blood…musicals were his life and few people exist that share his vast knowledge on the subject. Continue reading →
AFM Local 47 has filed Unfair Labor Practice charges against Asia America Symphony with the National Labor Relations Board.
Given the active dispute, we request that if you have been contacted to work for this employer please contact the Office of the President: 323.993.3181, firstname.lastname@example.org
Get ready Los Angeles! We’re gearing up for the summer of strikes with the first ever UNIONS STRIKE BACK: Rally and Dance Party. Unions from all industry sectors are gathering to participate in a massive showing of solidarity to demand JUSTICE. ✊
Many unions including the AFM have contracts ending this year. We are standing shoulder to shoulder to ensure that we all get our fair share of fair pay, better benefits, and strong contracts.
Who: All of Los Angeles Labor
What: UNIONS STRIKE BACK: Rally and Dance Party
When: Friday, May 26, 4-7pm
Where: 12th St. & Figueroa Blvd, Downtown Los Angeles – AFM Local 47 musicians will gather at the Shaquille O’Neal statue outside Crypto.com Arena
Getting There: Directions | Parking Map | Public Transportation
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Be sure to wear your blue Local 47 T-shirt! Share this with everyone you know and be there, the resistance needs you. #UnionsStrikeBack
6/5/1974 – 3/5/2023
Caroline Erika Buckman, a talented violist and cherished friend to many, passed away on March 5 in Los Angeles after a valiant six-year battle with breast cancer. She was 48 years old. Continue reading →
At our April 24, 2023 Local 47 General Membership Meeting, Special Elections took place to fill five vacant offices. The results of voting are as follows:
SECRETARY/TREASURER – 1 elected
Gail Kruvand – 52
Gary Lasley – 4
HEARING BOARD – 2 elected
Michael Arnold – 49
Marcy Vaj – 45
Leslie Baker – 15
ELECTION BOARD – 2 elected
Paul Castillo – 41
Clifford Tasner – 35
Oliver Theess – 26
Thank you to all nominees and members who participated in the Special Elections, and congratulations to all of our newly elected officials!
Spring Membership Drive: Spread the Word!
As a professional musician, you know that your real strength comes from working collectively with other musicians. Help spread the word about the benefits of union membership during our Spring Membership Drive!
If you know someone who should be in the union, now is the perfect time to join. From April 1 through June 30, new and returning members pay ZERO initiation fees — a $140 discount!
Learn more at afm47.org/join. Continue reading →