Final Note: Pearl Kaufman

Life Member. Piano
10/19/1931 – 8/1/2021

Pearl was a member of Local 47 for 64 years. She began her career at 14 by winning the UCLA Young Artist and the Los Angeles Outstanding Musicians auditions. She was a trailblazer for female musicians. She was awarded scholastic and performance scholarships to the University of Southern California, where she received both her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Music. She graduated Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Kappa Lambda, Summa Cum Laude, and was honored as the most outstanding student in the School of music where she studied under John Crown. Pearl taught piano and coached opera at USC under the direction of Walter Ducloux for three years. She has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Festival Orchestra, California Chamber Symphony, Ojai Festival Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and numerous other orchestras. Continue reading

#WhyUnion? Mitch Glickman

“Without the tremendous support of the Musicians Union, Local 47, the 68-member Symphonic Jazz Orchestra would not exist. The challenge of combining a symphony and a jazz band to perform newly commissioned music blending jazz, classical and other genres was met with the creation of a specially tailored CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement). The Union’s flexibility to work with our unique ensemble allows us to perform and record this special hybrid music with the finest musicians on the planet.”

– Mitch Glickman, Conductor/Composer
Member since 1984

October 2021 Overture Online: National Hispanic Heritage Month

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Inside This Issue:

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrating iconic Latinx musicians of AFM Local 47

Musicians Residuals 101

Presented by the Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund – Monday, October 4, 6:30-7:30pm

AFM Stands in Solidarity With IATSE

Take action to support the Theatrical Stage Employees strike

Next General Membership Meeting

On Monday, Oct. 25 members will vote on a resolution to amend the bylaws

and more!

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Latinx Mix – #AFM47 Spotify Playlist

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we’ve created a playlist highlighting music created by iconic Latinx members of AFM Local 47 including Linda Ronstadt, Alex Acuña, Poncho Sanchez, Demi Lovato, Devandra Banhart, Arturo Sandoval, David Hidalgo, Luis Conte and more! Listen here on Spotify:

#WhyUnion? Joseph Stone

“Joining the Musicians Union is the moment when you become a professional musician. The Union is your support team that helps to manage the business side of music making leaving you more time and energy to pursue your artistic and career success. Wages, working conditions, health insurance, pension, dispute resolution, and Intellectual Property Rights protection… there is no practical way a musician can enjoy all those benefits without the being a member of the Musicians’ Union.”

– Joseph Stone, Oboist
Member since 1980

#WhyUnion? Alex Iles

The AFM represents the single most viable organization representing professional musicians of all genres and backgrounds to be treated fairly and to receive the benefits of collective bargaining.

The alternative is to essentially become pawns, each of us fending for ourselves, with nowhere to turn if we are hurt, treated unfairly on the job, or unpaid for our work. Continue reading

Final Note: Wally Holmes

Wally Holmes: Evangelist, Jazzman, Composer, Impresario, Great Human 

by Richard Simon & Cynthia Crosby

 “I should have gone in and pounded the table,” he said, “but that isn’t my style.”  

Wally Holmes didn’t need to pound tables; throughout his life, he commanded attention the old-fashioned way:  through talent, hard work, persistence – and an astonishing skill in the obscure art of solfeggio.

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