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May 2023 Overture Online: International Workers’ Day

Inside This Issue:

  • COVER STORY: International Workers’ Day
  • Gail Kruvand Elected New Secretary/Treasurer
  • Member Spotlight: Reggie Watts
  • Spring Membership Drive: Spread the Word!
  • All That Jazz: Highlights From Our First Annual AFM Local 47 Jazz Festival
  • MPTF Announces Two Student Scholarships for 2023
  • AFM Stands in Solidarity with WGA in Their Fight to Win a Fair Contract
  • Auditions: Modesto Symphony Orchestra
and more!

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Special Election results: Secretary/Treasurer, Hearing & Election Boards

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: 

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 2023 Membership Drive

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!

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April 2023 Overture Online: First Annual AFM Local 47 Jazz Festival

Inside This Issue:

  • COVER STORY: First Annual AFM Local 47 Jazz Festival – Three-day concert series during Jazz Appreciation Month April 2, 16 & 23
  • Spring Membership Drive – Spread the Word!
  • Next General Membership Meeting: April 24
  • Member Spotlight: William Roper
  • Fair Share For Musicians Campaign Update
  • Behind the Scenes at the 95th Annual Academy Awards
  • ‘What is New Media?’ Podcast With FMSMF’s Kim Roberts Hedgpeth
  • Auditions: Modesto Symphony Orchestra, Monterey Symphony
and more!

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Final Note: Al Imbach

Life Member. Trombone
3/11/1938 – 2/28/2023

 Allen Edward (“Al”) Imbach, legendary Las Vegas and Los Angeles trombone player, arranger, composer, conductor and beloved brother, husband, father, grandfather and uncle, passed peacefully from natural causes on February 28, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada with his devoted son by his side. Al was 84 years old. Continue reading

Behind the Scenes at the 95th Annual Academy Awards

AFM Local 47 musicians once played a featured role in Hollywood’s biggest night at the 95th Annual Academy Awards. Rehearsals and pre-records were held at Evergreen Studios in Burbank in preparation for the Oscars awards ceremony that took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on March 12, 2023.

Many thanks to harpist Gayle Levant for sharing these exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from the rehearsals and live event!

View the musicians roster here: 95th Annual Academy Awards Orchestra

2023 Oscar Night at the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood CA

Gayle Levant (harp)

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Final Note: Dennis Budimir

Life Member. Guitar
6/20/1938 – 1/9/2023

Honoring Dennis Budimir

by his daughter, Juliann Budimir

It is hard to give voice to the loss,
To give words to the ache that forever echoes in my heart since
My beloved Pop, Dennis Budimir, passed away in our arms,
My Mom and I at his side.

Dennis Budimir, beloved husband, father, and legendary jazz and studio guitarist, passed away on January 9, 2023. He was an incredible father to me and a loving, devoted husband to my mom. We are blessed by his eternal love. It is incredibly difficult to write about his passing and to put into words our monumental loss. Dennis Budimir’s musical biography is truly extensive; we are grateful to those who have documented his outstanding career and have given insight into his tremendous artistry. Continue reading

General Membership Meeting: April 24, 2023

Open to all AFM Local 47 members in good standing.

On the Agenda (subject to change):

– Special Election to Fill Vacancy for Secretary/Treasurer
– Special Election to Fill Two Vacancies on the Hearing Board
– Special Election to Fill Two Vacancies on the Election Board
– Presentation by Kim Roberts Hedgpeth, Executive Director, Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund
– Presentation of 50-Year Pins
– Officer Reports
– Old and New Business

The Legislative Committee as proponents have voted unanimously to table the proposed amendment of Article IV, Section 10 regarding Life Membership that was to the be presented at the April 24, 2023 general membership to be postponed until the next general membership meeting on July 24, 2023.

As of April 11, 2023, AFM Local 47 no longer requires proof of Covid-19 vaccination for those entering the AFM Local 47 Capt. Greg Welch Gathering Place and rehearsal rooms. Vaccination against Covid-19, masking, and testing — when recommended per CDC guidelines — are strongly encouraged.
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House of Labor Unanimously Passes Resolution in Favor of Union Musicians

At the Feb. 27, 2023 House of Labor meeting of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, delegates voted unanimously in favor of a resolution put forward by AFM Local 47 President Stephanie O’Keefe calling for all musicians hired for LA Fed events to be union musicians.

Further, the resolution calls for the LA Fed to ask all constituency groups and the California Federation of Labor to pass a similar resolution. Continue reading