Category Archives: Features

Are you or a loved one turning 65?

Understanding how private insurance and Medicare work together is an important part of your healthcare. Many Americans over age 65 are using private insurance in addition to Medicare.

For more information, read “How Does Medicare Work with Other Insurance?” by eHealth and the Union Plus Retiree Health Insurance Program. It can help you understand your options as you turn 65 and make decisions on enrolling in Medicare. Continue reading

Protecting our Pension Fund – be heard!

A message from RMALA:

Concerned about the future of our Pension Fund? You’re not alone. The question is — what can you as an individual do?

There is a U.S. Congress Joint Select Committee looking for a solution for pension funds like ours. We are not alone, and neither are you.

Our Pension Fund has created a page that gives you the tools to be heard.

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Slideshow – The Move: Hollywood to Burbank

In July 2017, AFM Local 47 began our relocation from Hollywood to a beautifully renovated building in Burbank. Here’s a look back at the historic move, in photos.

  • Boxing up the offices in Burbank

All moving photos by Linda A. Rapka/AFM Local 47. Rehearsal Room/Artists’ Lounge photos by McCormick.

Music Performance Trust Fund celebrates 70 years

This year the Music Performance Trust Fund celebrates providing grants to help create free music performances for the public’s entertainment and education for its 70th year.

Its funding is meant to ensure that the professional musicians who are performing are reasonably paid on par with local scale, while assuring that there is no cost to enjoy the music. The idea is to enhance our communities and enrich lives through music. Co-sponsored events run the gamut of musical styles, from classical and opera, to Dixieland, pop, rock, country, jazz, and R&B. Events often introduce musical styles that are not easily accessible, and many times include an educational element. Continue reading

Reprise for REPRISE! Announcing REPRISE 2.0

REPRISE is back after being absent from the Los Angeles theatre scene since 2013.

The newly launched REPRISE 2.0 presents a season of three classic American musicals at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse beginning this summer. Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Marcia Seligson (founder of REPRISE! Broadway’s Best), REPRISE 2.0 remains faithful to the original concept which presented limited runs of 50 classic musicals between 1997 and 2012 featuring an onstage band and simple sets and costumes. Matthew Herrmann serves as general manager, and Kevin Bailey and Arthur Allan Seidelman are executive producers. Continue reading

New Study Finds Unions Increase CA Worker Earnings by $18.5 Billion Annually

The Union Effect in California #1: Wages, Benefits, and Use of Public Safety Net Programs is the first report in a three-part series that explores how unions improve the lives of all working people in California, both union and non-union members.

These findings are publishing as the U.S. Supreme Court just handed down a ruling in Janus v. AFSCME that threatens to weaken public sector unions. Continue reading

Legacy of a Leader: Serena Kay Williams

Secretary/Treasurer Emeritus Serena Kay Williams holds Local 47 dedication day programs from 1950 and 2018, both of which she attended. (photo by Tom Pease)

Serena Kay Williams made history as the first woman officer of AFM Local 47 when she was elected Secretary in 1984, a position she held until her retirement in 2007. Here we recall her legacy as a trailblazing musicians advocate and union leader.

Serena Kay Williams was born April 9, 1921 in Kansas City, Missouri. Serena’s father, who was born in Liverpool, England, came from a musical family. In fact, Jascha Heifetz was her grandfather’s nephew. Her mother, who came from Russia, also counted many artists in her family. Serena’s parents owned a deli in Kansas City. Their cooking was so renowned that her father was crowned the “Chili King of Kansas City” using her mother’s recipe.

When Serena was 4 her parents moved to Los Angeles because of her mother’s health. Serena cared for her mother, who was very ill, and even was issued a special driver’s license at the age of 12 so she could take her mother back and forth to the hospital. Continue reading

‘Make It in the USA’ Video Contest Winners Announced

A powerful hip hop anthem about the pride a man takes in a long day’s work. A haunting ode to the hands that built American industry. A fast-paced celebration of American-made products. And a passionate plea for companies to invest in the USA. These are the four winners of the United Auto Workers’ “Make it in the USA” contest, which called on entrants to create videos focused on the value of manufacturing and buying products domestically.

To see the winning videos and learn more about the contest, click here. Continue reading

A Truly Grand Opening

(Linda A. Rapka)

Close to 300 musicians, dignitaries and friends turned out on the evening of May 21, 2018 for the official Grand Opening Dedication Ceremony to commemorate the new home of American Federation of Musicians Local 47 at 3220 Winona Ave. in Burbank.

This past summer, our union began our relocation from Hollywood to a beautifully renovated building in Burbank. With Phase 1 of construction recently completed, we were ready to celebrate in style! Continue reading