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H&W: Important Notice on Changes to 2020 Participant Eligibility Levels and Monthly Co-Premium Payments

Professional Musicians & Employers’ Health & Welfare Fund:


Commencing with the Jan. 1, 2020, coverage year, the minimum initial eligibility threshold to qualify for enrollment in medical plans sponsored by the Professional Musicians, Local 47 and Employers’ Health & Welfare Fund (the “Fund”) will be reduced to $700 in Employer contributions. Thus, effective with the current Qualifying Period — Oct. 2, 2018 through Oct. 3, 2019 — the amount of Employer contributions necessary for eligibility at the Fund’s “C Level” of coverage/benefits shall be $700 (including any available permissible carry-forwards from the 2017/2018 Qualifying Year). Continue reading

Kevin Kaska: ‘Inferno for Orchestra’

Kevin Kaska: ‘Inferno for Orchestra’

Recorded at Sony Pictures, Culver City, California, August of 2018, this piece, composed and conducted by Kevin Kaska, was performed by the Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles — all members of the American Federation of Musicians Local 47. Continue reading

Musicians Call on Film/TV Studios to Bargain Fair for Streaming Media

Studios’ refusal to provide New Media residuals threatens livelihood of musicians  

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 13, 2019) — Today members of the American Federation of Musicians, AFL-CIO, held a press conference calling on the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers to engage in fair contract negotiations and protect the future careers of professional musicians as the industry shifts to streaming and online distribution (aka “new media”). Continue reading

Final Note: Hal Blaine

Hal Blaine’s drums can be heard as part of the Wall of Sound on the Ronettes’ 1963 hit “Be My Baby” produced by Phil Spector at Hollywood’s Gold Star Studios, founded by David S. Gold and Stan Ross in 1950.

Life Member. Drum Set
2/5/1929 – 3/11/2019

by David Gold

Musician, drummer,
and sometimes conductor too,
Four bass beats to set the tempo,
And start the music too.

The bass, the toms and symbols still,
The sticks now quietly lie on the snare,
And now the stool is empty too.
For Hal is no longer there. 

Come Visit AFM Local 47 at Synthplex 2019!

Learn about the benefits of union membership for electronic musicians

March 28-31 – Burbank, CA

Synthplex is a brand new annual “all things synthesizer” event, and the kickoff program will include information on the benefits of union membership for electronic musicians. 

The event takes place March 28-31, 2019 at the LA Marriott Burbank Hotel & Convention Center. Be sure to visit us at the AFM Local 47 booth!

20% discount for all union members

Tickets & more info @

Applications Open for 2020 Music Educator Award

Presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Museum, the Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in schools. Continue reading

Happy International Women’s Day!

Today is International Women’s Day, and we salute all of the strong and talented women in music whose artistry moves, encourages, and inspires. 

Many influential women in the music industry paved the path for future generations of female empowerment, and the cycle keeps on going as more female voices stand out from all genres.

To all of our incredible AFM Local 47 empowered union musicians: We honor and celebrate you, today and every day.