‘JACK OF ALL TRADES MASTER OF SOME’
The Career Musician Master Class With Michael “Nomad” Ripoll
Interactive ZOOM Webinar
Saturday, April 11, 2020 @ 2-3:30pm
We are thrilled to announce a new Master Class series launching April 11, 2020!
Session musician, music director and composer Michael “Nomad” Ripoll will share his tips and insights on the importance of diversification and business acumen in the music industry.
This Master Class is presented free exclusively to AFM Local 47 members.
(Membership will be verified to gain virtual access code.)
Inside This Issue:
Relief for Musicians Affected by Coronavirus
How to file for unemployment, emergency relief funds & more
Fill out the 2020 Census
Information for Kaiser, Blue Shield, and Delta Dental Participants
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We’ve been working with the California Employment Development Department and unemployment insurance experts on guidance for how musicians can navigate through applying for benefits including unemployment, paid family leave, disability and more due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please visit our Musicians FAQ for Filing Claims With EDD for answers to frequently asked questions. This page will be updated in real time with the most up-to-date information as it becomes available. Continue reading
We know these are trying and uncertain times, and because of the coronavirus thousands of musicians are suddenly finding themselves out of work. With the deadline for membership payments quickly approaching, the Local 47 Executive Board has decided to put in place a moratorium on suspensions for delinquent membership dues for 60 days, in addition to waiving late fees on past due work dues for 60 days.
If you are out of work, you can immediately file for unemployment and other benefits from the California Employment Development Department. We are working with EDD on getting answers to specific frequently asked questions from musicians, which we will share on our website as soon as possible. Stay safe out there!
In Unity & Health,
AFM Local 47
Please visit our COVID-19 Resources page at afm47.org/covid19.
Unprecedented demand for unemployment benefits triggered by COVID-19
Sacramento – The demand for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits has skyrocketed as the Coronavirus impacts hard working Californians and their families. For the week ending March 21, the EDD processed 186,809 UI claims. This is a significant increase over the prior week, during which the EDD processed a revised 57,606 UI claims.
AFM Local 47 Members: If you have questions about how to file for unemployment insurance, disability, paid family leave or other benefits, we want to hear from you.
We are working directly with the California Labor Federation and the Employment Development Department (EDD) to help musicians who have lost work because of the coronavirus COVID-19 emergency navigate through the specifics of how to file for benefits.
We are currently are collecting questions to share with our local EDD representatives. Please email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to midnight on Thursday, March 26. We will be sharing the answers we receive from EDD, along with additional resources, with members via email and post the same to our emergency resources page at afm47.org/covid19.
Stay well and safe!
-AFM Local 47
We are committed to limiting disruptions to member services, with staff working remotely from home where possible. We will continue to serve our members by phone, email and other digital means. We thank you for your patience while our staff transitions to the remote setup, and please know that all of your calls, voicemails and emails will be returned as soon as possible. Continue reading
What a shockingly crazy few weeks! Our industry, our union, our members and families, staff and employers, colleagues here at home and around the world — all of our lives disrupted. Our gigs canceled, our concerts postponed, our schools closed and all around us fear and anxiety of what may come. Who would have known that when we wished “Happy New Year!” at 12 midnight of 2020 we would be here in March, quarantined in our homes because of a deadly virus that has attacked countries around the world and now begins to make its way through our society. Continue reading
by Kevin Case, ICSOM Counsel and Member of Local 10-208 (Chicago, IL)
via International Musician – Editor’s note: This article was a memo sent to International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) delegates and committee chairs, and a version of this is appearing in the ICSOM newsletter Senza Sordino. It is being reprinted with permission.
As you know, the Covid-19 situation is developing rapidly and has begun to impact our orchestras. Several have cancelled or are planning to cancel concerts and upcoming tours, sometimes voluntarily and sometimes in response to orders from a municipal government or other controlling authority. Musicians have concerns about the legal implications of this on their employment—particularly the application of force majeure or “Act of God” clauses—and about how to work with management in this uncertain time. Continue reading