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In Groundbreaking Election, Stephanie O’Keefe Elected First Woman President in AFM Local 47 History

Danita Ng-Poss elected secretary/treasurer as first AFM Local 47 officer of Asian descent

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 5, 2021) – Members of the American Federation of Musicians Local 47 shattered a more than century-old glass ceiling by electing Stephanie O’Keefe as the first woman president in the union’s 123-year history. Secretary/Treasurer Elect Danita Ng-Poss, originally from Malaysia, will be the first person of Asian descent to serve as a titled officer of the union. Continue reading

January 2021 Overture Online: AFM Local 47 Election Returns

Inside This Issue:

AFM Local 47 Election Returns

Congratulations to all candidates, and thank you to all members who voted, in our Dec. 8, 2020 General Election!

2020: Year in Review

A look back at a most challenging year

Next General Membership Meeting
(aka Inaugural Meeting)

Join us on Monday, Jan. 11 via Zoom for the swearing in of new officers!

and more!

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Overture Online is optimized for reading via smartphone or tablet. For those without access to a smart device, recent issues may be viewed on a web browser from the Magloft bookshelf. The complete pdf archive may be found here.

[CANCELED] 2021 Blood Drive

[UPDATE 1/13/2021]: Due to the spike in COVID cases across Southern California, after much thought and discussion, we have to move forward with the decision to cancel this event and limit the number of persons on our property. We apologize for any inconvenience, and encourage our membership to please consider giving blood at your local Red Cross donation center. Continue reading

Meet the New Administration! 2021 Inaugural Meeting + Musicians’ Club Annual Meeting

Meet the Incoming Administration:

Ron Herrera

 

Please join us for our first membership meeting of the New Year! Meet the new Local 47 administration voted in at our Dec. 8, 2020 general election. We will also hear remarks from special guest speaker Ron Herrera, president of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.

 


In accordance with COVID safety guidelines, we will once again be holding our next General Membership Meeting (aka Inaugural Meeting) via Zoom. This meeting is open to all Local 47 members in good standing. Registration is required. Once your membership is verified, you will receive an email link with the virtual access code. Members may register here: afm47.org/gmm Continue reading

AFM Local 47 2020 Election Returns

Congratulations to all candidates, and thank you to all members who voted, in our 2020 Local 47 General Election.

AFM Local 47 2020 Election Returns*

PRESIDENT & DELEGATE (elect 1):
Stephanie O’Keefe – 743
Marc Sazer – 499

VICE PRESIDENT & DELEGATE (elect 1):
Rick Baptist – 738
Mike Merritt – 501

SECRETARY/TREASURER & DELEGATE (elect 1):
Danita Ng-Poss – 526
Gary Lasley – 459
Lydia Reinebach – 231 Continue reading

December 2020 Overture Online: Keeping the Music Alive During COVID

Inside This Issue:

Keeping the Music Alive During COVID

Creative ways musicians are coping with the crisis

AFM Local 47 General Election

Polls open 9am – 9pm on Tuesday, Dec. 8

Making Music & Making Progress

Locals 47 & 802 will co-host a free webinar on diversity, equity and inclusion on Friday, Dec. 11

and more!

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Overture Online is optimized for reading via smartphone or tablet. For those without access to a smart device, recent issues may be viewed on a web browser from the Magloft bookshelf. The complete pdf archive may be found here.

Book Review: “Horns Up, Boys…It’s Showtime!” by John Hughes Bennett

A Rare Glimpse Behind the Curtain!

Have you ever wondered what goes on backstage at professional shows? After working with some of the biggest names in show business, professional trumpet player John Hughes Bennett shares unique stories about the famous entertainers, dancers, singers, and musicians he worked with for over 60 years. Continue reading

Live Performance & Music Prep Wage Scales extended to 2021

The AFM Local 47 Executive Board at its Nov. 24, 2020 meeting, voted in favor of accepting the recommendation of the Wage Scale Committee to freeze the wages, terms, and conditions set forth in the 2020 Live Performance & Music Prep Wage Scale Book through 2021.

Members may find the Wage Scales in the members-section at afm47.org (login required) or by requesting a book from the Live Performance Department: 323.993.3156, live@afm47.org.

AFM Reaches New TV Agreement

A message from AFM International President Ray Hair:

I am pleased to report that after years of false starts, interruptions, and delays, the Federation has reached a three-year deal with CBS, NBC, and ABC for a successor Television Videotape Agreement, subject to ratification.

Despite fierce resistance from the networks, we succeeded in obtaining a streaming residual when TV programs are exhibited on advertiser-supported (AVOD) streaming platforms. We also achieved annual wage increases and additional health and welfare contributions. The new AVOD residual is a fundamental, structural contract change that would not have been possible without the solidarity, activism, hard work, and enormous time investment of all involved in the negotiations, for which I am very thankful.

Congratulations 2021 Grammy nominees!

Congratulations 2021 GRAMMY nominees! Union musicians of AFM Local 47 in Los Angeles can be heard on countless recordings from the hottest hits of the year.

Listen to our #AFM47 2021 Grammys Playlist while you review our list of #unionstrong 63rd annual Grammy nominees below, and be sure to check out the live broadcast of winners airing Sunday, Jan. 31 on CBS.

Record Of The Year Continue reading