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July 2022 Overture Online: In Solidarity With Black Orchestral Network

Inside This Issue:

  • COVER STORY: In Solidarity With Black Orchestral Network
  • Next General Membership Meeting July 25: Voting on Vacancy on Election Board and Resolutions to Amend the Bylaws
  • Member Spotlight: Evan Wish Receives Knighthood
  • AFM Local 47 2022 Election News: Nominating Petitions Available Aug. 1; Election Day Dec. 13, 2022
  • Meet EMD Administrator Rebecca Gurnee
  • New Streaming Residual Checks for 47 Musicians!
  • MPTF Announces 2022 Scholarships
  • Local 47 Member Irina Voloshina Launches Fundraiser to Help Ukrainian Musicians in Need
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Non-Union Engagement Alert: PACIFIC OPERA PROJECT: ‘INTO THE WOODS’

NOTICE: LOCAL 47 CANNOT HELP YOU COLLECT WAGES FOR THE FOLLOWING ENGAGEMENT:

PACIFIC OPERA PROJECT: ‘INTO THE WOODS’
Descanso Gardens
July 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 & 17
 
PLEASE NOTE that as of this writing, there is no AFM contract to cover this engagement. 

If you accept this engagement and your wages are not paid, or are paid incorrectly, THE AFM AND LOCAL 47 CANNOT COLLECT YOUR WAGES FOR YOU.

DEI Committee: In Honor of Pride Month and Juneteenth

A Message from the AFM Local 47 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee:

The DEI Committee applauds the national effort to celebrate Pride Month and Juneteenth. Juneteenth affords us the opportunity commemorate the emancipation of enslaved black Americans. Pride Month is our chance to acknowledge our LGBTQ+ community.

Our support of these celebrations represent the kind of freedoms that must be a part of our workplace and private lives.

– The DEI Committee

June 2022 Overture Online: Happy Pride!

Inside This Issue:

  • COVER STORY: Happy Pride!
  • AFM Mourns the Loss of EMSD Director Patrick Varriale
  • Juneteenth – A Day to Reflect
  • Member Spotlight: Demi Lovato
  • Rehearsal Rooms Update: Now Offering Expanded Booking Options
  • Support the American Music Fairness Act
  • Spring Membership Drive – Spread the Word!
  • Auditions/Job Postings: Santa Barbara Symphony, LA Youth Orchestra
and more!
 
 
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Oscars 2022 Orchestra Highlights Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

by Susan Chatman, AFM Local 47 Diversity Committee

Congratulations to the music production team of the 94th Academy Awards for their hard work and superb artistry.

The music production leaders should also be applauded for their diverse representation of musicians, music styles and performances.

There were close to 120 musicians who performed at the 94th Academy Awards. What is notable was the cultural diversity, blend of musical styles, ages and genders from all over the world. Continue reading

May 2022 Overture Online: MAY DAY – A New Season

Inside This Issue:

  • COVER STORY: MAY DAY 2022 – A New Season
  • Musicians, Artists Rally for Arts Education in CA
  • #WhyUnion? AFM 47 Members Share Their Union Pride
  • Oscars 2022 Orchestra Highlights Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Orchestration Classes With Dr. Norman Ludwin – Free for Members
  • LA Fed Announces Ambitious New ‘People’s Project’
  • Spring Membership Drive – Spread the Word!
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Rehearsals are Back!

Pictured above: On April 14, 2022, longtime Local 47 Rehearsal Room staple David Angel and his ensemble were the first to rehearse in our facilities after two long years of Covid closures.

After a two-year closure due to the pandemic, we are thrilled to announce the partial reopening of our rehearsal rooms.

We will be open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To view our rental rates, please click here. Rooms may be scheduled by contacting 323.993.3172 or booking@afm47.org. Continue reading

VOTE ARTS & MUSIC: Musicians, Artists Rally for Arts Education in CA

Pictured above: Sidney Hopson (percussionist), former LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner, and Naomi Sato (music prep) at the kickoff event for the Vote Arts and Music campaign.

At the campaign kickoff for the Vote Arts and Music California ballot measure at Hamilton High School in Los Angeles on April 26, 2022, former LAUSD superintendent Austin Beutner, AFM Local 47 member Will.i.am, parents, teachers, Hollywood trade unions, and long list of celebrities and supporters rallied together to raise awareness about increasing funding for arts and education in California public schools. Continue reading