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Emergency disaster relief

Musicians affected by the California wildfires may apply for disaster relief through the Local 47 Relief Fund and the Music Fund of Los Angeles. Follow the links to download the applications and call 323.993.3159 to speak with Rimona Seay, who will walk you through the application process.

The Actors Fund offers assistance nationally to everyone who works in performing arts and entertainment, including actors, musicians, and many more. Visit to apply and for referrals to area resources.

Donate to the Labor Community Services Disaster Relief Fund

The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor is accepting donations through its 501(c)3 nonprofit, Labor Community Services, to assist union members affected by the fires.

To send a donation please make checks payable to “Labor Community Services” with Memo: Disaster Relief Fund and mail to:

Labor Community Services
2130 W. James M. Wood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90006


Is your AFM pension important to you? If you answered “yes,” please read on:

Earlier this year Congress established a bipartisan Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans. This Committee is tasked with producing legislation by Nov. 30, 2018 to address the dire solvency issues facing over 100 multiemployer pension funds across the U.S., including the AFM-EPF.

This Joint Select Committee represents the best chance yet to pass legislation that helps our Fund and protects your benefits and retirement security. However, proposed changes to the Butch Lewis Act would prevent the AFM-EPF and many other multiemployer pension funds from accessing the bill’s loan program.

The good news: There is still time to make our voices heard.

In their meetings with AFM-EPF Trustees, members of the Joint Select Committee universally stated that no legislative approach has been finalized, and there is still time for more ideas about fully and fairly addressing the crisis—and for more negotiation to attempt to reach a consensus.

However, it is still far from certain whether any proposed solution will garner sufficient bipartisan support in the Committee, let alone both houses of Congress.

There are just 21 days until the Joint Select Committee’s Nov. 30 deadline. Make your voice heard at this critical juncture: Continue reading

The Labor Wave: How Unions Carried the Midterms

The labor movement helped elect a wave of union members and pro-worker allies across the country this week.

We proved that if you support working people, we’ll have your back. And we sent a resounding message to every candidate and elected official that if you seek to divide and destroy us, we’ll fight back with everything we have. Continue reading

[POSTPONED] American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers celebrates 80 years


The American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers (ASMAC) will celebrate their 80th anniversary on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 at the Skirball Cultural Center.

“In addition to celebrating and presenting a tribute to 80 years of wonderful music created by our award winning arrangers, composers and orchestrators, ASMAC is honored to recognize the multi Grammy Award-winning music producer, songwriter and composer Walter Afanasieff with our 2018 President’s Award,” announced Gayle Levant, President of ASMAC. Continue reading

November 2018 Overture Online: Vote Union Strong

Overture Online
November 2018

Vote Union Strong

Your labor-friendly voter guide

Local 47 Election
What you need to know about our biennial general election on Dec. 11

Spotlight: Vijay Gupta
‘Violinist for Skid Row’ wins MacArthur Genius Grant

The Met Contract
What you need to Know about the Metropolitan & Community Orchestra agreement

and more!

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Overture Online is optimized for reading via smartphone or tablet. For those without access to a smart device, issues may be viewed on a web browser here. Local 47 members may download archived pdf versions from the members section at

Do Not Work For Alert: Steve Trudell / Trudell Orchestras

Please be advised that the Josh Groban concert taking place at the Forum on Saturday, Oct. 27 is currently a non-union engagement.

If you are contacted to perform by Steve Trudell/Trudell Orchestras, please be aware that at this time it is a non-union date with no union contract protections. Steve Trudell/Trudell Orchestras is currently on the American Federation of Musicians International Unfair List. Continue reading

H&W: Eligibility and Enrollment Mailings Begin in November


The Professional Musicians Local 47 and Employers’ Health & Welfare Fund (“Fund”) will soon be determining eligibility for benefit coverage effective January 1, 2019. Important Contribution and enrollment information will be mailed out by the Fund; if you don’t complete and return this information on a timely basis it could negatively affect your ability to enroll or qualify for coverage with the Fund. If you have moved within the past year or you are new to the Health and Welfare enrollment process, PLEASE verify your address with the Fund’s administrative office. Continue reading