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April 2019 Overture Online: SJO – Music in the Schools

Overture Online
April 2019

SJO: Music in the Schools
Orchestra brings music 
education to inner-city youth 

Musicians Take on Streaming at Motion Picture/TV Film Negotiations 
Fight continues as contract is extended

Member Spotlight: Maki Mae Hsieh
Local 47 musician named 2019 Woman of the Year

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Next General Membership Meeting: April 22, 2019

Monday, April 22, 2019, 7:30pm
@ AFM Local 47 – Rehearsal Room 7
3220 Winona Ave. Burbank CA 91504

On the Agenda (subject to change):
* Presentation of 50-Year Pins 
* Jay Cohen Plaque Presentation
* Officer Reports
* New Media Campaign Update
* Old and New Business

Open to all members in good standing.
Pizza & light & refreshments will be served.

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AFM Motion Picture/TV Film contract extended through November; musicians’ fight for streaming continues

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Negotiations between the AFM and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers began March 13. On the first morning of bargaining, musicians held a press conference calling on the film and TV studios to engage in fair contract negotiations and protect the future careers of professional musicians as the industry shifts to streaming and online distribution. The story was reported by several news outlets including Variety, Billboard, Deadline, and Digital Music News. Continue reading

Rochester Music Hall of Fame Announces AFM 47 Members as 2019 Inductees

The Rochester Music Hall of Fame announced the 2019 inductees for this year’s ceremony, and among them are two Life Members of the American Federation of Musicians Local 47.

Beach Boys founding member, guitarist and vocalist Al Jardine, and 11-time Emmy Award-winning composer and producer Jack Allocco, will be along those inducted into the Rochester Music Hall of Fame at the 8th annual induction ceremony on April 28. Continue reading

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