December 2018 Overture Online: Happy Holidays! ❄

Overture Online
December 2018

Happy Holidays!
from the Musicians Union of Los Angeles

Vote in the AFM Local 47 General Election
December 11, 2018

‘Tis the Season to Help a Musician in Need
This holiday season, please consider a donation to help musicians who have fallen upon hard times to get back on their feet

Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund
A year-end report

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Verify your eligibility to vote in the 2018 Local 47 General Election

The next AFM Local 47 General Election takes place Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018.

Polls will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Local 47 headquarters, 3220 Winona Ave. in Burbank.

Eligible voters may request a Vote By Mail Absentee Ballot by downloading the form at and sending it directly to the California Elections Company. DO NOT SEND THE FORM TO LOCAL 47. Please be sure to allow ample time to send in your request, receive your absentee ballot by mail, and send it off to arrive at the Burbank P.O. box no later than Dec.11, at 9 a.m. when all absentee ballots will be collected by the Election Board. Continue reading

TV Videotape (Live TV) upcoming meetings

The TV Videotape (Live TV) contract negotiations are coming to Los Angeles. In earlier rounds of negotiations, our AFM team has made clear to the networks that they need to pay streaming residuals just like the other unions get, and pay every musician who works on the production.

We believe we can achieve this, but we all need to be in it together.

If you work in Live TV, please plan to join us at one of these informational meetings:

Monday, Dec. 3
7:30 p.m. @ Westside (private residence)

Wednesday, Dec. 5
7:30 p.m @ AFM Local 47 

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Live Performance Business Rep Erick Cruz at (323) 993-3170 or

URGENT action needed to Protect Our Pension!

Concerned about your AFM pension?

Earlier this year Congress established a bipartisan Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans. The original deadline to address the dire solvency issues facing over 100 pension funds across the U.S., including the AFM-EPF, was Nov. 30, 2018. However, the Chairs of the Joint Select Committee announced that they had made progress, and would continue working beyond that deadline

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.

Take Action Now!

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