In the remote recording world that has arisen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has come to our attention that many musicians may be receiving improper payment.
Musicians must receive separate session payments when asked to record and deliver separate, multiple parts, as provided in the Electronic Musical Devices provision of the Basic Theatrical, Television Motion Picture, and Sound Recording Labor Agreements.
If you have recently supplied multiple parts and believe you may have been underpaid, please contact the union. We will work to ensure that you are properly compensated for your work during these difficult times when it is needed most, and that the employer provide any additional session and fringe benefit payments, as well as pay any applicable late payments.
The new video feature by Doug Cameron shares a truly inspiring story about world-class violinist Clayton Haslop’s struggle with focal dystonia which left him with the use of only two fingers on his left hand. Continue reading →
Pandemic unemployment benefits are about to expire!
The supplemental $600 unemployment benefit many musicians have relied on for the past 3 months will end before August, reducing the max unemployment benefit in California from $1,050 to $450/week. In addition, the unemployment benefits extended to independent contractors will also expire at the end of this month.
Please send a letter from your family to the U.S. Senate today. Tell them how the crisis has impacted your ability to work, and why extending these benefits is so important.
Once you’ve sent your letter, please check out Local 47’s COVID19 resources page for more information about assistance available to musicians.
Composer/arranger/producer, AFM Local 47 member Dr. Richard Niles has had musical adventures with some of the world’s most successful and acclaimed artists from Paul McCartney to Pat Metheny, James Brown to Randy Brecker, Tina Turner to Michael McDonald, Ray Charles to the Pet Shop Boys. Continue reading →
Based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and the California Governor’s Office prohibiting group gatherings during the COVID-19 crisis, we will be holding our next General Membership Meeting on July 27, 2020, electronically 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 thevirtual access code. Register at afm47.org/gmm.
New to Zoom? Read our Step-by Step User Guide here.
On the agenda (subject to change):
• Officer Reports • Phase 2 Feasibility Report • Old and New Business
What will returning to work look like for musicians amid COVID-19?
Local 47 Updates
Next General Membership Meeting July 27 via Zoom;
Nominating petitions for General Election available August 1st
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