Musicians #BandTogether at Alex Theatre to Demand Fair Contract From Disney CEO Bob Iger

GLENDALE, CA (Oct. 2, 2019) — On Tuesday night more than 50 musicians held a flash-mob musical street performance outside of Disney CEO Bob Iger’s book signing event at the Alex Theatre as part of the grassroots #BandTogether campaign to demand that Disney and other major film and television studios improve standards for musicians’ work in new media. Continue reading

October 2019 Overture Online: #BandTogether

Inside This Issue:

  • #BandTogether
    Musicians mobilize for a fair contract
  • Sweetwater: 50 Years After Woodstock
    The first band to play at Woodstock recalls the historic festival that defined a generation
  • Career Pathways Mentorship Program
    Musicians changing lives one student at a time

and more!

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LA Jazz Society Honors Lee Ritenour & More at 2019 Awards Concert

Jazz lovers are encouraged to get their tickets soon for a spectacular concert on October 5, 2019 as the Los Angeles Jazz Society honors jazz legends and supporters at the Montalban Theatre. 

The Jazz Tribute honoree this year is Grammy award winning jazz guitarist, AFM Local 47 Life Member Lee Ritenour, being recognized for his long career spanning 40+ years, and his tremendous support of young musicians as well as through the Six String Theory Competition. Continue reading

LA Times: How the rise of streaming might turn Hollywood musicians into an endangered species

Hollywood musicians, those foot soldiers who bring the work of celebrated composers such as John Williams (“Star Wars”), James Horner (“Titanic”) and Hans Zimmer (“Dunkirk”) to life, have faced a mound of professional challenges in recent years.

Producers record their film scores in London or other overseas locations to avoid paying union scale, digital recordings have eaten away at opportunities for live players, and studios penny-pinch on music in countless ways even though their recording budgets are typically a tiny piece of a project’s budget — a $100-million project might spend less than $400,000 on musicians’ pay.

But now the musicians are facing a threat that some call potentially an “extinction-level event.” It’s the takeover of the entertainment industry by streaming video services.

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Final Note: Matthew Lincoln Utal

Former Life Member. Saxophone
7/13/1926 – 9/5/2019

Matt Utal passed away at the age of 93 on September 5, 2019. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, on July 13, 1926 to Eunice Bloom and Louis Wattel. Eunice later moved to California and married Michael Utal, who adopted Matt in 1931. He began to study piano as a little boy. Continue reading

Hooray for Hollywood: 18th Annual Music Fund Golf Tournament

On Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, please join us at the 18th Annual Music Fund Fall Classic Golf Tournament, our biggest fundraising event of the year, for a festive day of golf, fun, and music – all for a good cause!

All funds from the tournament will be used to assist musicians in a serious financial crisis and to sponsor youth music programs throughout Los Angeles. Continue reading

A B5: What it means for musicians

A message from RMALA:

We have been hearing about concern in the community about potential effects of AB 5, the recently passed California legislation that is on track for our Governor’s signature.

AB 5 was created in Sacramento to implement a California Supreme Court decision from last year, the Dynamex ruling, in which a unanimous court limited the ability to classify some workers as independent contractors. AB 5 was essentially created to carve some exemptions out from the ruling, not to add classifications. So, doctors, plumbers, private tutors and some others are being exempted from the court ruling by AB 5. Continue reading

Local 47 Board Endorses Medicare For All – Urgent Action Needed

This week the AFM Local 47 Executive Board passed a motion to endorse HR 1384, the Medicare for All Act of 2019.

The Los Angeles City Council has introduced a resolution in support of Medicare for All, and we need to make sure it comes up for a vote. If the city passes this resolution, it will be the largest city in the country to make an official endorsement of Medicare for All. That’s huge — but we need your help to get there.

Click Here to Submit Your Comments
Use 19-0002-S157 for the Council File Number

It only takes 2 minutes, and every public comment helps. If enough L.A. residents flood their inbox with public comments demanding a vote, they will listen.

Help us get Los Angeles to join cities like Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, and more in passing a resolution to support Medicare for All.