H&W: 2020 Health and Life Insurance Eligibility

Professional Musicians and Employers’ Health & Welfare Fund:

Eligibility & Enrollment Information

Please watch your mailbox as the Fund will be mailing Eligibility and Enrollment information to eligible participants in approximately mid-November of this year. The Fund will mail enrollment materials to the participant’s last address on file with the Fund’s Administrative Office, so please ensure that the Fund has your most up-to-date address information. Continue reading

Final Note: Gloria Carol Ramsay

Life Member. Recorder
1/6/1926 – 4/26/2019

Born in Daytona Beach, Florida and passed away peacefully in Ojai, California. She studied at the University of Southern California, receiving her BA in 1948 and her Master in Musicology in 1958. She received a Fulbright grant to the Paris Conservatory; a Queen Elisabeth of Belgium research scholarship; studied musicology at the Sorbonne; and received the License de Concert in Clarinet. Continue reading

Musicians Reach Tentative Deal With Film and TV Studios

Despite major improvements won, the fight for streaming residuals will continue

After more than two years of tough negotiations, musicians have reached a tentative agreement with major film and television studios that includes many substantive improvements and no significant concessions — yet still does not include residuals for work on made-for-streaming films and episodic TV shows.

Members of the American Federation of Musicians have been negotiating a new contract with major studios including Disney, CBS, MGM, Paramount, NBCUniversal, Sony and Warner Brothers, and the newly proposed contract features several major improvements for musicians. For the first time in history, musicians will receive screen credits when they perform on theatrical and streamed film scores. Also for the first time, the proposed deal establishes fair wages and conditions for high-budget shows made for streaming platforms. Continue reading

A Peek into the World of a Los Angeles Studio Musician

by Steve Trapani

I am not sure what it’s like in other recording centers, but in Los Angeles there are a few hundred highly skilled musicians who are equipped to play any piece of music on any instrument you can imagine, and in any style that exists. Some have been on the scene for decades and some have arrived relatively recently. All of them are consummate professionals who are committed to maintaining and preserving a tradition of being able to “do it all.” Some have achieved a high level of notoriety and their names are known. Most of the best ones, however, are people you’ve never heard of — and they’d like to keep it that way. If you saw them on the street, you would never dream that they were capable of producing the kind of music that comes from their fingers, or out of their bells, mouths, or amplifiers. Many of them are people who I am proud to call colleagues and good friends. What follows is an attempt to bring the studio experience to life for those who don’t quite know what happens when the red “Recording” light comes on. Continue reading

Musicians Orchestrate for Climate Action

Hosted by The Village, Darlene Koldenhoven, American Federation of Musicians Local 47, and Lars Clutterham Music

Wednesday, November 20
Doors open 7 p.m. – The Village: Moroccan Room
1616 Butler Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Join us for an informative, entertaining climate presentation on November 20 with GRAMMY-winning vocalist Darlene Koldenhoven. Be part of the live audience as we live-stream to the world. Trained by former Vice President Al Gore as a certified Climate Reality Leader, Koldenhoven will give the official presentation about the climate crisis and the solutions we have now. Continue reading

Musicians Rally at Disney Studios on Disney+ Launch Day to Demand Streaming Residuals

BURBANK, CA (Nov. 12, 2019) — On Tuesday, film and television musicians marked the launch of Disney’s new streaming service Disney+ with a large rally outside the company’s Burbank studios to demand a fair contract for streaming that includes residuals, set wages, and screen credits. Continue reading

Rally for Residuals on Nov. 12

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Disney will launch Disney+. The launch of this streaming service marks a shift toward a new business model for film and television, along with an unnecessary and unwarranted effort by major studios to decimate musicians’ livelihoods in the process.

Musicians in Los Angeles are fighting back.

Join us as for a large rally outside the Walt Disney Picture company lot to demand a fair contract for streaming that includes residuals, set wages, and screen credits for musicians. We will be greeting a large double-decker bus of musicians who will be holding mini-rallies throughout the morning at other major studios, culminating in our large demonstration outside Disney.

Join us! RSVP @ afm47.org/newmedia

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General Membership Meeting & Musicians’ Club Annual Meeting: Jan. 27, 2020

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

On the Agenda (subject to change):
* Presentation of 50-Year Pins
* Presentation by the LA County Federation of Labor
* Officer Reports
* Old and New Business

Please join us for our next General Membership Meeting on Monday, Jan. 27 for a special presentation by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, where we will hear about the special report on Amazon released by Economic RoundTable. Called “Too Big to Govern: Public Balance Sheet for the World’s Largest Company,” the report’s findings show the significant negative impact Amazon has on working people and our communities.

Annual Meeting of the Musicians’ Club of Los Angeles
Immediately following Membership Meeting

All members of AFM Local 47 are members of the Musicians’ Club of L.A. Nine (9) members are needed to constitute a quorum for regular or special meetings of the Musicians’ Club of Los Angeles. Club Bylaws may be viewed in the members section at afm47.org.

Please review meeting policies here.


November 2019 Overture Online: Giving Thanks and Giving Back

Inside This Issue:

#BandTogether Update

Musicians continue fight for a fair film/TV contract

Support the Butch Lewis Act

Act now to help save our pension

We Are California

25 Years Beyond Prop 187 – LA County Fed event Nov. 9

and more!

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Final Note: Tony Giaimo

Life Member. Saxophone
12/16/1927 – 9/24/2019

Tony Giaimo passed away on Sept. 24, 2019, at 91 years. He was a longtime member of the American Federation of Musicians Local 47. Tony was a singer, saxophonist, and a top-tier clarinetist.

He began studying music at the age of 10, and by the time he was 14 he was playing in Manhattan clubs, alongside the likes of a 16-year-old Tony Bennett. By 15 he was traveling the U.S. as a working musician. Continue reading