H&W: What’s New in 2020

Changes Ahead For Life/Dental/Vision Coverages

The Board of Trustees of the Professional Musicians, Local 47 and Employers’ Health & Welfare Fund (the “Fund”) is committed to providing the best health insurance delivery and cost platforms available to the Fund’s participants. In furtherance of that goal, and as reviewed in this article, the Fund has modified its benefit plan menu with reference to the Fund’s Life Insurance, Dental Insurance and Vision Insurance Plans. Continue reading

40th Annual Labor Day Parade

40th Annual Labor Day Parade
& Rally Picnic 

Monday, September 2, 10 am – 12 pm
401 E M St. Wilmington CA 90744 – map –

Please join AFM Local 47 at the Labor Day parade alongside SAG-AFTRA and many other unions! 

Musicians will be marching and performing at this annual celebration of labor. Help us to share our #BandTogether campaign and spread the word about musicians’ issues with the rest of the Southern California labor movement: actors, broadcasters, teachers, longshoremen, firefighters, carpenters and more.

Family, friends, kids and pets are welcome! Lots of food and festivities will be served free of charge at Banning Park at the end of the march at noon.

Please wear your Local 47 blue shirts and we’ll see you there!


Musicians Take to Disney D23 in Fight for Fair Contract

ANAHEIM, CA (August 26, 2019) — Musicians who record the scores for major motion pictures and television shows spent this weekend at the D23 Expo engaging with Disney fans, performing live music and sharing information about their grassroots #BandTogether campaign to win a fair contract for new media. Continue reading

Final Note: Dick ‘Slyde’ Hyde

Life Member. Trombone
7/4/1936 – 7/15/2019

by Jack Redmond

Slyde was one of my dearest friends for more than 60 years.

We both came to town in 1958, and met on a recording session that year. The other trombone was Ray Sikora, from Canada, and the three of us became fast friends that day. Dick (he wasn’t known as Slyde ’til later) came up with the idea that none of us would accept a gig unless the other two were on it. That pact lasted about a week, until one of us got a call. Continue reading

Final Note: Tom ‘Tippy’ Morgan

Life Member. Saxophone
9/11/1921 – 7/6/2019

Tom “Tippy” Morgan passed peacefully on July 6, 2019 at the Ventura Cal-Vet home. Born in 1921 in St. Paul, Minnesota, he was the youngest of five boys born to John Herbert Morgan and Ida Ludell (Phillips) Morgan and discovered an early love of music. He fondly recalled teenage jam sessions at the Minneapolis home of the Pettiford family where he learned how to swing alongside future jazz legend Oscar Pettiford. Continue reading

August 2019 Overture Online: Summer Concerts in the Southland ☀🎶

Inside This Issue:

    • Member Spotlight
      P. Blake Cooper elected to Local 47 Executive Board
    • Pension Update
      Butch Lewis Act Passes Through House; Local 47 Board Sends Letter to Trustees
    • ‘Playin’ Around’
      Enter to perform in our Member Showcase concert series
  • and more!

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