December 2022 Overture Online: AFM Local 47 General Election

Inside This Issue:

  • COVER STORY: AFM Local 47 General Election Day is December 13: Polls open 9am-9pm
  • Member Spotlight: Bruno Mars
  • Save the Date: Inaugural Meeting & Musicians’ Club Annual Meeting: January 9 via Zoom
  • Entertainment Unions Come Together to Support UAW Striking Workers
  • Update from the Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund
  • Labor Community Services Holiday Toy Drive: Donate by December 16!
  • Auditions: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
and more!

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Action Alert: UAW UCLA academic workers strike MONDAY 11/21/2022

This week UAW Academic Workers announced a multi-unit statewide strike against the University of California’s unlawful conduct.

Join us and rally for the Arts and Entertainment Unions & Alumni Picket line in solidarity with 48,000 UAW student workers on strike!

Monday, November 21, 12:30-2:30pm

UCLA’s Inverted Foundation, Pritzker Hall, 502 Portola Plaza (near Kinsey Pavilion) – see map

We’ll have Local 47 T-shirts for you to wear!

Inaugural Meeting + Musicians’ Club Annual Meeting: January 9, 2023


Monday, January 9, 2023 – 7:30pm
via Zoom

On the Agenda (subject to change):
– Administration of Oath of Office to New Officers by LA County Federation of Labor President Yvonne Wheeler
– Officer Reports
– Old and New Business

Please join us for our Inaugural Meeting for the swearing in of our administration voted in at our December 2022 Triennial General Election. The oath of office will be administered by esteemed LA County Federation of Labor President Yvonne Wheeler. 

Open to all AFM Local 47 members in good standing. Members will receive an email invitation to register and may also register via our website at Registration is required. Once your membership is verified, you will receive an email with the Zoom access link.


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Final Note: Terry Woodson

Life Member. Conductor/Director
12/19/1941 – 10/19/2022

by JB Griffiths

Terry Clark Woodson passed away peacefully at his home in Studio City, California on October 19, 2022. Terry was born on December 19, 1941, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He attended Tulsa’s Central High School and graduated from the University of Tulsa with a Master’s degree in Music, before moving to Los Angeles in 1964 to pursue a career in music. Continue reading

November 2022 Overture Online: Get Out the Vote!

Inside This Issue:

  • COVER STORY: California Labor Federation Voter Guide
  • AFM Local 47 General Election Updates: Election Day is December 13
  • Save the Date: Inaugural Meeting January 9
  • Member Spotlight: Allen George LaMont
  • Donate to Emergency Hurricane Relief for AFM Members
  • Labor Community Services Holiday Toy Drive
  • Auditions: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
and more!

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Special Message From The AFM Local 47 Executive Board

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” 
– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

AFM Local 47 has recently been made aware of an instance of racial profiling of a BIPOC member who was working under an AFM Local 47 contract at a venue in Los Angeles. 

The Local 47 Executive Board condemns profiling in any form and has engaged legal counsel to contact both the management of the venue and the producer of the event for which Local 47 members were engaged.

Local 47 stands steadfastly committed to ensuring that our members have the opportunity to work in safe environments free of discrimination, harassment, and any other form of inappropriate and unlawful behavior, and to hold anyone responsible for such abuses accountable.

If you or any other member experience a similar situation, please immediately report the conduct to Local 47 by filling out the Discrimination/Harassment Report Form at, or by contacting the President’s Office at 323.993.3181.

Final Note: Juliann French

Member. Violin
5/1/1958 – 10/3/2022

Juliann May French, 64, of Santa Cruz, CA died unexpectedly Monday, October 3 in Santa Maria, CA. She was born May 1, 1958 in Omaha to Patricia and Merwyn G. French Jr. then of Page, Nebraska. Juliann is the loving mother of Mikaila Kaiser of Santa Cruz, CA. The two share an exceptionally close bond. Continue reading

Remembrance: Billy Higgins

Member. Drum Set
10/11/1936 – 5/3/2001

This is just a most fond remembrance for my first blessed husband, Billy Higgins. We were always kindred spirits, 1957 ’til forever. He will never be forgotten from Jeani and his daughter Heidi. 

“How do I love you, let me count the ways!” His favorite verse.

AFM Local 47 calls for resignation of LA City Councilmembers Martinez, Cedillo and de León

The Executive Board of American Federation of Musicians Local 47 condemns the appalling anti-Black, anti-Indigenous, homophobic comments made during a meeting of now-former Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez, Councilmembers Gil Cedillo and Kevin de León, and now-former Los Angeles County Federation of Labor President Ron Herrera.

The hateful language used during this meeting, held within the walls of the House of Labor, was entirely unacceptable, as was the very nature of the meeting itself — scheming to disenfranchise Black and Asian voters by way of redistricting, the practice of which is deeply rooted in racial discrimination. These are not the values of the labor movement, nor are they the values of Angelenos. The only way forward is to demand accountability and swift action in the face of racism, homophobia, and bigotry, and to work for inclusion and solidarity.

Herrera’s resignation from the labor federation was wholly appropriate, and the continued presence of these three Los Angeles City Council members will only serve to create further division and pain in our already hurting communities. AFM Local 47 demands the immediate resignation of Cedillo, de León and Martinez, whose sentiments do not represent the residents of Los Angeles and the ever-growing and powerful labor movement.