Final Note: Dr. Thom Mason

Former Life Member. Composer
10/10/1941 – 10/22/2022

by Dr. Bruce Eskovitz

How do we honor a man like Dr. Thom David Mason, an artist, a mentor, an educator a husband and a friend? We cherish his legacy as seen by my colleagues on this stage and the many hundreds of musicians that his teaching influenced for more than 50 years. The classes that he created, like “Jazz, Ragtime & Blues,” which brought this music closer to generations of USC general education students, who learned to love this music through the passion and intelligence that Dr. Thom professed to all. He created the DMA in Jazz Studies, which opened the door to that advanced degree for myself and many of the artists that share this stage today. His book “The Art of Hearing” revolutionized solfeggio in a manner that made it a viable and usable tool for jazz musicians and jazz music students. Dr. Thom was a brilliant man who always sought to inform, educate and create opportunity where none had existed before. Continue reading

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.