Exciting news to share from the American Federation of Musicians 100th Convention: Our own Local 47 President John Acosta has been elected to serve on the International Executive Board.
Running on the Team Unity slate, as a member of the IEB Acosta will act as a conduit to bring the concerns of our Los Angeles music community directly to our international leadership.
“The AFM must balance the needs and interests of all musicians and Locals, whether large or small,” says Acosta. “Whether you’re a symphonic musician or a rock musician – or somewhere in between – our union must be responsive to all of its diverse members. As a member of the IEB I will strive to achieve that balance.
“Through organizing and direct action we will solidify and strengthen our union. With outreach and education we shall engage the next generation, and utilizing all of our gifts we will overcome our challenges. Our Federation must continue to unite all musicians and ensure we all have a voice.”
Acosta is the first person of color to ever win a seat on the IEB in the AFM’s 120-year history.
“Bravo, John,” says Vice President Rick Baptist. “This is a great win and great day for all our musicians.”