Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra was placed on the American Federation of Musicians International Unfair List and AFM Local 47 Do Not Work For List earlier this month for failure to pay musicians according to industry standards.
A week later, as a direct result of these actions, Kaleidoscope was canceled for a high-profile engagement they were scheduled to do in Anaheim for the company Music Paradigm for an engagement historically conducted under union contract. Once the employer was made aware that Kaleidoscope would not guarantee fair wages and benefits to the musicians, they instead hired a Local 47 contractor to secure an all-AFM orchestra.
We are stronger together! If you are called for a non-union engagement, please submit a report to Local 47’s Anonymous Tip Line: 424-341-DARK (3275), bit.ly/darkdate
Theatre Musician Spotlight
After decades of commercial chart success, Local 47 member Sir Elton John has also achieved enormous success in musical theatre composing the music for “The Lion King” and “Billy Elliot the Musical.” Continue reading
We are pleased to announce a new three-year deal with the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
The Wallis CBA is the result of many years of dialogue with the management at the venue. “I want to thank Local 47 member Dan Savant for his help in arriving at this deal along with Business Rep Michael Ankney, who maintained a good working relationship with the venue’s operations team,” says AFM Local 47 President John Acosta. Continue reading
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AFM Local 47 is pleased to have arrived at a fair agreement with the New West Symphony Association.
“We see our contract with the association as a partnership,” said AFM Local 47 President John Acosta. “Our musicians agree to give their greatest performance possible, bringing their artistry and talent to the concert stage, while management does their part to keep the organization healthy and running smoothly. While negotiations may sometimes be challenging, by working together we create the amazing product that is the music of the New West Symphony.”
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AFM Local 47 members traveling in Argentina will now be able to count on union support and services from the Argentine musicians union, Sindicato Argentino de Músicos (SADEM).
Likewise, Argentine musicians affiliated with SADEM who work in the jurisdiction of Local 47 can count on support from AFM Local 47. Continue reading
We are pleased to report a recent organizing win in signing a new agreement with the East West Players for the production of “Allegiance,” a new musical running in Little Tokyo starring George Takei.
This victory came as the result of direct action by Asian-American musicians at Local 47 who felt passionately about ensuring that this project go union. The musical addresses the hardships and discrimination against Japanese Americans during WWII, when thousands of Americans were put into internment camps.
Musicians Chris Anderson-Bazzoli and Blake Cooper with Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo at a recent legislative visit in support of a California music-scoring tax credit.
Last year we had a bill, AB 1300 (Calderon), which was narrowly focused on modifying the existing Tax Credit Program to include a music-scoring tax credit.
This year, a new bill, AB 1734 (Calderon), aims to renew the entire Film and TV Tax Credit Program. We are working with Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon on how to include language in the overall renewal that will address the loss of jobs in the scoring industry. Continue reading
From President John Acosta’s February 2018 report:
As we continue our “47 Strong” campaign, you will see an increased union presence in the workplace. From recording sessions to the theater pit, Local 47 reps are out and about connecting with our membership on the issues that are important to you.
While we tell you about the initiatives we are embarking upon – from music tax credits, to fair pay in live performances– it’s also important that we know what the union can do to help you on the job.
If you want to help us organize an event at your workplace, covering anything and everything that affects your work, please contact our Organizing Coordinator Jefferson Kemper: 323.993.3143, firstname.lastname@example.org.
AFM Local 47 is happy to announce that negotiations with the LA Clippers organization are completed, and we now have a new agreement that will cover all professional musicians — from the house organist to the halftime entertainment. Continue reading