Tag Archives: coronavirus

June 2020 Overture Online: Safer At Work

Inside This Issue:

Safer At Work

What we’re doing to ensure musicians return to work safely and soon
 

Music Employment Town Hall

Friday, June 5th – Open to all Local 47 members
 

Member Spotlight

Jay Cohen first Local 47 live performer to return to work

and more!

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Town Hall: Music Employment in the Age of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated our musical community. We have lost friends and colleagues, and almost all of us have lost our work. Yet our future will arrive, and we need to do everything we can to ensure our health and safety when the opportunity to return to work together arrives.

Please join our distinguished panel on Friday, June 5, at 7 p.m. featuring guest speakers. We will cover a variety of topics including:

  • Whose job is it to keep us safe at work?
  • Who are the stakeholders and gatekeepers for deciding when we can go back?
  • What is our Local 47 doing?
  • And more…

Prepare your questions; we will be dedicating a substantial portion of the Town Hall to Q&A.

This Town Hall is open to all AFM Local 47 members. Registration is required. Link and password will be emailed upon membership verification.

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Safer at Work Update: Recommendations Adopted for Film/Television Music Scoring

Helping all of our musicians get back to work while protecting your health and safety continues to be our number one priority. AFM Local 47 has been working with adjacent unions, management, both the City and County of Los Angeles, infectious disease specialists, rank-and-file musicians and scoring stage crew, as well as gathering the growing body of scientific studies of safety for orchestral musicians being gathered both here and in Germany and Austria.

The Local 47 Executive Board has adopted a series of recommendations created by the Post Covid-19 Work Rules Working Group to ensure safe work environments for post-production music that can allow millions of dollars of wages to return to the thousands of musicians who provide the world-class scores for the projects that California and Hollywood depend upon. Continue reading

A Message from President John Acosta: Safer at Work

Musicians have suffered deeply as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Helping us get back to work while protecting your health and safety is our number one priority. Several top-level processes have launched in an effort to provide a pathway to reopening for the entertainment industries, and we are working around the clock for you. In a major step that ensures musicians will have a clear voice, I am pleased to report that I have been appointed to Los Angeles County’s new Economic Resiliency Task Force as a member of the Film and Digital Media sector. We are also working with our entertainment industry union allies to develop health and safety standards that can be used throughout California, and throughout the country. Continue reading

May 2020 Overture Online: Alone Together During COVID-19

Inside This Issue:

 

Working Remotely?

Now More than Ever, Union Contracts Can Help

Filing for Unemployment

What You Need to Know

Pension Reform NOW!

Tell Congress to Protect our Pensions

and more!

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Overture Online is optimized for reading via smartphone or tablet. For those without access to a smart device, issues may be viewed on a web browser here. Local 47 members may download archived pdf versions from the members section at afm47.org.

A Message to the Working Professionals in the Entertainment Industry

The undersigned guilds and unions represent the diverse, professional workforce that, in ordinary times, come together on productions throughout each year to bring our stories to life for audiences across the globe. Now, in this time when the coronavirus pandemic has brought an unprecedented challenge to our industry, our solidarity is more important than ever before. We come together on behalf of our respective memberships to ensure coordination between our efforts to secure relief, financial support and other critical assistance for the working professionals in this industry. Our members understand the unique power of collective action. Through our unity, we reinforce that power to safeguard our members as much as possible during the extraordinary set of events we face today. Continue reading

Now More Than Ever, Union Contracts Can Help

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought our industry to a complete halt, and even as we are socially isolated from one another, we are suffering together both economically and artistically.

But we are a diverse union. Our members include musicians who compose, prepare and perform music in an incredibly wide variety of fields, from theater and club work, symphonic, opera and ballet, film, television, sound recordings and other recording work — if it involves music, at least some of us are doing it as part of our livelihoods Continue reading

April 2020 Overture Online: COVID-19 Emergency Resources for Musicians

Inside This Issue:

Relief for Musicians Affected by Coronavirus

How to file for unemployment, emergency relief funds & more
 

#CALaborCounts

Fill out the 2020 Census
 

H&W Update

Information for Kaiser, Blue Shield, and Delta Dental Participants

and more!

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Overture Online is optimized for reading via smartphone or tablet. For those without access to a smart device, issues may be viewed on a web browser here. Local 47 members may download archived pdf versions from the members section at afm47.org.

Board approves 60-day moratorium on suspensions for membership dues

We know these are trying and uncertain times, and because of the coronavirus thousands of musicians are suddenly finding themselves out of work. With the deadline for membership payments quickly approaching, the Local 47 Executive Board has decided to put in place a moratorium on suspensions for delinquent membership dues for 60 days until May 31, 2020, in addition to waiving late fees on past due work dues for 60 days.

If you are out of work, you can immediately file for unemployment and other benefits from the California Employment Development Department. We are working with EDD on getting answers to specific frequently asked questions from musicians, which we will share on our website as soon as possible. Stay safe out there!

In Unity & Health,
AFM Local 47

UPDATE: Our Musicians FAQ for Filing Unemployment Insurance, PUA and Other Benefits is now available at afm47.org/covid19/faq.


Please visit our COVID-19 Resources page at afm47.org/covid19.

EDD Update on filing for emergency relief

Unprecedented demand for unemployment benefits triggered by COVID-19

Sacramento – The demand for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits has skyrocketed as the Coronavirus impacts hard working Californians and their families. For the week ending March 21, the EDD processed 186,809 UI claims.  This is a significant increase over the prior week, during which the EDD processed a revised 57,606 UI claims.

As the U.S. Department of Labor makes the California claim data available to the public each Thursday, the EDD will release weekly updates on the EDD online newsroom. Continue reading