Tag Archives: COVID-19

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


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

Send us your questions on filing for unemployment & other EDD benefits by 3/26

AFM Local 47 Members: If you have questions about how to file for unemployment insurance, disability, paid family leave or other benefits, we want to hear from you.

We are working directly with the California Labor Federation and the Employment Development Department (EDD) to help musicians who have lost work because of the coronavirus COVID-19 emergency navigate through the specifics of how to file for benefits.

We are currently are collecting questions to share with our local EDD representatives. Please email your questions to press@afm47.org prior to midnight on Thursday, March 26. We will be sharing the answers we receive from EDD, along with additional resources, with members via email and post the same to our emergency resources page at afm47.org/covid19.

Stay well and safe!
-AFM Local 47

AFM Local 47 offices are closed, but services remain available

Following the executive orders issued by Governor Newsom and Mayor Garcetti the evening of March 19, effective immediately, AFM Local 47 offices are closed until further notice.

We are committed to limiting disruptions to member services, with staff working remotely from home where possible. We will continue to serve our members by phone, email and other digital means. We thank you for your patience while our staff transitions to the remote setup, and please know that all of your calls, voicemails and emails will be returned as soon as possible. Continue reading

A message from President John Acosta

Dear Member:

What a shockingly crazy few weeks! Our industry, our union, our members and families, staff and employers, colleagues here at home and around the world — all of our lives disrupted. Our gigs canceled, our concerts postponed, our schools closed and all around us fear and anxiety of what may come. Who would have known that when we wished “Happy New Year!” at 12 midnight of 2020 we would be here in March, quarantined in our homes because of a deadly virus that has attacked countries around the world and now begins to make its way through our society. Continue reading

ICSOM Provides Legal Guidance Regarding the Application of Force Majeure Due to Coronavirus Threat

by Kevin Case, ICSOM Counsel and Member of Local 10-208 (Chicago, IL)

via International Musician – Editor’s note: This article was a memo sent to International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) delegates and committee chairs, and a version of this is appearing in the ICSOM newsletter Senza Sordino. It is being reprinted with permission.

Dear Delegates:

As you know, the Covid-19 situation is developing rapidly and has begun to impact our orchestras. Several have cancelled or are planning to cancel concerts and upcoming tours, sometimes voluntarily and sometimes in response to orders from a municipal government or other controlling authority. Musicians have concerns about the legal implications of this on their employment—particularly the application of force majeure or “Act of God” clauses—and about how to work with management in this uncertain time. Continue reading