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Local 1000 was created by and for traveling musicians. No matter where you live in Canada or the U.S., if you tour on the folk, bluegrass and acoustic music circuit, Local 1000 is for you.

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Funding for Online Concerts from the Music Performance Trust Fund

The Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) is a non-profit organization affiliated with the American Federation of Musicians that sponsors free public concerts all over North America. During the pandemic, The Music Performance Trust Fund will fund up to 100% of an online public concert. The concert needs to be sponsored by a third-party organization (it […]

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New Resources to Protect Your Work Online

In the face of Covid-19, many of us are either self-presenting live-stream concerts, or we are working with concert presenters to co-present online concerts. We are pleased to announce two new resources to help members who would like to protect their work online and create fair conditions for our work with other organizations.   Joint […]

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Local 1000 Covid-19 Updates and Resources

This page is meant to help members with the most up-to-date information and resources for getting through the Covid-19 Crisis. We are committed to sharing resources with our members and we will continue to do that as much as we can over the next while. This page may be updated with new information as it becomes available so please check back.

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Local 1000 Emergency Relief Fund – Covid 19

Local 1000 is committed to helping any member who finds themselves in financial crisis due to the current Covid-19 situation. Our Emergency Relief Fund (ERF can supply a no-interest, forgivable loan of up to $500 for members who need assistance to cover immediate needs such as rent or food costs. If you have savings to get you by for the next 1-2 months, please hold off on your request so we can help those in the most need first.

Donate to Local 1000 Emergency Relief Fund

Many of our members are suffering a huge loss of income right now due to cancelled concerts because of the Covid-19 crisis. As self-employed workers, most of us don’t have access to benefits like unemployment insurance or sick days. 

Here is one way you can help: donate to Local 1000’s Emergency Relief Fund (ERF)

What Does the Application for Benefit Reductions by the AFM Pension Mean?

In January participants in the AFM-EPF, the musicians’ union pension fund, received a letter about a petition to the US Treasury Department under the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act to reduce benefits. Member John O’Connor has prepared a summary to explain what’s happening


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