Local 1000 August 2019 Newsletter
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
This is our regular monthly email newsletter. It includes reminders, member news and important announcements from the Executive Board and the office.
News from the Executive Board
Fall 2019 Membership Meeting at Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM)
Local 1000 will be at the October FARM conference in Grand Rapids Michigan October 24-27, 2019.
We will host our Show Case Free Zone room each night of the conference and will have a Membership Meeting on Saturday morning, Oct. 26th at 9:00 AM. The membership meeting will have a Zoom link so those not able to attend the conference will be able to attend the membership meeting.
If you will be attending the conference and would like to host one of our SFZ sessions, contact Aaron Fowler, [email protected]. Our Union sister Tret Fure is the guest speaker at the conference. We hope you will be able to attend. For questions contact Aaron.
Here are the conference details:
Folk Alliance Region Midwest
October 24 – 27
Crowne Plaza Grand Rapids Airport
Grand Rapids, MI
Erin Mae Lewis fills Midwest Rep position on Executive Board
The Executive Board has had a vacancy since 2018 when Amber Rogers had to step down from the board. We have been looking for someone to fill her term. Erin Mae Lewis as agreed to serve as Midwest Rep.
We are super excited to have Erin’s energy, expertise and passion on the board. Read her full bio here.
If you are a member from the Midwest and would like to contact her she can be reached at [email protected].
August Cyber Union Hall – The Power of Music to Heal Our Nation
The August Cyber Union call will focus on how we can use our music to make in roads to heal our Nation. Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway have been doing incredible work in the area of Racial Healing.
We have invited them to share their work and lead us in a conversation about how we as traveling musicians can add to the work of justice and healing.
Join us on Tuesday evening August 20 for this inspiring session. We will begin at 8:30 PM EST, 7:30 PM CST, 6:30 PM MST, 5:30 PM PST. The Zoom link is below. If you have any questions about using the Zoom platform please contact Aaron Fowler, [email protected], 316.207.4715.
Time: Aug 20, 2019 08:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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U.S. Pension Fund Updates
There have been some recent important updates about the state of the U.S. pension fund. You can find the latest updates from the pension fund here.
U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act, also known as the “Butch Lewis Act.” It has now been reintroduced in the Senate, and Congressional leaders are continuing negotiations to find common ground on a bipartisan solution. These negotiations may produce changes to the bill before it can pass both chambers of Congress and be signed into law by the President. The Trustees will insist that any resulting compromise must fully address this crisis and treat our participants fairly.
In the meantime, you can contact your Members of Congress here: https://afm-epf.org/Participants/ContactCongress.aspx
We know many members have questions and concerns, so the board will be hosting a cyber union hall on this topic soon. Please stay tuned for details.
PAYING GIG ALERT! The Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) and MusicianFest!
Members of Local 1000 can apply to perform concerts under the MPTF program which will pay up to 50% of your union scale fee for performing a free public concert. You are responsible for finding a partner organization to co-sponsor the concert. There is a limit of 3 applications per year, per member.
In addition, the MPTF’s MusicianFest program will fund 100% of your union fee for performances at senior centers such as nursing homes, veterans, and hospitals. Local 1000 has been allotted 5 performances this year under this program. Primarily for solo musicians, you are responsible for finding an appropriate venue. Application deadline for MusicianFest is Monday, December 16, 2019.
For details please email Richard: [email protected]
Folk Alliance International Conference 2020
Folk Alliance International has once again offered discounted registration to their annual conference for members of Local 1000.
If you are planning to attend the FAI conference in February 2020, please contact our office at [email protected] for the discount code.
Emergency Relief Fund
Please help your brothers and sisters in need by contributing to our Emergency Relief Fund: https://www.local1000.org/product/emergency-relief-fund
Suspension Reinstatement Fees
Effective this quarter, we will be enforcing a reinstatement fee for suspensions. If you are more than one quarter overdue with your dues, you are suspended. When you are suspended you will now be charged an extra $10 on top of the back dues owed. Please see Secretary Treasurer Vi Wickam’s letter explaining these changes in our May 2019 Newsletter.
New Travel Insurance for Canadian Members
Did you know that you can get a great deal on travel insurance through the new Union Savings program offered by CFM?
Visit https://unionsavings.ca and sign up for deals on travel insurance, rental cars, hotel stays, luggage, and more. Contact Cathy Lee, CFM Membership Services Coordinator for more information: [email protected], 416-391-5161 ext. 231(1-800-463-6333).
P2 Processing Times
The CFM is currently advising Canadian members applying for P2 visas to get their application in at least 60 days before the first engagement.
If you are applying, please make sure you download the latest application, which can be found here:
Do you have a new album coming out? Did you recently receive an award?
If you have exciting news to share with Local 1000 members, we want to know. Submit Your News Here!
Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer and Sam Gleaves are delighted to announce that the single they recorded, “Maybelle Played Guitar” took first place in the Common Ground on the Hill songwriting competition. Written by Cathy Fink, the song honors Mother Maybelle Carter for her groundbreaking guitar playing. Download at www.cathymarcy.com The trio will perform live on NPR’s Mountain Stage in mid-August, to be rebroadcast nationwide.
Finally, we would like to wish the following members Happy Birthday! If your birthday falls in August and you don’t see it listed below, or if the date is incorrect, please send an email to our Birthday Bunny, Deborah Van Kleef with your birthdate, current phone number and email address.
08/01 Teresa Healy
08/02 Jimmy Collier
08/03 Paul Reisler
08/03 Chris Vallillo
08/04 Alana Cline
08/05 Donna Nestler
08/06 Edie Carey
08/06 Jim Page
08/07 Dawson McManus
08/08 Jake Blount
08/08 Ben Whiteley
08/09 Cathy Fink
08/09 Stephen Jenkinson
08/10 Jamar Jones
08/11 Kurtis Cockerill
08/11 Eve Goldberg
08/11 Elyas Isaacs
08/12 Janet Stecher
08/13 Tom Breiding
08/13 Keane Eng
08/13 Matt Warry-Smith08/14 Mariel Buckley
08/14 Gary Hermus
08/14 John McCutcheon
08/14 Kalya Ramu
08/15 Carlos Cardozo Fihlo
08/15 Debra Cowan
08/16 Rik Palieri
08/17 Laura Cortese
08/18 Liv Cazzoa
08/18 Sandy Opatow
08/18 Joel Guenther
08/19 Braden Phelan
08/21 Andy Cohen
08/23 Grit Laskin
08/23 Ezra Idlet
08/25 Teilhard Frost
08/26 Peter Blood
08/27 Michael Beauchamp
08/28 Joelson Costa
08/28 Timothy O’Reilly
08/30 Tesser Call08/30 Miriam Davidson
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