Dear Union Family,
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
Greetings and Happy New Year to each of you. I hope your new year is full of music, laughter and no car breakdowns!
Lots happening with your Local! Please take the time to read through this January newsletter and find the important work your Local is doing. Check out the committee reports and see if there is a place for you to join the work!
Just a quick word about Folk Alliance in Kansas City this year. Your Local will be there representing working musicians across North America. Stop by the booth and come by the Showcase Free Zone, room 646. We will have singing Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Local 1000 has secured 5 conference discount passes. By using this discount you will get the pre-conference price of $350. Contact Aaron Fowler if you are interested in using one of these discounts.
Our first membership meeting will be Thursday afternoon, February 2nd at 5:00 PM EST. We will host the meeting for those at the conference in our showcase room, 646. For those not at FAI you can join us via Zoom. Login information is available below.
I want to say again how important it is for members to stay current on your Work Dues. Work Dues is the backbone of the Local. It allows us to do the work that ensure working musicians are treated fairly and are able to make a living wage. Our committees are fighting for the best interest of all working musicians and that means we need your continued support. Please make sure you are filing contract (LS1 or LPPC) for contract protection as well as pension contributions. Your 2.5% working dues is part of a strong Union. If you are working but not filing LS1 or LPPC contracts, you can still make Estimated Work Dues contributions each month on work that is not covered by a Union contract. If each members who is not filing contracts made a monthly payment of just $10 we would raise an additional $25,000 for our most needed projects.
If you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
Together we are Mighty!
February Membership Meeting
If you are attending Folk Alliance in Kansas City, please join us on Thursday, February 2nd at 5:00 EST, 4:00 CST, 3:00 MST, 2:00 PST for our first membership meeting in 2023. If you are not able to join in-person, please join using the zoom link below.
Topic: Local 1000 Membership Meeting
Time: Feb 2, 2023 04:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 897 7644 6793
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Important Upcoming Dates
Jan 19: Local 1000 Executive Board Meeting
Jan 25: Local 1000 Coffee Hour
Feb 1 – 5: Folk Alliance International Conference
Feb 2: Local 1000 Membership Meeting
Feb 22: Local 1000 Women’s Coffee & Caucus For more information, view the Local 1000 calendar.
Local 1000 Coffee Hours
Happy New Year! Our wonderful union coffee hours will be re-convening on Wed Jan 25th @ 3pm ET (12 Pacific/1pMTN/2pmCentral)
The flexible agenda for the 25th will include how to schedule the rest of 2023 and who might want to take over hosting some (or all) of them.
Topic: Local 1000 Coffee Hour January 25, 2023
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Meeting ID: 610 649 0727
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Local 1000 Women’s Coffee & Caucus
Annie Patterson, Aileen Vance, Bev Grant, Deborah Van Kleef and Susan Lewis invite all Local 1000 women to attend the inaugural meeting of an exploratory “Women’s Coffee & Caucus,” on Wednesday, February 22nd. Join us for support, sharing experiences, truth, action, planning future events, and amplifying women’s voices in our union.
Topic: AFM Local 1000 Women’s Coffee & Caucus 2023
Time: Wednesday, February 22, 2023 @ 12pm Pacific/1pmMTN/2pm Central/3pm Eastern
This is a recurring meeting; stay tuned for future dates.
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Meeting ID: 822 7619 6970
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Fair Trade Music
Did Santa leave a Fair Trade Music t-shirt under the tree for you? HE DIDN’T? Then you know what you have to do, and it’s not contacting Santa’s Customer Service Department. Get a shirt for yourself and maybe for a friend or three. Local 1000 family member Eric Erickson did that and here is the proof. You can go to our amazing Fair Trade Music Store to get yours today! All proceeds from shirt sales go towards funding the Fair Trade Music Committee’s organizing campaign.
Comm Comm Update
The Communications Committee (we call ourselves “The CommComm”) has been busy assembling our annual publication, The New Deal. Look for that to arrive in your inboxes sometime in March 2023. We will be featuring our new Secretary-Treasurer, Donna Nestler, a new Tech Tips article, several member profiles and updates from the DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) and Fair Trade Music Committees.
We are also reviewing the website to determine what needs to be updated and/or changed. If you have any feedback on the website, please contact Susan Lewis, your Western Representative on the Executive Board. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Please update your profile! If you are not sure how, there is a lovely how-to video that walks you through the process. You must be logged in to complete your profile. If you don’t know your log-in credentials, contact the office: email@example.com
AFM Hurricane Fund Relief Application
Were you affected by Hurricane Fiona or Hurricane Ian? There may be some limited emergency relief funding available to you through the AFM Emergency Relief Fund. More information is available here, or contact Richard in the Local 1000 office.
Emergency Relief Fund
The Local 1000 Emergency Relief Fund has $500 no-interest loans available to members in need. To apply, go to: https://www.local1000.org/resources/emergency-relief-fund/
Social Media Handles
Are you connected to Local 1000’s Social Media accounts? If not, make sure you like or follow us!
Facebook Public Page: https://www.facebook.com/local1000afm
We also have a private member page, which is to facilitate communication between members of Local 1000 and to promote discussion of Local 1000 issues amongst our members. Please ask to join this page to connect with your fellow members (note: this page is for current Local 1000 members only — friends of the Local are encouraged to like our public page instead.)
Work Dues Equivalency/Solidarity Pledge
Are you signed up for monthly Estimated Work Dues or Solidarity Pledge payments?
Learn more here.
Music Performance Trust Fund Grants Available
You can get up to 50% funding for a live or streaming concert through the Music Performance Trust Fund of the AFM. You will need a co-sponsoring organization, and applications must be submitted 30 days in advance of the performance. Please contact Richard in the office for more information (with email/phone number).
MusicianFest Grants Available
MusicianFest is a specific project of the Music Performance Trust Fund that supports performances in seniors residences. Local 1000 has been allocated 5 grants for members through the MusicFest program. Please contact Richard in the office for more info.
Tell us your news! Have you released an album, won an award, been involved in an interesting initiative that you’d like to let people know about?
If you have exciting news to share with Local 1000 members, we want to know. Submit Your News Here!
Submissions should relate to significant career events, Please do not submit individual gig or tour announcements. Thank you!
We’ll include your news in an upcoming Local 1000 e-newsletter, and we’ll post it on our public Local 1000 page at https://www.facebook.com/local1000afm
Finally, we would like to wish the following members Happy Birthday! If your birthday falls in January and you don’t see it listed below, or if the date is incorrect, please send an email to Deborah Van Kleef with your birthdate, current phone number and email address. Thanks to Deborah and fellow Birthday Bunnies, Lydia Adams Davis, Arthur McGregor and Tim Van Egmond.
Gerard Del Rosso
AFM Local 1000