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Local 1000 AFM

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, aaron@aaronfowler.org. 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 repmidwest@local1000.org.

Welcome Erin!


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, aaron@aaronfowler.org, 316.207.4715.

Time: Aug 20, 2019 08:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/176355991

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Meeting ID: 176 355 991

Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/adzpdxaPsJ


Local 1000 President, Eve Goldberg

AFM Convention Report
I was pleased to be able to represent Local 1000 at the AFM convention in Las Vegas in June, along with fellow member John O’Connor. I was a guest at the Canadian Conference meeting held in the days leading up to the full convention, which was an excellent opportunity to connect with other Canadian locals and further our relationships with them. Member O’Connor attended part of the New York Conference on our behalf.
The AFM convention is held every three years and gives the opportunity for the AFM to set new policies and discuss issues of importance to the union. Although much of the business of the conference and the resolutions discussed will not have much impact on our members, there were a few significant developments. The body passed a resolution proposed by the Toronto Musicians Association (Local 149) to devote more funding to immigration issues affecting our Canadian members. There was also productive conversation about pension fund issues, and inspiring presentations about organizing efforts within the AFM. Local 1000 was able to make a donation from the convention floor in support of striking members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, adding to donations from many other locals over the course of the convention.
All in all, it was an inspiring few days to meet with other AFM members from across North America and re-dedicate ourselves to improving the conditions for working musicians everywhere.
Eve Godberg
President, AFM Local 1000 
Local 1000 will once again have a presence at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance, Nov 7 – 10. Details are still coming together, but we are hoping to host a Showcase-Free Zone, and we will be holding a membership meeting.
More details available on the NERFA website at www.nerfa.org
We hope to see you there!

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: richard@local1000.org


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 together@local1000.org 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.


Canadian Corner


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: clee@afm.org, 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:

English: http://www.cfmusicians.org/services/work-permits French: http://www.cfmusicians.org/services/permis-de-travail

Please contact Canadian VP Kev Corbett or the CFM for more information.


Member News


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.


August Birthdays


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-Smith

08/14 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 Call

08/30 Miriam Davidson

In Solidarity,

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