Local 1000 June 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 attending Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM), Oct 24 – 27 in Grand Rapids, MI. Past President Tret Fure will be the keynote speaker, and we will be hosting a Showcase-Free-Zone and hosting a panel. We will also be holding a membership meeting, so we hope to see as many members there as possible! More details will be forthcoming.
Here are the conference details:
Folk Alliance Region Midwest
October 24 – 27
Crowne Plaza Grand Rapids Airport
Grand Rapids, MI
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. 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.
June Cyber Union Hall – New Member Orientation with Rosalyn Dennett
Each Quarter the Local 1000 Board hosts a Cyber Union Hall meeting for all new Union Members. This call is an informative chance to learn about the value of your membership in AFM Local 1000. In addition to learning about the Local there will be time set aside to ask any questions you have about membership and to share your vision for the local.
Our next call will take place at 8:30pm EST on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 and will be hosted by our Eastern Region Rep Rosalyn Dennett.
Time: Jun 18, 2019 8:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Local 1000 was present at SERFA, May 15-19, 2019, in their new venue in Chattanooga, TN. It was a great time and Debra Cowan enjoyed seeing members, Carolann Solebello, Karyn Oliver, Deirdre McCalla, Spook Handy and Andy Cohen. Debra presented a panel on Local 1000 and Fair Trade Music. We want to thank Art Menius and the SERFA Board of Directors for their generous support of our presence at SERFA.
The AFM holds its tri-annual convention June 17 – 20 in Las Vegas, NV. President Eve Goldberg and member John O’Connor will represent Local 1000 at the convention. This is an opportunity for us to help set AFM policy and participate in elections for the International Executive Board of the AFM. We will also be able to meet officers and members of the AFM from across North America.
The Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) and MusicianFest!
The Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) has begun their new fiscal year. Members of Local 1000 can apply for the MPTF program which will pay the venue as much as 50% of the cost of your performance scale fee. In an effort to give an opportunity to as many of our members as we can, we would like to limit the amount of applications from each member to 3 per year.
We would also like to announce that the MPTF has new program called MusicianFest. Local 1000 has been allotted 5 performances this year to take place at senior center facilities such as nursing homes, veterans, hospitals, assisted living. Primarily for solo musicians, this program is entirely funded by the MPTF. The member needs to find the appropriate venue and contact Local 1000 with the details. The MPTF is only accepting applications for the MusicianFest program until Monday, December 16, 2019.
For details please email Richard: [email protected]
Suspension Reinstatement Fees
Effective next 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.
P2 Visa Processing Update
We have some good news about the P2 process — since we last updated members, the CFM has consulted with United States immigration attorneys, who have confirmed that adding/amending dates after the approval of a P2 application is not prohibited under USCIS regulations.
There were a very small number of bands whose additional dates were scrutinized, so CFM was erring on the side of caution to set the limit back to a maximum of 3 additional dates, but only after consultation with the processing staff. While it is asked that Members still consult with the CFM office before they are planning to add dates to an already-submitted P2, the CFM office is much more confident now after legal consultation that added dates will not be problematic for members touring in the U.S under a P2.
USCIS does tend to change its administrative practices and polices without notice at times, and the CFM must sometimes only adjust and react to those USCIS changes by way of changing its own processing policies. As always, any dates added to an existing P2 must be within the time period of the initial application.
If you have any questions, please contact Jill Leger or Kaitlyn Vleming in the P2 department at the CFM office: 416-391-5161 (toll free: 1 800 463-6333).
New Musical Instrument Regulations for Flying in Canada
The Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) just announced that effective July 15, 2019, Air Passenger Protection Regulations within the Canadian Transportation Act will include language that ensures that all air carriers must accept musical instruments unless security or safety is an issue. CFM will issue a Canadian Flying Guide over the coming weeks to further assist musicians flying with instruments. Each airline will also have clear guidelines published. You can read the full press release here.
New Benefits for Canadian Members
The CFM has also just announced a new and expanded package of discounts and deals for members available through Union Savings (https://unionsavings.ca) that includes rental cars, hotel stays, travel insurance, luggage, and lots more. Please 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!
Finally, we would like to wish the following members Happy Birthday! If your birthday falls in June 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.
06/01 Erin Lewis
06/03 Wade Sharp
06/06 Anne Genest
06/06 James Stephens
06/06 Spook Handy
06/06 Holly Near
06/06 Suzanne Slair
06/07 Heather Dale
06/07 Justin Ruppel
06/09 Randy Browning
06/10 Hugh McMillan
06/10 Vivian Nesbitt
06/10 Israel Rosenblatt
06/12 Kiyoshi Nagata
06/12 John O’Connor
06/15 Mark Anderson
06/15 Robert Fox
06/15 Aaron Lightstone
06/15 Kirby Yarbrough
06/16 Joe Stanton
06/16 Rachael Wood
06/17 Laura Cortese
06/17 Jon Foster06/17 Andrew McLaren
06/18 Martha Leader
06/18 Charlie Pilzer
06/19 Skye Petel
06/19 Ernest Troost
06/20 Scott Berwick
06/21 Scott Gerber
06/21 Melinda Pittman
06/21 Ethan Smith
06/22 Mitchell Grobb
06/22 Lexie Jelilyan
06/23 Elizabeth McKenty
06/23 Hannah Naiman
06/23 Dan Schatz
06/23 Cody Walters
06/24 Colleen Kattau
06/25 Natalia Zukerman
06/26 Richard Coombs
06/26 Laura Risk
06/26 Deidre McCalla
06/27 Leslie Hudson
06/27 Sarah Marchand
06/28 Jamie Bonk
06/28 John Spence06/30 Charles Bernhardt
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