Local 1000 May 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
The Southeast Regional Folk Alliance (SERFA) is coming up May 15-19, 2019 at the Chattanoogan Hotel in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Local 1000 will be hosting a few activities throughout the conference. Here’s a rundown of what we’ll be doing:
Fair Trade Music Panel
Thurs, 3:30 – 4:45
Social Hour and Hang Out
Thurs, 4:45 – ??
Showcase Free Zone
Thu, Fri, Sat from 11 pm – 12:45 am
We will also have a table in the exhibit hall. Please stop by and say Hi if you are there! For more information on SERFA activities, please contact Debra Cowan at [email protected]
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.
May Cyber Union Hall: Labor History in the US with John O’Conner
John is a founding member of Local 1000 and a scholar of Labor History. John will lead a conversation about the history of unions in the United States and how from the 19th century to the present a schism between industrial and craft unionism has both hindered and driven the American labor movement.
Industrial union movements organized under the auspices of the IWW and later the CIO inspired countless songs, plays, books and visual art that has impacted our culture in significant ways, making America a beacon for labor culture.
Join us for this intriguing conversation.
Time: May 21, 2019 7:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Suspension Reinstatement Fees
Hello Brothers and Sisters,
I know that dues payments aren’t fun to discuss, but they are the lifeblood of our union. Even the most fit athlete will die without a consistent flow of blood through their veins. Late payment of membership dues has caused some challenges in the operation of our chapter.
Each time a member is suspended, it requires additional paperwork to be done by our office staff, both for the suspension and then again for the reinstatement or expulsion.
I am sensitive to the challenges we all have as working musicians, and cash flow is sometimes a challenge for us individually as well. If you are struggling, let us know. We care about you and want to help you succeed wherever we can.
Our bylaws have included a provision for charging a late fee to reinstate suspended members, but we haven’t been enforcing this. Effective next quarter, we will be enforcing the 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.
Here is the relevant section of our Bylaws that outlines this policy:
V. FEES, DUTIES, AND ASSESSMENTS
Section 5(a). Any member who fails to pay membership dues during a quarter shall stand automatically suspended from membership beginning with first day of the following quarter and shall be required to pay a fee of $10 (U.S. funds) together with current dues and all arrearages owed at the time of suspension in order to reinstate his or her membership.
Section 5(b). Any member who permits his or her membership dues to remain unpaid through two quarters shall stand expelled from membership and shall be required to pay a reinstatement fee equal to 25% of all initiation fees, with current dues and all dues owed at the time of expulsion in order to reinstate his or her membership.
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]
Local 1000 has NOT moved!
AFM members were recently notified that the main headquarters for the AFM has moved to 1501 Broadway, Ninth floor, New York, New York 10036.
Please note, the Local 1000 office has NOT moved! We are still located at 322 West 48th Street, Third Floor, New York, NY 10036.
P2 Visa Alert!
We have recently learned of important changes to the P2 process that will affect our members.
If you are adding dates to an existing P2 visa, or changing existing dates, you must contact Jill Leger or Kaitlyn Vleming at the CFM office and check whether your changes will be allowed under your existing P2 application or whether you will need to file an additional application.
Read our recent announcement about these changes here: https://www.local1000.org/newsletter/canadian-members-p2-visa-alert/
P2 Processing Times
The CFM is now 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!
New Release from Mara Levine topping the charts!From Mara: “I’m excited to share that my new release Facets of Folk, reached #1 album, #1 artist, and #1 song for January 2019, #5 album for February 2019 , and # 8 album for March 2019. It also hit #5 on the NACC chart the week of Feb 12, 2019. Facets of Folk has a number of songs of social conscience, including “Upstream” written by fellow union member Si Kahn.”
Local 1000 Membership Update
New and Reinstated Members
We are excited to welcome the following new and recently reinstated members to Local 1000!
Finally, we would like to wish the following members Happy Birthday! If your birthday falls in May 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.
05/01 Taylor Ashton
05/02 Carl Fichtenbaum
05/02 Nadine Landry
05/03 Michael Leon Guerrero
05/03 Dana Lyons
05/04 David Newland
05/05 Aaron Fowler
05/05 John Roberts
05/06 Dave Fry
05/07 Donna Mullhollan
05/08 Chet Gardiner
05/10 Eric Stein
05/10 Andrew Woods
05/11 Ansam Al-Sarraj
05/11 Sean Pinchin
05/11 Joel Rafael
05/12 Jon Cobert
05/12 Guy Davis
05/13 Jimmy Keane
05/14 Ieva McKenty
05/14 Lucie Blue Tremblay
05/15 Neil Elsmore
05/15 Fred Gosbee
05/15 Gregory Hoskins
05/15 Amber Rogers
05/15 Jaden Spanier
05/15 Matthew Taylor
05/16 Michael McGeary
05/16 Rob Szabo
05/19 Will Staunton
05/19 Vi Wickam
05/20 Didi Negron
05/20 Chuck Brodsky
05/21 Jeremy Carter-Gordon
05/21 Kim Harris
05/22 Boyd Mackenzie
05/24 Chloe Charles
05/24 Chloe Watkinson
05/25 George Mann
05/25 Dave McCann
05/25 Carrie Newcomer
05/26 Shawna Caspi
05/27 Michael Celia
05/27 Charlie King
05/27 Samantha Martin
05/28 Simeon Abbott
05/28 Daniel Peloquin-Hopfner
05/29 Brandi Disterheft
05/30 JT Brown
05/30 Jeni Hankins
05/31 Peter Yarrow
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