Local 1000 August 2017 Newsletter
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
This is our regular monthly email newsletter that goes out to everyone in the first week of each month. It includes reminders, member news and important announcements from the Executive Board and the office.
News from the Executive Board
Local 1000 at NERFA: Upcoming Membership Meeting and Elections
Elections for President, Vice President from Canada, and Midwest Regional Representative will be held during our upcoming Fall Membership Meeting, for three-year terms beginning in January 2018. The Fall Membership Meeting will take place at NERFA in Stamford, CT. The exact time and location will be announced soon. We will also be hosting our popular Showcase Free Zones.
NERFA is once again providing registration discounts for Local 1000 members. Contact us at [email protected] for the discount code.
If you are interested in running or would like to nominate a candidate, please contact our office and the Nominations Committee Chair, John O’Connor at [email protected]
SWRFA Showcase Free Zone: We need Volunteers!
We are very excited to announce that, for the second year in a row, Local 1000 is working with the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance (SWRFA) to provide a Showcase Free Zone at this year’s SWRFA Conference, as well as to include a panel room to make union representatives available to answer your questions.
To help solidify Local 1000’s presence at SWRFA now and in the future, as well as to make the Showcase Free Zone that much more fun for our members, we are looking for volunteers who would like to host an hour (or several, for that matter), the subject of which would be of your choosing. This is not just a chance to join in the fun; it’s a chance for you to turn the song circle’s focus to your favorite area(s).
If you are interested in hosting an hour – or several – please e-mail our Western Representative, Gary Paul Hermus at [email protected] with your name, e-mail, area of interest, and any time preferences or restrictions which you may have.
We look forward to hearing from you and to having a grand old time together at this years’ SWRFA Convention in Austin!
Cyber Union Hall Update and Communications Committee Survey
Please note that we will not be having a cyber union hall meeting this month. Archives of past Cyber Union Hall meetings are available here!
We want to hear from you. What topics would you like to see covered in future meetings? Would you like to moderate a discussion or do you have suggestions? Please take a moment to participate in our survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FM7WBQ2
MPTF MusicianFest Program Funding Opportunity
We recently announced that Local 1000 has been granted the opportunity to fund 5 performances under the MPTF’s MusicianFest program. Two of the five spots are still available!
The MPTF (Music Performance Trust Fund) presents thousands of live, admission-free musical programs annually in the United States and Canada. It is funded by royalties from record labels and is sponsored by the AFM and the record labels.
Read more about this program in our July 2017 Newsletter and learn more about applying for MPTF grants here: http://www.musicpf.org/mptf_apply.html
Work Dues Equivalency – Set Up An Automatic Monthly Payment!
Are you filing union contracts? If not, please help sustain Local 1000 by automatically paying a small monthly amount every month on your credit card. It’s simple, easy, and effective.
Each time you file a union contract through Local 1000, you pay 2.5% in work dues to the local. Your work dues are the juice that keeps the office running. However, only 20% of our members file union contracts, which means we don’t always have the financial resources we need to work effectively for you.
At our recent Executive Board meeting at Folk Alliance, your board re-committed to “paying our dues,” and those who are not filing union contracts set up an AUTOMATIC MONTHLY PAYMENT for work dues equivalency on our credit cards by phoning Richard in the office. It took less than 5 minutes.
Scale for one gig at a regular venue is $230. 2.5% work dues on that fee is $5.75, or $69 per year. Consider supporting your union by paying $5.75 a month to Local 1000 automatically on your credit card.
You can set up your own monthly payment in minutes by calling Richard in the office at (212) 843-8726 (Tues & Thurs, 10 am – 6 pm). All it takes is your credit card information and a few minutes of your time.
Emergency Relief Fund
Please consider helping your brothers and sisters who may need assistance in the near future by making a small contribution to the ERF when you renew your membership or go to www.Local1000.org and make your donation. $5 or $10 dollars will go a long way if enough members make donations.
As posted in the last few newsletters, we are no longer accepting payment by Canadian cheque. Canadian members can pay by credit card or PayPal. Please contact Eve at [email protected] or the office at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.
P2 Situation Updates
The processing time for P2 applications has come down and the CFM is now advising Canadian members applying for P2 visas to get their application in at least 75 days before the first engagement.
If you are applying, please make sure you download the latest application, which can be found here:
Please contact Canadian VP Eve Goldberg or the CFM for more information.
If you have exciting news to share with Local 1000 members, you can now submit it here: https://www.local1000.org/my-account/submit-member-news/
Bev Grant and Janet Stecher receive Joe Hill Award
We are excited to share that Janet Stecher and Bev Grant received the Joe Hill award from the Labor Heritage Center at the annual Great Labor Exchange on June 24th.
Bev Grant also recently won the ASCAP Foundation Jay Gorney Award, which will be presented on December 14th at [email protected] Center and comes with a $1000 prize.
Local 1000 Membership Update
New and Reinstated Members
We are excited to welcome the following new and recently reinstated members to Local 1000!
|Jake Blount||William Kidman|
|Gina Burgess||Andrew Morrison|
|Brendan Doherty||Stephen Rigby|
|David Eisner||Kirby Yarbrough|
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
08/08 Jake Blount
08/08 Darryl Purpose
08/08 Ben Whiteley
08/09 Cathy Fink
08/11 Eve Goldberg
08/11 Elyas Isaacs
08/12 Janet Stecher
08/13 Tom Breiding
08/14 John McCutcheon
08/14 Gary Hermus
08/14 Kalya Ramu
|08/15 Debra Cowan
08/16 Rik Palieri
08/18 Joel Guenther
08/18 Sandy Opatow
08/18 James Preimel
08/19 Daniel Stadnicki
08/22 Vincent Cross
08/22 Sheena Rattai
08/23 Grit Laskin
08/23 Ezra Idlet
08/23 Brian Folkins Amador
08/25 Rosi Amador
08/25 Teilhard Frost
08/26 Peter Blood
08/27 Michael Beauchamp
08/28 Timothy O’Reilly
08/30 Tesser Call
08/30 Miriam Davidson
08/31 John Law
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