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Local 1000 AFM

Local 1000 December 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.

Whatever you celebrate at this time of year— or if you don’t celebrate anything— we wish you all the best from Local 1000!

 

News from the Executive Board


Membership Meeting in New Orleans

Our next membership meeting will be January 23, 2020, in New Orleans at the Folk Alliance International conference. If you are coming we hope to see you at our membership meeting on Thursday morning at 9:00 am in the Evergreen Room.  

If you are not able to be at the conference you can join us via our video link provided by Zoom. The call will be January 23rd 2020 at 9:00 CST.

The link to the call is below:

Time: Jan 23, 2020 09:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/968593047

Meeting ID: 968 593 047

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Local 1000 at Folk Alliance International Conference

We hope you are coming to the 2020 Folk Alliance International gathering in New Orleans in January. If you have not registered there is a discount code available through our office.  Also, check out the FAI conference website at www.folk.org for conference details.

Local 1000 staff and the Executive Board will be at the conference providing lots of opportunities to sing, share and recruit. Stop by our booth and say hi as well. Hope you can join us at one of these events:

Tuesday & Wednesday

Executive Board meeting.

Wednesday Night

Members social gathering in room 1026 from 10:30-12:00. 

Thursday Morning

Membership meeting 9:00-10:30 AM in the Evergreen Room. 

 

Showcase Free Zone Schedule – Room 1026

Thursday Night

11:30-12:30 John O’Connor

12:30-1:30 Open

Friday Night

11:30-12:30 Erin Mae Lewis

12:30-1:30 Open

Saturday Night

11:30-12:30 Erica Kulnys

12:30-1:30 Vi Wickam

 

Urgent: Proposed Changes to P2 Performing Visa Fees for Canadian Musicians

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The Department of Homeland Security is currently proposing to increase the fees for P2 visas for foreign performing artists by up to 53%, from $460 to $705. This would be a huge increase for our Canadian members who already endure an uncertain and expensive process to obtain performing visas. We all benefit — and our music scene as a whole benefits – from exchanging and learning from each other, and this would make it much more difficult for our Canadian brothers and sisters — or any foreign artist — to tour and perform in the U.S.

Local 1000 is unique in being the only local of the AFM to have significant membership on both sides of the US-Canadian border. Canadians have no say in shaping US government policy, so although this is an urgent issue for musicians across Canada, Canadian locals of the AFM are not able to have any say about these proposed changes. Local 1000, on the other hand, can have a say through our US members.

Please take a few minutes and make your voice heard for your Canadian brothers and sisters. We urge all our US members to visit the website for commenting on the proposed changes and register your opposition. Commenting is open until December 30th.

Click here to comment.

For more information about the proposed changes, please click here.

The AFM and other US arts organizations have written to the Department of Homeland Security to protest these changes. For more information, contact Liana White lwhite@afm.org.

In Solidarity,

Eve Goldberg
Your Prez

Here is a sample comment (thanks to Local 1000 member Cathy Fink for letting us use her comment as the basis for this):

“I am strongly opposed to increased fees for visiting artists. As a full time professional musician, I do not feel threatened by artists from other countries and I believe that the opportunity to share their art with us is critical to using the arts as a viable method of cultural and personal exchange. The person to person impact of cultural exchange is both a beautiful and critical way to find what brings us together, what we have in common, and to discuss what we differ on. I urge the Department of Homeland Security to make it easier, not harder, and less costly instead of more expensive, for artists from abroad to tour and perform in the US.”

 

WE MOVED! New Address Effective December 1, 2019


Local 1000 has moved out of our old office on 48th Street in New York City, and into brand new space inside AFM headquarters around the corner on Broadway. Effective December 1, our new address is: 

AFM Local 1000

1501 Broadway, 9th floor 

New York, NY 10036 USA

 

Our phone and email remain the same:

(212) 843-8726

together@local1000.org

 

Alert: Membership Dues Increase Jan 1!

At our Nov 8 membership meeting, members approved by-law changes that will increase our membership dues over the next three years, and also will increase the surcharge on quarterly dues.

The increases will be different for US and Canadian residents, in order to recognize the effect of the exchange rate for our Canadian members.

Effective January 1 2020, the new dues will be:

US members:
$188 annually
$47 per quarter plus $5 surcharge = $52 per quarter
 
Canadian members:
US$180 annually
$45 per quarter plus $5 surcharge = $50 per quarter

Billings for the quarter beginning Jan 1, 2020 will be sent out shortly with the new dues rates.

Special Savings!!  Members who pay their annual dues before December 31, 2020 can renew at the 2019 membership dues rate.

(If you are currently paying quarterly, you can switch to Annual payment to save.)

 

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

 

Canadian Corner

 

All Cheques for Canadian Pension Contributions Must be Made Out to Musicians’ Pension Fund of Canada

The Musicians’ Pension Fund has advised that, starting November 1st, 2019, they are changing the Custodian for their investment accounts. This change is being implemented to reduce custody fees and improve accuracy of reporting.

Due to these changes, ALL CHEQUES MUST BE MADE OUT TO THEIR CURRENT NAME, MUSICIANS’ PENSION FUND OF CANADA, or some version of said name.

Starting on November 1st, the new custodian will not accept cheques made out to AFM, AFM-EPW Fund or any variation of their old name, as they will have no record of that being the name of the Fund.

Click here for more information.  

 

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.

 

Take Action!

 

Butch Lewis Act – Protect Your Pension!

U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley and Lamar Alexander have put forth a proposal that would amend the Butch Lewis Act and make the situation much worse. The Grassley-Alexander proposal would cut retirees’ benefits and threatens the future of the entire multi-employer pension system. 

Call your senators at 844-551-6921 and urge them to reject the Grassley-Alexander proposal, which would harm the Butch Lewis Act.

Musicians and other working people did not cause this crisis and we should not be penalized because of it. The Grassley-Alexander proposal not only includes big cuts to retirees’ benefits, it also would impose hefty costs that would destabilize multi-employer pension plans like the AFM-EPF.

Tell them to support legislation that will provide retirees with their hard-earned benefits and stabilize the multi-employer pension system overall. Anything less is unacceptable.

 

Face The Music Collective

Face the Music Collective is a small group of music industry folks and performers working for positive change and are authoring a nonpartisan how-to guide that helps creative activists use performances to inspire individual action, one event at a time. For performers who want to focus on elections in 2020, our group will provide matchmaking with artists, partner organizations and winnable, strategic campaigns. If you are attending Folk Alliance International Conference in New Orleans, please check out their showcase open jam in room 1203

http://FaceTheMusicCollective.org

 

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!

 

December Birthdays

Finally, we would like to wish the following members Happy Birthday! If your birthday falls in December 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.

12/02 Carol Oppenheimer

12/03 Craig Harley

12/03 Nicholas Williams

12/04 Frank Evans

12/05 Lenore Elaine

12/06 Patricia E.D. Belcon

12/06 Nitanju Bolade Casel

12/07 Marcus Browne

12/07 Chris Jones

12/10 Reggie Harris

12/10 Dirje Childs

12/10 Alfredo Ortiz

12/11 Matt Turk

12/11 Dong Uk Kim

12/12 Chris Kerba

12/12 Rae Sovereign

12/13 Greg Greenway

12/15 Teresa Gonda

12/19 Claude Methe

12/19 Jason Roe

12/20 Billy Bragg

12/22 Sharon Marshall

12/22 Tania Elizabeth

12/24 Alexandra Bradbury

12/24 Louis Simao

12/25 Tom Rawson

12/26 Tom Kastle

12/26 Tommy Slothower

12/26 Peter Katz

12/26 Steve Deasy

12/26 Jesse Palidofsky

12/27 David Cofell

12/29 Ken Giles

12/29 Daniel Senie

12/30 Sue Barnett

12/31 Billy Kemp

12/31 Laurel Premo

12/31 Faith Senie

In Solidarity,

AFM Local 1000

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