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Local 1000 AFM

Local 1000 March 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


Showcase Free Zone at FAI 2019

FAI Conference 2019

If you wanted to be in the middle of the Acoustic and Folk Music industry, the FAI Conference in Montreal, Canada was the place to be in February. Local 1000 was well represented at this conference with many members being recognized at plenary sessions, playing showcase stages and performing in guerrilla showcases. Colin Dean and Ex. Board members hosted a table in the Exhibit hall. We had lots of great conversations with a variety of people from venues to musicians to industry folks all sharing the power and strength of the American Federated Musicians.

As in years past, the board hosted another great Showcase Free Zone room. We had a fantastic set of Local 1000 members leading our evening song circles, Greg Greenway, Reggie Harris, Michael Jerome Browne, Eve Goldberg, Jane Lewis (Local 226) Joe Jencks, Catherine MacLellan, SONiA, and Vi Wickam. Thank you for sharing our very tight room!

If you missed our Membership meeting (in person or via Zoom video link) the minutes are available here. Thanks to all who attended!


SERFA 2019

Local 1000 will have a presence at SERFA 2019. The conference is being held May 15-19, 2019 at the Chattanoogan Hotel in Chattanooga, Tennessee. We will be hosting our popular Showcase-Free Zone, a discussion panel (Title TBA) during the conference and a table in the exhibit hall.

If you are attending the SERFA Conference, please contact Debra Cowan at dcowan@DebraCowan.com. She’ll be looking for members to help.


Cyber Union Calls

The Communications Committee has worked hard to put together a variety of Cyber Union calls for the first part of 2019. These sessions take place on the third Tuesday of each month. They are presented on the Zoom video platform, super easy to participate in these. Our upcoming sessions for the next several months are as follows:

March 19th – New Member Orientation
These calls are designed for members who have joined in the past year. It is a time to find out the union and ask questions of our board.
April 16th – Member Q & A with Joe Jencks
Joe has been a Local 1000 member since 2000. He is a dual US-Irish citizen, deeply rooted in social justice work, and draws on many cultural and artistic reference points in his concerts. Co-founder and primary harmony arranger for Brother Sun, Joe has also penned several #1 songs in the Folk genre, including the ever–relevant “Lady of The Harbor.”
May 21st- 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 talk 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.
June 18th- New Member Orientation
July 16th- Member Q & A with Local 1000 member
August 20th- Canadian Recording Contracts
Rosalyn Dennett is our Eastern Rep. She works in the Canadian Federation of Musicians office and is a wealth of information for our Canadian members. This session will focus on the details of the various Canadian Recording contrast available to our members. As a Local 1000 member it is important that we understand all the vehicles we can use to build our careers.

All calls begin at 8:30 pm EST, 7:30 pm CST, 6:30 pm MST 5:30 pm PST. A log in link is provided in our monthly newsletters, on our Facebook page and sent in a separate email a few days before the call.

Video and audio archives of past Cyber Union meetings are available here.


Canadian Corner


P2 Updates

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:

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!    

Jeremy Kittel Nominated for Grammy

Fiddler and composer Jeremy Kittel, longtime member of Local 1000, has been nominated for a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition for his piece “Chrysalis”. The composition can be heard on his latest CD, released in 2018 on Compass Records, named “Whorls.”

New Album from Tret Fure

From Tret: “My latest and 16th album, “Roses in November” has been on the Folk Charts for 7 months. I am so proud. In June, I had the #1 song, the #4 album and I was the #2 artist. And I am still on the charts!”


Local 1000 Membership Update


New and Reinstated Members

We are excited to welcome the following new and recently reinstated members to Local 1000!

Lawrence Cassini

David Cofell

Jaron Freeman

Kobi Hass

Geoff Kaufman

Carol Maillard

Eric Stein

Matthew Taylor

Edith Wallace

Rachael Wood


March Birthdays

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

03/01 Jonathan Carroll

03/01 Eric Erickson

03/01 George Wurzbach

03/01 Ian Clark

03/01 Abigail Lapell

03/01 Dick Jay Moons

03/03 Victor Lewis

03/04 Carol Maillard

03/04 Howard Wooden

03/05 Chris Luedecke

03/05 Freebo

03/05 Christine Havrilla

03/06 Diane Ferlatte

03/06 Marie Savoie-Levac

03/07 Aileen Vance

03/09 John Wright

03/09 Martha Cohen

03/10 Matthew Rubano

03/10 Bennett Zurofsky

03/13 Andrea England

03/13 Tom Chapin

03/13 Tim Posgate

03/14 David Roth

03/14 Michael Mark

03/15 Molly Mason

03/15 Bernard Gilbert

03/16 James Robertson

03/16 Robin Williams

03/17 Raven Kanatakta Polson-Lahache

03/18 Tret Fure

03/18 Leonardo Biciunas

03/18 Sharon Abreu

03/18 Kerri Ough

03/18 Tim Van Egmond

03/19 Nicolas Babineau

03/19 David Durning

03/19 Daniel Jordan

03/20 Ed Caner

03/22 Lui Collins

03/22 Bev Grant

03/23 Heather Roy

03/24 Alex Leggett

03/24 Aliza Thibodeau

03/25 David Braid

03/25 Lynn Smith

03/28 Tyler Hughes

03/30 Morgan Doctor

03/30 Pat Humphries

03/31 Bucky Halker

In Solidarity,

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