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Local 1000 AFM

Local 1000 November 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


We’re MOVING! New Address Effective December 1, 2019

Local 1000 is moving out of our current office inside AFM Local 802 on 48th Street in New York City, and into brand new space inside AFM headquarters around the corner on Broadway. We’d like to thank Local 802 for being our home for over two decades. We have benefited immeasurably from the collegiality and support of the staff there who have always been generous in offering their time and expertise to us. We could not have asked for a better home. But all things must change, and effective December 1, our new address will be: 


AFM Local 1000

1501 Broadway, 9th floor 

New York, NY 10036 USA


Our phone and email remain the same:

(212) 843-8726



PLEASE NOTE: The office will be closed from Tuesday, November 26th for moving and Thanksgiving holiday and will re-open on Tuesday, December 3rd. If you have an emergency please contact your regional rep.


Report from Membership Meetings

We recently held two membership meetings, one at the Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM), and one at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA). Thanks to all who were able to attend and participate — it was great to meet and speak with so many members. Members voted on and passed a number of significant items. Full minutes can be found in the members section of the website as well as our updated bylaws. Please read on for some highlights.  


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.)


Participate in Membership Meetings Electronically

At the NERFA meeting, members approved by-law changes that allow full participation in Membership meetings by electronic means. Going forward, members will be able to log in and participate in membership meetings as full members. Up until now members could log in, observe, and contribute to discussion but could not vote or be counted towards quorum for a Membership meeting. Our Membership meeting at Folk Alliance in January will be our first opportunity to put this into action — stay tuned for information about how to log-in and some guidelines for participation online.  


Honorarium for our Secretary-Treasurer

At our FARM meeting, members approved a $1000 honorarium for the Secretary-Treasurer position in recognition of the amount of work this position entails.  


Budget Approved

Members at our NERFA meeting approved a budget for 2020.



We are pleased to announce the election by acclamation of Aileen Vance as our new Western Rep on the board. Welcome Aileen!! Vi Wickam was acclaimed as Secretary-Treasurer, a position he has agreed to continue temporarily until a new Secretary-Treasurer is found.  


Folk Alliance International Conference 2020

Join your union sisters and brothers for a fabulous gathering at this years Folk Alliance International conference in New Orleans, January 22-26, 2020. We will have a membership meeting in New Orleans, detail to follow in our December newsletter. We will also be hosting our most sought after Showcase Free Zone each evening do plan to join us each evening for some great singing.

If you need a discount code please call the office. Also, check out the FAI conference website at www.folk.org for conference details.

Rising To Your Excellence with Freebo

Join us on November 26th for our final Cyber Union call of 2019.

Freebo will join us and share his thoughts on “Rising To Your Excellence” Freebo shared with us several years ago and it was one of the most well attended sessions. Freebo will share with us what it means to be the best you were made to be. This will include all of who we are; body, mind, soul. Freebo has been in the music making business for a long time and has traversed many of the turbulent waters of the music business. Join us for this most exciting call.

Time: Nov 26, 2019 08:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/334799123

Meeting ID: 334 799 123

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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.


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!


Performing Artist Tax Parity Act

Congress has introduced bipartisan legislation to assure musicians and other working performers do not experience unjustified tax increases as a result of the passage of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act.

Many musicians are employees who incur significant expenses including concert clothing, travel costs, rehearsal space, studio time, instrument repairs and instrument purchases. Under prior law, the IRS allowed a deduction for necessary expenses incurred in connection with our employment. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act eliminated our option to claim miscellaneous itemized deductions, which allowed performers to deduct work expenses. Many musicians now pay substantially more in taxes as a result.

The Performing Artist Tax Parity Act (PATPA) would update the Qualified Performing Artist (QPA) tax deduction to help musicians and other performers deduct the costs of work-related expenses.


U.S. Pension Fund

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.

U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act, also known as the “Butch Lewis Act.” It has now been reintroduced in the Senate, and Congressional leaders are continuing negotiations to find common ground on a bipartisan solution. These negotiations may produce changes to the bill before it can pass both chambers of Congress and be signed into law by the President.

Contact your Members of Congress here: https://afm-epf.org/Participants/ContactCongress.aspx


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!

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer have released their 48th recording. “WAHOO!” is a ukulele-centric tour de force. The songs and tunes traverse multiple styles: western swing, calypso, jazz standard, Appalachian, Celtic and Tango. The duo’s vocals are dreamy, their arrangements are masterful and their playing shows a deep love of the ukulele and it’s vast possibilities. Available at www.cathymarcy.com


November Birthdays


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

11-02 Patricia Wynne

11-04 Alan Munde

11-07 Jim Watson

11-07 Shay Wetzer

11-08 Colin Savoie-Levac

11-08 Brook Schoenfield

11-08 David Whyte

11-10 Dana Robinson

11-11 Chris Smither

11-11 Bruce Barthol

11-12 Laura Bates

11-13 Jonathan Byrd

11-13 Scott Fore

11-13 Steve Sinnicks

11-14 Jay Ungar

11-15 Buck Brandt

11-16 Aisha Kahlil

11-17 David Amram

11-17 Michael Fitzpatrick

11-17 David Francey

11-17 Chuck Mitchell

11-18 Joel Fafard

11-20 Rick Goldin

11-20 Jordan O’Connor

11/21 Larry Long

11-21 Saul Broudy

11-22 Emily Burgess

11-23 Corin Raymond

11-25 Liam Fennecken

11-26 Natalie Bohrn

11-28 Ken Dunn

11-28 Tom Neilson

11-29 Kate Early

11-29 Andre Roy

11-29 Galen Weston

11-30 Alistair Whitehead

In Solidarity,

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