COMMENTARY / FORT WORTH / EVENTS

September 24th, 2016

9/24/16
I. MEMBER COMMENTARY
II. FORT WORTH MUSICIANS

III. EVENTS

 

…Absolutely guaranteed anonymity – Former Musician’s Union officer

…The one voice of reason in a sea of insanity – Nashville ‘first call’
scoring musician

…Allows us to speak our minds without fear of reprisal – L.A. Symphonic musician

…Reporting issues the Musicians Union doesn’t dare to mention – National touring musician
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I. MEMBER COMMENTARY
The recent RMA recruitment letter inspired one member to send in
a commentary. You will find it below.
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WHAT RMA MEMBERSHIP $’S BUYS
A future you can depend on

Recently described by the RMALA as the “NEW AFM” still embodies the
“OLD” RMALA, nothing has transformed for professional recording
musicians in Los Angeles.

What many “New” recording musicians don’t know yet, monies collected
for membership on behalf of the RMALA, is used to defeat it’s own
membership preventing opportunity to earn a career as a recording
musician while spending your money to support and sustain their “inner
circle” life style. Those who continue to advocate for the RMALA are the
ones who have or still are benefiting from the system, a small portion of
the total membership. This was calculated and intentional.

Prior to the formation of the RMALA the recording musicians of Los
Angeles always had AFM representation as did New York musicians in
negotiations. So why was it necessary for LA to form RMALA?

Back during the transition to the RMALA there was a plan, only kept to
those who would eventually benefit the most financially through creation
and support of a contractor’s most entrusted employees? They never
thought they could get away with it. It ultimately succeeded by “RMALA’s
entrusted employees”, removed most of the obstacles reducing the
workforce and robustly removed barriers. They cleaned house and fooled
everyone by voting the RMALA line. Getting them to turn on the AFM. This
was encouraged by a contractor who played into the hands of
management to create a single orchestra supported by the RMALA
founders to control a majority of work, eliminate studio contractors, take
control over all MPTV contracts and reign in residuals to a relative few of
the total RMALA work force. They abandoned the union principles while
building walls to keep out everyone who got in their way while using
union empowerment when it was to their advantage.

Nothing has changed. RMALA continues to use the membership resources
to capitalize on as much residuals to the inner circle. Your money to the
RMALA with the help of persons who were behind this deliberate
transformation of employment will be used again to strengthen their
position to take whatever action they see fit to keep you from your
recording career goals. It is now being passed on to the next generation.

Membership dollars will also strengthen the RMALA resolve to continue to
breach opportunity for all freelance recording musicians by keeping the
AFM out of RMALA’s business in L.A. to maintain dominance for the
RMALA inner circle.

Your dollars also buys contractors that hire you. The RMALA inner circle
got so use to being hired over everyone else by their contractor that
when their contractor retired they lost their grip and instituted other
contractors to follow in a similar manner. You had to hire who was on the
RMALA inner circle list or you didn’t gainfully work as a contractor in LA.
This was an implied condition with their contractors and the list they
were provided.

So what is the “NEW AFM” position?

As long as we give the RMALA what they want the AFM continues to
collect their monies from Los Angeles recording work. It doesn’t matter
whether the inner circle are selected by the RMALA most of the time or
hundredths of individual musicians, the AFM still collect the same amount
of L47 recording money from the same work. You’ll may hear that there
were thousand of jobs for musicians where in reality the inner circle was
used over and over again the ones who were the only recipients of most
work, the ones who blindly supported the RMALA to enrich themselves.
Even if they disagreed with RMALA policy it worked to their favor to be
silent. They did what they were told!

What else does your membership money buy you?
RMALA classification “A”,”B”, or “C” orchestras!

To make selling the RMALA inner circle, they presented themselves as the
“A” list. Since their contractor had direct access to producers when
booking the ‘RMALA assigned  “A” classification orchestra it was
discouraged to use any one but their orchestra or producers were
instructed to record elsewhere that included and encouraged to record
outside of Los Angeles altogether rather then use another contractor or
hire another LA orchestra. What the RMALA “A” list employed was to
permanently eliminate and defeat competition to avoid diluting there over
scale musicians salaries when another orchestra could have provided the
producers movies with the same quality performance.

These techniques using letters purposely differentiated there imposed
inner circle from the rest of what they referred to as the B & C riff raft
inexperienced orchestras. These B, C orchestras were RMALA members,
the very membership who they ask for your money to promote their inner
circle desperate to remain relevant and first. Devised from a previous
music contractor and a close inner circle of employees were to undermine
employment in Los Angeles, this became a very effective way of doing
business. Most musician’s careers were directly affected leading to an end
of an era of freely hired union freelance recording musicians. Today is a
shadow of the past.

The RMALA Players Conference is another debacle your dollars buy. Used
to solidify and represent working recording musicians RMALA is in reality
a non-equal opportunity employer. Unless your talking about the inner
circle repeatedly hired to deliberately keep from anyone gaining enough
musical influence, voting eligibility on contracts endangering their
claimed work, became RMALA’s way a self instituted “economic
protectionism”. How else do you get the reputation of being the best? By
default, there’s no one to compete because the RMALA went out of his or
her way to keep the rest of the RMALA membership out of work or barely
working. Many recording musicians lost their homes while the RMALA
inner circle bankrolled employment and residuals.

So what else does your dollars buy? The RMALA even when they were told
to stay out of the sale of L47 building insisted to comment by RMALA’s
president who implied at a L47 meeting and on sessions, that somehow,
you may not get a work call from (RMALA’s) contractors, if you don’t vote!
As we know now RMALA would have won either way you voted. Some may
call this collaboration for benefits they will reap at a latter date, just
another advantage to your contributed membership dollars.

You can’t deny that the RMALA’s machine does everything it can do to
strengthen there resolve to have good representation at the bargaining
table, forcing the hand of AFM to doing exactly what it wants, to control
the contractors, the MPTV contracts that control employment and
ultimately keeps the vast majority of non-RMALA & RMALA freelance
recording musicians from going anywhere near their inner circle
residuals. Yet the International RMA President, a residual of the LA’s past,
continues to solidify this by maneuvering on there behave by keeping
most of his regulars employed and why he remains in power. Other
unaware musicians are encouraged to continue to support the president
in order to sustain this elected officer.

Your hard earned dollars also contribute to the RMALA’s cart blanche as a
member of the Players Conference. Unfortunately they use the Player’s
Conference status and behave in ways no other music player’s conference
does. The result brings the RMA legitimacy where there isn’t any.  It’s
essential the RMALA have this status to justify the benefits and
recognition it tries to emulate in order to sustain its overwhelming
recording interests and dominance in LA.

RMA Night is another add on to what your membership dollars buy where
they will take anyone’s money for a ticket to the event to advance its self
interests and remain financially relevant. Even lure composers where they
have intentionally alienated from being union members so the inner circle
can get their a larger share of residuals.

Membership and RMA Night together has brought in millions of dollars
over its existence, how was this money spent? Are LA’s freelance
recording musicians any better off today since the RMALA took control of
Los Angeles years ago? Their meddling in LA employment collectively
decimated LA’s work force made possible by shortsightedness, self
imposed ignorance, greed, dictated by entitlement. A result  that took
place back in the 80″s making deals with management behind the AFM
and L47 back to advance their own inner circle agenda at the expense of
their membership.

This is but a glimpse of what RMALA membership can buy. Undeniably a
real investment into your future you can depend on!

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II. FORT WORTH MUSICIANS
This link is to an article about the ongoing struggles of the
Fort Worth Symphony musicians.
What Went Wrong… with the Media’s Discussion of the FWSO Strike?
Posted on September 9, 2016

http://tinyurl.com/jgpzyq2

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III. EVENTS

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DEAN AND RICHARD

DEAN AND RICHARD are now at Culver City Elks

the first 
Friday of every month.

7:30pm-10;30pm

11160 Washington Pl.

Culver City, 90232

310-839-8891

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LA WINDS JAZZ KATS 584

NO COVER, NO MINIMUM.

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at Viva Cantina

7:30-10:00.

900 Riverside Drive,

Burbank.

Free parking across the street at Pickwick Bowl.

Come hear your favorite charts played the way they

should be. 

We are in the back room called the Trailside

Room.

Come on down. Guaranteed to swing.

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9/30/16

THE FLAMENCO SESSIONS – AN EVENING OF FOOD & WINE,
MUSIC & DANCE

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:
Friday, September 30, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)
Sessions at the Loft/The Wine Closet
2465 Ventura Blvd.
2423 Ventura Blvd.
Camarillo, CA 93010

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10/2/16

DON’T MISS THE
THE PHIL NORMAN TENTET
PERFORMANCE OF
“THEN & NOW”

Sunday, October 2nd
7:30 pm (doors open @ 6:00 pm)
Catalina Jazz Club
6725 Sunset Boulevard
Hollywood, California 90028
Reservations call 323-466-2210

Click this link to make a reservation online: Catalina Bar & Grill

Remembering the classic sounds & variations of
12 jazz legends to include:

The George Shearing Quintet
The Dave Brubeck Quartet
The Modern Jazz Quartet
The Cal Tjader Quintet
the Ahmad Jamal Trio
Miles, Dizzy and more

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10/5/16

FREE ADMISSION GLENDALE NOON CONCERTS

On Wednesday October 5, 2016 at 12:10-12:40 pm
the Free Admission Glendale Noon Concerts will feature
Violinist Elbert Tsai and
Pianist Jennie Jung

in a program, “The Performer as Composer as Transcriber,”
featuring works by Mozart, Kreisler and Mason Bates
at the Sanctuary of Glendale City Church,
610 E. California Ave. (at Isabel St), Glendale, CA 91206.
For more information, email glendalesda@gmail.com
or call (818) 244- 7241.

Elbert Tsai leads a multifaceted career as virtuoso violinist, sought-after pedagogue, and orchestral musician. As a soloist, one of his musical missions is to revive the art of the virtuoso violin recital, which celebrates the short showpieces and gems of the instrument’s 450-year musical history. Since 2007, he has performed with the San Francisco Ballet orchestra and San Francisco Symphony, touring with the symphony domestically and to Europe and Asia. Elbert has taught violin and chamber music at Center Stage Strings, the Luzerne Music Center, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, SFCM Pre-College Division, and the Crowden School. He holds degrees from University of Southern California, Rice University, and Oberlin College.

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ACCLAMATION / RANK AND FILE HARASSMENT / COMMENTS / EVENTS

September 17th, 2016

9/17/16
I. MEMBER COMMENT – ACCLAMATION
II. MORE HARASSMENT OF RANK AND FILE
III. COMMENTS
IV. EVENTS

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Absolutely guaranteed anonymity – Former Musician’s Union officer
…

 

The one voice of reason in a sea of insanity – Nashville ‘first call’
scoring musician
…

 

Allows us to speak our minds without fear of reprisal – L.A. Symphonic musician
…

 

Reporting issues the Musicians Union doesn’t dare to mention – National touring musician
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I. MEMBER COMMENT – ACCLAMATION
–haha nobody cares any more and think it’s history!
[EC: Apathy reigns indeed, and a lack of faith in the Local really shows.]

2016 Local 47 General Election

All candidates unopposed, elected by acclamation

President (1): John Acosta
Vice President (1): Rick Baptist
Secretary/Treasurer (1): Gary Lasley
Trustees (3): Judy Chilnick, Dylan Hart, Bonnie Janofsky
Directors (6): Pam Gates, John Lofton, Andy Malloy, Phil O’Connor, Bill Reichenbach,
Vivian Wolf
Hearing Board (7): Alan Estes, Jon Kurnick, Jeff Lass, Norman Ludwin, Helen
Nightengale, Allen Savedoff, Marc Sazer
Delegates to the AFM Convention** (3): Pam Gates, Bonnie Janofsky,
Norman Ludwin
First Alternate Delegate (1): Phil O’Connor
Second Alternate Delegate (1): Vivian Wolf

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II. MORE HARASSMENT OF RANK AND FILE

The Local has stepped up harassment of rank and file members while
letting highly placed players work non-union with impunity.

A case in point:
1) Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) recently went to London and
recorded a three CD set. He brought 4 top tier LA players with
him. (We won’t name them here, let the Local do their own investigating.).
Will those players be held accountable? Of course  not.
Crazy number, like 33 or 43 tunes, cash and carry…… Seth, who
has been extremely loyal to LA’s recording musicians and the AFM,
even he, has sold out to the buyout, gheesh, the membership NEEDS
to know ASAP

[EC: According to sources, Seth was so impressed with one particular
trumpet player that he brought him over here for a concert in
Washington.]

CLOSER TO HOME, we received the following comment:

2) I couldn’t help but notice that a group called “Video Game
Orchestra” with a P.O. box in Boston, the backyard of Local 300
which brought resolution #4, has been placed on the AFM’s
unfair list. While the people in Nashville who were and are doing
non-union video game work (and getting quite a bit of publicity for
doing so), in the local of an IEB member has not been placed
on the unfair list.

[Indeed: Why is Mr. Pomeroy (President of the Nashville Local)
from the IEB giving a pass to those musicians and the AFM is
going after the jurisdiction that dares look to the future?

Another case of blatant hypocrisy.]

and this…..

3) A Local Library company just spent five days at Abby Road in
London recording an orchestral CD of a particular composer’s music.

All of the above could have been done here in Los Angeles had we
had workable buy-out contracts. Thanks to the RMA leadership and
their minions at the Local and the National, we don’t.

MEANWHILE…

Every young composer’s and/or contractor’s website is being
scoured to find pictures of any musician working nonunion in
the studios. Those identified, who are not among the chosen,
are being told they will be charged unless they name names.

As a particularly underhanded and unethical add-on, some
members are being told to sign a letter written by one of
the local’s employees (Not the musician) that specifically
targets a specific member for participation, whether it is
true or not.

Selective enforcement is illegal,
(see http://www.law.nyu.edu/sites/default/files/upload_documents/tamirarticle.pdf page 45 +)
but this Local has been guilty of it again and again, against
those who dare speak up.

So, the Local kisses the ring of the recording leadership,
driving over 85% of the work away, then has the gall to go
after those members who work non-union because they have
NO CHOICE? Well, they do have a choice, get out of music
or work non-union. It is the cowardice and inability of our
local to stand up to this cabal of a very, very few recording
leadership that has brought us to this point.

Until the union makes a serious effort to bring back work for
ALL members, not just the have’s, they should back off those
just trying to make a living and doing what they have to do to
pay their rent, mortgages, bills and feed their families. The Local
should also be ashamed of the disservice to the rank and file
they are guilty of.

THE COMMITTEE

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III. COMMENTS:
the only “groundbreaking” thing about the Sony Playstation
“event’ is that a non-AFM member and non-RMA member
was the orchestra contractor. Yet, it’s the lead story in a pitch
to raise money? Puzzling at best.

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Deposition of Dennis Dreith:
Q:”So where is it that you obtained the understanding that if
a company invests in a motion picture and it is not a distribution
deal, that that makes a company, quote, ‘producer’?
A: “That’s my personal view. It comes from discussions with
various people in the industry.”
Full Court Opinion, pg 14
https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2863183-AFM-Opinion.html

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Hi!

With the upcoming elections…it would be worth the edification of our
brethren to OUT the manipulation and coercion of those that put the
“union” business before those represented.

Anybody that thinks the “Professional Musicians of Hollywood” are
served by giving up our (wholly owed) property only blocks from
the center of gravity in all of film…they are deluded!

What will it cost to OUT the actual actions of Local 47 in this stuff?

 

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WE’RE BACK! / CRITICAL STATUS / EVENTS

September 13th, 2016

8/26/16

I. WE’RE BACK!

II. THIRD TIME NOT THE CHARM

III. CRITICAL STATUS FOR AFM PENSION

IV. EVENTS

…Absolutely guaranteed anonymity – Former Musician’s Union officer
…The one voice of reason in a sea of insanity – Nashville ‘first call’
scoring musician
…Allows us to speak our minds without fear of reprisal – L.A. Symphonic musician
…Reporting issues the Musicians Union doesn’t dare to mention – National touring musician

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I. WE’RE BACK!

 

Again and again we’ve had our blog attacked by very

predictable sources, but each time we come back stronger.

This time is no different. We plan on again sending out a

post once a week, and should soon have the mailing in place.

 

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III. CRITICAL STATUS FOR AFM PENSION

In the last blog we mentioned that the pension was in critical status.

In case you’ve not yet gotten the info from the federation here is what
it says in part.

The ANNUAL FUND NOTICE is for the Plan Year ended March 31 2016.
Parts of this notice reflect the finances of the Plan as of March 31, 2015,
rather than March 31, 2016.

The plan’s funded percentage was 81.6% as of April 1, 2015
The Plan’s funded percentage as of April, 2016 will not be known
until the actuarial valuation for the most recent plan year, ending
March 31, 2017, is complete, but is estimated to be 76%

Funding percentage for the last available years:
April 1, 2013 – 86.9
April 1, 2014 – 85.7
April 1 2015 – 81.6

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NOTICE OF CRITICAL STATUS:
The Plan is considered to be in critical status because it
has funding or liquidity problems, or both. More specifically,
the Plan’s actuary has determined that the Plan is in critical
status because:

(i) the Plan was in critical status last year and, over the next
nine years, it is projected to have an accumulated funding
deficiency for the Plan year ending March 31, 2019 and

(ii) the sum of the Plan’s normal cost and interest for the year,
the present value of vested benefits of inactive participants
is greater than the present value of vested benefits of active
participants and over the next four years, the Plan is projected
to have an accumulated funding deficiency in the Plan year
noted above.
[EC: In other words: There are fewer putting in than taking out.
Membership, dues and work are all down.

HOW MANY?
The total number of participants and beneficiaries covered by
the Plan on the valuation date was 49,947 total.
of which
20,884 were current employees
13,555 were retired and receiving benefits
15,508 were retired or no longer working for an employer and
have a right to future benefits.

[20,884 active / 29,063 retired]

FUND REHAB
This is the fifth year the Plan has been in critical status. The law permits
pension plans to reduce, or even eliminate, benefits called “Adjustable
benefits” as part of a rehabilitation plan. On April 30, 2010, you were
notified that the Board had adopted a rehab plan (the “Rehabilitation
Plan”) that reduced or eliminated adjustable benefits. As of June 1, 2010
the Plan is not permitted to pay lump sum benefits (or any other payment
in excess of of the monthly amount paid under a single like annuity while
it is in critical status. If the Board decides further cuts are needed, you
will receive a mailing explaining the reductions.

Under current law, any reduction of adjustable benefits will not reduce
the level of a participant’s basic benefit payable at normal retirement, and
the reductions apply only to participants and beneficiaries whose benefit
commencement date is on or after June 1, 2010.

The board has not made any additional reductions since the adoption of
the Rehab plan.

WHAT CAN BE REDUCED
-Post-retirement death benefits/guarantees
-Early retirement benefit or retirement-type subsidy
-Benefit payment options other than a qualified joint-and-survivor annuity (QJSA)
-Post normal retirement age subsidy.

CRITICAL AND DECLINING STATUS
A plan is generally is in “endangered” status of its funded percentage is
less than 80 percent. A plan is in CRITICAL status if the funding
percentage is less than 65 percent. (other factors may apply)

The sponsor of a plan in critical and declining status may apply for
approval to amend the plan to reduce current and future payment
obligations to participants and beneficiaries.

A COUPLE OF CLEAR EXAMPLES
A) If a participant with 10 years of credited service has an accrued
monthly benefit of $600, the accrual rate for purposes of determining
the PBGC guarantee would be determined by:
1) Dividing the monthly benefit by the participant’s years of service
($600/10), which equals $60.
2) The guaranteed amount for a $60 monthly accrual rate is equal to
the sum of $11 plus $24.75 (.75 x $33), or $35.75

Thus, the participant’s guaranteed monthly benefit would be $357.50
($35.75 x 10)

B) If the participant in Example I has an accrued monthly benefit of $200,
the accrual rate would be $20 (or 200/10). The guaranteed amount for a
$20 monthly accrual rate is equal to the sum of $11 plus $6.75 (.75 x
$9), or $17.75.

Thus, the participant’s guaranteed monthly benefit would be $177.75
(17.75 x 10)

It is estimated that the fund will continue to be self sufficient for
another 20 years.

For more info contact the fund office at 1 (800) 833-8065 (extension
1311) or email them through the “Contact Us” link on the fund’s web site
(www.afm-epf.org).

You can receive a complete copy of the plan as well if you wish. See the
notice you should have received.

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RMA LETTER / COMMITTEE RESPONSE /EVENTS

August 26th, 2016

8/26/16

I. A LETTER FROM THE RMA
II. FROM THE COMMITTEE
III. EVENTS

…Absolutely guaranteed anonymity – Former Musician’s Union officer
…The one voice of reason in a sea of insanity – Nashville ‘first call’
scoring musician
…Allows us to speak our minds without fear of reprisal – L.A. Symphonic musician
…Reporting issues the Musicians Union doesn’t dare to mention – National touring musician

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I. A LETTER FROM THE RMA

The RMA wants you do join…

Dear Musicians,
 
For generations, musicians of every type, players, copyists, orchestrators
and conductors have been drawn to Los Angeles because of our diverse
and dynamic recording industry. More than anyplace else in the world,
Los Angeles has been the direct beneficiary of this incredible pool of talent. 

We are the Recording Musicians Association of Los Angeles. We provide
leadership, research, outreach and resources for the Sound Recording,
Live TV/ Videotape, Commercials and Motion Picture and TV negotiations.
We represent you in legislative efforts to protect employment. We have
been in the forefront of building bridges to protect our intellectual
property rights. And we are your voice with the American Federation of
Musicians. Your generous support ensures that we have the ability to
represent ALL of our members.

This year, we are proud to report several crucial developments in
our business….

RMA played a key role in helping build a new relationship with Sony
Playstation, leading to a groundbreaking live stream with full
orchestra and live gameplay at E3

RMA continues to be at the table in major media negotiations –
SRLA with major record labels, and Videotape with the TV
Networks, and Film/Television with the AMPTP

RMALA is front and center with the Alliance of Women Composers,
Beyond the Red Carpet, Made in Hollywood TV, Made in Hollywood
Film, and more

Plus, the new AFM went to bat for RMA – unanimous defeat for
the anti-RMA Resolution 4 at the AFM Convention.

We are currently kicking off our annual membership drive. Soon,
current RMALA members will be receiving a membership renewal
packet in the mail.  Your donation will help us to continue to
protect and advocate for recording musicians as well as update
our website and app.  You’ll be able to update your information
and get instructions for downloading the directory app to your
mobile device. You can also renew anytime by going to rmala.org 
and clicking the Join/Renew tab or by calling our office at 
(323) 462-4762 to pay with a credit card over the phone. 

If you are not a current RMALA member but do any recording
work at all in Los Angeles, we strongly encourage you to join us.
Your voice and participation are crucial in our constant battle
for a vibrant and healthy recording industry. If you have any
questions or want to find out more about RMALA please call
our office at (323) 462-4762 or go to our website, rmala.org 
and click on the contact tab for the emails of our board members. 

Kind Regards,

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II. FROM THE COMMITTEE

The above comes from the group more responsible than any other
(Along with the acquiescent, spineless AFM and Local 47) for the
staggering loss of work in Los Angeles and Federation wide. There
isn’t even enough work for the few elites left, but they still try to
play the other musicians as fools.

And what does “front and center” mean, does it mean that they
made sure they were the ones to play it? Ten years ago they’d
not consider doing live gigs, now they take all they can find,
since the recording work is a shadow of it’s former self.

AS TO PROPOSITION 4

As to the Proposition 4: It was most certainly anti-RMA, but
it was also pro rank and file AFM Member (Pro-everyone else).
The ones who might get to work on union recording contracts
if there were a buyout.

In the explanation of the resolution printed some time ago,
it was made clear that no one expected the big budget
movies to go buyout, and as long as there were studio
signatories, that is.

What losses have been caused by the spineless AFM and
complicit Local 47 administrations past and present?

Ask any musician and you’ll find out. It was the AFM’s lack
of forethought that lead directly to Seattle, to Nashville,
to Vancouver among others, not including all the fi-core
and non-union orchestras that have been formed.
These locales and countless others in the federation don’t
care about staying loyal to an organization that works only
to protect a minute monopoly in Los Angeles, while everyone
has bills to pay.

What is it that gets the IEB and AFM to totally ignore the
needs of the other 99.8% of members for the pocketbooks of
a few recording musicians as to recording options?

Imagine for a moment:

There is a well paid buyout option for every project other than
big budget films.

Imagine the dues, pension and health and welfare that could
have been collected by the AFM over the last decade if there
had been even a few officers with the cajones to confront the
recording leadership on behalf of the rank and file.

There have, however, been none. None that lasted in any case.
At local 47, whenever anyone made their way onto the Local 47
board who was not “in the club”, their removal was arranged
the very next election.

Anyone who in the past has stood up to the club have found
themselves marginalized, their careers affected as much as
they could be. Bogus charges filed against folks who dared
speak up for the multitude of members too cowed to speak
for themselves. They do nothing, keep their heads down,
imagining that if they stay silent some work might
come their way, which we all know never will – it isn’t there.

Imagine the monies brought in by those recording jobs that
could have eliminated the selling of the Local 47 building
in Hollywood.

Revenues and membership at Local 47 are down, income for
the AFM has been reduced. The lack of revenue has put our
Pension plan into critical condition. The loss of recording
revenue has been a huge burden on the federation, yet
the IEB and the Officers do nothing to turn the situation
around. Nada. Zip.

In the end analysis the question must be asked.
Who is the IEB putting first? The future of the AFM
or the desires and demands of the RMA. And why.

There is no doubt about the RMA leadership. They most
certainly put the needs and desires of their little cadre first,
ahead of the AFM rank and file certainly.

We keep losing members because the AFM has
become a dunsel for most. All they guarantee at
this point is that you have to look over you shoulder
when you do finally get some work, because if it’s
not the RMA doing it it’s not supposed to exist.

If there were any forward thinking leaders among
the recording musicians they’d have seen the damage
done by their organization’s actions and practices
and realized something needs to change if a healthy
recording community is to ever return. Unfortunately,
for a very, very few highly placed long standing RMA
leaders, nothing matters except the size of their
july check, regardless of the damage done to the
Local, the Federation or the tens of thousands of
their fellow AFM Members.

It makes one hope that there really is karma
out there. We’re not holding our breath though.

THE COMMITTEE
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I. EVENTS

August 13th, 2016

8/13/16

I. EVENTS

…Absolutely guaranteed anonymity – Former Musician’s Union officer
…The one voice of reason in a sea of insanity – Nashville ‘first call’
scoring musician
…Allows us to speak our minds without fear of reprisal – L.A. Symphonic musician
…Reporting issues the Musicians Union doesn’t dare to mention – National touring musician

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I. EVENTS

DEAN AND RICHARD

DEAN AND RICHARD are now at Culver City Elks the first
Friday of every month.
7:30pm-10;30pm,
11160 Washington Pl.
Culver City, 90232
310-839-8891

————————————-

LA WINDS JAZZ KATS 584

NO COVER, NO MINIMUM.
Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at Viva Cantina
7:30-10:00.
900 Riverside Drive, Burbank.

Free parking across the street at Pickwick Bowl.
Come hear your favorite charts played the way they
should be.

We are in the back room called the Trailside Room.

Come on down. Guaranteed to swing.

——————————–

8/17/16

“CONCERTS AT THE BOWL”

The Corbin Bowl and
San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra
Present
Concerts at the “Bowl” in the “Corbin Lounge”
Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 pm

August 17
The Blues Bandits
Play and sing the “Blues,” featuring 
David Reo, guitar and vocals;
Jimi Dee, guitar and vocals;
Larry Muradian, bass
and
Chuck Burkinshaw, drums

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Other Concerts in the series.

August 24
The Symphomaniax
Perform music from baroque to contemporary by
Bach, Domine, Vivaldi and others, as well as a
selection of “pop” classics, featuring 
James Domine, guitar; 
Ruth Bruegger, violin;
Glenn Grab, ‘cello
and
Larry Muradian, bass
       
August 31

The Screaming Clams – Part II
Rock ‘n’ Roll with music of the ’60s and early ’70s, featuring
Jimi Dee, lead quitar and vocals;
Joel Domine, keys and guitar;
Larry Muradian, bass;
Nick Scarmack, drummer
and
Rebecca Ray, vocalist extraordinaire

“Lounge” at the Corbin Bowl 
19616 Ventura Boulevard, Tarzana

Free Admission/ONE Drink Minimum
Persons under 21 years of age not admitted

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8/17/16

On Wednesday August 17, 2016 at 12:10-12:40 pm
the Free Admission Glendale Noon Concerts will feature
clarinetist Virginia Figueiredo and pianist Lorenzo Sanchez
performing works by Arturo Marquez and Paquito D’Rivera
at the Sanctuary of Glendale City Church,
610 E. California Ave. (at Isabel St), Glendale, CA 91206.
For more information, email glendalesda@gmail.com
or call (818) 244- 7241.

Attached are bios &
color photo jpegs (with instruments) of:
VIRGINIA FIGUEIREDO –  clarinet
LORENZO SANCHEZ – piano

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8/20/16

THE PHIL NORMAN TENTET 
One of the best bands today playing in the
tradition of
cool West Coast Jazz

Saturday, August 20th
7:30pm

McCormick & Schmick’s Pilsner Room
2000 Main Street
Irvine, CA. 92614
Resevations call 949-756-0505

Click here to visit Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill Jazz

Don’t miss their performance of 
“THEN & NOW”
Remembering the classic sounds & variations of 
12 jazz legends to include:

The George Shearing Quintet
The Dave Brubeck Quartet
The Modern Jazz Quartet
The Cal Tjader Quintet
the Ahmad Jamal Trio
Miles, Dizzy and more

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9/10/16

SFV Symphony Orchestra
 
Who:    The San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra directed by Maestro James Domine
What:   Announces its five-concert 2016-2017 Concert Season
Where: Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center &Tutor Family Center at Chaminade West Hills
When:  Sept. 10, 2016, Nov.19, 2016, Jan. 21,2017, Mar. 18, 2017 & May 13, 2017.
Why:    Continuing a decades-long tradition of performing great music close to home.
 
Contact: Roberta Hoffman, publicist (ladybirdysue@aol.com)
www.sfvsymphony.com
 
Program information:
 
Sept. 10, 2016 – Tutor Family Center at Chaminade West Hills
Strauss: An der Schönen Blauen Donau
Beethoven: Symphony #7 in A major
Dvorak: Cello Concerto
Daniel Grab, violoncellist
Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen
Bronte Vlashi, violinist 

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You can read all previous offerings at:http://www.responsible47.com

UNTIL NEXT TIME,
THE COMMITTEE FOR A MORE RESPONSIBLE LOCAL 47

 

I. EVENTS

August 6th, 2016

8/6/16

I. EVENTS

…Absolutely guaranteed anonymity – Former Musician’s Union officer
…The one voice of reason in a sea of insanity – Nashville ‘first call’
scoring musician
…Allows us to speak our minds without fear of reprisal – L.A. Symphonic musician
…Reporting issues the Musicians Union doesn’t dare to mention – National touring musician

========================

I. EVENTS

DEAN AND RICHARD

DEAN AND RICHARD are now at Culver City Elks the first
Friday of every month.
7:30pm-10;30pm,
11160 Washington Pl.
Culver City, 90232
310-839-8891

————————————-

LA WINDS JAZZ KATS 584

NO COVER, NO MINIMUM.
Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at Viva Cantina
7:30-10:00.
900 Riverside Drive, Burbank.

Free parking across the street at Pickwick Bowl.
Come hear your favorite charts played the way they
should be.

We are in the back room called the Trailside Room.

Come on down. Guaranteed to swing.

——————————-

8/10/16
THIS WEDNESDAY, August 10 from  8:45pm-11:30pm
The BBB is bringing it again
to Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill  in Burbank!

NO COVER CHARGE!!
No reservations necessary!!
21 and older
4311 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505

——————————–

8/10/16

“CONCERTS AT THE BOWL”

The Corbin Bowl and
San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra
Present
Concerts at the “Bowl” in the “Corbin Lounge”
Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 pm

August 10
The Screaming Clams
Rock ‘n’ Roll with music of the ’60s and early ’70s,
featuring
Jimi Dee, lead quitar and vocals;
Joel Domine, keys and guitar;
Larry Muradian, bass;
Nick Scarmack, drummer
and
Rebecca Ray, vocalist extraordinaire

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Other Concerts in the series.

August 17
The Blues Bandits
Play and sing the “Blues,” featuring 
David Reo, guitar and vocals;
Jimi Dee, guitar and vocals;
Larry Muradian, bass
and
Chuck Burkinshaw, drums

August 24
The Symphomaniax
Perform music from baroque to contemporary by
Bach, Domine, Vivaldi and others, as well as a
selection of “pop” classics, featuring 
James Domine, guitar; 
Ruth Bruegger, violin;
Glenn Grab, ‘cello
and
Larry Muradian, bass
       
August 31

The Screaming Clams – Part II
Rock ‘n’ Roll with music of the ’60s and early ’70s, featuring
Jimi Dee, lead quitar and vocals;
Joel Domine, keys and guitar;
Larry Muradian, bass;
Nick Scarmack, drummer
and
Rebecca Ray, vocalist extraordinaire

“Lounge” at the Corbin Bowl 
19616 Ventura Boulevard, Tarzana

Free Admission/ONE Drink Minimum
Persons under 21 years of age not admitted

—————————————-

8/11/16

MALIBU COAST MUSIC FESTIVAL

RESERVE YOUR SEATS!  
AUGUST 11 AT 7:30 PM 
MAHMA Great Room
MALIBU COAST MUSIC FESTIVAL
2016 PREVIEW CONCERT

Featuring Festival Artists from
Across the Nation and the World
Performing Exceptional Works of
Antonio Vivaldi, Andre Caplet
W.A. Mozart, Peteris Vasks
and Maria Newman

MCMF 2016 Festival Artists:
Franziska Brech, flutist
Hal Ott, flutist
David C. Neely, violinist
Maria Newman, violinist and composer
Clark Potter, violist
Scott Hosfeld, violist
Noah Rogoff, cellist
James Margetts, pianist

MASTERS OF CEREMONIES:
Isabella Thatcher
Martha Thatcher 

Thursday, August 11th, 2016 at 7:30 pm
This Concert Event will take place in the
MAHMA Great Room
 
 
For more information on the
Malibu Friends of Music
please visit: www.malibufriendsofmusic.org 

—————————————–

8/17/16

On Wednesday August 17, 2016 at 12:10-12:40 pm
the Free Admission Glendale Noon Concerts will feature
clarinetist Virginia Figueiredo and pianist Lorenzo Sanchez
performing works by Arturo Marquez and Paquito D’Rivera
at the Sanctuary of Glendale City Church,
610 E. California Ave. (at Isabel St), Glendale, CA 91206.
For more information, email glendalesda@gmail.com
or call (818) 244- 7241.

Attached are bios &
color photo jpegs (with instruments) of:
VIRGINIA FIGUEIREDO –  clarinet
LORENZO SANCHEZ – piano

—————————————-

8/20/16

THE PHIL NORMAN TENTET 
One of the best bands today playing in the
tradition of
cool West Coast Jazz

Saturday, August 20th
7:30pm

McCormick & Schmick’s Pilsner Room
2000 Main Street
Irvine, CA. 92614
Resevations call 949-756-0505

Click here to visit Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill Jazz

Don’t miss their performance of 
“THEN & NOW”
Remembering the classic sounds & variations of 
12 jazz legends to include:

The George Shearing Quintet
The Dave Brubeck Quartet
The Modern Jazz Quartet
The Cal Tjader Quintet
the Ahmad Jamal Trio
Miles, Dizzy and more

——————————————-

9/10/16

SFV Symphony Orchestra
 
Who:    The San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra directed by Maestro James Domine
What:   Announces its five-concert 2016-2017 Concert Season
Where: Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center &Tutor Family Center at Chaminade West Hills
When:  Sept. 10, 2016, Nov.19, 2016, Jan. 21,2017, Mar. 18, 2017 & May 13, 2017.
Why:    Continuing a decades-long tradition of performing great music close to home.
 
Contact: Roberta Hoffman, publicist (ladybirdysue@aol.com)
www.sfvsymphony.com
 
Program information:
 
Sept. 10, 2016 – Tutor Family Center at Chaminade West Hills
Strauss: An der Schönen Blauen Donau
Beethoven: Symphony #7 in A major
Dvorak: Cello Concerto
Daniel Grab, violoncellist
Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen
Bronte Vlashi, violinist 

================================

You can read all previous offerings at:http://www.responsible47.com

UNTIL NEXT TIME,
THE COMMITTEE FOR A MORE RESPONSIBLE LOCAL 47

 

MEETING / POLLINATION REACTION / COMMENTS / EVENTS

July 30th, 2016

7/31/16

I. MEETING RECAP – 7/25/16
II. COMMENTS ON “POLLINATION”
III. COMMENTS
IV. EVENTS

…Absolutely guaranteed anonymity – Former Musician’s Union officer
…The one voice of reason in a sea of insanity – Nashville ‘first call’
scoring musician
…Allows us to speak our minds without fear of reprisal – L.A. Symphonic musician
…Reporting issues the Musicians Union doesn’t dare to mention – National touring musician

=================================

I. MEETING RECAP – 7/25/16
Quorum was not achieved for the meeting on Monday so
there was no official meeting.

Board will decide on the new trial board member themselves
at their meeting on Tuesday.

Moment of silence for all those killed by attacks over the
last few weeks.

Bonnie Janofsky takes minutes since Gary Lasley is on his
way to ROPA. Substitute Parliamentarian standing in.

50 Year Pins: Jay Rosen presented.

OFFICER REPORTS:
President
Negotiations with 21 employers

GRIEVANCES
2016 10 grievances – 6 withdrawn, 2 settled and one is
in arbitration.

EMPLOYMENT
Processed over 5253 Contracts totaling over 38 million

NEGOTIATIONS
Pasadena Master CHorale
Pasadena Symphony
MET
Desert Symphony
Greek
Amoe Symphony and others

Other various events attended:
Screenings
Jacaranda is finally a signatory
Magic Castle charged
John Williams LIFETIME achievement award
Labor Unity – health achievement
State Federation of Labor convention.
Working toward union solidarity
Workshops have been taking place.
Big Sir Jingle Mixer

ORGANIZING
Eric Cruz from the Realtor’s Office who took care of the
sale of the building now is working for us.

New Organizer speaks. Wants to get members more
involved, and figure out how to do that….

BUILDING
Are in escrow on our building. 2 previous escrows fell through.

Alameda building is gone. The place used to sell everyone
on the sale of our building.
We walked away when the seller and the deal got weird.

New Option
Winona Near the Airport – 2 story with elevator – Lot with
150 spots.
Potential problems being investigated
Vapor encroachment – not unusual, but concerning and
must be investigated for effect on the membership. Will
cost thousands to mitigate the problem.
Question: Noise issue? Don’t think so. No commercial
airlines flying over that site.

General sale price is $25,250,000.00

LEGISLATURE
Withdrawn support for the bill AB1199
May re-introduce new bill in 2017

HEALTH CREW
Mergible Plans being discussed
AFM Updates – Best ever according to Acosta – elected to IEB.
Now says he has a real voice.

ELECTRONIC VERIFICATION –
used to do surveys with membership to vote on their contracts
securely. passed.

Parity resolution passed
Still in negotiations with Sound Recording Companies.

OTHER ISSUES
Ca Phil having problems – Canceled all but Disney Hall.

Riverside Philharmonic – They’re having challenges as well.
Could not guarantee wages. Cut performances and made payroll

Star Trek Settlement – Touring group – was at Pantages, didn’t co-operate. Have now settled.

EXHIBIT
Honor Local 767 – the Black Musicians Union. Raising funds.
Find it on the Local website.

—————-

VP REPORT
Glad Acosta is on the IEB starting August 1st.

June 1st – 4th – live TV negotiation in New York – 1st round.
New Media and Music Prep, Clip use. Will meet again end
of September.
Sept 19th – New York – Pamplet B nego
October 17th – Golf Tournament – Brookside Country Club.
Theme will be Broadway.
Thanks to Merisol and Diane Lauerman for their efforts.

Blessed to be the voice for out musicians. It’s exciting.
Everyday’s a learning experience.

Marc Sazar spoke on Video Contract – Right of new media.
Fox and ABC have now started streaming old TV content
immediately. TV like recording and everything else is going
to streaming.

FINANCIAL REPORT
2015 rev 4,319,365 – up from last year
Expenses 4350738 down from last year
Net loss 32,382 in 2015
Loss down a lot from 2014.

2016
1st Quarter – 1,641,218
Clerical 3% raise.

December 13th is the next election at Local 47.
Since no quorum.

Board will decide the trial board position tomorrow.

END OF MEETING NOTES

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II. RESPONSES TO “POLLINATION”

How much of OUR dollars has the current administration SPENT
to tell US HOW & WHAT they want US to vote their way?!?
I am sure that the monies the current administration has spent
to persuade us HOW to vote, and how to THINK their way would
have repaired OUR fine old Union building.

It seems that the MORE our union leaders need money to pay,
among other things, their high, fine salaries, the MORE we
NEED to SELL the building.

So what happens when they spend all that money? Do they
have an answer to the DIMINISHING REVENUES coming in
the form of Work and Yearly dues?

Do Mssrs. Acosta, Baptist, and our Secretary/Treasurer have
any answers, MAGIC OR REASONABLE, to revive the work that
has disappeared from Hollywood’s Sound Stages? Do you wonder
at why Rick Baptist stopped playing the trumpet for fun & profit,
and ran for Union office? He is a very intelligent person, and saw
what has happened to our sources of income as many studio
players have found out, the hard way.

I was both lucky, and fortunate, to have worked in the business
from my first record date with Val Alexander in 1959, till thirty
or so years later, when President Bernie Fleischer hired me soon
after as a recording rep. I wanted to keep playing, but I realized
it was time and I had to move on.

Some time later, Max Herman asked me to run of V.P., and I
accepted, thankfully & gladly. As long as you get called to
work, and make a living at playing, music prep, writing,
producing, contracting, or whatever you do in the music
business, it’s usually fun, and great, and we all want to keep
doing it, right? I did it as long as the phone rang!

I was a member of the recording fraternity for many years,
and as a UNION OFFICER I saw the loss of work happening.
I learned first hand, what many producers, and industry
movers & shakers wanted to get rid of; Secondary payments!

You may not like it, but that’s the truth. If you don’t believe,
ask the people that knowŠ people who work with industry,
such as Jay Cooper.

My own first hand encounter of this was when I contacted
the talented composer, Michael Kamen, who is no longer
with us, to ask why he was scoring “Die Hard With a
Vengeance” in Seattle. He told me how much he loved
recording here in Los Angeles, but it because of the producers.Š
My secretary spent most of the week plowing through all the
A.D.’s Secretaries, Special Assistants, etc., till I got Andy
Vagna on the phone. I told him that I’d heard that his company
trucked all the necessary equipment to Seattle, installed it in
a church or chapel that was supposed to have acoustics as
good as Fox or MGM, but blew out every fuse, circuit breaker, etc.,
in the place. Then, after it had all been repaired, the SeattleOrch.
which is no longer affiliated with the Union, packed up one day,
in mid session, according to the story I’d been told, because
they were contracted to do a concert, and had to go.
I asked Mr. Vagna, “Why not do it here?’

He replied, “Cost!” I said, “If your gross was less than 30 mil
the first weekend, I’ll come over and personally Simoniz your
Bentley.” He said, “The back end!” He told him what the back
end would beŠ only so & so much dollars, and he responded
very emphatically, “It’s so many thousand I can’t put in my
pocket!!Š F—- You!” I said, Well, I’d like to talk to you, see
if there’s a way to do thisŠ
” There’s NOT!” and banged the phone down.

I realize that this is a business, and if you are working every
day, and on or in the top 200 or so, Life is Good, and I’m glad
for you. If you’re not, perhaps it’s a fact of Life; and matter
of dollars, and some producers’ sense of business!

The late Lew Wasserman, the former head of Universal Studios,
who was largely responsible for building that Show Biz Empire,
told our former president, Max Herman when we went on strike
for secondary use payments on TV show, “Listen, Max! You and
the musicians are going down the wrong road! We’ll give you
higher scales,more money but we WILL NEVER give you secondary
payments when we resell our TV shows!” Max knew we wouldn’t
want to hear that, and kept quiet about it. But many years later,
Max confided what Mr. Wasserman had told him.

When my fellow musicians were about to lose their homes,
etc., Max stopped me on the stairs to the Credit Union, and
said, “BIll, what can we do to help you members during
this strike?” I responded, “Why don’t you officers forgo your
salaries, and put them into a Relief Fund for the members
who are losing their homes, and so on, as long as we’re on
strike?!?”

Max kind of spluttered, but finally told me, “The By-Laws
don’t allow that!”

I replied,

“THEN CHANGE THE BYLAWS!”

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LA is getting roughly one third (maybe 40 movies) of all t
he possible theatrical 120 ish releases be it large budget
studio pictures to small budget inde movie shorts – for
various reasons but mostly producers do not want to
work for an organization that has so many flaws and
is ANTI relationship sometimes – not all the time – there
are wins every day with AFM jobs coming back to LA
and also AFM losses every day going out of LA – there is
a global market now and frankly many of the other global
recording locations are providing something better whether
it’s lower cost or “good enough” quality – at the end of the
day – are we in LA doing all we can to remain a location
for recordings? – my opinion is not to offer an answer
but to pose up this question once again – “are we happy in
LA only getting one third of the recording work we used to get?”

I am not…….

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III. COMMENTS

Who will run to replace the “bobble heads” on the Board?

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MEETING / POLLINATION / 1ST WEDNESDAY / EVENTS

July 24th, 2016

7/24/16

I. LOCAL 47 GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
II. MEMBER COMMENTARY – CROSS POLLINATION FOR POLITICAL GAIN
III. ASMAC FIRST WEDNESDAY – AUGUST 3rd
IV. EVENTS

…Absolutely guaranteed anonymity – Former Musician’s Union officer
…The one voice of reason in a sea of insanity – Nashville ‘first call’
scoring musician
…Allows us to speak our minds without fear of reprisal – L.A. Symphonic musician
…Reporting issues the Musicians Union doesn’t dare to mention – National touring musician

=================================

I. LOCAL 47 GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
The next Local 47 General Membership meeting will be
this Monday night, JULY 25TH at 7:30 PM at the Local
47 Auditorium.

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II. MEMBER COMMENTARY – CROSS POLLINATION FOR POLITICAL GAIN

Dear Editor,

Contrary to the initial reasons offered by the Local to sell Vine
Street, e.g. the need of a new roof, electrical upgrades, and the
desire for ADA compliance, the real reason to sell Vine Street
appears to be about having enough money to continue doing
business as usual. To get the referendum passed, the Local
spent thousands of dollars of our resources beyond the cost
of those which were charged to the “Club”. There were multiple
mailers… and by their own admission… the Union generated
20,000 phone calls encouraging members to vote YES.

While not all the expenses of the referendum were paid directly
by Local 47, (reportedly paid by “the CLUB”), the employees that
were were working on behalf of the referendum were on the
Local 47 payroll.

What the membership might not know is that the Union hired a
person by the name of Erick Cruz at the beginning of the referendum
process in October. Erick, who only one month prior, appears to
have been an employee of the same company that was hired to
promote the sale of Vine Street.

Erick Cruz was assigned to help the Election Board and indeed
was the person identified by the Election Board Chair as the person
who helped scan the ballots.

Erick Cruz’s LinkedIn profile identifies his job description at Bridge
Street as “Social Innovation Organizer” and subsequently Local 47
“Campaign Manager.” Does anyone see a problem with this? A
partisan with his hands all over the ballots? In what universe does
the administration reside in thinking this is appropriate?

An attempt to speak with Erick Cruz on the day of the referendum
count concerning his participation was thwarted by the gruff
intentional intrusion of the Local’s attorney, Lewis Levy. Not only
was the conversation interrupted but, Lewis physically removed
him from my inquiry.

The Board minutes of 2/16/16 reflect the resignation of Jay Rosen
from the Election Board. I was  a member observer at this Executive
Board meeting and can attest to the mention of Erick Cruz by Jay
Rosen that certain of Cruz’s actions were disturbing.

Member Observer

p.s. A long time employee, Jeff Surga, was “shown the door” by
reason of budget considerations. However, according to Rick
Baptist…(giving notice to the “cats” in the rehearsal rooms on
Wednesday, 3/23/16), Vice-President Baptist represented that
Jeff was “unhappy for some time.” Guessing Rick wasn’t in the
room when John fired him.

The obvious question is…Since the Administration got the vote
to sell Vine Street and put millions of dollars in the bank…why
would our long time employee be released?

___________________________________

Subsequent to the “let go” of a long time employee due to “budget
considerations” as he was told by President Acosta…. as of this last
week, Local 47 has hired an “organizer”. (This position was posted
on the internet on a job site.) Looking at the past minutes, the BOD
has voted to hire someone for a position that arguably pays much
more $$$.  According to the “new organizer’s” presentation to the
BOD last Tuesday….the membership can get ready to have him
come to your job and seek to get you a better deal because he will
“make every member of the union an advocate for a Union contract.”
Don’t you just love the pie in the sky guy?  Of course, this comes
from the top, put in charge of Local 47.  Someone who does not
care who doesn’t work as long as the “we know who we are club”
gets what they want.  Does this “organizer” really know what is
going on? Has the President of our Local ever worked under a CBA?
Inquiring minds want to know?

[EC: We don’t by the “Jeff was unhappy for some time” pablum
either… and if they’d just made millions on the sale, they must
think members are pretty stupid to buy that it was budget
considerations. Problem is, most members have already
given up on the Local as hopelessly corrupt, except for the
chosen few. The 99% simply don’t care anymore, which
unfortunately give the elites and the Local 47 administration
exactly what they want.]

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III. ASMAC FIRST WEDNESDAY – AUGUST 3rd

ASMAC presents FIRST WEDNESDAYS

with
Jay Leach
Slide Instrument Symposium
August 3, 2016 •  7:30 pm
at Local 47 in Hollywood
Writing for slide guitar is a mystery to most arrangers
and composers. Slide instruments are very popular in
film scores and song production, and writing for these
instruments is a valuable skill.  Plan to attend this
unique opportunity to attend the ASMAC slide instrument
symposium featuring premier studio musician Jay Leach.
Jay will provide live and recorded demonstrations of the
Pedal Steel Guitar, Non Pedal Steel Guitar, Dobro,
Weissenborn and the Lap Steel. He will discuss detailed
information including tuning, registers, styles and history.
Jay’s TV credits include several seasons of the American
Idol (2006-2015), The Voice, America’s Got Talent, The
Tonight Show. He has recorded with artists including
Kenny Loggins, Dave Koz, LeAnn Rimes, Barry Manilow,
Taylor Swift, Jewel, Jessica Simpson, Crystal Bowersox,
Taylor Hicks, John Denver, Roy Orbison, Gladys Knight,
Clint Black, Bette Midler and Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks.
Film scores on which he has played include Hannah Montana,
Down and Out in Beverly Hills, 6 Days and 7 Nights, Team
America and many more. Video games: Call of Duty Black
ops II, Assassin’s Creed: Dead Kings, Lost Planet 3, and Open
Season.

He has played on countless Jingles including Citibank, Maxwell
House Coffee, IMB to name a few. Live Performances include
appearances with the LA Philharmonic, 9 to 5, Porgy and Bess,
Fiddler on The Roof, Ice Capades, Ringling Bros. Circus and
many more. Leach is also the author of several guitar technique
and style books.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn more about slide
guitars from the master, himself, Jay Leach.

To RSVP, click on the Reserve Now button, or visit www.asmac.org.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Check-in & Network:    7:00-7:30 PM
Program:                       7:30-10:00 PM
Reservations encouraged — Walk-ins are welcome.

$10 for Guests and Students
FREE for ASMAC & Local 47 members
Free parking.

LOCATION:
AFM Local 47 – Auditorium
817 Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90038

* For comments on past events or recommendations on upcoming events, 
contact info@asmac.org  Attn: Milton Nelson

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EVENTS

July 16th, 2016

7/16/16

I. EVENTS

…Absolutely guaranteed anonymity – Former Musician’s Union officer
…The one voice of reason in a sea of insanity – Nashville ‘first call’
scoring musician
…Allows us to speak our minds without fear of reprisal – L.A. Symphonic musician
…Reporting issues the Musicians Union doesn’t dare to mention – National touring musician

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I. EVENTS

DEAN AND RICHARD

DEAN AND RICHARD are now at Culver City Elks the first
Friday of every month.
7:30pm-10;30pm,
11160 Washington Pl.
Culver City, 90232
310-839-8891

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LA WINDS JAZZ KATS 584

NO COVER, NO MINIMUM.
Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at Viva Cantina
7:30-10:00.
900 Riverside Drive, Burbank.

Free parking across the street at Pickwick Bowl.
Come hear your favorite charts played the way they
should be.

We are in the back room called the Trailside Room.

Come on down. Guaranteed to swing.

—————————————

AUDITIONS FOR CALSTATELA SYMPHONY

Please pass the word that the annual auditions for the CalStateLA
Symphony Orchestra/Olympia Youth Orchestra for the 2016-2017 season
will begin in June through mid August immediately after the season is
over.

Qualified students may submit the form on line at the website
http://www.olympiaphil.org

under “youth orchestra”.

I will be in touch to set up a time during the summer. The next
season begins late September of this year through early June of 2017.

The orchestra consists of talented students age 12 through college
age. Rehearsals are at CSULA on Sundays at 4:30-7PM. Tuition is $650
for the entire year. Scholarship is available on a need or merit
basis depending on instrument and individual student. The orchestra
students will also be able to take optional transferable college
credits from CSULA, perform with college music students in 4 on and
off campus concerts.

This is a great orchestra with lots of talented students taking part.
I look forward to hearing from students learning all orchestral
instruments.

Thank you!

Fung Ho
Music Director & Conductor
CalStateLA Symphony Orchestra/Olympia Youth Orchestra

______________________________________________

7/16/16

Wu Nation,

We will be appearing at Rusty’s Surf Ranch on Saturday,
July 16th 2016, starting at 10:00 pm and will play two
sets of your favorite Steely Dan tunes!  We want this to
be a fun evening for all, so please bring your friends
along and enjoy a great time with us.

The line up for this show will be:

Tony Egan: Lead Vocals
Leigh DeMarche: Vocals
Jodi Fodor: Vocals
Gil Ayan: Guitar
Steve Bias: Bass and Vocals
Roch Bordenave: Trombone
Jeff Dellisanti: Saxophones
Paul Salvo: Trumpet
Jack Cook: Drums
Zach Provost: Keyboards

Rusty’s Surf Ranch
256 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 393-7437
http://www.rustyssurfranch.com/

We look forward to seeing you there!
The Doctor Wu Band
http://www.doctorwuband.com/
https://www.facebook.com/doctorwuband
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7/17/16

Join three incredible Los Angeles songwriters as they chat
with host BILL BERRY about music and perform their songs
in an intimate “in-the-square” setting. We’re in our third great year!

This month’s guests:

SHELLY PEIKEN – multi-platinum Grammy nominated
songwriter who is best known for her #1 hits “What a Girl
Wants” and “Come On Over Baby”. Grammy nomination
for the song “Bitch” recorded by Meredith Brooks. She’s
had hundreds of songs placed on albums, and in TV and
film. Her new book, “Confessions of a Serial Songwriter”
is out now!

MICHELLE LEWIS – Peabody award-winning songwriter.
She’s had numerous cuts from her first radio hit, Chers A
Different Kind of Love Song in 2002, to last years worldwide
number 1 single Wings by the British girl group, Little Mix.
Songs by Katherine McPhee, Shawn Colvin, classical trio
Il Volo and many more!

CHE ZURO – Former LA rocker now performing in her
home state of Utah, Che is in town for a limited engagement.
From Kim Fowley’s post Runaways all-girl band, The
Orchids (Mercury Records) to stints with Phil Seymour,
Josie Cotton, Berlin, Charlie Sexton, Population 5 and
more, she has great songs and great stories!

Sunday Night, July 17th, 2016
Doors open at 6:30PM, Show starts at 7:00PM (sharp).
At the Lyric/Hyperion Theater & Cafe.
2106 Hyperion Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027
$15 or $12 with discount code ‘song’  CLICK HERE!
The monthly showcase is hosted by BILL BERRY and features
songwriters from country to cabaret, r&b to folk and everything in
between. Enjoy a glass of wine and dinner with your show. Free
parking. More information at billberrymusic.com or at
lyrichyperion.com.

Thanks!
Much love,
-Bill
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7/20/16

GLENDALE NOON CONCERT

JULY 20, 2016 GNC

On Wednesday July  20, 2016 at 12:10-12:40 pm
the Free Admission Glendale Noon Concerts will feature
flutist Kathy Marsh and percussionist Timm Boatman
performing duos for flute and vibraphone by
Kent Kennan and Petar Obradovic
at the Sanctuary of Glendale City Church,
610 E. California Ave. (at Isabel St), Glendale, CA 91206.
For more information, email glendalesda@gmail.com
or call (818) 244- 7241.

Info about upcoming programs through mid SEPT 2016
at the Free Admission Glendale Noon Concerts series
(concerts every first & third Wednesday at 12:10-12:40 pm)
are listed at http://www.glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com
Thank you for your support in publicizing the Glendale Noon Concerts!

Jacqueline Suzuki
Curator, GNC
818 249 -5108

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7/22/16

BILL BARRY RECORD RELEASE SHOW JULY 22ND

AWKWARD STAGE 
is being released!
And I’m having a big show to celebrate!

Friday, July 22nd at 9:00PM at
Molly Malone’s
575 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Bill Berry and his Band will present a spectacular event!
8 piece band plus special guests!
Featuring songs from the new album as well as new songs!
Lots of great seating! Full Bar! Food!
Free Street Parking around the venue!

We’ve been working our butts off to put together
the very best show we can.
I hope you can work your butt off to be there!

Tickets $10 in advance HERE.
But wait! There’s more…

On the same night you can see
Legendary Rockers

The Records
featuring John Wicks
“Starry Eyes”, “Teenarama”, “Hearts In Her Eyes”,
“Rock N Roll Love Letter” and more hits!
at 11:00PM!

Renowned LA songwriter
Carla Olson
(Textones, Mick Taylor, Gene Clark)
with guitarist
Todd Wolfe
at 8:00PM

It will be a night I don’t want you to miss.
I hope you will join us!
Much love,
-Bill

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7/31/16
THE PHIL NORMAN TENTET
One of the best bands today playing in the tradition of
cool West Coast Jazz

Sunday Evening July 31 – 7:30pm

Vibrato Grill Jazz
2930 Beverly Glen Circle
Los Angeles, CA.90077
Reservations call 310-474-9400

Don’t miss their performance of “THEN & NOW”
Remembering the classic sounds & variations of
12 jazz legends to include:

The George Shearing Quintet
The Dave Brubeck Quartet
The Modern Jazz Quartet
The Cal Tjader Quintet
The Ahmad Jamal Trio
Miles, Dizzy and more

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MASTER IN FLM MUSIC APPLICATIONS STILL BEING ACCEPTED

The Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program
At The
Seattle Film Institute

is still accepting applications to the One year

Master of Music (MM) in Film Composition

Recently rated as the #4 school for film scoring education
in the world by Music School Central and the #2 school
for earning a Masters of Music degree in Film Composition

Study with program creator and lead instructor

Hummie Mann

2 Time Emmy Award Winning film composer of
“Robin Hood: Men in Tights” and featured in
Variety Magazine’s article “Leaders in Learning”

Click here to listen and watch student scores from previous years

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016
school year We offer rolling admissions – applying
early is recommended Scholarship support is
available to early applicants

================================

You can read all previous offerings at:http://www.responsible47.com

UNTIL NEXT TIME,
THE COMMITTEE FOR A MORE RESPONSIBLE LOCAL 47

FAIR TRADE MUSIC / EVENTS

July 9th, 2016

6/23/16

I. MEMBER COMMENTARY – FAIR TRADE MUSIC
II. EVENTS

…Absolutely guaranteed anonymity – Former Musician’s Union officer
…The one voice of reason in a sea of insanity – Nashville ‘first call’
scoring musician
…Allows us to speak our minds without fear of reprisal – L.A. Symphonic musician
…Reporting issues the Musicians Union doesn’t dare to mention – National touring musician

=================================

I. MEMBER COMMENTARY – FAIR TRADE MUSIC

Who comes up with these things? Free Trade Music? Is this how we become “more relevant”?
Will this “feel good” labeling pay our bills?

INFO ON FAIR TRADE MUSIC
Fair Trade Music
Fair Trade Music is a grassroots campaign raising standards for freelance
musicians through organizing, collective action and education. City-by-city
we are building an organization of musicians, community leaders and
fans to support Fair Trade Music principles including our right to:
•    Negotiate Fair Contracts
•    Create Equitable Business Relationships
•    Establish Enforceable Contract Standards
Learn more about starting a Fair Trade Music Campaign in your community
Far too many of us often “pay to play” or play for “zero minus expenses”
with venues paying nothing and musicians covering all the costs. Pay often
depends on the “take” at the door or proceeds from the bar, but many clubs
don’t provide documentation on income or expenses. Without enforceable
contracts, transparency or accountability—musicians lose out. Through Fair
Trade Music, we organize and win.
Learn more about starting a Fair Trade Music Campaign in your community
Seattle’s Fair Trade Music Campaign is an example of what happens when
musicians join together to raise the standard of living for all musicians in
their community. In the past year, over 25 Seattle area clubs signed a pledge
to abide by Fair Trade Music principles. Musician-loading zones were established
in the area. The City of Seattle even proclaimed May 20th as Fair Trade Music
Day in support of a living wage for musicians.
Read the recent report examining the impact of the music industry on the Seattle economy.
Learn more about starting a Fair Trade Music Campaign in your community

======================================

II. EVENTS

DEAN AND RICHARD

DEAN AND RICHARD are now at Culver City Elks the first
Friday of every month.
7:30pm-10;30pm,
11160 Washington Pl.
Culver City, 90232
310-839-8891

————————————-

LA WINDS JAZZ KATS 584

NO COVER, NO MINIMUM.
Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at Viva Cantina
7:30-10:00.
900 Riverside Drive, Burbank.

Free parking across the street at Pickwick Bowl.
Come hear your favorite charts played the way they
should be.

We are in the back room called the Trailside Room.

Come on down. Guaranteed to swing.

—————————————

AUDITIONS FOR CALSTATELA SYMPHONY

Please pass the word that the annual auditions for the CalStateLA
Symphony Orchestra/Olympia Youth Orchestra for the 2016-2017 season
will begin in June through mid August immediately after the season is
over.

Qualified students may submit the form on line at the website
http://www.olympiaphil.org

under “youth orchestra”.

I will be in touch to set up a time during the summer. The next
season begins late September of this year through early June of 2017.

The orchestra consists of talented students age 12 through college
age. Rehearsals are at CSULA on Sundays at 4:30-7PM. Tuition is $650
for the entire year. Scholarship is available on a need or merit
basis depending on instrument and individual student. The orchestra
students will also be able to take optional transferable college
credits from CSULA, perform with college music students in 4 on and
off campus concerts.

This is a great orchestra with lots of talented students taking part.
I look forward to hearing from students learning all orchestral
instruments.

Thank you!

Fung Ho
Music Director & Conductor
CalStateLA Symphony Orchestra/Olympia Youth Orchestra

______________________________________________

7/10/16

JOHN CLAYTON JAZZ TRIO
July 10, 2016

Catalina’s Bar and Grill
6725 W. Sunset Blvd
Hollywood 90028
323-466-2210
http://www.catalinajazzclub.com

See you there!
Your fan,
John

______________________________________________

7/13/16

NORTH/SOUTH CONSONANCE

MAINE SUMMER SOUNDS

Claudia Schaer, violin
Max Lifchitz, piano

music by

Luciano Berio, Edmund Cionek, Max Lifchitz,
Nico Muhly, Daria Semegen & Augusta Read Thomas

Wednesday, July 13 @ 8 PM
Bar Harbor Congregational Church
29 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

http://www.barharbormusicfestival.org/2010_calendar.html

Claudia Schaer and Max Lifchitz to appear at the Bar Harbor Music Festival performing works by composers from Europe
and the US

The program will feature two new works especially written for the
occasion by Edmund Cionek and Max Lifchitz as well as recent
works by Nico Muhly, Daria Semegen, Augusta Read Thomas
and the late Italian master Luciano Berio.

______________________________________________

7/20/16

GLENDALE NOON CONCERT

JULY 20, 2016 GNC

On Wednesday July  20, 2016 at 12:10-12:40 pm
the Free Admission Glendale Noon Concerts will feature
flutist Kathy Marsh and percussionist Timm Boatman
performing duos for flute and vibraphone by
Kent Kennan and Petar Obradovic
at the Sanctuary of Glendale City Church,
610 E. California Ave. (at Isabel St), Glendale, CA 91206.
For more information, email glendalesda@gmail.com
or call (818) 244- 7241.

Info about upcoming programs through mid SEPT 2016
at the Free Admission Glendale Noon Concerts series
(concerts every first & third Wednesday at 12:10-12:40 pm)
are listed at http://www.glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com
Thank you for your support in publicizing the Glendale Noon Concerts!

Jacqueline Suzuki
Curator, GNC
818 249 -5108

————————————————

7/31/16
THE PHIL NORMAN TENTET
One of the best bands today playing in the tradition of
cool West Coast Jazz

Sunday Evening July 31 – 7:30pm

Vibrato Grill Jazz
2930 Beverly Glen Circle
Los Angeles, CA.90077
Reservations call 310-474-9400

Don’t miss their performance of “THEN & NOW”
Remembering the classic sounds & variations of
12 jazz legends to include:

The George Shearing Quintet
The Dave Brubeck Quartet
The Modern Jazz Quartet
The Cal Tjader Quintet
The Ahmad Jamal Trio
Miles, Dizzy and more

—————————————-

MASTER IN FLM MUSIC APPLICATIONS STILL BEING ACCEPTED

The Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program
At The
Seattle Film Institute

is still accepting applications to the One year

Master of Music (MM) in Film Composition

Recently rated as the #4 school for film scoring education
in the world by Music School Central and the #2 school
for earning a Masters of Music degree in Film Composition

Study with program creator and lead instructor

Hummie Mann

2 Time Emmy Award Winning film composer of
“Robin Hood: Men in Tights” and featured in
Variety Magazine’s article “Leaders in Learning”

Click here to listen and watch student scores from previous years

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016
school year We offer rolling admissions – applying
early is recommended Scholarship support is
available to early applicants

================================

You can read all previous offerings at:http://www.responsible47.com

UNTIL NEXT TIME,
THE COMMITTEE FOR A MORE RESPONSIBLE LOCAL 47