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LETTER FROM CHARLES FERNANDEZ / 802-2008 / LETTER / COMMENT / EVENTS

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

2/3/17
I.  LETTER FROM CHARLES FERNANDEZ

II. FROM THE 802 ARCHIVES – 2008

III. MEMBER LETTER

IV. COMMENTS

V. 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 CHARLES FERNANDEZ

Colleagues,

No doubt some will give each other high-5’s that the local is using
all it’s resources to financially damage a single member who has tried
to make the local more responsive, accountable and transparent for the
rank and file against it’s will.

Here is a letter I have submitted to the Overture. In anticipation of
there refusal to publish it, I share it here.

If you would like to respond, please either respond directly to me,
tronec@charlesfernandez.com or through the responsible47.com site.
Pro or con is of course welcome, and all comments will be published
unless you request it not to be, your name will of course not be included.

As of this date, they still are not giving up on these bogus charges. Perhaps
if enough members call them out they will do the right thing.

I thank you in advance,

Here is the Letter:

To the Editor,

My name is Charles Fernandez. I’ve been a Local 47 member and Emmy/Annie nominated composer/orchestrator/conductor/bassoonist since 1983. I am being targeted for conducting on an educational demo for an English music university. They brought students to Los Angeles to record with Los Angeles musicians. I arranged a connection with a contractor and left it to them. I was at the session to help students in whatever way they needed as an employee of the company. A couple of them needed me to conduct.

Though I am being charged with conducting, conducting is NOT a union craft. The word “conducting’ does not appear in the local’s bylaws. The charges are baseless.

Two former employees informed me that they were told to include a conductor on a contract only IF they wanted to be. We all know why. If they had to enforce a non-existent rule about conducting they’d have to charge a former RMA President who has worked in London countless times. In fact, he’d have a stack of fines a foot high.

Members of the executive board, trial board, all committees, orchestrators, “a” list members and copyists work non-union. They have no choice. My targeting is selective enforcement and designed to hurt me financially.

The lawyer fees I have had to pay are above $10,000 at this point. The letters first came from Gordon Grayson, but now the letters are coming from Louis Levy’s Law Firm.

That means the Local is paying the hourly fees of a professional law firm out of member’s money to target, not a company, nor a studio, nor an orchestra, nor a band, but to target a single member.

A union member who actually played on the session was told they would be charged UNLESS they signed a letter stating they saw me specifically conduct. That is targeting.

While one of the duties of the AFM is to protect members from warrantless harassment and targeting, the AFM has slow walked the process as much as the Local. I cannot get a fair hearing at the local OR the national.

This is the type of conduct our local engages in if you dare speak up. They should be ashamed and are doing nothing but guaranteeing a counter suit for damages.

If you find this as unacceptable as I do, please contact the Local.

Thank you.

Charles Fernandez
Local 47 member since 1983

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II.  FROM LOCAL 802 ARCHIVE

{EC: Colleagues, Considering how bad things have gotten, this
letter from an 802 member from 2008 should let you how
bad it’s was even 9 yeas ago….)

Archive: Volume CVIII No. 10 October, 2008
Readers Speak Out!
The Musicians’ Voice: Recording at a Crossroads
The Musicians’ Voice is an open forum for discussion about the state of union affairs. The letters published here do not necessarily express the views of Local

802. Letters must be 300 words or less.

RE: RECORDING AT A CROSSROADS

To the Editor:
I’d like to ask my fellow musicians a few questions. How many union film sessions have you done in the last year? Of those sessions, how many do you realistically think will pay any back end? One more question: Who is recording all the low-budget, indie, made-for-cable and foreign film sessions? The bulk of that work, when it actually uses live musicians, is recorded nonunion.

We need to stop living in the good old days when every film was made in Hollywood and every session was with a major studio. Today’s films are made all over the world and even in home studios. Many production companies are put-together operations that don’t have full-time accountants to track secondary markets year after year.

There is a lot of work out there that we don’t have, and we will not get it unless we change the way we do business. I enjoy getting my special payments checks and I would push to strengthen those markets that are still healthy enough to support them. But we have our heads in the sand if we think that all of today’s markets are the same and that one contract fits all.

I am totally pro union. But we must be realistic and not repeat mistakes
made by other unions in the past.

Globalization is a reality. Do you have any idea how little European orchestras
charge for recording? These are orchestras with world-class musicians.

I strongly disagree with those who think that digging in our heels is
the answer. The strength of our union will be in its ability to adapt
with changing technology and its many markets, not with stubbornly
holding on to old practices that don’t work anymore.

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III. MEMBER LETTER from Dr. Len Bergantino

Dear Local 47 Members,

I spoke with Don Vappie a few weeks ago about the selling of Local
47 buildings and properties. Don in my view is the best tenor banjo
player alive today. Wanton Marsalis calls him from New York to play
at the Lincoln Center for Dixieland Jazz.

As tradition  would have it, Don’s father played in the New Orleans
Local with Wynton’s father as did their grandfathers!

Don is aware of the special nature of Local 47. I visited the New Orleans
Local. Don had the following to say:

They sold he New Orleans Local Building which was on Esplanade Street
for One Million Dollars. Everybody was pissed. I hear they sold three
other Locals (he rattled off 3 cities which I do not recall, although I think
Chicago was one of them.)

Don and I both lamented about the tradition of Los Angeles and New
Orleans Locals having g the finest musicians in the world go through
their doors. From Louis Armstrong to my second trumpet teacher’s son,
the great lead trumpet player Conrad Gozzo whose picture was on the
wall of Local 47 doing the 16 years I was a member.

Sincerely,

Dr. Len Bergantino

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IV. MEMBER COMMENT

The union only controls half of the pension fund fiduciaries.
It seem that the only recourse we have to this terrible
performance is to put pressure on them to resign and ask
Ray Hair to replace them with members who have knowledge
of capital markets.

We don’t have any control over the employer appointed
members, other than pressure as employees.
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PENSION / PRIVACY / FIRST WEDNESDAY / COMMENTS / EVENTS

Friday, January 27th, 2017

12/27/16

I.  MEMBER COMMENT – PENSION
II. MEMBER COMMENT – PRIVACY?
III. ASMAC ‘FIRST WEDNESDAYS’ – DYNAMIC MUSIC PARTNERS
IV. MEMBER COMMENTS

V. 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 COMMENT – PENSION

You’ve probably received the info from the pension fund bemoaning
its ongoing “critical status”. Having been in that status since 2009,
apparently the “fiduciaries” see nothing on the horizon to alter
that status. I think you know that we have a stock market knocking
on the door 20K. So this makes one wonder just what have our
vaunted fiduciaries been doing?

I think we all realize the ever decreasing numbers of membership
across the Federation, more people coming on to collect benefits
than there are existing members to fund, etc. Yet shouldn’t there
be some kind of investment plan that could mitigate against the
negatives, especially in light of markets trending upward over
‘a period of years? We’re all for caution and prudent management…
but good grief!

My question is: Do we, as the rank and file in the Federation,
have any ability/recourse to call the “fiduciaries” (those in
charge of investments) on the carpet for failing to perform?
Curious if you might have any information on this. It seems
ludicrous that the Fund will be in critical status “ad infinitum”.

Any thoughts and info would be welcome.

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I see others are outraged. So frustrating the attitude we get.
Is there not some other form of recourse, like through some
oversight group, rather than just letters to union officials?
There should be some watchdog org. that monitors what
comes down to fiscal malfeasance.
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II. MEMBER COMMENT – PRIVACY?

At the “inaugural” meeting of 2017, the membership was informed
of some statistics on the number of persons accessing the Overture
On-Line.  X amount of “hits” in the USA and from X number
of countries abroad.

I sent a colleague the following:

My dues statement came and included my Membership #
and “web ID”.  It occurred to me that the local has the ability
to track who is reading the Overture and who is not.

This was the response:

We’ve known for a long time that as long as Marc Sazer
is the webmaster/info guru, that he has carte blanche
access to members’ vital personal data. Who reads the
overture online is minor to me compared with the power
to see the work history, income, employers, etc. of
members. The webmaster can also see the members’
online website viewing history. What someone views
– be it CBAs, wage scales, meeting minutes – tells a
great deal about the viewer. And when that info is in
the hands of someone who controls work… it doesn’t
take a genius.

Name Withheld

Sent from my iPad
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III. ASMAC ‘FIRST WEDNESDAYS’ – DYNAMIC MUSIC PARTNERS

February 1, 2017
7pm Check-in • 7:30pm Program

ASMAC presents:
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Dynamic Music Partners

Kristopher Carter, Lolita Ritmanis
and Michael McCuistion

RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED
Emmy Award-winning composers Kristopher Carter,
Lolita Ritmanis and Michael McCuistion collectively
known as Dynamic Music Partners, will be the featured
guests at February’s event. The team will demonstrate
and discuss their work in animation music along with
the history of Dynamic Music Partners and their
remarkable collaboration. They will also discuss the
landscape of acquiring projects, how the business
is evolving as well as sharing the experience and
knowledge they have gained over the years.

The team is currently scoring the hit animated series
Marvel’s Avengers Assemble. Michael, Lolita and
Kristopher have created hundreds of hours of music
for a variety of different genres, including TV series,
independent films, video games and live performance
events. They have collectively earned twenty-eight
Emmy Award nominations and nine Annie Award
nominations as composers for Batman: The Brave
And The Bold, Justice League, Teen Titans, Batman
Beyond, The Zeta Project and The New Batman
Superman Adventures.

They each received the Emmy Award in Music Direction
and Composition for their music for Batman Beyond.
Their score to the feature film “Yesterday Was A Lie”
won a Gold Medal at the Park City Film Music Festival.

Additionally, original concert works and suites of their
scores have been performed in festivals and special
events — from New York’s Lincoln Center to The
Hollywood Bowl their music has received critical acclaim.
This remarkable and very contemporary trio of composers
and performers is an example of creative collaboration,
business savvy, and artistic expression of the highest,
most original level.

For more information on their credits, please visit IMDb links:
Lolita Ritmanis http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0728667/
Kristopher Carter http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0141766/
Michael McCuistion http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0567090/

Join us for a very informative and entertaining evening!

Check-In: 7 pm – Program: 7:30 pm

$10 Admission
SCL Members – $5
FREE for ASMAC & Local 47 members

Musicians Union Local 47
817 Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90038

For more information on ASMAC and upcoming events:
(818) 994-4661 www.asmac.org

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IV. MEMBER COMMENTS

time to drain the RMA swamp

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Hello Editor,

Well, now that Local 47 has gone from …”barely making
the bills” to “money in the bank”…sure why not spend
some of that money to “record our re-transplant” to Burbank?

However, can you see the proposed “music award ceremony”
changing to the “Professional Musician’s of Burbank”?

President Acosta was asked about this at the onset of the
referendum to sell Vine Street.  He said, “then we will
have to change our name”…Really?

Sent from my iPad

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V. 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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1/28/17

MALIBU FRIENDS OF MUSIC at MAHMA
KAIROS MUSICAL SOIREES

A MOZART BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!
Saturday ~ January 28th
7:30 in the evening.

For Reservations Click Here:
www.malibufriendsofmusic.org

Featuring the:
MALIBU COAST STRING TRIO
Maria Newman, violinist
Scott Hosfeld, violist
Paula Hochhalter, cellist

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
Divertimento for String Trio in Eb
KV 563

Ludwig van Beethoven:
String Trio in G Major
Opus 9, No. 1

…and a few surprises…

Performed in the beautiful MUSIC ROOM at the
Montgomery Arts House
For Music & Architecture
Eric Lloyd Wright, architect

Donation $25.00 per Guest
18 and under admitted donation-free

Artists, dates, times, and programming
subject to change without  prior notice

To make a reservation
please visit our website at
www.malibufriendsofmusic.org

Or call the
MAHMA Reservation Line:
(310) 589-0295

Join us at MAHMA
February 11, 2017 and
February 14, 2017
for our romantic
Valentine’s Events:
Champagne & Chocolate

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1/28/17

Art in Society Presents: IdyTalks – Audrey Carver
Thursday – January 26, 2017
5:30pm
Creekstone Inn, 54950 Pine Crest Ave, Idyllwild, CA 92549, USA

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2/1/17

On Wednesday FEBRUARY 1, 2017 at 12:10-12:40 pm
the Free Admission Glendale Noon Concerts will feature
oboist Catherine Del Russo
violinist Kirstin Fife
and
cellist Christopher Ahn performing works by
Quantz, Haydn and Fife
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.

Oboist Catherine Del Russo received her Bachelor of Music Degree and Performance Certificate at the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Robert Sprenkle, and her Masters of Music Degree from Ohio University where she studied with John Mack in Cleveland. Since then, Del Russo has performed around the world, beginning with the Eastman Wind Ensemble to the Far East as Principal Oboe. After that, she performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Filharmonic de Caracas and Orquesta Municipal in Caracas, Venezuela. Del Russo has played with many orchestras since moving to Los Angeles, including the Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony, the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, and the Honolulu Symphony. Currently, she is Principal Oboe of Orchestra Santa Monica, Downey Symphony, and Symphony in the Glen, and is Solo English horn for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Asia America Symphony. Del Russo has enjoyed playing on many films, commercials and television shows. She has been a promoter of chamber music and new music in Los Angeles. Her oboe, viola and piano trio won the Consortium of Southern California Chamber Music Presenters. Del Russo is Professor of Oboe at Westmont College and is on the Applied Music
faculty at Occidental College.

Violinist Kirstin Fife has made many recordings for motion pictures, television, and phonograph, including her own solo recordings, “Czechmate” and “Pieces of My Heart”. Both of these are available at Amazon and iTunes. She is a graduate of the music schools at USC and Yale University. Also a composer, Kirstin is working on several projects, including a 22 piece song cycle for piano and violin.
Website: http://www.pottsandfife.com/welcome.html

A native of Los Angeles, Christopher Ahn has appeared in solo and chamber music performances across the U.S. as well as abroad in Europe, Australia, South Korea, South Africa, Canada and Central America. Recent solo performances include recitals at the Brand Library and Art Center, UCLA, California State University, Dominguez Hills, and Santa Monica College, and concerto performances with orchestras in Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia. He has also performed chamber music on the Chapman University, Dilijan, L’Ermitage Foundation, Music Guild, and Trinity Lutheran concert series, and has performed numerous times for live radio broadcasts on the Sundays Live recital series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Chris has enjoyed frequent collaborations in recent years with the Lineage Dance Company, most recently presenting a performance of the Bach Cello Suites with dance choreography on the Brand Library and Art Center Dance performance series. He has also worked closely with several Los Angeles based composers, performing new works for solo cello and chamber ensemble on several local series such as the Blackbird Music Project in Orange County, the contemporary music collective ‘Synchromy,’ and Classical Revolution LA.
Chris pursued his studies at UCLA, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the University of Michigan, where his principal teachers included Antonio Lysy, Richard Aaron, Stephen Geber, and Colin Carr. He has also studied with Hans Jorgen Jensen, Andrew Shulman, Peter Rejto, John Walz, and Jenny Goss. Chris currently resides in Los Angeles, where he enjoys a broad spectrum of performance and teaching opportunities.
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2/16/17

THE ORCHESTRE SURREAL
February 16th 8:00
El Portal Theater

The Orchestre surreal will be performing and filming
our up coming concert at the historic
El Portal Theater in North Hollywood.
This is a special event.
If you are receiving this email then you are on our special list.
We want to recognize your loyalty and connection
with the Orchestre and offer you 1/2 price tickets.

For 1/2 price tix
Use the Code Word
ELVIS.
Here is the link
https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/961811/prm/ELVIS

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3/18/16
SFV SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Mar. 18, 2017 –
Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center
Tuttle: By Steam or By Dream Overture
Inaugural Performance
Prokofiev: Symphony #1 in D major (Classical)
Ben-Haim: Pastorale Variée for
Clarinet, Harp and Strings
Geoff Nudell, clarinetist
Beethoven: Romance for Violin and Orchestra
Ruth Bruegger, violinist
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Other concerts in the series

May 13, 2017 – Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center

Saint-Saens: Bacchanale from “Samson and Delilah”
Tchaikovsky: Orchestral Suite No. 2 in C major
Egizi: Orchestral Suite 
“In Memoria di Mio Padre”
Inaugural Performance

Programs subject to change

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3/26/17

LOS ANGELES SYMPHONIC WINDS
Subscription Concert 3 – Calabasas High School
Stars of the Los Angeles Symphonic Winds
Revel in the artistry of some of the LA Winds’ most
acclaimed performers.
-Geoff Nudell and Parker Gaims (now a member of the US Marine Corps Band) play Felix Mendelssohn’s virtuosic Two Concert Pieces. Also on the program will be two works by the LA Winds’ resident composer,
– Charles Fernandez

• Sunday March 26, 2017

• 2:30 p.m.  Performing Arts Education Centers.

• Calabasas High School

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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

FLASHBACK: JUNE 7th, 2007 / EVENTS

Friday, January 6th, 2017

1/6/17

I. FLASHBACK: JUNE 7th, 2007

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

 
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I. FLASHBACK: JUNE 7th, 2007

This article was from The Film Music Magazine
on the subject of the RMA San Francisco voting
to disband.

How much work have we lost since then?
How much work has been taken or prevented rom
going to other locals (like Colorado) since then?

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In the latest episode of the internal struggles occurring
within the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) labor
union, the San Francisco chapter of the Recording Musicians
Association has dissolved just days before a critical national
meeting of AFM leaders.

The Recording Musicians Associations is a “player conference”
within the American Federation of Musicians that focuses
on recording musicians.

In a letter sent by the RMA SF chapter to the RMA International
office in Los Angeles, the RMA SF board cited major conflicts
with the RMA International in the areas of film, television and
video game scoring, stating, “Our motion picture and videogame
recording industry is in crisis.”

The RMA SF dissolution letter stated, “Especially with regard
to motion picture, television and videogame recording work,
RMA International seems to exclusively serve the interests
of a small group of musicians in its Los Angeles Chapter.

In turn, RMALA appears to be dedicated to keeping this
work away from RMA musicians in other chapters, and,
in fact, other musicians within their own Local.”
To read the entire RMA SF
dissolution letter, click here.

(Then) RMA International President Phil Ayling sent Film
Music Magazine a detailed response to the RMA
SF letter, and said that AFM (San Francisco) Local President
David Schoenbrun “inappropriately made proposals
to the AFM on the [RMA] Chapter’s behalf and would use
the weight of his office to back-in local approval afterwards,”
Ayling cited what he sees as larger issues with the AFM
and recording musicians, saying, “The closure of RMASF is
all about AFM leadership failure in representing recording
musicians.”

Ayling’s statement continued, “RMA has long been
supportive of commercial recording in San Francisco.
In response to reports of non-union records and jingles,
we worked vigorously with local musicians to confront
that. Neither the [San Francisco] Local President David
Schoenbrun, nor AFM President Tom Lee has made
substantive efforts to organize that employment.”

San Francisco AFM Local 6 President David Schoenbrun,
in a statement to Film Music Magazine today responding
to Ayling’s statement, said that it is every AFM Local’s
right per AFM bylaws to submit proposals on any and
all agreements to the AFM, and that proposals submitted
by AFM Local 6 were approved by the RMA SF Board.

Schoenbrun emphasized that proposals were submitted
by Local 6 because proposals submitted through the
RMA SF must be vetted by the RMA International,
and according to Schoenbrun, “any attempts by RMA SF
musicians to add their input and opinions to RMA
proposals were met with rejection by the RMA International.”

Schoenbrun continued, “The RMA SF letter speaks for itself.
The RMA SF believes that the actions of the RMA International
worked to the detriment of San Francisco recording musicians,
and that is the sole reason the RMA SF membership voted
to dissolve the chapter.

My response to Phil’s accusations that I intimidated
members is, ‘methinks he doth protest too much…’”

FILM MUSIC MAGAZINE
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II. EVENTS

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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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1/7/16

EDENDALE UP CLOSE CONCERT SERIES

Violinist ANNELLE GREGORY & Cellist GEORGY GUSEV
DUO RECITAL
at the
Edendale Branch Library
in ECHO PARK
2011 W. Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
info (213) 207-3000
FREE ADMISSION
Concert in the Community Room
Free parking in the library lot (enter lot from Alvarado).

Saturday, JANUARY 7, 2017
Time: Noon to 1 pm.

http://annelleviolin.com/

PROGRAM:
R. Gliere: 8 Morceaux for violin & cello
M. Ravel: Sonata for violin & cello
G. Handel/J. Halvorsen: Passacaglia for violin & cello

The Edendale Library Friends Society will provide
refreshments following the concert.

Future concerts in this free series at the Edendale Branch Library:
(all concerts are on Saturdays at Noon-1pm)

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MARCH 11, 2017
Maksim Velichkin Solo Cello Recital

JUNE 10. 2017
Fiato Quartet
http://www.fiatoquartet.com

Updated info will be posted at
http://www.edendaleupclose.blogspot.com/

EDENDALE BRANCH LIBRARY Website (with map):
http://www.lapl.org/branches/edendale

This concert is made possible by a grant
from THE HENNINGS-FISCHER FOUNDATION.

Kewa Civic Concerts http://kewaconcerts.blogspot.com/
Kewa Civic Concerts  is a project of the Pasadena Arts
Council’s EMERGE Program. The Pasadena Arts Council
is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donations to
Kewa Civic Concerts are tax deductible to the full extent
of the law under Federal ID 95-2540759.”

Donation info here:

Kewa Civic Concerts

MORE FREE CONCERTS:
http://www.glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com

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1/15/16

Dear All:

CAL STATE LA / OLYMPIA YOUTH ORCHESTRA

Sunday,  January 15, 2017 at 3PM.
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse
320 S Mission Drive
San Gabriel, CA 91776.

This will be the first public performance of the orchestra
this season, The orchestra is made up of talented young
musicians who gain admittance to perform in the orchestra
through annual competitive auditions, and student of Cal
State University, Los Angeles. The featured soloists this
concert will be John Carpenter, pianist; and Chunyi Zhou,
violinist.

Works will include:
Leonora Overture No.2 by Beethoven
Symphony No.8 by Dvorak
Symphony Espagnole by Lalo
Totentanz by Liszt.

We will also be honoring Dr. Nikolaos Koutouratsas,
the late president of the Hennings-Fischer Foundation
which has given the orchestra so much help these
past years with this concert.

Please come witness the talents of these young musicians
as well as  support classical music in the community. You
do not need a ticket to  get in but if you do need a ticket
with the address sent to you, please feel free to reply and
tickets will be sent to the mailing address you specify.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Sincerely,
Fung Ho

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1/21/16
SFV SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Jan. 21, 2017 –
Tutor Family Center at Chaminade West Hills
Schumann: Manfred Overture
Mendelssohn: Symphony #3 in A minor (Scottish)
Belling: Music Madly Makes the World Go Round
Inaugural Performance
Cary Belling, violinist
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Other concerts in the series
Mar. 18, 2017 –
Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center
Tuttle: By Steam or By Dream Overture
Inaugural Performance
Prokofiev: Symphony #1 in D major (Classical)
Ben-Haim: Pastorale Variée for
Clarinet, Harp and Strings
Geoff Nudell, clarinetist
Beethoven: Romance for Violin and Orchestra
Ruth Bruegger, violinist

May 13, 2017 – Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center

Saint-Saens: Bacchanale from “Samson and Delilah”
Tchaikovsky: Orchestral Suite No. 2 in C major
Egizi: Orchestral Suite 
“In Memoria di Mio Padre”
Inaugural Performance

Programs subject to change
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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

WE’RE BACK! / CRITICAL STATUS / EVENTS

Tuesday, 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

Friday, 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

Saturday, 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

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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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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

Saturday, 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

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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

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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 

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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

—————————————-

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

Saturday, 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

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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.

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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

Sunday, 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

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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?

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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

PLEASE VISIT ASMAC.ORG FOR A FULL LIST OF UPCOMING
ASMAC PROGRAMS & EVENTS, AND VISIT THE ASMAC STORE
TO VIEW DOWNLOADS OF MASTER CLASSES, WORKSHOPS
AND ARCHIVAL HISTORIES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE.

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EVENTS

Saturday, 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.

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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

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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

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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