I. LOCAL 47 MEMBERSHIP MEETING REPORT
II. FLASHBACK TIME – 2005 – PART IV – VIDEO GAMES and TRICKS
III. NFA FLUTE SCHOLARSHIP
IV ASMAC FEATURES WOMEN COMPOSERS
…Absolutely guaranteed anonymity – Former Musician’s Union officer
…The one voice of reason in a sea of insanity – Nashville ‘first call’
…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
***** LOCAL 47 MEETING THIS MONDAY at 7:30 PM *****
I. LOCAL 47 MEMBERSHIP MEETING REPORT
Quorum not reached as of 7:32 pm
Actor’s Fund presented to the members.
National Human Resources Organization
Fund is to help Everyone in performing arts and entertainment
33 million operating budget.
9000 members across the country.
Board includes 50 leaders of the creative community.
134 years old.
Eligible – Services are available to everyone.
Only affordable housing and financial assistance have requirements…
must follow government guidelines.
Four main areas of services:
Social Services and Emergency Assistance
Health Care and Health insurance information
Employment and training
Online: actorsfund.org for more info
AHIRC. Org – health care
5757 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 400, LA, CA 90036 / Actorsfund.org.
No quorum as of 7:40.
Quorum reached as of 7:45
No 50 year pin presentations.
RESOLUTIONS VOTE ON:
RESOLUTION I – Requires a comprehensive and balanced budget by
December 1st of each year.
You can see the text in the last Overture.
Member Huckins (One of the authors) spoke in favor.
In the past the budget hasn’t been due till May of each year. That
means that they’re not accountable till 4 months after when they
should be. As of now Money gets spent that the board doesn’t
know about. Must be done before the new year to make sense.
Monthly the executive board must review and balance what they’re
spending compared to what they’re making.
We had deficit spending for 7 years to the tune of 1.6 million
-Must align budget year with fiscal year.
LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE SPEAKS
Legislative committee says (big surprise) recommends a vote no.
Focuses on two major areas, current board it relies on audited budget
figures presented in March. Could force the board to create a lame duck
Requiring a balanced budget is not in the members best interests.
[EC: What???,… but unrestricted deficit spending is?.
Local could be required to deficit spend in cases of lawsuits or other issues.
No vote is in best interest of the membership.
MEMBER Castillo – I’ve looked at 40 financial reports. It makes no
common sense that the requirement is currently May with the fiscal
year beginning in January.
Legislative Committee did not publish an opinion in the overture
which is custom of practice…. And they should have. What are they hiding.
Over 1.6 million too much, we needed various things that could have been
paid for with that money,.. and then perhaps not have to sell the building.
MEMBER AUTHOR – Inspiration for the resolution came form the AFM bylaws.
COMM fails to propose a multi-year budget plan. Is it appropriate to have a
tendency toward deficit spending when there is no financial crisis.
The budget is your guide line to prevent deficit spending.
BOARD MEMBER (TRUSTEE) – Understands the desire to change the timing
of the budget and fiscal year, however, due to the things the legislative
states, it would make more sense to change to fiscal year. Says that the
fiscal year for non-profits is July.
MEMBER corrects the speaker “It’s not true”.
New board has not been in deficit spending. Some thing they cannot help
as in work flow, etc.
MEMBER CHAIRMAN – Discussed resolution with one of the authors of
the resolution. Why didn’t we put word out? There was too much going
on and it would have looks bad for the local while they’re trying to sell
the building. And if anything happened they might have to retract.
MEMBER – Concerned about having a budget, fearful of strait jacketing the
Local. Seems that wrongdoing has been intimated. If there’s a strike we have
to spend money. Has not heard about spending not being handled
responsibility [1.6 million in deficit spending is responsible?]
MEMBER AUTHOR – There need to be boundaries, if not there’s bound
to be a downward spiral. You can define your fiscal year however you
want, but Labor organizations are typically in January.
Ended year in a $30,000 deficit.
DIRECTOR – The $30,000 deficit is down from over $400,000.
The most deficit spending happened in 2013.
MEMBER AUTHOR – All members of the board are fiduciaries, that
means we have to trust them. There is no adherence to a budget,
without a legal budget no one and nothing can be held accountable.
We’re not suppose to lose money.
MEMBER – Numbers are perspective, budget. Want to be able to help members
in an emergency. We’re all a family, should have to answer to how we use it.
My main is how we look at the numbers.
MEMBER AUTHOR- Must dispel misunderstanding about budgets. Exec board
controls the budget. One or more board members don’t understand that.
DIRECTOR – Vote no, it’s not addressing the true issues. A new section about
a budget revue would be a good idea. Also a multi year budget would be a good
All the usual suspects and those who benefit from the present system spoke
against the resolution. Those more interested in more accountability and spending
controls spoke in favor the resolution.
DIRECTOR CALLED THE QUESTION.
10 for a required budget.
40 against a required budget.
[EC: So most in attendance see nothing wrong with leaving the board
free to deficit spend with little to no accountability. See why you need
to come to meetings?]
Bi-annual election info – print version is only quarterly. Changes notices of election
material, create special election edition. See details online.
MEMBER DELEGATE – There’s too much in the resolution. Without knowing
the details. Bring it back and divide it up and vote on each section separately.
SECRETARY – Explains details – purely housekeeping. Overture only published
4 times a year, so we need to change printing dates in election year to print
special edition in November.
YES – 48
NO – 2
RESOLUTION III – Requires notices to meetings be mailed by postcard and email.
Only 2/3’s of members have an email, so notice of meeting must be sent, since
the overture is only printed 4 times a year.
MEMBER – Section listing is wrong, should be Section 5, not Section 1. It’s a typo.
What if notice needs info that is longer than can be on a postcard?
Answer – The correspondence should be sent in whatever form it needs to be.
Biggest concern is that people get the notice.
MEMBER – Was section one accepted as a correction? Article I, sec. 5 was corrected.
Internet security isn’t really an issue is it? We’re not sending classified info.
MEMBER – Substitute “due notice” where it says “postcard”. Motion made and 2nded.
MEMBER – Wording sounds optional, not required, so notice would note necc. be
gotten in time. So, I have a problem that it says MAY be given what ever days before,
instead of “MUST” be. The whole thing looks questionable.
MEMBER – Member moves the word MUST replace the word “may”
MEMBER – “May” is only a choice of whether it’s a email or letter.
MEMBER – If you say “May”, people might not understand what “May” means
or what they’re supposed to receive.
PARLIAMENT – If you say “must” it can only be sent by email
MEMBER – Due notice must be sent to members either by email or snail mail.
Parlementarian says that’s redundant.
Vote on amendment. Fails.
YES – 48
NO – 4
SALARY REVIEW BOARD ELECTION (need 5)
ELECTION CHAIR collects names
Greg Huckins –
Paul Castillo –
Marie Matson – Elected
Mark Zimaski – Elected
Paul Sternhagen – Elected
Stephen Green – Elected
Dr. Norman Ludwin – Elected
Electing five new members
Some nominees speak – They meet and decide on
the salaries of all those who are paid by the local.
MEMBER – When I was on the board the only ones
reviewed were the board members.
NOMINEE – Had lots of assignments in different capacities.
All salaries are reviewed and that is important. Also
have background in financial obligations.
ELECTION BOARD (need 7)
Paul Sternhagen –
ALL WERE ACCEPTED BY BALLOT
Secretary will check to ensure all those nominated are eligible
to run. (No suspensions or lapse in membership)
President – 2015 recap:
Grievances – filing and following – Mediation used more these days. – 13 grievances –
10 were withdrawn, 1 scheduled for the future. One carryover from 2015.
MEMBER – Point of info – mediator was used once.
Relief Fund – 29 members helped.
Trust fund – 67 concerts
2016 so far
Negotiated with 12 employers
Grievances 6 – 3 withdrawn, 1 resolved.
Relief fund – 10 members helped.
145 Concerts sponsored so far this year.
El Capitan – 10% increase over three years.
Desert Symphony – 9% over three years.
TV Show “Transparent” organized.
Building going into escrow with Cadence for 25 million. (3rd attempt)
Entering into Escrow on Alameda Property (this week)
When due diligence is done renovations will commence
Comm meeting with architects to beginning site planning process.
Looking to create Music Tax Credit.
Health – Potential merger of plans
Milliman engaged study underway
Report due back in May.
AMF Convention – June 2016
Negotiate ongoing Phamplet B and SLRA
AFM Live TV Nego coming up.
No resolutions sponsored by delegate of directors but did endorse one by ICSOM.
VP Report –
Many negotiations done.
Spoke at 8 different colleges and really enjoying it.
8 folks joined from those presentations.
Attended writer’s guide awards – Reno conference – ASCAP music awards
ASMAC 1st Wednesdays – Low Budget Workshop
LAPD Health and Safety Fair for LGBT in Auditorium
DIRECTOR – Can we defer remaining officer report to go to New Business.
NEW BUSINESS – THE PLEASANT SURPRISE OF THE NIGHT
1) MEMBER PRESENTED MOTION – Whereas Local 47 members have no clue how
many times VG agreement has been used, et…….
Local 47 shall publish the total music wages and hours for Local 47
members for VG work 2006-2015 segmented by year.
Members need to see the success or lack thereof of the VG Agreement.
Motioned and seconded –
OFFICER: Concern that employers would see the info,.. could we put it in the
AUTHOR: Would be willing to have it put into member’s only area as long as
members are informed to look for it.
MEMBER – Print in overture that it’s in the member’s section
MEMBER – It’s a national agreement – shouldn’t it be for work of all AFM
member, not just Local 47
MEMBER – Cannot encroach on questioning the motive of the member.
Shall post in the member’s area of the Local 47 website and in the next
printed Overture the info requested. Any AFM member should be able to
get this info. Should not have to make request and jump through hoops
to get it.
MEMBER – Is the effort to compare previous contract with the present one?
These contracts should be like 2 pages, should be readable and useable.
Shouldn’t be member’s only, the info needs to be out.
A lot of these contracts are not being used.
MEMBERS – This is in everyone’s best interest,… please vote for it. We
should all have it readily available. I want it in member’s area by June 1st,
and the print edition after that.
2) Bind delegates to oppose any increased in federation work dues or per
+++ It’s interesting to note, that, unsolicited, President Acosta said, “Yes, the
recording musicians pay too much dues. The very next speaker had to correct
him, saying, Everyone is paying too much in dues, not just recording musicians
(This certainly showed, once again, that President Acosta is in the tank for the RMA.)
MEMBER – Delegates should actively oppose the increases.
MEMBER- Don’t like the idea of binding the delegates, they should vote
as they feel they should. Is a ballot motion to bind the delegates.
Since due notice should be given, the maker of the motion withdraws
the motion of binding the delegates.
Quorum Lost –
Member Statement Delegates should all actively oppose any dues increases.
MEETING ADJOURNED AT 10:08
II. FLASHBACK TIME – 2005 – PART V – NEW YORK AND ELSEWHERE
Allegro – Volume CV No. 1 January, 2005
Local 802, New York City
Lights, Camera, Action! Making More Movies in New York
When you think of making movies, Los Angeles is the first city that probably comes to
mind. But Local 802 hopes to make you think of both Los Angeles and New York.
A new City Council bill would create a 5 percent city tax credit for film producers doing
certain types of film production work in New York City (including soundtrack recordings).
The bill would complement recently passed state legislation allowing a 10 percent tax
credit for similar work done in New York State.
As reported in last month’s Allegro, film studios are starting to use subtle methods to get
around soundtrack recording. So any piece of legislation that encourages legitimate
studio production in New York could benefit New York recording musicians.
The bill is Intro 454-A. 802 member Roger Blanc testified to City Council on Dec. 1 in
support of the bill. Blanc is vice president of the New York chapter of the Recording
Musicians Association as well as second vice president of the international RMA.
The transcript is below.
Ladies and gentlemen: My name is Roger Blanc and I’m a New York City-based
freelance musician and vice president on the local and international boards of the
Recording Musicians Association. Thank you for this opportunity to speak on
behalf of New York City recording musicians.
The Recording Musicians Association boards I sit on represent the interests of
musicians recording in the fields of film, television, records and advertising.
Our organization is what’s known as a “player conference” to our union, the American
Federation of Musicians, and our activities affect the working conditions of recording
musicians across the United States and in parts of Canada.
Due to a variety of economic and technological factors, musicians working in the
recording field have in recent years suffered substantial professional challenges.
As these challenges apply to the New York City film business, the City has seen a
significant across-the-board reduction in film music soundtrack recording activity over
the past ten years.
Statistics over this ten-year period show the number of New York City film soundtrack
recording sessions per year cut in half, the total number of musicians employed in this
field per year cut in half, and the amount of total wages paid to recording musicians in a
given year cut by more than 60 percent net of wage increases over the term.
New York City musicians face competition from Los Angeles, where the film studios
and their related production infrastructure help to assure some degree of regular
employment in this field.
We face competition from non-union recording venues, both in the U.S. and abroad.
We face competition from the former Eastern Bloc countries, many of whom are home
to musicians willing to work for substantially lower wages than their counterparts in the
U.S., Canada, and Western Europe.
Finally, we compete with many other high-powered industries for the precious real
estate which is required to house recording studios here. Many of our best studios have
been forced out of business by the high costs of Manhattan property.
The current trend in film soundtracks favors the licensing of pre-existing hit songs over
the recording of original new soundtrack music. A variety of newer electronic musical
options allow for the number of musicians employed in a given film to be substantially
reduced in many instances where new music is recorded. Prerecorded music libraries
may be licensed in lieu of creating and recording original new music for films here. In
short, New York City film soundtrack recording is an area of activity which could
certainly use the promotion that the production incentives in this legislation would
Thank you for your time.
Roger Blanc, Local 802
Seattle has been a hotbed of film, TV and video game recording since Seattle
Symphony musicians voted to decertify the AFM in 1988. Seattle musicians then
started courting film scoring work, creating a rampant and popular non-union
environment for film producers. Below is advertising from the websites of Seattle
Music (David Sabee) and contractor Simon James:
[EC: Their list of credits is substantially larger now, 10 years later.]
From its auspicious debut scoring Mr. Holland’s Opus and Die Hard
with a Vengeance for Michael Kaman, to this spring’s scores for Lake
Placid, The Astronaut’s Wife, Love Letters, The Limey, Castle in the
Sky, Atomic Train, and Six Pack, SEATTLEMUSIC continues to build
on its success as a world class film scoring orchestra.
Superior musicians, music preparation and engineering services,
conductors, orchestrators, recording studios and mobile trucks are
combined for a growing stream of projects. As successful team
creation is of paramount importance, SEATTLEMUSIC is your one
stop source for musical services. The combination of superb
musicianship, experienced management and a buyout for all media
has established SEATTLEMUSIC at the forefront of the film scoring
Simon James, Northwest Sinfonia contracts with the Pacific
Northwest’s finest musicians, ensuring that your orchestral recording
experience will be your very best. Regardless of style or idiom, Simon
will find the perfect performers for your project. See why many
satisfied clients continue to return for the friendly atmosphere and
foremost musical excellence at reasonable rates. Never any extra
charge for new use!
Completed scores recorded, as represented on this website include:
• 100 motion pictures
• 45 CD’s and Video Games
• 58 TV
• 14 IMAX
Eastern Europe and London recording orchestras and environments,
as advertised and represented by the Tadlow Music Agency
Through our 20 years experience of dealing with musicians,
technicians and studios Tadlow Music is able to offer complete, or
separate element, recording packages in London. Because we are
totally independent and not affiliated to any one organisation we are
able to offer the most flexible choice of orchestras and studios.
Included in our packages are the services of:
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
The world renowned ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, through
Tadlow Music, are available for recording sessions in London.
Formed in 1946 by Sir Thomas Beecham the RPO has the enviable
reputation as being one of the most experienced recording orchestras
in the world. Their repertoire encompasses all the major classical
works with as well as a host of “crossover recordings” and Original
Film and TV Soundtracks.
Their most recent soundtrack recording was for ARSENE LUPIN –
music composed and conducted by Debbie Wiseman
Other Soundtrack Credits include
MAURICE JARRE’s Oscar(R) winning score for A PASSAGE TO INDIA
and his scores for MAD MAX: BEYOND THUNDERDOME THE BRIDE
TOP SECRET & THE MESSAGE (Oscar(R) nominated)
GREYSTOKE – JOHN SCOTT
MOUNTBATTEN – JOHN SCOTT
EYE OF THE NEEDLE – MIKLOS ROZSA
TIME AFTER TIME – MIKLOS ROZSA
RELATIVE VALUES – JOHN DEBNEY
FIVE DAYS ONE SUMMER – ELMER BERNSTEIN
AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON – ELMER BERNSTEIN
Confirming their role as “Britain’s National Orchestra” the RPO and the
ROYAL PHILHARMONIC CONCERT ORCHESTRA are famous for their
versatility in both recordings and concerts and their “lighter”
repertoire includes albums with SARAH BRIGHTMAN, PLACIDO
DIMINGO, DIONNE WARWICK, JOSE CARRERAS, CHARLOTTE CHURCH
and RUSSELL WATSON as well as symphonic arrangements of the
music of QUEEN, U2, MADONNA, DEEP PURPLE, ELTON JOHN and the
popular HOOKED ON CLASSICS series.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Pro Arte Orchestra
“The quality of top musicians in London is legendary and the players
(of the Pro Arte Orchestra) are among the best in the world” –
Composer, Jim Parker
NEXT TIME – PART VI – MORE FOREIGN OPTIONS IN 2005
III. NFA FLUTE SCHOLARSHIP
Each year, the Frances Blaisdell Convention Scholarship provides financial
assistance for a high school or undergraduate flutist to attend the National
Flute Association Convention. Recipients gain the means to attend the
largest annual flute event in the world and the chance to participate in
an enriching, immersive experience with renowned flute performers and
ensembles from across the globe.
The recipient of this scholarship will receive $750 to attend the NFA’s
44th Annual Convention in San Diego this summer, plus complimentary
convention registration, and a one-year membership to the NFA. This
is a great opportunity for a flute student to gain insight, inspiration, and
connections to further their flute musicianship and career.
The Frances Blaisdell Convention Scholarship is open to full-time
students under the age of 25. Applicants cannot be previous recipients
of the scholarship.
If you are not eligible to apply, please share this information with students,
colleagues, friends, and anyone who might want to attend the convention,
but currently lacks the financial means to do so.
Applications are due May 1. Visit the Frances Blaisdell Scholarship page
to learn more about the opportunity or submit an application.
National Flute Association
70 E. Lake Street, Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60601
IV. ASMAC FEATURES WOMEN COMPOSERS
ASMAC’S FIRST WEDNESDAYS
WOMEN COMPOSERS FEATURE
Wednesday May 4, 2016 – 7 PM
featuring Music by Women Composers including
Performers will include Sally Stevens Leslie A. Soultanian Bryan Pezzone Scott C. Hosfeld Paula Hochhalter Ben Powell Michael Stever
Please come out!
$10 for Guests and Students FREE for ASMAC & Local 47 members
Meet-up & Check-in: 7:00-7:30 PM. Program: 7:30-10:00 PM.
PLEASE NOTE LOCATION: AFM Local 47 – Auditorium 817 Vine St. Hollywood, CA 90038
* ASMAC Members who would like to share music at a FIRST WEDNESDAYS event, Contact email@example.com Attn: Milton Nelson
Check out the ASMAC website – www.asmac.org to see the new master class, luncheon and interview DVD’s in the ASMAC store (Van Alexander, Ray Charles, Johnny Mandel, Jorge Calandrelli, Bill Ross, Jack Feierman, Sammy Nestico and more), to download ASMAC luncheon podcasts, and more! JUST ADDED: Special Interview with the renowned composer/arranger JIMMIE HASKELL