Archive for August, 2016

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
(more…)

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