LEXUTT PASSES / PENSION / EVENTS

11/20/17

I. CHRISTINA LEXUTT PASSES
II. Will AFM-EPF Trustees Act on New Pension Legislation?
III. EVENTS

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM THE COMMITTEE!

…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. CHRISTINA LEXUTT PASSES

 

The Los Angeles music community lost one of its hidden heroes
today. I suspect 95% or more of the people here will not have
known Christina Lexutt, but she was one of the faces behind
the payroll company Sabron which handled all the payroll on
huge numbers of recording sessions.

As such, if you are a recording musician chances are overwhelming
you got paid because of her. And if you’re a composer (particularly
a Peter Rotter client) chances are that she is who you paid,
in order to pay the musicians.

She was a very lovely human being, and this is indeed sad news.

 

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II. Will AFM-EPF Trustees Act on New Pension Legislation?
“This is a plan that will work. This is a plan that will work without
cuts.” -Senator Sherrod Brown
Just last week, on November 16, many of you received the
email from AFM President Ray Hair regarding recently proposed
legislation to assist multiemployer pension funds by US Senator
Sherrod Brown (D-OH). In the email, President Hair says:

“I have been in direct communication with Senator Brown’s
staff regarding this legislation. Now that the legislation has
officially been introduced, the Trustees of American
Federation of Musicians and Employers’ Pension Fund
(AFM-EPF) will carefully review its specifics to determine
if it addresses the issues confronting the AFM-EPF…”

Encouraging words, but so far the Trustees’ position on
this potentially very helpful piece of legislation has been
extremely skeptical.  Here’s what Local 802 President
and AFM-EPF Trustee Tino Gagliardi said about Senator
Brown’s legislation just a few weeks ago at a Local 802
membership meeting:

“The Trustees would consider favorably and support
a legislative proposal that will help the fund and that
stands a chance of passing this Congress and being
signed into law. As we have witnessed so far in 2017,
this seems to be a very high bar.”

In 2014 the AFM-EPF Trustees fully participated in
getting MPRA passed. They traveled to Washington
DC to engage with the trade groups, the multiemployer
pension community, and policymakers. (MPRA is the
law that allows Trustees to cut our accrued benefits.
Read more about MPRA here.) But now, our Trustees
are taking a skeptical position and have yet to make
a meaningful effort to proactively find a legislative
solution to our pension crisis that doesn’t start with
them making cuts to our existing benefits.

MPS has been working with Senator Brown’s staff
on this legislation for 2 months and recently brokered
a meeting between the Senator’s team and the AFM-
EPF Trustees. We have also relayed several requests
for information that would be helpful to assess the
benefits of Brown’s proposal from his office to the
AFM-EPF. To this date, outside of that single meeting,
there has been zero cooperation from the AFM-EPF.
All requests for assistance from Senator Brown’s
staff have been turned down flat by our Trustees.

So, while we are glad for the encouraging words
from President Ray Hair, what we really need to
see is action.

Read more about Senator Brown’s proposal:

Senator Sherrod Brown and Congressman
Richard Neal Introduce bills to save financially
troubled multiemployer plans and protect retirees
http://www.pensionrights.org/newsroom/releases/senator-sherrod-brown-and-congressman-richard-neal-introduce-bills-save-financiall

Teamsters Support Brown-Neal Legislation
to Solve Pension Crisis
https://teamster.org/news/2017/11/teamsters-support-brown-neal-legislation-solve-pension-crisis
 

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III. EVENTS

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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11/24/17

Friday, November 24th, 2017 / 8:00 pm
Pete Christlieb & Linda Small
with the Ray Ohls Trio
Ray Ohls on piano
Derick Polke on bass
Tim Malland on drums

Brother Don’s
4200 Kitsap Way
Bremerton, WA 98312
Reservations: (360) 377.8442

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MUSIC AT WESTWOOD – A LOS ANGELES TRADITION

MARIA NEWMAN CONDUCTS
a SPECIAL EVENT PERFORMANCE
George Frederic Handel’s
“MESSIAH”
Join Us and Sing Along

WESTWOOD MASTER CHOIR
SOLISTI & CHAMBER SYMPHONY
Namhee Han, organist

December 1st, 2017
Friday Evening at 8:00 pm
inside the beautiful
Westwood Presbyterian Church
10822 Wilshire Blvd.  ~  Los Angeles, CA 90024
For more information: (310) 474 – 4535

www.malibufriendsofmusic.org

Be inspired. Be uplifted. Join us.

$10.00 Admission at the Door
Scores will be available for $10.00
Reception to Follow – Parking is FREE

Westwood Master Choir Solisti:
Christina Borgioli, soprano
Nandani Maria Sinha, mezzo soprano
Larry Duplechan, tenor
Scott Noonan, tenor
DImitri Smith, baritone
Matthew Lewis, bass
Performance Venue:
Westwood Presbyterian Church
10822 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 474-4535
Music at Westwood – A Los Angeles Tradition
is the City Partner Venue of the
Malibu Friends of Music
www.malibufriendsofmusic.org

For information please contact: office@westwoodpres.org
(310) 474-4535
www.westwoodpres.org

Or visit: www.malibufriendsofmusic.org
(310) 589-0295

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12/1/17

Edendale Up Close Concerts,
in ECHO PARK, at the Edendale Branch Library (LAPL).
Saturday DECEMBER 2, 2017 (Noon-1:00pm) performance,

mandolin virtuoso Evan J. Marshall.

Complete info about the program can be found
at http://edendaleupclose.blogspot.com

Thank you!
Jacqueline Suzuki
Curator, Edendale Up Close Concerts
818 -249-5108

 

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12/6/17

PRESS RELEASE/ Wed DECEMBER 6, 2017 at
12:10-12:40 pm at the Free Admission

GLENDALE NOON CONCERTS/ Cellist DEREK
STEIN performs solo works by Hindemith, Prokofiev,
Nicholas Deyoe, P.D.Q. Bach, and Penderecki.

The DEC 6 Press Release & a color photo jpeg
cellist DEREK STEIN are attached.
http://www.glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com
Thank you!
Jacqueline Suzuki
Curator, Glendale Noon Concerts
818 -249-5108

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12/6/17

First WEDNESDAYS: Joe Kraemer
Dec 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Joe Kraemer will be discussing his compositional
process, from spotting, through thematic development,
composition, mocking-up, recording, and finally
mixing.  He will be including clips of his work
from JACK REACHER and MISSION
IMPOSSIBLE, including behind-the-scenes
footage and alternate cues, as well as examples
of sketches and conductor’s scores.

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12/17/17

ASMAC/LAJS Holiday party @ Catalina’s in Hollywood

Dec 17 @ 11:30 am – 3:00 pm

Bill Cunliffe Trio with special guest Denise Donatelli
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UNTIL NEXT TIME,

THE COMMITTEE FOR A MORE RESPONSIBLE LOCAL 47

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