MEMBERSHIP MEETING / PENSION / QUILT / EVENTS

October 23rd, 2017

10/24/17
I. MEMBERSHIP MEETING
II. MUSICIANS FOR PENSION SECURITY Update
III. DAVID’S QUILT
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. MEMBERSHIP MEETING

LOCAL 47 Meeting 10/23/17
Called to order at 7:39 by Pres. Acosta
Quorum reached.

Building not quite completed.
1) AFM Offices are in place.
2) Credit Union will be in the building as well
3) RMA Offices are in place.

Roll taken – most of board in attendance.
No 50 year pins to give out
Minutes: Approved
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Recognize departed members – Secretary
has list, About 12.
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PRESIDENT’S REPORT
Since last meeting:

Aug. 19th – Concert for viable tax credit.
(Will only benefit RMA. BUYOUTS are
the only solution, but that will never happen.)

Used empty “solidarity” arguments for why
non-recording folks should support it.

Acosta went to represent unions in China and
to understand unions in China.

Then to Canada – international executive board
meeting.

Settled charge with collective media guild.
The union prevailed. (so they say)

Some agreements renewed.
LA Phil nego done – $156,000 starting salary
Some still in process.
Some committees to be formed for the future.

Organizing report given:
1) Member survey results – 1030 responded.
A bit less than a fifth of the membership.
Will update soon.
2) Non-Union Orchestras – what would it
take to make them union.
3) Working with orch committees: Budgets
are not going to musicians, but to
facilities, administration and conductors.
4) Video tape agreement being nego. –
streaming revenue discussed.
5) Tax credit campaign – bill is 2 year bill,
must be re-upped in January.
6) Next Thursday will be a meeting about
tax credit 1pm, Nov. 2nd.
7) Want to try to show a united front.

Lalo Schifrin concert was a big success.
Has been disconnect with Composers he wants
to fix it.
Brought back VG score from England.
Low budget agreement.

Thanked VP and Secretary for their work
on the move.

Question: Russ Ripinsky has worked for
us for years. Will he still be here?
A: Not an employee, but is a researcher
and are open to having him back.
Statement: He’s found money for us
we’d not have otherwise.

VP REPORT

Re: Ripinsky – Moving company is holding
our archive. Being kept safe.
2,400 sq. foot area for archive.
74 filing cabinets of contracts.

Introduced film of John Williams celebrating Lalo.

MOVE: Sept 11-12 final stuff was moved
to new building. Everything that was in the old
building is now in the new building.

Oct 16th –golf tournament happened.
Dec. 11th – 15th – round 4 of live tv nego.
Very contentious negotiation.
Spoke at Cal State Long Beach – class of
35 composers.

SECRETARY REPORT

2nd quarter review – revenues $2,535,573 /
expenses $2,319,067
excess of 216,506 dollars
AFM47.org/radio – all union radio station.
Check overture for ongoing events.

Media Awards –Won 3rd place general ex;
2nd place for Local 47 Beat; 1st place writing
for electronic media; 1st Place: design award
for overture.

Now have paypal portal,.. can pay dues there.
Also take MC, Visa, Discover or AMEX through
Paypal

MUSICIANS CLUB.

Revenue $130,829 Expenses $321,747
$190,918 oss
$142,492 Legal
$182506 Lease back 94,011

Improvements to building – $5,110,138

Over 2 million in fixed income through
Merrill Lynch
Over 2 million in stocks etc. through
Merrill Lynch

OLD BUSINESS

MEMBER:
Resolution I – carried over from many
meetings earlier
Change way COLA is done. No Quorum
for the previous meetings.

Motion to amend is not an incidental or
privileged motion. It was not done properly.
Should have been called out of order but
was not. Ex. board should rescind decision.

Parliamentarian; says committee made
motion properly and can amend it themselves.

Member: Can work with a quorum, but
CANNOT work without a quorum. Exec.
Board meeting, NOT membership meeting.
It’s a special way to deal with a resolution.

Parle: Committee is not a member, they
present the motion.

Member: You’re wrong.
Backpedaling by Parle. ensued.

Minutes said particular member presented
it (cannot be done by particular member,
only committee, and it is not appropriate.

Executive board kept making decisions when
there was no quorum.

Twice it was pub. Twice gen. membership meeting
didn’t happen.
They are making decisions about COLA that they
should not.
They are having a say over their own income.
Inside dealing.

Parle: Once a bylaw is amended it can only be
amended by another bylaw amendment.

Membership can repeal the bylaw amendment.
With a 2/3’s vote.

One of the RMA Leaders tried to point out quorum
was lost to shut down the member. Oops,… only 48 –
no quorum, cannot have a vote,…
HOW CONVENIENT!
Member shut down.

New Business
Downey Sym will feature Brad Dutz – Jan 20th

Meeting Adjourned at 8:47 PM

 

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II. Important update from “MUSICIANS FOR PENSION SECURITY”

Important Developments in Washington DC

As you may know, several proposals have been made in
Washington DC to address the crisis in the multi-employer
pension sector. These proposals would impact not only the
AFM-EPF plan but also the Teamsters pension plan and
dozens of others that are chronically underfunded.

Below, we will review the four most talked about proposals.
Of the four, only the third (Rob Portman’s proposal) has
been introduced as legislation. But policymakers are actively
reviewing all four and we would not be surprised to see
legislation introduced in the near future that incorporate
some of the ideas outlined below.

The UPS Proposal

United Parcel Service, which is a large employer of Teamsters,
could be liable for up to $4 billion of pension plan liability if the
Teamsters pension plan becomes insolvent. It has made a
proposal to address the pension crisis. Under the UPS proposal,
the federal government would provide 30 -year loans at 1% to
troubled pension plans to cover their cash flow shortages.

The problem with the UPS proposal is those benefit payments
would be reduced up to 20% for all participants immediately,
and UPS is also calling for increased PBGC premiums,
employer surcharges, employee membership fees and union
surcharges.

The Teamsters Proposal

The Teamsters proposal calls for low-interest long-term
government loans to underfunded plans. The government
would sell bonds to investors to fund the loans. The troubled
pension plans would be required to invest in the loan
proceeds conservatively, such as purchasing a group annuity.

The Teamsters proposal involves no cuts to accrued benefits.
However, it does contemplate a new benefit design for future
service accruals that would minimize future underfunding.
This could take the form of a variable annuity plan or an
adjustable pension plan.

Senator Portman’s Pension Accountability Act

Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) has proposed that any cuts in
accrued benefits be put to a fair vote of the plan membership.
No cuts could be made unless a majority of plan participants
who cast a vote approve the benefit cuts. Currently, the way
the law is written, a majority of all plan participants, whether
they vote or not, must reject the benefit cuts in order to
prevent cuts from being made. The recent experience of the
NY Teamsters illustrates why Portman’s proposal is necessary.
There, the proposed cuts were voted down by a margin of
2-1, but the cuts were made anyway. This is because a
majority of the membership didn’t vote.

The Portman Bill would also eliminate the authority of the
Department of the Treasury in the case of systemically
important plans to override votes of plan participants to
reject benefit cuts. (A plan is “systemically important”
if projected financial assistance to the plan will exceed
$1 billion if benefit cuts are not implemented.)

NCCMP Proposal

The NCCMP is a trade group of multi-employer plans in
Washington DC. AFM-EPF is a dues-paying member,
and two of our trustees sit on various boards and
committees of the NCCMP.

NCCMP is the group that wrote MPRA and got it passed
by Congress in 2014. MPRA contains numerous
provisions that are deeply prejudicial to our interests,
including a provision that deprives pension beneficiaries
of any real say in whether they are to receive cuts or
not, and a provision that deprives the right of pensioners
to have judicial review of the cuts.

MPRA is a law that takes vested property rights away
from us, and NCCMP is trying to pass more legislation
that would take even more rights away from us. Currently,
the NCCMP is lobbying for its proposal regarding
Composite Plans. Under the NCCMP proposal, the
Composite Plan would be required to be funded to a
ridiculously high 120% funded ratio over the next 15
years. Any funding shortfall would prompt benefit cuts.
The trustees would not have to go to the United States
government for any approval to get benefit cuts, and
benefits would not be insured by the PBGC. Luckily,
right now, the Composite Plan proposal would not
apply to AFM-EPF. But it easily could.

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III. DAVID’S QUILT

The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and the Max
Hellman Institute will present the world premiere of
“David’s Quilt,” an original oratorio about biblical King
David. David’s Quilt is the result of 15 very different
composers joining together to tell the story of David
through their own artistic lens. The Quilt explores
different episodes of David’s life, composed in a
variety of musical idioms.

Sunday, November 5, 2017
7:00 — 9:00pm
Stephen S Wise Temple

FREE ADMISSION. RSVP at bit.ly/DavidsQuilt

The new work by 15 Los Angeles-based composers,
including school of music faculty and students, will be
performed by UCLA students and alumni including the
Chamber Singers.

The concert at Stephen S. Wise Temple is presented
by The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, in collaboration
with the Max Helfman Institute for New Jewish Music.
Funding is provided by the school of music’s Lowell
Milken Fund for American Jewish Music and the David
and Irmgard Dobrow Fund, as well as the Max Helfman
Institute.

The concert will also serve as the opening event of a
two-day conference that will bring together renowned
experts, historians, composers and artists to discuss
the past, present and future of “American Culture and
the Jewish Experience in Music.”
“American Culture and the Jewish Experience in Music” Conference.

Conference, Day 1:
Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 | UCLA Luskin Conference Center
UCLA Luskin Conference Center

Conference, Day 2:
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 | Room 314, Royce Hall, UCLA

For a full schedule of conference activities, please click here.
 

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IV. 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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10/26/17

Tall & Small 11 piece Band NW: New Frontier Lounge

featuring:
Pete Christlieb & Linda Small
October 26, 2017, Thursday 8 PM – 10 PM

New Frontier Lounge

301 E 25th St, Tacoma, Washington 98421
(253) 572-4020

Presented by The B Sharp Music Society, dedicated
to the presentation and promotion of live music:
Pete Christlieb and Linda Small

The Tall and Small 11 Piece Band NW

featuring: Pete Christlieb saxophones and
Linda Small trombone

saxophones: Travis Ranney, Jeff Kashiwa,
Jack Klitzman, Bill Ramsay

trumpets: Kevin Seely, Ollie Groenewald

piano: David Deacon Joyner bass: Michael
Glynn drums: Tim Malland

cover $10. two for $15

TICKETS

Directions

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10/30/17

KAIROS MUSICAL SOIREES
Montgomery Arts House for Music & Architecture 2017

MAHMA’S
“Spooky Sonorities”
…a chilling Chamber Music Event
Monday, October 30th, 2017
…at 7:30 pm

A candlelit night of
macabre music & silent cinema…

Monday, October 30th, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Join us for Wine & Cheese
and the evocative artwork of
Christine O’Grady Martin at
7:00 pm ~ just prior to the concert

For Reservations click:
www.malibufriendsofmusic.org

Or Call MAHMA’s Reservation Line at:
(310) 589-0295

 

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11/1/17

A CONCERT WITH THE MASONS

GLENDALE NOON CONCERTS
CALICO WINDS:
Works by Daniel Gregory MASON, Lowell MASON & William MASON
12:10-12:40 pm at the Free Admission

Info about upcoming programs through MAY 2018
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!
Jacqueline Suzuki
Curator, Glendale Noon Concerts
818-249-5108

 

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11/12/17

DOCTOR WU at VITELLO’S
Sunday, November 12th, 2017

If you love the music of Steely Dan, please join us for this
special night as The Doctor Wu Band returns to Vitello’s
(upstairs) for another great show.  This is a beautiful listening
room with delicious Italian cuisine. With the passing of the
great Walter Becker, co-founder of Steely Dan, shortly after
our last show, we are honored to be back and playing this
timeless music for you once again.

** Table reservations/Advanced Tickets are $10 and strongly
recommended. Click here to make your reservation:
http://www.vitellosrestaurant.com/purchase-tickets

Please note: Vitello’s recently implemented a $10 increase
in the cover at the door on the day of the show so be sure
to reserve in advance **

818.769.0905
4349 Tujunga Ave
Studio City, California 91604
Valet or street parking

About the The Doctor Wu Band:
Steely Dan produced an amazing number of recognizable
radio hits well known to all.  The Doctor Wu Band’s recreations
of this astonishing string of chart-toppers and album favorites
have thrilled fans all over Southern California for over a decade!
With a full line-up that includes a 4-piece horn section, this
talented group of professional players love to have fun and
share the joy of performing the music of Steely Dan.

Members of Doctor Wu have performed and recorded with the
likes of Chicago, Dave Benoit, Echo & the Bunnymen, Stanley
Clarke, UB40, Dionne Warwick, Chaka Khan, Poncho Sanchez,
The Temptations, Jay Graydon and more.

Line up:
Tony Egan: Lead Vocals
Leigh DeMarche & Lauri Reimer: background vocals
Gil Ayan: Guitar
Steve Bias: Bass and backgorund vocals
Mark Harrison: Keyboards
Roch Bordenave: Trombone
Jeff Dellisanti: Saxophones
Frank Villafranca: Saxophones
Kurt Walther: Drums
Andy Weiner: Trumpet

 

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

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UNTIL NEXT TIME,

THE COMMITTEE FOR A MORE RESPONSIBLE LOCAL 47

CBS / PEACE / COMMENTS / EVENTS

October 14th, 2017

10/14/17

I. CBS INTERVIEWS BROKERS
II. CONCERT FOR PEACE
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. CBS interviewed brokers to sell its Television City campus: sources
By Hannah Miet | September 27, 2017 07:00AM

The Real Estate News.

“This building has enough concrete in it to build 28

miles of four-lane highway,” Edward R. Murrow

proclaimed in a 1953 CBS special about “Television

City,” the network’s mammoth complex in Los

Angeles’ Fairfax District.

Over the next six decades, TV City would became

an iconic venue that hosted shows such as

“The Price is Right,” “All in the Family,” and

“Dancing with the Stars.”

But its status as a center of entertainment

and culture may be in flux. CBS Corporation

has been in discussions with brokerages to

shop the complex at 7800 Beverly Boulevard,

The Real Deal has learned.

After interviewing more than five firms for

the roughly 25-acre property on Beverly

Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue — which

has about 1 million square feet of studio

and office space, including eight stages —
CBS recently narrowed the search down

to two, sources said.

The network hasn’t indicated if it intends

to vacate the property entirely, sources

said. The nature of what will be marketed

— a full sale, a sale-leaseback or a ground

lease — remains unclear.

Representatives for CBS did not return

multiple requests for comment.

CBS subleases much of the space at TV

City to other production outfits, sources

said. The network may be looking to

consolidate its own operations at its Studio

City campus at 4024 Radford Avenue,

they said.

Though the discussions are in a preliminary

stage, interested buyers are said to be circling.

At least two major developers looked to talk

with CBS once chatter about the broker

interviews began to spread, sources said.

TV City does not appear to be entitled for

new development.

 

The campus, designed by architect Gin Wong

at Pereira & Luckman, was built in 1952 on

the former site of Gilmore Stadium. CBS acquired

the land from the A.F. Gilmore Company

for $1.2 million in 1949.

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II. CONCERT FOR PEACE – TONIGHT! October 14th

In October there are concerts all over the world
dedicated to Violinist/Journalist Daniel Pearl.

Here is one….

MAHMA 2017
KAIROS MUSICAL SOIREES
A CONCERT FOR PEACE
Saturday, October 14th at 7:30pm
in the beautiful
MAHMA Great Room

Intimate Musical Soirees with
Old World Hospitality and Charm
Presenting Extraordinary Concert Artists
and Distinguished Speakers

Saturday, October 14th, 2017 at 7:30 pm
This Concert Event will take place in the
MAHMA Great Room

Tickets and reservations are available at
www.malibufriendsofmusic.org
or call: (310) 589-0295

Presenting Exceptional Works of
Gustav Mahler, Riccardo Joshua Moretti,
J.S. Bach, Laurence Sherr
Leonard Bernstein, and Maria Newman

FEATURED GUEST ARTIST:
Karen Becker, cellist

MAHMA RESIDENT ARTISTS:
Wendy Prober, pianist
Maria Newman, violinist
Scott Hosfeld, violist

INTRODUCING RISING STAR:
Sofia Cohen, voice

MASTER OF CEREMONIES:
Samuel Thatcher

For more information on the
Malibu Friends of Music
please visit: www.malibufriendsofmusic.org

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III. COMMENTS

Contributing dollars to the RMA/RMALA to
either RMALA membership or RMA night
enables RMA to ingratiate itself by
capitalizing on most professional
recording musicians to use for it’s
exclusive financial benefit at the
expense of most career recording
musicians demise.

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IV. 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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10/15/17

“The Trio”
Sunday, October 15 at 4:00PM

Special concert featuring the “The Trio” comprised  of
Terry Trotter – piano
Chuck Berghofer – bass
Joe LaBarbera – drums

at
Keyboard Concepts
5539 Van Nuys Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA

Seats are $40 each payable in cash or by check only at the door

Please reserve your seats now at efarber@sbcglobal.net

Limited space, first come, first served

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10/18/17

Wed OCTOBER 18, 2017 at 12:10-12:40 pm at the
Free Admission
GLENDALE NOON CONCERTS/ JONATHAN FLAKSMAN

Solo Cello Recital: Works by BACH, FLAKSMAN, YSAYE

Thank you!
Jacqueline Suzuki
Curator, Glendale Noon Concerts
818-249-5108

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

THE COMMITTEE FOR A MORE RESPONSIBLE LOCAL 47

AFM/LOCAL 802 / EVENTS

October 6th, 2017

10/6/17

I. AFM/LOCAL 802
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. AFM/LOCAL 802

The AFM is buying a Building in southern Manhattan,  It is reportedly
almost an entire floor, described as a condo. Considering the membership
of the Federation has gone down to 60,000 from 100,000 in the last ten
years, is this a smart investment?

Till recently the AFM has been renting.

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Local 802

A member noticed one contractor for Jewish weddings was doing
a lot of them, and was never billed for them because there was
no billing procedure.

Now they’re telling the members who played those weddings they
owe 5 years or more of fees, after the fact.

nice…

Meanwhile,

AFM raising the dues Locals have to pay to the AFM,  is driving
a lot of smaller locals to close and causing them to be absorbed
by those locals that are left.

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VI. 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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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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10/15/17

“The Trio”
Sunday, October 15 at 4:00PM

Special concert featuring the “The Trio” comprised  of
Terry Trotter – piano
Chuck Berghofer – bass
Joe LaBarbera – drums

at
Keyboard Concepts
5539 Van Nuys Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA

Seats are $40 each payable in cash or by check only at the door

Please reserve your seats now at efarber@sbcglobal.net

Limited space, first come, first served

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10/18/17

Wed OCTOBER 18, 2017 at 12:10-12:40 pm at the
Free Admission
GLENDALE NOON CONCERTS/ JONATHAN FLAKSMAN

Solo Cello Recital: Works by BACH, FLAKSMAN, YSAYE

Thank you!
Jacqueline Suzuki
Curator, Glendale Noon Concerts
818-249-5108

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

THE COMMITTEE FOR A MORE RESPONSIBLE LOCAL 47

SCHIFRIN CONCERT / BEN HUR / EVENTS

September 29th, 2017

9/29/17

I. LALO SCHIFRIN CELEBRATION CONCERT
II. ‘BEN HUR’ MUSICIANS
III. EVENTS

…Absolutely guaranteed anonymity – Former Musician’s Union officer

…The one voice of reason in a sea of insanity – Nashville ‘first call’
scoring musician
…Allows us to speak our minds without fear of reprisal – L.A. Symphonic musician

…Reporting issues the Musicians Union doesn’t dare to mention – National touring musician

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I. LALO SCHIFRIN CELEBRATION CONCERT

CELEBRATING LALO SCHIFRIN
AN 85th BIRTHDAY CONCERT

OCTOBER 7, 2017 – 8:00  PM
Alex Theater
216 N. Brand Ave.
Glendale, CA 91203

Musicians at Play and AFM Local 47’s Music Fund Los Angeles and
Varčse Sarabande are honored to present Lalo Schifrin’s 85th
Birthday Concert on Saturday, October 7th 2017 at the historic
Alex Theatre in Glendale.

Guest Conductor Chris Walden will lead an big band and special
guests in celebrating Lalo’s life, artistry, and esteemed body of
work.

Flutist Sara Andon will solo with the band for a few historic Schifrin
pieces. Additional special guests include Michael Giacchino,
Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Steve Tyrell, Denise Donatelli and
Sandra Booker Holley, Brett Ratner and more!

Lalo Schifrin is a venerated composer, conductor, pianist, and
jazz musician. He has written classic television themes and over
100 film scores including Mission: Impossible, Mannix, Bullitt,
Cool Hand Luke, The Cincinnati Kid, The Competition and so
many more.

His five Grammys, one Cable ACE Award, and six Academy
Award nominations is a testament to his impact on the music
industry.The evening will be hosted by Robert Townson.

Proceeds will go to support music education in schools and
aide for Local 47 professional musicians in crisis.

Tickets:
http://preview.tinyurl.com/yby5t9fp

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II. MGM, Paramount Say ‘Ben Hur’ Musicians Not Covered

by Union Agreement
September 28, 2017 7:58am PT by Eriq Gardner

The studios make their move to dismiss a lawsuit from

a guild that claims that musicians haven’t been properly

compensated. MGM and Paramount Pictures are moving

to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a guild that claims

musicians who recorded the score for the 2016 film

remake of Ben Hur have been denied rightful wages,

benefits and residual compensation.

In a motion filed Wednesday, the studios argue that

these musicians are not covered under a collective

bargaining agreement. The lawsuit comes from

The American Federation of Musicians of the United

States and Canada, who assert that the studios are

violating Section 301 of the Labor Management

Relations Act. In the complaint, the guild noted

that Ben Hur was shot in Italy, but that producers

retained the services of a California composer,

Marco Beltrami.

Each of the major studios is a signatory to a

union-negotiated 2015 agreement over

motion pictures.

But MGM and Paramount are relying on the

allegation that Beltrami was hired by Paramount’s

“contractor,” BH Productions LLC. According

to the defendants,

this puts the musicians — who they say were

fully compensated — outside the relevant

bargaining unit. What’s more, the defendants

question whether the musicians have ever

consented to this lawsuit.

“Because the AFM lacks standing under

Section 301 to pursue claims on behalf of

the musicians allegedly hired by the composer,

the AFM cannot seek damages on their behalf,”

states the motion. “The AFM has not alleged,

and cannot allege, that the musicians ever

authorized the AFM to seek financial recovery

for purported injuries caused to them. Indeed,

the AFM has not even alleged that the musicians

are aware that the AFM is seeking to represent

their interests in this action.”

Paramount previously used similar arguments

to beat an AFM lawsuit over the score to Same

Kind of Different as Me. That legal action

challenged how the film wasn’t scored in North

America in alleged breach of the CBA. Crucially,

the case failed after a judge determined that the

musicians weren’t employed by Paramount,

but rather by the production vehicle, SKODAM Films.

In some ways, Paramount is being even more

bold in its defense of Ben Hur.

The adjudication of Same Kind of Different as Me

happened at the summary judgment phase after

the parties engaged in discovery and explored

evidence of Paramount’s control over the picture

and whether it could be deemed a joint employer.

In contrast, MGM and Paramount are now looking

to kill the Ben Hur lawsuit on a motion for judgment

on the pleadings. What that means is that the studios

don’t want any costly discovery. Represented by

attorney Adam Levin at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp,

they are challenging whether AFM has even alleged a

plausible case.

[EC: The article doesn’t state whether the score

was recorded here. IMDB does not make it clear

where it as recorded, but it seems it was scored

overseas considering none of the names are

familiar and LA wants all the credit it can get.

So, does the AFM think that if an American

Composer is hired now, it has to be scored here?

The movie was made in Italy. They have squat

to say about it…. further, if there were a number

of instruments recorded here, not on contract,

again the AFM has nothing to say about it.

Way to make sure MORE companies don’t want

to work with us, AFM.]

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

VI. 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
————————————-
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.

http://www.responsible47.com

———————————————-

10/1/17

Los Angeles Symphonic Winds
Oktoberfest Concert/Beer Tasting!

Sunday October 1, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Calabasas High School Performing

Arts Education Center

22855 Mulholland Hwy,

Calabasas, CA 91302

An exhilarating afternoon of works by Strauss,
Lehar and Orff plus a post concert Beer
Tasting Event.
Repertoire for Oktoberfest concert:

Bach/Schaeffer Passacaglia in c minor

Orff Carmina Burana excerpts

Strauss Der Rosenkavalier Suite

Henze Don Quixote

Mendelssohn Overture for Winds

Howard The Little German Band

————————————

10/4/17

FREE GLENDALE NOON CONCERTS

Violinist JACQUELINE SUZUKI
Pianist CHARLES FIERRO

will perform the Lekeu Violin Sonata &
the Debussy- Heifetz “Beau Soir”.
Thank you!

Artist Bios:
JACQUELINE SUZUKI, violin, is a longtime
member of the Long Beach and Santa Barbara
Symphonies. A native of San Francisco, she
began her earliest chamber music studies on
scholarship at the San Francisco Conservatory.
She has performance degrees from the
Mannes College of Music (BM), where she studied
with William Kroll, and the California Institute
of the Arts (MFA).

As a Los Angeles freelancer, she has performed
with many ensembles and in many genres, from r
ock, jazz, Latin and Arabic, to playing in the pit
for the Bolshoi Ballet and onstage with the Three
Tenors. She has recorded with diverse artists:
Snoop Dogg, Neil Sedaka, Leonard Cohen, Whitney
Houston, Bocelli, Lalo Schifrin, McCoy Tyner,
Placido Domingo and many others, and appears
on recordings by the Long Beach, Santa Barbara
and Pacific Symphonies. She has spent summers
at the Peter Britt, Oregon Coast, Carmel Bach
and Cabrillo Festivals and has performed in a
string quartet “in residence” on a raft trip
down the Green River in Utah. Tours have
taken her many times to Japan, Taiwan,
Mexico, Canada, Europe, the Middle East
and throughout the US. She initiated and
curates the Free Admission Glendale Noon
Concerts http://glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com
and also the
Edendale Up Close Concerts: http://edendaleupclose.blogspot.com

One of Southern California’s leading pianists,
Charles Fierro has made concert tours for the
National Endowment for the Arts and the California
Arts Council and has given more than 25 concerto
performances with orchestras.  He has appeared
twice at the National Gallery of Art and the
Dumbarton Oaks Foundation in Washington,
D.C.  In 1976 he played the American
Bicentennial Recital at the Palace of Fontainebleau
in France on the personal invitation of the
legendary musician, Nadia Boulanger.  He
has interpreted the music of Beethoven,
Schumann, Schoenberg and Liszt at the Ojai
Festivals and performed more than a dozen
times at the prestigious Monday Evening
Concerts in Los Angeles, presenting the
American premieres of important new works.

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

THE COMMITTEE FOR A MORE RESPONSIBLE LOCAL 47

PROFLIGATE / RMA NIGHT ORIGINS / BENEFIT CONCERT / COMMENT / SCOTT HEALY / EVENTS

September 22nd, 2017

9/22/17

I. PROFLIGATE SPENDING
I. RMA NIGHT ORIGINS
III. TAX BENEFIT CONCERT
IV, MEMBER COMMENT
V. TOMORROW! SCOTT HEALY ASMAC MASTERCLASS
VI. EVENTS

…Absolutely guaranteed anonymity – Former Musician’s Union officer

…The one voice of reason in a sea of insanity – Nashville ‘first call’
scoring musician
…Allows us to speak our minds without fear of reprisal – L.A. Symphonic musician

…Reporting issues the Musicians Union doesn’t dare to mention – National touring musician

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

I. MEMBER COMMENTARY: Profligate Spending

At the 9/19 Local 47 Executive Board meeting the subject
of the Local’s purchasing of tickets for RMA Night was discussed.

The choice came down to buying 10 tickets for $150 each or to
purchase a “corporate table” for $3,500.

Bill Reichenbach (who identified himself as a Board member of
the RMA ) said, “Keep in mind the RMA is a players conference
with national contracts…supporting the RMA is not too much
of a sacrifice…they do so much.”.

Then Andy Malloy, said, “People will be there…
we need to show our support…when we look at payments
to attorney’s and how much the various entities bring in.”

Bill continued his pitch by telling the Board, “If you want
a presence as a group, you need a table.”

In the end, the Board (in a rare non-unanimous vote) approved
the expenditure of $3,500 ($2,000 over the 10 ticket price).
Reichenbach was asked to abstain.

Member Observer

[EC: So given the choice of a $1500 table for 10, or a
Corp Table for $3,400, our board naturally decided to
take the more expensive route, pissing away $2,000
more than they need to of all our dues money for
the elites.

This after funding a downtown concert with ALL our
dues to get a tax break that will benefit ONLY the elites.

It’s simply insult to injury, with the members being
played for fools and fleeced again and again. How much
will the members (YOU) take before you actually grow
a pair and speak up and stop allowing the Local to treat
with such disrespect???

This is no different than trump’s officials continuing to
use private jets, using our taxes for their whims. If
that pisses you off, this should really send you over
the edge.

BTB, Andy Malloy is a former RMA Board member,
and the Former president of the Professional
Musicians Guild, the illegal group created by
RMA members to steal the video game work
from the AFM because Tom Lee was President.

Members, for goodness sake speak up! This crowd
is stealing your dues, handing to the RMA and
you’re saying nothing!!

KEEP READING]

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

II. RMA NIGHT ORIGINS

Do you know where RMA night came from?

Back when Bernie Fleischer was president of the Local
starting in 1985, the RMA was trying to solidify their
monopoly of recording. Bernie, however, didn’t kiss
the RMA ring and kept working for the benefit of all
members. They couldn’t have that, could they…

During the next Local 47 Election i1990, Fleischer
and his wife were defamed by a newsletter from
campaign consultant Behar of Pacific Media Group.
The Consultant was hired by those highest up in the
RMA at the time.

In that newsletter, Finale, Fleischer was accused
of, among others things,stealing money, falsifying
records, drug use in office,

Bernie sued 6 people for defamation of character
and libeling he and his wife.

Fleischer also sued  the AFM’s then-president Max
Herman and 22 other officers in 1991 for allegedly
libeling him and his wife during local 47’s 1990
election campaign
(Daily Variety, June 17, 1991).

Fleischer reached a settlement of $100,000 with
Herman, Recording Musicians Assn. former
president DENNIS DREITH, RMA board members
JOANN KANE and NEIL STUBENHAUS, former
campaign consultant Shed Behar, and former union health
fund manager Maria Cruz.

Did these people pay the decision themselves? OF COURSE
NOT! The RMA created the RMA night to pay off the decision
against their most important leaders at the time. Used the rank
and file RMA members money to bail them out. What? Sandy,
Stubenhaus or Dreith’s July checks couldn’t take the hit?

And RMA night continues to this day.

So if you’re going to the RMA night tomorrow, reflect on the
kind of conduct on the part of the RMA’s former (and some
present) leaders that led to it’s creation.

Doubt our word on this? Want to say WE LIE????
Read the Variety Article yourself:
http://tinyurl.com/y8eb7s65

THE COMMITTEE

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

III. DID YOU GO TO THE DOWNTOWN BENEFIT CONCERT
FEATURING RICKY MINOR?

The concert was to generate support for the tax credit legislation.
Who would benefit from the Tax Credit? Only the haves trying
to get some work back.

Who paid for it? Local 47. So once again the RMA elites use
the dues of ALL members (i.e. you and me) to help ONLY
the elites.

Think the RMA isn’t still running the Local? Think again.

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

IV. MEMBER COMMENTS

RE: RMA NIGHT

First the push a statement by Drieth

Now they have Local 47 pushing there RMA Night agenda.

Get additional 47 musicians who will never get a chance to earn
a living in recording to have them show support for a bill they
will never have an opportunity to effect their professional future..

RMALA will do anything to have it appear there are more then
80 people who even earn enough to show this will in affect
benefit hundreds of musicians lives in Los Angeles. When in
reality those select at the party are the only ones who could
afford to go.

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

V. TOMORROW! SCOTT HEALY ASMAC MASTERCLASS

If you are a composer or arranger, you definitely should be there!
This Master Class is by Scott Healy, pianist/composer. (www.bluedogmusic.com)
This stuff is VERY deep, very inspirational. The music and effects
he gets when orchestrating for his 14-piece jazz ensemble is completely
“wonderous.”

How does he do that? Come and find out!

Saturday, September 23, 2017 – 11am-2pm
“Writing Outside the Box Techniques for Expanding Jazz Composition”
@ The Evergreen Stage
4403 West Magnolia Blvd. 
Burbank CA 91505
$25 Members & Students / $40 Non-Members
The Sept. 23rd Master Class will explore some of the ways a composer
can extend the harmonic, rhythmic, orchestrational and emotional
language of large ensemble jazz writing. Topics will include linear
harmony, plastic meter, “off the grid” writing, controlled and notated
improvisation, spatial and box notation, layered counterpoint, and
techniques borrowed from 20th century classical composition. Musical
examples will include excerpts and full works from studio and live
recordings, with accompanying scores and analysis.

Los Angeles-based Scott Healy is a multitasking, Grammy-nominated
composer, recording artist, producer, bandleader, pianist and
multi-keyboardist. He is best-known for playing in the house band
for Conan O’Brien: first on Late Night in NYC, then moving out
to LA in 2009 for The Tonight Show, and now Conan on TBS,
where he holds down the keyboard chair in the Basic Cable
Band. His 2013 release, Hudson City Suite, by the 10-piece
Scott Healy Ensemble garnered worldwide praise, stellar online
and print reviews, national jazz radio airplay, and a 2014
Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Composition.
www.scotthealy.com

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

VI. 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
————————————-
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.

http://www.responsible47.com

——————————————————-

9/24/17

LOS ANGELES SYMPHONIC WINDS
will be featured on the LACMA radio
broadcast, live at 6 pm!

For more information see the LA Winds
website at www.lawinds.org

——————————————————-

9/24/17

THE PHIL NORMAN TENTET
at the Soka Jazz Festival
Soka Performing Art Center
1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA. 92656

Sunday September 24th @ 3:00pm

www.soka.edu/pac/tickets/
17-18jazzfestival.aspx

PLAYING THE MUSIC OF JAZZ GREATS
Reminiscent of the West Coast jazz sounds
of the 50’s & 60’s

Stan Kenton, George Shearing, Miles Davis
Gerry Mulligan, Dave Brubeck,
Benny Golson, Dizzy
and other jazz giants

Performed by some of Los Angeles
finest musicians
(see below)

MUSICIANS
Christian Jacob – piano
Kevin Axt – bass
Dick Weller – drums
Brad Dutz – percussion/vibes
Larry Koonse- guitar
Carl Saunders- trumpet/flugel
Ron Stout – trumpet/flugel
Scott Whitfield – trombone
Rusty Higgins – alto & soprano sax/flute
Roger Neumann- baritone sax/bass clarinet
Phil Norman – tenor sax/clarinet

ARRANGERS

Bob Florence
Bill Holman
Christian Jacob
Roger Neumann
Kim Richmond
Jackson Stock
Francisco Torres
Scott Whitfield

———————————————-

10/1/17

Los Angeles Symphonic Winds
Oktoberfest Concert/Beer Tasting!
Sunday October 1, 2017 at 2:30 pm
Calabasas High School Performing Arts Education Center
22855 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas, CA 91302
An exhilarating afternoon of works by Strauss,
Lehar and Orff plus a post concert Beer
Tasting Event.
Repertoire for Oktoberfest concert:
Bach/Schaeffer Passacaglia in c minor
Orff Carmina Burana excerpts
Strauss Der Rosenkavalier Suite
Henze Don Quixote
Mendelssohn Overture for Winds
Howard The Little German Band
————————————

10/4/17

FREE GLENDALE NOON CONCERTS

Violinist JACQUELINE SUZUKI
Pianist CHARLES FIERRO

will perform the Lekeu Violin Sonata &
the Debussy- Heifetz “Beau Soir”.
Thank you!

Artist Bios:
JACQUELINE SUZUKI, violin, is a longtime
member of the Long Beach and Santa Barbara
Symphonies. A native of San Francisco, she
began her earliest chamber music studies on
scholarship at the San Francisco Conservatory.
She has performance degrees from the
Mannes College of Music (BM), where she studied
with William Kroll, and the California Institute
of the Arts (MFA).

As a Los Angeles freelancer, she has performed
with many ensembles and in many genres, from r
ock, jazz, Latin and Arabic, to playing in the pit
for the Bolshoi Ballet and onstage with the Three
Tenors. She has recorded with diverse artists:
Snoop Dogg, Neil Sedaka, Leonard Cohen, Whitney
Houston, Bocelli, Lalo Schifrin, McCoy Tyner,
Placido Domingo and many others, and appears
on recordings by the Long Beach, Santa Barbara
and Pacific Symphonies. She has spent summers
at the Peter Britt, Oregon Coast, Carmel Bach
and Cabrillo Festivals and has performed in a
string quartet “in residence” on a raft trip
down the Green River in Utah. Tours have
taken her many times to Japan, Taiwan,
Mexico, Canada, Europe, the Middle East
and throughout the US. She initiated and
curates the Free Admission Glendale Noon
Concerts http://glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com
and also the
Edendale Up Close Concerts: http://edendaleupclose.blogspot.com

One of Southern California’s leading pianists,
Charles Fierro has made concert tours for the
National Endowment for the Arts and the California
Arts Council and has given more than 25 concerto
performances with orchestras.  He has appeared
twice at the National Gallery of Art and the
Dumbarton Oaks Foundation in Washington,
D.C.  In 1976 he played the American
Bicentennial Recital at the Palace of Fontainebleau
in France on the personal invitation of the
legendary musician, Nadia Boulanger.  He
has interpreted the music of Beethoven,
Schumann, Schoenberg and Liszt at the Ojai
Festivals and performed more than a dozen
times at the prestigious Monday Evening
Concerts in Los Angeles, presenting the
American premieres of important new works.

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

THE COMMITTEE FOR A MORE RESPONSIBLE LOCAL 47

FRANK CAPP / GRANT MEMORIAL / MEMBER COMMENTS / EVENTS

September 15th, 2017

9/15/17

I. FRANK CAPP PASSES
II. MEMORIAL FOR MAURICE GRANT
III, MEMBER COMMENTS
IV. EVENTS

…Absolutely guaranteed anonymity – Former Musician’s Union officer

…The one voice of reason in a sea of insanity – Nashville ‘first call’
scoring musician
…Allows us to speak our minds without fear of reprisal – L.A. Symphonic musician

…Reporting issues the Musicians Union doesn’t dare to mention – National touring musician

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

I. FRANK CAPP PASSES

Frank Capp, a flexible and consistently swinging drummer
who loved nothing more than driving a big band, has passed.

As leader of the Juggernaut (a group he co-led with Nat Pierce
starting in 1975, until the pianist’s death in 1992), he got to
push and inspire some of Los Angeles’ best.
Capp found his initial fame playing with Stan Kenton’s
Orchestra (1951). Two years later, he settled in Los
Angeles; became a busy studio musician; and played
with everyone from Ella Fitzgerald, Harry James, and
Charlie Barnet to Stan Getz, Art Pepper, and Dave Pell.

We will inform you if we hear of a service.

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

II. MEMORIAL FOR MAURICE GRANT

Recently we lost a dear colleague, cellist Maurice
Grant. The large turnout at his funeral was a
testament to his popularity and talent.

Maurice’s memorial will be on Monday evening,
September 25th at 6:30 at the
Congregational Church of the Chimes,
14115 W. Magnolia Blvd. in Sherman Oaks.

Participation, musical or otherwise, is welcome.
Please contact Elizabeth (Lissy) Wilson or
Armen Ksadjikian.

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

III. MEMBER COMMENTS

just like in 2008, i can still get a better sound than
Oboist ***** ******** by putting my hand over
the end of my Electrolux hose. and no longer being
a member of the RMA or local 47, i can say
this with impunity. what fun !

[EC: When posting a comment to the site, we recommend
keeping your commuent anonymous, otherwise you
can count on attacks by other members, RMA or Local 47
fans.

If we catch time it in we’ll make the comment anonymous
for you, otherwise you open yourself up to blather
like that below.]

———————————

But you still belong to 802 even though you live in
WA. And while we’re at it – a so-called cello/bass/
musical saw player (that’s how you’re listed)
commenting on an oboe player’s sound?? How
about Yo-Yo Ma can still get a better sound
than you by playing on his ocarina. Sorry you
had to leave the business and move to the WA
wilderness

[EC: Sounds like a typical self-important studio
musician comment, doesn’t it?]

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

IV. 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
————————————-
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.

http://www.responsible47.com

——————————————————-

9/15/17

Small and Tall! September 15th
Friday, September 15th, 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
Directions.

——————————————————-

9/17/17

Concerts at the La Canada Presbyterian Ovations Series

SEPTEMBER 17, 2017 Messiaen in La Canada Press Release

On Sunday, September  17, 2017 at 2:00-3:00pm,
the La Canada Presbyterian Church Ovations Series will present the

CRESCENTA ENSEMBLE

in a performance of Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, with pianist Susan Svrcek (Resident of La Crescenta), clarinetist James Sullivan, violinist Jacqueline Suzuki and cellist Lynn Angebranndt, at the Sanctuary at LCPC,  626 Foothill Blvd, La Canada, CA 91011.

There is a suggested donation of  $15.

Thank you!
Jacqueline Suzuki
818 249 5108

——————————————————-

9/20/17

Free Admission
GLENDALE NOON CONCERTS/

Wed SEPTEMBER 20, 2017 at 12:10-12:40 pm

Baroque Violinist ADRIANA ZOPPO &
Harpsichordist JEFFREY LAVNER

play Bach, Corelli & Scarlatti.

Thank you!
Jacqueline Suzuki
Curator, Glendale Noon Concerts
818-249-5108

——————————————————-

9/24/17

LOS ANGELES SYMPHONIC WINDS
will be featured on the LACMA radio
broadcast, live at 6 pm!

For more information see the LA Winds
website at www.lawinds.org

——————————————————-

9/24/17

Coming in September
to the Soka Jazz Festival
THE PHIL NORMAN TENTET
Soka Performing Art Center
1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA. 92656

Sunday September 24th @ 3:00pm

www.soka.edu/pac/tickets/
17-18jazzfestival.aspx

PLAYING THE MUSIC OF JAZZ GREATS
Reminiscent of the West Coast jazz sounds
of the 50’s & 60’s

Stan Kenton, George Shearing, Miles Davis
Gerry Mulligan, Dave Brubeck,
Benny Golson, Dizzy
and other jazz giants

Performed by some of Los Angeles
finest musicians
(see below)

MUSICIANS
Christian Jacob – piano
Kevin Axt – bass
Dick Weller – drums
Brad Dutz – percussion/vibes
Larry Koonse- guitar
Carl Saunders- trumpet/flugel
Ron Stout – trumpet/flugel
Scott Whitfield – trombone
Rusty Higgins – alto & soprano sax/flute
Roger Neumann- baritone sax/bass clarinet
Phil Norman – tenor sax/clarinet

ARRANGERS

Bob Florence
Bill Holman
Christian Jacob
Roger Neumann
Kim Richmond
Jackson Stock
Francisco Torres
Scott Whitfield

———————————————-

10/1/17

Los Angeles Symphonic Winds
Oktoberfest Concert/Beer Tasting!

Sunday October 1, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Calabasas High School Performing Arts Education Center

22855 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas, CA  91302
An exhilarating afternoon of works by Strauss,
Lehar and Orff plus a post concert Beer
Tasting Event.
Repertoire for Oktoberfest concert:

Bach/Schaeffer Passacaglia in c minor

Orff Carmina Burana excerpts

Strauss Der Rosenkavalier Suite

Henze Don Quixote

Mendelssohn Overture for Winds

Howard The Little German Band

————————————

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

THE COMMITTEE FOR A MORE RESPONSIBLE LOCAL 47

PARAMOUNT / LALO CONCERT / IRVINE PLAYERS / THROWBACK FRIDAY / EVENTS

September 8th, 2017

9/8/17

I. PARAMOUNT COMMENT
II. LALO SCHIFRIN CONCERT OCTOBER 7TH AT THE ALEX
III. FOR YOUR STUDENTS
IV. THROWBACK FRIDAY TO 2008 WITH A MEMBER COMMENT
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

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

I. PARAMOUNT COMMENT

Guys,

I am trying to book a large stage on OCT 1st – FOX booked,
Warners booked – waiting to hear on SONY

the reason why I am sending this is because I wanted you
to see that PARAMOUNT is really going to close down for
good – even though it has been not REALLY open anyway
– I am forwarding this to the AFM guys  – sick of this s***
man

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

II. LALO SCHIFRIN CONCERT OCTOBER 7TH AT THE ALEX

Here’s some info on an upcoming concert you might like.

COMPOSER CELEBRATION FOR LALO SCHIFRIN

ALEX THEATER, OCTOBER 7th, 2017

Hosted by Robert Townson
Conducted by Chris Walden

Tickets at: 818 243-ALAX(2539)
www.alextheatre.org.

VIP Reception, Silent Auction proceeds benefit the
professional musicians in crisis and music education
is Los Angeles.

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

 
III. FOR YOUR STUDENTS

Irvine Classical Players – Seraphim Symphony

Dear Students, Parents and Teachers

The Irvine Classical Players – Seraphim Symphony
is encouraging young talented musicians to
Auditioning for our 2017-2018 Season and the
2018 Italy Concert Tour.

We are pleased to offer a $100 Early Bird to
all students applying by Saturday, September 11, 2017.

Irvine Classical Players – Seraphim Symphony
Audition Information
In order to audition we kindly ask students to complete
the attached Audition Form, include the $35 audition
fee and mail to:

Irvine Classical Players
P O Box 4950
Irvine, Ca 92616
Applications are accepted for the following instruments:
Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Wood Winds and
Brass Instruments.

Audition:
For the audition we ask you to prepare a scale  and
a solo of your choice.

The Audition is held at:
Crean Lutheran High School
12500 Sand Canyon
Multipurpose Room 2nd Level
Irvine,

To learn more about our program please visit us at:
www.irvineclassicalplayers.com
Please foow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions;
please email us at: info@irvineclassicalplayers
or call us at: 949.705.7539

Kindest Regards,

Irvine Classical Players

UPCOMING EVENTS
2018 ITALY CONCERT TOUR Cremona – Milan –
Venice –

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

IV. THROWBACK FRIDAY TO 2008 WITH A MEMBER
COMMENT

This was sent to us by a member…

The audacity. Tom Lee blacklisting RMA members? What
about the blacklisting of Local 47  members? When you
send the link to AFL-CIO President John Sweeny, make
sure you tell him the whole truth and nothing but the truth,
like the link to resp Comm 47.

What? You think musicians should be held to a
higher standard? Great! Get rid of ***** ******** who
can’t even play the triangle.

Hey, the RMALA is talking about intimidation by the
AFM and Tom Lee! Any one here at 47 have any
stories like that?

Sorry for being so blunt. This afmwakeupcall blog
site is a joke. It’s scary too. They want to get rid of
us second class musicians, but make it okay for
tone-deaf lawyers to be an honorary member.

“The present lawsuits directed at the AFM are just
the tip of the iceberg – only a first strike.”

Aw, heck…here’s the whole thing…

http://tinyurl.com/yc6dnkpc

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

V. 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
————————————-
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.

http://www.responsible47.com

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9/6/17

Free Admission GLENDALE NOON CONCERTS

Wed SEPTEMBER 6, 2017 at 12:10-12:40 pm

ARIOSO DUO: Flutist Cynthia Ellis & Harpist Michelle Temple
play Elgar, Nielsen, Mouquet and Damase.
Thank you!

Jacqueline Suzuki
Curator, Glendale Noon Concerts
818-249-5108

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9/9/17

Kim Richmond, with the Mark Z. Stevens Trio, featuring Bill Cunliffe

Dear fellow L.A. Musicians,

I am definitely back…the summer saw me out of town quite a bit.
But I’m back in town, and back at the Desert Rose, one of my
favorite places to play jazz.

Please join me this Saturday, September 9. Bill Cunliffe,
one of my very favorite pianist, is heard mastering the
keyboard. Details below.

WHAT: Kim Richmond, with the Mark Z. Stevens Trio, featuring Bill Cunliffe

WHEN: Saturday, September 9, 7 – 11 (3 sets: 7, 8:30, 10PM)

WHERE: Desert Rose Restaurant, 1700 N. Hillhurst Avenue,
LOS FELIZ VILLAGE, Los Angeles, CA 90027

RESERVATIONS: not absolutely necessary but highly recommended
—to get seated in the inside part of the establishment where the
band is. (323) 666-1166

WHO: Kim Richmond, alto & soprano saxophones; Bill Cunliffe,
piano; Mark Z. Stevens, drums; Harvey Newmark, bass.
Possibly some guests sitting in.

FOOD: Excellent cuisine

PARKING: Valet parking available.

Hope to see you there.
All the best,x
KIM R
My website address is:
www.kimrichmond.com

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9/10/17

KELLAWAY/LANG at the Jazz Bakery

On Sun Sep 10 @ 7 PM, Roger Kellaway and I will be
performing a duo piano Jazz Bakery event at Zipper
Concert Hall, Colburn School of Music (details in the
links below…).

Roger and I have been dear friends and musical
compatriots for decades… and linked together on
so many of his projects. I’m very excited about
this unique evening Roger has designed…

It will be 2 pianos, bass and drums (with the
amazing talents of  Darek Oles and Peter Erskine!)

A jazz concert… with the centerpiece being a 30’
3-movement composition, “Many Moods of McCartney”
… with 10 songs of Paul’s, arranged and adapted by
Roger… (the occasion being the 50th Anniversary of
The Beatles… 😀 )

From my perspective, it’s a really unique, challenging
endeavor, and there will be individual moments for
us and other cool stuff…

Here are some links… and the Jazz Bakery website
offers an email “mailing list” to inform of all its events…

http://jazzbakery.org/events/roger-kellaway-mike-lang-many-moods-mccartney

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/jb/3062816

https://www.facebook.com/events/1876128792714573/

http://www.glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com

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9/15/17

Small and Tall! September 15th
Friday, September 15th, 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
Directions.

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9/20/17

Free Admission
GLENDALE NOON CONCERTS/

Wed SEPTEMBER 20, 2017 at 12:10-12:40 pm

Baroque Violinist ADRIANA ZOPPO &
Harpsichordist JEFFREY LAVNER

play Bach, Corelli & Scarlatti.

Thank you!
Jacqueline Suzuki
Curator, Glendale Noon Concerts
818-249-5108

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9/24/17

LOS ANGELES SYMPHONIC WINDS
will be featured on the LACMA radio
broadcast, live at 6 pm!

For more information see the LA Winds website at
www.lawinds.org

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9/24/17

Coming in September
to the Soka Jazz Festival
THE PHIL NORMAN TENTET
Soka Performing Art Center
1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA. 92656

Sunday September 24th @ 3:00pm

www.soka.edu/pac/tickets/
17-18jazzfestival.aspx

PLAYING THE MUSIC OF JAZZ GREATS
Reminiscent of the West Coast jazz sounds
of the 50’s & 60’s

Stan Kenton, George Shearing, Miles Davis
Gerry Mulligan, Dave Brubeck,
Benny Golson, Dizzy
and other jazz giants

Performed by some of Los Angeles
finest musicians
(see below)

MUSICIANS
Christian Jacob – piano
Kevin Axt – bass
Dick Weller – drums
Brad Dutz – percussion/vibes
Larry Koonse- guitar
Carl Saunders- trumpet/flugel
Ron Stout – trumpet/flugel
Scott Whitfield – trombone
Rusty Higgins – alto & soprano sax/flute
Roger Neumann- baritone sax/bass clarinet
Phil Norman – tenor sax/clarinet

ARRANGERS

Bob Florence
Bill Holman
Christian Jacob
Roger Neumann
Kim Richmond
Jackson Stock
Francisco Torres
Scott Whitfield

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

THE COMMITTEE FOR A MORE RESPONSIBLE LOCAL 47

ASMAC FIRST WEDNESDAY / EVENTS

September 3rd, 2017

9/2/17

I. ASMAC FIRST WEDNESDAY’S
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. ASMAC FIRST WEDNESDAY’S PANEL
September 6, 2017

MANAGING YOUR OWN MUSIC PUBLISHING
Practical Help for Composers and Arrangers

The Evergreen Stage
4403 West Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505

Featuring
Jillian Ferguson
Abby North
Jeannie Pool
Greg Nestor
David Black

This panel will discuss issues facing composers and

arrangers related to publishing and how to make

their music available to a wider audience. Changes

in music publishing, recording, and distribution

over the last two decades have some composers

stymied, but some of the basic principles and

business models still hold true. We will offer

practical advice and solutions to address some of

the problems we currently face (including some

“work a-rounds”), and will cover topics such as

self-publishing, promotion, marketing, distribution,

and music licensing. We have plenty of ideas to share

regarding how creative musicians can monetize their

years of hard work in order to improve their income

stream, and promise to keep the complaints and

doomsday scenarios to a minimum.

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II. 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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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.

http://www.responsible47.com

—————————–

Free Admission GLENDALE NOON CONCERTS

Wed SEPTEMBER 6, 2017 at 12:10-12:40 pm

ARIOSO DUO: Flutist Cynthia Ellis & Harpist Michelle Temple
play Elgar, Nielsen, Mouquet and Damase.
Thank you!

Jacqueline Suzuki
Curator, Glendale Noon Concerts
818-249-5108

—————————–

9/10/17

ROGER KELLAWAY/MIKE LANGE at the Jazz Bakery!
On Sun Sep 10 @ 7 PM, Roger Kellaway and I will be performing a duo piano Jazz Bakery event at Zipper Concert Hall, Colburn School of Music (details in the links below…).

Roger and I have been dear friends and musical compatriots for decades… and linked together on so many of his projects. I’m very excited about this unique evening Roger has designed…

It will be 2 pianos, bass and drums (with the amazing talents of  Darek Oles and Peter Erskine!)

A jazz concert… with the centerpiece being a 30’ 3-movement composition, “Many Moods of McCartney” … with 10 songs of Paul’s, arranged and adapted by Roger… (the occasion being the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles… 😀 )

From my perspective, it’s a really unique, challenging endeavor, and there will be individual moments for us and other cool stuff…

Here are some links… and the Jazz Bakery website offers an email “mailing list” to inform of all its events…

http://jazzbakery.org/events/roger-kellaway-mike-lang-many-moods-mccartney

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/jb/3062816

https://www.facebook.com/events/1876128792714573/

http://www.glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com

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9/24/17

LOS ANGELES SYMPHONIC WINDS
will be featured on the LACMA radio
broadcast, live at 6 pm!

For more information see the LA Winds website at
www.lawinds.org

——————————————————-

9/24/17

Coming in September
to the Soka Jazz Festival
THE PHIL NORMAN TENTET
Soka Performing Art Center
1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA. 92656

Sunday September 24th @ 3:00pm

www.soka.edu/pac/tickets/
17-18jazzfestival.aspx

PLAYING THE MUSIC OF JAZZ GREATS
Reminiscent of the West Coast jazz sounds of the 50’s & 60’s

Stan Kenton, George Shearing, Miles Davis
Gerry Mulligan, Dave Brubeck,
Benny Golson, Dizzy
and other jazz giants

Performed by some of Los Angeles
finest musicians
(see below)

MUSICIANS
Christian Jacob – piano
Kevin Axt – bass
Dick Weller – drums
Brad Dutz – percussion/vibes
Larry Koonse- guitar
Carl Saunders- trumpet/flugel
Ron Stout – trumpet/flugel
Scott Whitfield – trombone
Rusty Higgins – alto & soprano sax/flute
Roger Neumann- baritone sax/bass clarinet
Phil Norman – tenor sax/clarinet

ARRANGERS

Bob Florence
Bill Holman
Christian Jacob
Roger Neumann
Kim Richmond
Jackson Stock
Francisco Torres
Scott Whitfield

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

THE COMMITTEE FOR A MORE RESPONSIBLE LOCAL 47

TWO COLLEAGUES LOST / PENSION / EVENTS

August 25th, 2017

8/25/17

I. TWO COLLEAGUES LOST
II. PENSION COMMENTS
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. TWO COLLEAGUES LOST: A TOUGH WEEK

Colleagues,

This week saw the loss of two dear friends and colleagues:

1) Dell Hake, Composer/Arranger

Dell spent his college years at Drake in his home state of Iowa .
After receiving two degrees in music,  he joined the NORAD
military band where he met young musicians from LA
who became his life long friends .

Working in the music industry in LA, Dell’s professional career
spanned 45 years as a composer/orchestrator for live
performances, commercials, television and films.

The list includes, Ice Follies. Ice Capades, Holiday on Ice
Europe and Disney on Ice; Music for theme parks in
Singapore and the Lake District in Italy; Commercials
for Don Piestrup (Piece a Cake) and Brian Banks
(Ear To Ear); A series of films for Mark Isham;
Simpson’s television series for 24 years with his
good friend, Alf Clausen and countless smaller projects.

Dell also enjoyed teaching  the Spud Murphy
“EIS Horizontal Composition” course on Skype
to students here and abroad.  He was a devoted
student of Spud’s and helped him write the
Advanced Course.

He was on the board of ASMAC (American
Society of Music Arrangers and Composers) for 10 years.
Dell was respected by his peers for his work ethic
and for being master of his craft which included a
broad range of musical styles from Brahms to the
Keystone Cops.

He will be remembered for his wit and wisdom,
easy manner and his gentle spirit.

2) Maurice Grants, 1960 – 2017 cellist – Passed away the day
of the eclipse from complications of colon cancer. Please keep
Lynn and his family in your thoughts.

He was a world class cellist who worked on countless jobs of
all types for decades.

Friends and loved ones are welcome at the graveside service for
Maurice, which will be this coming Tuesday, August 29th, at 2
p.m., in the Morning Light section of Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills.

The location is 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles CA 90068.
A memorial service will be held a a later date to be announced.

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II. PENSION COMMENTS

“[EC: Our dues pay the salaries of the trustees,

they have no right to refuse answering reasonable

questions of their employers (us).
“Why haven’t these people been fired?]”
??? Trustees don’t receive any compensation as trustees.

What are you smoking?

[EC: Well at least we know they’re getting paid what they’re

worth! Fire them and get someone who knows what they’re

doing!}

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those trustees just took an all -expenses- payed trip to Nashville
for a week. some of my friends who play in clubs in N’ville saw
them drinking like fish and eating huge meals, slappin each
other on the back about how they’re gonna fuck us, and then
going back to their expensive hotel rooms.

the only good thing about Ray is his hair. Nice and thick…

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So you didn’t actually witness this. But your friends on their
gigs could recognize the trustees by face, were nearby enough
to clearly overhear dinner conversation in a music club,
and were able to track the alcohol consumption.

And you know, I assume, that the union-side trustees
are also all participants in the Plan, and that what
happens to the Fund affects their retirement, too –
in a big way? Every one of the union trustees have
a big stake in the outcome of this mess.

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mostly they recognized the president of their local
and figured out the other guys were at the table with
him because they were in town for the pension meeting.
these musicians also record all the time, have an
enormous stake in the Pension, and are completely
wise to the whole deal that Ray and the Boyz are
pulling.

they work in clubs at night for the music. i guess,
Anonymass, that you never played in a club; otherwise
you’d know that one of the fun things to do there is
watch assholes eat too much, and count the
countless rounds of drinks they consume,
wondering how they’ll ever get home being that
loaded …didn’t you vote for Dump?

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You’re right; I’m a show player.
So, exactly what is the “whole deal that Ray and
the Boyz are pulling?” The pension fund is in trouble,
but your comment implies that there’s some sort of
conspiracy. To accomplish what, exactly?
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Who the hell are these arrogant fools who decide
who the “top musicians” are in Local 47? I have
worked here over 40 years now and on any given
recording job I did back in the 80’s and early 90’s
I have never recorded with anyone who is not a
“top musician”.

The facts are that yes, the players in the “nifty fifty”
are great but there are also GREAT players who
aren’t a part of this RMA so called “elite group”.

The most ridiculous thing is that often a composer
will ask for your name to be included in the orchestra
only to have certain contractors say that he/she
was called but “unavailable”.

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The Canadian stock market did not follow the US
market in 2006. Since the Canadian pension invests
primarily in Canadian companies, their investment
performance correlates more with the Canadian
market than the US market. I pointed this out to
MPS but have not seen a response.
Read the rest of this entry »

MEMBER COMMENTARY / PENSION / BMI FILING / EVENTS

August 17th, 2017

8/17/17

I. MEMBER COMMENTARY
II. AFM VS CANADIAN AFM PENSIONS
III. BMI FILING
IV. EVENTS

…Absolutely guaranteed anonymity – Former Musician’s Union officer

…The one voice of reason in a sea of insanity – Nashville ‘first call’
scoring musician
…Allows us to speak our minds without fear of reprisal – L.A. Symphonic musician

…Reporting issues the Musicians Union doesn’t dare to mention – National touring musician

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

I. MEMBER COMMENTARY

Have you seen this?

The good old boys get together to promote what local 47
TOOK OVER AFTER an RMA Leader’s FAILED ATTEMPTS
YEARS AGO.

Now a certain leader of the RMA entering the picture again.
He is such a hypocrite in his comments as follows:

“If we can get the state to invest in those projects, we can be
competitive, and give composers access to the top musicians,”

RESPONSE: “TOP MUSICIANS”? What is a top musician?
News Flash: Not all excellent world class Los Angeles musicians
are RMA members. (the established RMALA line of doing business)

RMA provided Variety with a list of 2015 releases scored outside
the U.S., five of which were among the year’s 25 top-grossing films.
(“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “The Martian,” “Mission: Impossible –
Rogue Nation,” “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Kingsman:
The Secret Service”) that, had they been scored here, would
have generated wages and residuals totaling nearly $18 million
for the insiders.

RESPONSE: HAD THEY BEEN SCORED IN L.A. THE RMA LEADER
WOULD MAKE SURE THE $18 MILLION WOULD ONLY GO TO
THE SO-CALLED “TOP” MUSICIANS.

In any given year, according to Los Angeles RMA chapter
president Steve Dress, L.A. musicians earn an estimated
$10 million to $12 million in wages for movies, and passage
of this bill could bring in another $5 million annually.
“It would transform our community,” he says.

RESPONSE: FOR WHO? AND JUST HOW MANY DIFFERENT
INDIVIDUAL MUSICIANS WOULD BE HIRED??

It’s also in the indie arena where minority composers and
women composers are working more steadily, Acosta
points out. This could benefit them and promote diversity
in film music.

RESPONSE: Why doesn’t the RMA leader just say TOP
COMPOSERS. Yet he mentions minority composers and
woman composers making it a level field for composers
but not all musicians have the opportunity to be hired.

How about promoting DIVERSITY IN HIRING
PROFESSIONAL RECORDING MUSICIANS???

THE RAM LEADER, CONTRACTOR AND THE
BUNCH ARE JUST DROOLING TO GET THEIR
MITS ON THAT MONEY.

If the State of California passes this bill it
should include that not all the monies the State
of California receives can benefit only a
‘set group’ of musicians over and over again
controlled by the RMALA.

Disregard how many musicians wages received when
only ones hired are the protected RMALA gang each
time. Otherwise only a relative few musicians
would prosper. Game over, were back where we
started 30 years ago.

Musicians’ Union Backs Legislation to Return Scoring Jobs to L.A.

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II. AFM VS CANADIAN AFM PENSIONS

Comparing the AFM’s Two Pension Funds:
Our AFM-EPF vs. Musicians’ Pension Fund of Canada

While researching the dramatic deterioration of our pension
fund, Musicians for Pension Security (MPS) continues to be
deeply troubled by how, compared to other pension funds
in our industry, ours is performing so poorly. Our trustees
cite declining demographics, unsatisfactory industry
dynamics and changing mortality tables. But a peer AFM
musicians’ pension fund, Musicians’ Pension Fund of
Canada (MPF Canada), is quite healthy, despite the fact
that it is subject to the exact same factors cited by
AFM-EPF trustees.

Just like our pension fund, MPF Canada contributions are
negotiated with employers by the AFM and written into
collective-bargaining agreements. So why are they over
100% funded (MPFC’s 2016 report), and we continue to
slide into deeper despair each year? Currently the AFM-
EPF is 69% funded.  (Annual Funding Notice) Is it possible
that the Canadian trustees are simply more competent
than our U.S. counterparts? The numbers speak for
themselves: MPF Canada’s investment performance is
far better than ours with 11.3% average returns over 5
years, vs. 6.9% for the AFM-EPF. In addition, MPF
Canada’s expenses are less than half of the AFM-EPF’s
with .62% of assets under management vs. 1.37%
for AFM-EPF. The Canadians are paying half as
much to generate twice the return of investment.
Looking back to a pivotal year for all funds, during the
financial crisis of 2008, the Canadians performed far
better than the AFM-EPF. Our plan lost 29.3% in the
single fiscal year ending March 31, 2009, while the
Canadian plan lost only 1.77% during the same period.

This raises the question – are there variables to explain
why MPF Canada has continually outperformed the
AFM-EPF, like benefit levels, mortality rates, retirement
age, demographics, or industry dynamics? In short, the
answer is no. The benefit multiplier* for MPF Canada
has been $3.25 since January ’11, while the benefit
multiplier of the AFM-EPF has been $1.00 since
January ’10. Additionally, demographics for the
Canadian plan face worse conditions: only 32% of
plan participants are active union members in
Canada, vs. 42% of AFM-EPF members in the
USA. Furthermore, employer contributions are
far less in the Canadian fund, and mortality rates
in Canada are less favorable financially to
beneficiaries because Canadians simply live longer than Americans.
It appears that the trustees’ judgment and experience
are significant determining factors between the two
funds. It’s clear that when compared to MPF Canada,
the AFM-EPF’s performance over the last decade has f
ailed. In fact, the Executive Director of MPF Canada
released a public statement distancing themselves
from the AFM-EPF’s performance (referring to
President Hair’s article in the May ’17 edition
International Musician), stating “this article is
not relevant to the Musicians’ Pension Fund of
Canada” (read Ms. Versteeg-Lytwyn’s full letter
here). The AFM really has two parallel pension
funds – one in the US, and the other in Canada.
They are operated similarly, face the same
declining demographics and other variables, but
still they produce completely different results.

Why? This is the question the AFM-EPF trustees
need to answer.

*In a defined pension plan the method for arriving
at guaranteed monthly benefits includes years of
service, average salary and a benefit multiplier.
The multiplier is applied to years of service and
the average salary to determine the size of the
benefit amount.

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III. BMI FILING

Dear BMI Member,

As you know, BMI has been engaged in ongoing
litigation with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
over its interpretation of our consent decree. The
DOJ wanted to implement a 100% licensing model,
which BMI fought against in court last summer and
won. In a victory for the entire music industry, federal
Judge Louis Stanton ruled that BMI is free to continue
its longstanding practice of fractional licensing. The
DOJ appealed that decision, and as part of the ongoing
briefing process, today BMI filed its response.

You can read our brief here.

You’ll see that our brief focuses very specifically on the
language of BMI’s consent decree and whether or not
it allows for the practice of fractional licensing.  This is
because the language of our decree was the basis for
Judge Stanton’s favorable ruling and is our strongest
argument in this appeal.  We believe Judge Stanton
got it right, which is why we continue to vigorously
defend his position.

We expect the appeal process to continue into 2018
and we will, of course, keep you updated on next steps.

I realize that many of you may have questions about
100% vs fractional licensing and what this means for
all of you.  Please click here for an updated Q&A that
helps explain the issue and where we are in the process.

I’d also like to share the below statement that was
issued today to the press regarding BMI’s brief:

“BMI’s appeal argument is extremely simple in that it
comes down to the language of our decree.  As Judge
Stanton clearly stated, there is nothing in the BMI
decree that prevents us from engaging in the industry-
wide practice of fractional licensing.  What is not
simple, however, is the impact the DOJ’s interpretation
of our decree would have on the marketplace.  It would
stifle competition, hinder collaboration and unfairly benefit
music users at the expense of the American songwriter.
As always, we hope for the opportunity to sit down with
the new leadership of the DOJ to educate it about the
negative ripple effect its 100% licensing interpretation
would have on the entire music industry.”

Mike O’Neill
President & CEO
BMI

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IV. 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
————————————-
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.

http://www.responsible47.com

———————————————

8/19/17

From Charlie Ferguson

This is to let you know that my sextet will be
performing at Bar Fedora in downtown Los Angeles
on Saturday, August 19, as part of Cathy Segal-Garcia’s
Saturday Night Jazz concert series. This venue (which
also hosts occasional concerts on Friday nights) has
recently celebrated their 100th concert since being
established in January 2016, and we are thrilled and
proud to be a part of it. This will be a fun program of
my arrangements of jazz standards and original
compositions. Details below:

Charlie Ferguson Sextet
performing live at
Bar Fedora (at Au Lac Restaurant)
710 W. 1st St. (corner of 1st and Hope,
across the street from Disney Hall)
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Saturday, August 19, 2017
7:30 – 11:00 PM (2 sets)
Tickets: $10-$30

Charlie Ferguson – piano
Gene Burkert – tenor and soprano sax
Ron Stout – trumpet and flugelhorn
Scott Whitfield – trombone
Chris Conner – bass
Bob Leatherbarrow – drums

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8/19/17

AN EVENING WITH ALEX NESTER

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:
Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM (PDT)

Sessions at the Loft
2465 Ventura Blvd
Camarillo, CA 91320

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8/22-29/17

RESERVE YOUR SEATS NOW
AUGUST 22nd, 25th, 27th, 29th
SEPTEMBER 9th, 11th, 12th
Each Evening at 7:30 pm
MALIBU COAST MUSIC
FESTIVAL 2017

Intimate Musical Soirees with
Old World Hospitality and Charm
Presenting Extraordinary Concert Artists
and Distinguished Speakers

Seven Evenings of World Class Music Making
Each Concert Featuring
Unique Programming & Artists

Tickets and reservations are available at
www.malibufriendsofmusic.org

RESERVE ONLINE
www.malibufriendsofmusic.org

PHONE RESERVATIONS:
(310) 589-0295

Featuring Festival Artists from
Across the Nation and the World
Performing Exceptional Works of
Antonin Dvorak, John Corigliano
W.A. Mozart, Antonio Vivaldi
Alberto Ginastera, Alfred Newman
Frederick Chopin, Astor Piazzolla,
Maria Newman, Scott Joplin,
Randy Newman, William Bolcom,
George Gershwin

FESTIVAL PROGRAMS

Tuesday, August 22nd at 7:30 pm
MONTGOMERY ARTS HOUSE FOR
MUSIC AND ARCHOTECTURE
MAHMA Great Room
“CHAMPAGNE GALA OPENING CONCERT”

Friday, August 25th at 7:30 pm
MONTGOMERY ARTS HOUSE FOR
MUSIC AND ARCHITECTURE
MAHMA Great Room
“FRIDAY FOLKLORE & ANCIENT ANTIPHONS”

Sunday, August 27th at 7:30 pm
MONTGOMERY ARTS HOUSE FOR
MUSIC AND ARCHITECTURE
MAHMA Great Room
“MARVELOUS MOZART, TANTALIZING
TANGO, AND A TRAVELING SALESWOMAN”

Tuesday, August 29th at 7:30 pm
MONTGOMERY ARTS HOUSE FOR
MUSIC AND ARCHITECTURE
MAHMA Great Room
“WONDERFUL AND WILDE”

Saturday, September 9th at 7:30 pm
MONTGOMERY ARTS HOUSE FOR
MUSIC AND ARCHITECTURE
MAHMA Great Room
“SONGS FOR SOLDIERS”

Monday, September 11 at 7:30 pm
MONTGOMERY ARTS HOUSE FOR
MUSIC AND ARCHITECTURE
MAHMA Great Room
“IN REMEMBRANCE”

Tuesday, September 12th at 7:30 pm
MONTGOMERY ARTS HOUSE FOR
MUSIC AND ARCHITECTURE
MAHMA Great Room
“FANTASTIC FESTIVAL FINALE”

MCMF 2017 Festival Artists:
Nicholas Goluses, classic guitarist
Miko Kominami, pianist
Eric Kutz, cellist
Paula Hochhaler, cellist
Hal Ott, flutist
Christina Borgioli, soprano
Nandani Maria Sinha, mezzo soprano
Diana Tash, mezzo soprano
Wendy Prober, pianist
Maria Newman, Composer-in-Residence
and violinist
Scott Hosfeld, Music Director/Conductor
and violist
Malibu Coast String Quartet
Members of the
Malibu Coast Silent Film Orchestra

For more information on the
Malibu Friends of Music
please visit: www.malibufriendsofmusic.org

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Wu Nation,

We will be appearing at Rusty’s Surf Ranch on Saturday,
August 26th 2017, 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
Mark Harrison: Keyboards
Frank Villafranca: Saxophones
Kurt Walther: Drums

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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8/27/17

SUNDAY’S LIVE with Susan Greenberg
and friends.

Hi. Please join us for a free chamber
music concert at

LACMA Sunday August 27, 2017 6 pm.
Put it in your calendars!  Susan

Sundays Live Concert Sunday August 27, 2017   6 pm  FREE
Los Angeles County Museum of Art  Bing Auditorium

Susan Greenberg, flute
Pasha Tseitlin, violin
Tim Richardson, viola
Judith Farmer, bassoon
Nic Gerpe, piano

Trio Sonata in b Minor for flute,
bassoon and piano…………….Jean-Baptist
Loeillet  (1680-1730)
Largo
Allegro
Adagio
Allegro con Spirto

Serenade in D Major, op. 141a for flute,
violin and viola……..Max Reger (1873-1916)
Vivace
Larghetto
Presto

Ghost Train for flute, bassoon and piano
……………Gernot Wolfgang  (1957-)

Sonata for flute, violin and piano
……Nino Rota (1911-1979)
Allegro Ma Non Troppo
Andante Sostenuto
Allegro

Concerto for 2 violins, flute, bassoon
and piano………………..
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Allegro
Largo
Presto

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8/27/1

CENTERSTAGE OPERA
Café della Vita in West Hills hosts our next Musical
Dinner August 27th!
Opera, Broadway, jazz standards and soft rock sung
by CSO Artistic Directors Shira Renee Thomas,
Dylan F.Thomas and friends

Choose from 3 delicious entree choices:
grilled salmon
chicken marsala or
lasagna (meat or vegetarian).
The entire evening, including full-course
meal and entertainment, is just $55
which includes tax and tip (wine available
at additional charge).

Reservations are required & limited, so act now.

call 818-517-4102

Café della Vita
23759 Roscoe Blvd., West Hills

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9/6/17

Free Admission GLENDALE NOON CONCERTS

Wed SEPTEMBER 6, 2017 at 12:10-12:40 pm

ARIOSO DUO: Flutist Cynthia Ellis & Harpist Michelle Temple
play Elgar, Nielsen, Mouquet and Damase.
Thank you!

Jacqueline Suzuki
Curator, Glendale Noon Concerts
818-249-5108
http://www.glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

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