The Membership Meeting at NERFA time has been changed to 3:30 pm on Saturday in the Ulster room. Take note and attend!
From the AFM CANADA office / Liana White 1 (800) 463 6333 x-232
Effective November 23, 2010
USCIS has imposed an increase on P & O petitions from $320 to $325 USD.
USCIS has also imposed an increase to the premium processing fee from $1000 to $1225 USD.
The above fees are still made payable to Department of Homeland Security.
November 17, 2010 will be the last day AFM will accept petitions with the old (present) fees of $320 (regular/standard processing) and $1000 (premium processing).
Effective January 1, 2011
The AFM’s P2 administration fee will increase from $35 to $100 for musicians only (this is not per musician, it is per band/petition).
When also applying for crew/technicians/all other supplemental workers integral to the main performance unit (band), the fee will be increased from $70 to $200 (again, this is not per crew member, it is per petition).
December 29, 2010 will be the last day AFM will accept petitions with the old [present] administration fees of $35 or $70.
Augmentation de frais pour les services d’immigration
En vigueur à partir du 23 novembre 2010
Les frais demandés par l’USCIS pour les demandes «P & O» (permit de travail américain) passeront de 320,00$ à 325,00$ US.
Les frais de traitement «premium» de l’USCIS passeront de 1000,00$ à 1225,00$ US.
Ces paiements doivent être effectués à l’ordre du Department of Homeland Security.
Le 17 novembre 2010 sera le dernier jour où la FAM acceptera des demandes à l’ancien tarif (actuel) de 320,00$ (pour le traitement régulier) et de 1000,00$ (traitement «premium»).
En vigueur à partir du 1er janvier 2011
Pour les musiciens seulement, les frais d’administration de la FAM pour les demandes P2 passeront de 35,00 $ à 100,00 $ (par demande ou par groupe, et non par musicien).
En ce qui concerne une demande faite pour des techniciens, une équipe ou des accompagnateurs faisant partie intégrante de l’unité de spectacle principale (groupe), les frais passeront de 70,00$ à 200,00$ (par demande, et non par membre de l’équipe).
Le 29 décembre 2010 sera le dernier jour où la FAM acceptera des demandes à l’ancien tarif (actuel) de 35,00 $ ou de 70,00 $ pour les frais de traitement.
On Sunday, October 3rd, Local 1000 helped celebrate Sing Out! magazine’s 60th anniversary by participating in a Sing Out, Sing In concert in Philadelphia. Hosted by members Peter Blood and Annie Blood Patterson, a host of Local 1000 members led a crowd in a wonderful sing-along concert based on the classic songbook Rise Up Singing, edited by Blood and Patterson. President John McCutcheon, Kim & Reggie Harris, Greg Artzner & Terri Leonino (Magpie), and John Flynn led songs that included compositions by charter members Earl Robinson, Si Kahn, and Pete Seeger, among others.
The evening was brought to a boisterous close with McCutcheon leading the crowd in an impassioned “Solidarity Forever.” Sing Out magazine was an early supporter of Local 1000 and entered into the Local’s first collective bargaining agreement. We look forward to many more years of singing out together.
The semi-annual Membership Meeting for Local 1000 will be held on Saturday, Nov. 13th, at 4:30 pm at NERFA, the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance in Kerhonkson, NY (Location at the conference TBD).
The election of two open seats for the Executive Board will be on the agenda for that meeting. The positions of Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer will be open.
Those members wishing to nominate themselves or another member-in-good-standing may do so by submitting these names to the Secretary-Treasurer by mail or email, to be received no later than 5 pm EST on Nov. 12th. Nominations from the floor of the meeting are also accepted.
Local 1000 will be hosting a panel at 11:15 am on Saturday at NERFA entitled: “Navigating the Music Business Through Hard Times” to be hosted by Ken Whiteley, John O’Connor, Tret Fure and Spook Handy. Thanks to Debra Cowan for organizing this.
The Showcase Free Zone (SFZ) will be hosted during the Private Guerilla Showcase hours as well. Many times we hear that the SFZ is “the highlight of the conference” for participants. Tret Fure will organize this.
Brothers and Sisters,
We have lots of ways to help us build our pride and membership in our union and one of those ways it to celebrate together!
Some great news to pass on:
Local 1000 members Sue Passmore, Caroline Brooks and Keri Ough (The Good Lovelies) won a JUNO for Best Roots Album and Group! High Five!
Faith Petric, Peggy Seeger, Greg Artzner & Terry Leonino (Magpie), President John McCutcheon and Holly Near are all quoted in Part II ofSingOut! Magazine‘s 60 for 60 (60 people reflecting on the folk world in honor of SingOut!’s 60th anniversary.
Members Jeni & Billy (Longing for Heaven), Si Kahn (Courage), Elise Witt (Valise) and Carrie Newcomer (Before and After) all have garnered great reviews in SingOut!’s Summer 2010 issue.
Local 99 in Portland, Oregon, has begun a campaign that has some exciting possibilities for the rest of us.
FAIR TRADE MUSIC is a campaign that utilizes a database to collect the experience of musicians who play in Portland, Oregon to help create an atmosphere of affordable music venues to support both the arts climate and the livelihood of musicians who create that climate.
(from their website:)
“We are asking venue owners in the Portland Metro region to partner with the Fair Trade Music campaign and agree to pay equitable wages to performers. There are five levels of participation, so every venue — from the large nightclub to the corner coffeehouse — can join at the level that suits its size and budget. Participation will earn the venue a Fair Trade Music logo to proudly display in a visible location, promotional listings on the Fair Trade Music website directory, and a reputation as a Fair Trade Music Venue.
“One of the problems with playing club gigs is negotiating the standards and practices of each different club. There is no standard business model.” – Dave Fleschner
As our campaign builds, you can support the right of working musicians to receive equitable wages by supporting those venues that have signed on and display the Fair Trade Music logo. Just as fair-trade programs raise the standard of living for otherwise impoverished workers, patronizing Fair Trade Music clubs will help Portland musicians, and help maintain Portland’s vibrant music community.
Well paid, happy, healthy musicians enhance the venue’s atmosphere, customer satisfaction and revenue, ultimately creating an improved music scene, stronger economy and higher quality of life in Portland.”
Go to the Highlander Center Retreat Page for information about his event at the Historic Highlander center outside of Knoxville, Tennessee.