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Local 1000 AFM

Local 1000 August 2017 Newsletter


Dear Brothers and Sisters,

This is our regular monthly email newsletter that goes out to everyone in the first week of each month. It includes reminders, member news and important announcements from the Executive Board and the office.

News from the Executive Board


Local 1000 at NERFA: Upcoming Membership Meeting and Elections

Elections for President, Vice President from Canada, and Midwest Regional Representative will be held during our upcoming Fall Membership Meeting, for three-year terms beginning in January 2018. The Fall Membership Meeting will take place at NERFA in Stamford, CT. The exact time and location will be announced soon. We will also be hosting our popular Showcase Free Zones.

NERFA is once again providing registration discounts for Local 1000 members. Contact us at [email protected] for the discount code.

If you are interested in running or would like to nominate a candidate, please contact our office and the Nominations Committee Chair, John O’Connor at [email protected]


SWRFA Showcase Free Zone: We need Volunteers!

We are very excited to announce that, for the second year in a row, Local 1000 is working with the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance (SWRFA) to provide a Showcase Free Zone at this year’s SWRFA Conference, as well as to include a panel room to make union representatives available to answer your questions.

To help solidify Local 1000’s presence at SWRFA now and in the future, as well as to make the Showcase Free Zone that much more fun for our members, we are looking for volunteers who would like to host an hour (or several, for that matter), the subject of which would be of your choosing.  This is not just a chance to join in the fun; it’s a chance for you to turn the song circle’s focus to your favorite area(s).

If you are interested in hosting an hour – or several – please e-mail our Western Representative, Gary Paul Hermus at [email protected]  with your name, e-mail, area of interest, and any time preferences or restrictions which you may have.

We look forward to hearing from you and to having a grand old time together at this years’ SWRFA Convention in Austin!


Cyber Union Hall Update and Communications Committee Survey

Please note that we will not be having a cyber union hall meeting this month. Archives of past Cyber Union Hall meetings are available here!

We want to hear from you. What topics would you like to see covered in future meetings? Would you like to moderate a discussion or do you have suggestions? Please take a moment to participate in our survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FM7WBQ2


MPTF MusicianFest Program Funding Opportunity

We recently announced that Local 1000 has been granted the opportunity to fund 5 performances under the MPTF’s MusicianFest program. Two of the five spots are still available!

The MPTF (Music Performance Trust Fund) presents thousands of live, admission-free musical programs annually in the United States and Canada. It is funded by royalties from record labels and is sponsored by the AFM and the record labels.

Read more about this program in our July 2017 Newsletter and learn more about applying for MPTF grants here: http://www.musicpf.org/mptf_apply.html


Work Dues Equivalency – Set Up An Automatic Monthly Payment!

Are you filing union contracts? If not, please help sustain Local 1000 by automatically paying a small monthly amount every month on your credit card. It’s simple, easy, and effective.

Each time you file a union contract through Local 1000, you pay 2.5% in work dues to the local. Your work dues are the juice that keeps the office running. However, only 20% of our members file union contracts, which means we don’t always have the financial resources we need to work effectively for you.

At our recent Executive Board meeting at Folk Alliance, your board re-committed to “paying our dues,” and those who are not filing union contracts set up an AUTOMATIC MONTHLY PAYMENT for work dues equivalency on our credit cards by phoning Richard in the office. It took less than 5 minutes.

Scale for one gig at a regular venue is $230. 2.5% work dues on that fee is $5.75, or $69 per year. Consider supporting your union by paying $5.75 a month to Local 1000 automatically on your credit card.

You can set up your own monthly payment in minutes by calling Richard in the office at (212) 843-8726 (Tues & Thurs, 10 am – 6 pm). All it takes is your credit card information and a few minutes of your time.


Emergency Relief Fund

Please consider helping your brothers and sisters who may need assistance in the near future by making a small contribution to the ERF when you renew your membership or go to www.Local1000.org and make your donation. $5 or $10 dollars will go a long way if enough members make donations.

Canadian Corner


Canadian Cheques

As posted in the last few newsletters, we are no longer accepting payment by Canadian cheque. Canadian members can pay by credit card or PayPal. Please contact Eve at [email protected] or the office at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.


P2 Situation Updates

The processing time for P2 applications has come down and the CFM is now advising Canadian members applying for P2 visas to get their application in at least 75 days before the first engagement.

If you are applying, please make sure you download the latest application, which can be found here:

English: http://www.cfmusicians.org/services/work-permits
French: http://www.cfmusicians.org/services/permis-de-travail

Please contact Canadian VP Eve Goldberg or the CFM for more information.


Member News


If you have exciting news to share with Local 1000 members, you can now submit it here: https://www.local1000.org/my-account/submit-member-news/

Bev Grant and Janet Stecher receive Joe Hill Award

We are excited to share that Janet Stecher and Bev Grant received the Joe Hill award from the Labor Heritage Center at the annual Great Labor Exchange on June 24th.

Bev Grant also recently won the ASCAP Foundation Jay Gorney Award, which will be presented on December 14th at [email protected] Center and comes with a $1000 prize.


Local 1000 Membership Update


New and Reinstated Members

We are excited to welcome the following new and recently reinstated members to Local 1000!

Jake Blount William Kidman
Gina Burgess Andrew Morrison
Brendan Doherty Stephen Rigby
David Eisner Kirby Yarbrough
Sarah Hamilton

August Birthdays


Finally, we would like to wish the following members Happy Birthday! If your birthday falls in August and you don’t see it listed below, or if the date is incorrect, please send an email to our Birthday Bunny, Deborah Van Kleef with your birthdate, current phone number and email address.

08/01    Teresa Healy

08/02    Jimmy Collier

08/03    Paul Reisler

08/03    Chris Vallillo

08/04    Alana Cline

08/05    Donna Nestler

08/06    Edie Carey

08/06    Jim Page

08/08    Jake Blount

08/08    Darryl Purpose

08/08    Ben Whiteley

08/09    Cathy Fink

08/11    Eve Goldberg

08/11    Elyas Isaacs

08/12    Janet Stecher

08/13    Tom Breiding

08/14    John McCutcheon

08/14    Gary Hermus

08/14    Kalya Ramu

08/15    Debra Cowan

08/16    Rik Palieri

08/18    Joel Guenther

08/18    Sandy Opatow

08/18    James Preimel

08/19    Daniel Stadnicki

08/22    Vincent Cross

08/22    Sheena Rattai

08/23    Grit Laskin

08/23    Ezra Idlet

08/23    Brian Folkins Amador

08/25    Rosi Amador

08/25    Teilhard Frost

08/26    Peter Blood

08/27    Michael Beauchamp

08/28    Timothy O’Reilly

08/30    Tesser Call

08/30    Miriam Davidson

08/31    John Law

In Solidarity,

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