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Local 1000 February 2018 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


Upcoming Local 1000 Membership Meeting at FAI in Kansas City

The next membership meeting will be:

Wednesday, February 14 at 4 pm CST

Westin Crown Center Hotel, Roanoke Room

1 East Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO.

We would love to see as many members as possible there!

If you are unable to attend in person but would still like to participate, we will be broadcasting live:

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Androidhttps://zoom.us/j/389570535

Or iPhone one-tap: US: +16699006833, 389570535#  or +16465588656, 389570535#

Or Telephone:

  • US: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 646 558 8656
  • Canada: +1 647 558 0588

Meeting ID: 389 570 535

International numbers are available here


Local 1000 at Folk Alliance International 2018

Local 1000 Showcase Free Zone at FAI 2017. Photo Credit: Michael Sangiacomo, Cleveland Plain Dealer

We hope to see many of you at Folk Alliance in Kansas City, February 14 – 18th!

In addition to our membership meeting on Wednesday afternoon, we will be hosting late night song circles in our Showcase Free Zone, Wednesday-Saturday night in room 630. This is a chance for us to get away from the craziness of the showcase environment and share music in a non-competitive community setting. Stop by after the evening concerts and share a song or two!

Showcase Free Zone Schedule – Room 630

Wednesday Night (2/14)

10:30pm – 12:30am: Local 1000 Member Gathering

Thursday Night (2/15)

11:30pm – 12:30am: “Singing About the Tough Stuff” hosted by Holly Near

12:30am – 1:30am: “Women’s Circle” hosted by Shawna Caspi

Friday Night (2/16)

11:30pm – 12:30am: “Blues Jam” hosted by Guy Davis

12:30am – 1:30am: “Workers and Wanderers” hosted by Joe Jencks

Saturday Night (2/17)

11:30pm – 12:30am: “Honky Tonk and Country Songs” hosted by Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer

12:30am – 1:30am: “Come All Ye Good Fiddlers” hosted by Jeremy Kittel and others!

We will also be at table #503 in the exhibit hall and we encourage you to spend some time with us there talking to prospective members and fair trade music venues. You are our best advertising! We are running a membership drive right now where the $100 initiation fee is waived for new members. If you know someone who should be a member, please encourage them to visit our table and join up at the conference!


Membership Drive

Do you know someone who has been meaning to join Local 1000? Or someone who you think should be a member? Help us grow our membership!

From now until March 31, the US$100 initiation fee will be waived on new memberships.

Please encourage your friends and colleagues to sign up today!


2018 Membership Meetings

There will be three membership meetings in 2018. Mark your calendars and plan to attend!

Feb 14, 2018 – Folk Alliance, Kansas City, MO

Jun 24, 2018 – Great Labor Arts Exchange, Silver Spring, MD

Nov 8 or 9, 2018 – Northeast Regional Folk Alliance, Stamford, CT


Local 1000 Member Retreat / Great Labor Arts Exchange

Local 1000 will be celebrating 25 years this year, and to mark the occasion, we will be partnering with the Great Labor Arts Exchange (GLAE), where Local 1000 was born those many years ago. We will be presenting a stream of programming as part of the GLAE annual gathering in Silver Spring, MD from Thursday June 21 – Sunday June 24, 2018. On Sunday, after the gathering is over, we will hold a member retreat and gathering for the day, followed by a party.

Local 1000 Member Retreat/Great Labor Arts Exchange

Thurs., Jun 21 – Sun Jun 24, 2018

Tommy Douglas Conference Centre

Silver Spring, MD

Hold the dates and plan to attend! Details coming soon!


February Cyber Union Call with Samantha Martin on “Tour Organization”

Samantha Martin
Photo by: Paul Robert Wright

Join us for our February Cyber Union call with Samantha Martin. Samantha is a Canadian member who will share her insights on Tour Organization.

How do how do you keep on top of all the details of the road: where you need to be when, how long your travel time will be that day, where you are staying, dealing with money, merchandise, people etc. etc? How do you stay on top of your other business while you are on the road? What tools and strategies can you use to help you manage life as a traveling musician? Samantha will share some of her tips and tricks from managing a busy touring schedule with her band Delta Sugar. Join us!

Time: Feb 20, 2018 8:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Androidhttps://zoom.us/j/269868930

Or iPhone one-tap: +16465588656, 269868930#  or +16699006833, 269868930#

Or Telephone:

  • US: +1 646 558 8656  or +1 669 900 6833
  • Canada: +1 647 558 0588

Meeting ID: 435 181 287

International numbers available here


MPTF MusicianFest Program Funding Opportunity

We announced last year that Local 1000 has been granted the opportunity to fund 5 performances under the MPTF’s MusicianFest program. We still have several spots 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

Canadian Corner


CATSA Factsheet on Traveling with Musical Instruments

Please note that the CFM has recently shared updated factsheets on traveling with musical instruments in Canada, which can be downloaded in English and French here:

CATSA Factsheet for Musicians EN

CATSA Factsheet for Musicians FR


P2 Updates

The CFM is raising the administration fee for processing of P2 visas. The new fee is $120 for the first musician/technician and $25 per additional musician/technician. The increase is being implemented gradually and the CFM office will accept the old fee until the new year.

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 Kev Corbett or the CFM for more information.


Local 1000 Membership Update


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

New and Reinstated Members

Laura Bates Leah Grandmont
Liv Cazzola Gregory Hoskins
Anita Cazzola Justin Ruppel
Ken Dunn Annie Sumi

February Birthdays


Finally, we would like to wish the following members Happy Birthday! If your birthday falls in February 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.

02/01 Joe Jencks

02/02 Jakob Stern

02/02 Aidan Villa

02/04 Wayne Greene

02/04 Edith Wallace

02/06 Steve Eulberg

02/06 Faith Nolan

02/09 Andrew Antipin

02/10 Jennifer Evans

02/11 Ben Deschamps

02/12 Chris Coole

02/12 Michael Miles

02/13 Stephen Suffet

02/15 Carolann Solebello

02/15 Baldemar Velasquez

02/15 Cris Williamson

02/16 Catherine Wilson

02/17 David Borough

02/17 Adrian Gross

02/18 Sonia Rutstein

02/19 James McEleney

02/19 Paul Taylor

02/19 Brad Hart

02/21 Greg Artzner

02/22 SJ Tucker

02/23 John Fohl

02/23 Arthur McGregor

02/24 Dave Soroka

02/25 Marcy Marxer

02/25 Jennifer Heitler-Klevans

02/27 Robert Couture

02/27 Wyatt Easterling

02/28 Ysaye Barnwell

02/28 Mark Westberg

02/29 Francis McKenty

In Solidarity,

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