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Local 1000 AFM

Local 1000 July 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


Tret FureMessage from our President

NERFA will be held again in Stamford, CT at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Thursday Nov 9 through Sunday Nov 12, where we will have our annual Showcase Free Zone sessions and our Fall Membership Meeting.  Local 1000 will have a discount code which will be available through the office soon.

I will be arranging for hosts for 4 slots of the SFZ on Friday and Saturday.  Please let me know if you are interested in hosting and what your hot topic might be!

I also want to remind you all as we get deeply into festival season that we all appreciate it when you mention that you are a member of Local1000 and why it is important to you.  There is no better way to spread the good news about our local than through word of mouth, so let people know about who we are and what we do!

Thank you!



Upcoming Elections to Take Place at NERFA

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.

If you are interested in running or would like to nominate a candidate, please contact [email protected]


DIY Musician Conference, hosted by CD Baby

We want to share that discounted registration is available through July 11th for CD Baby’s upcoming DIY Musician Conference. Local 1000 will not have an official presence but we thought this could be of interest for many of our members!


Cyber Union Hall

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! Check out last month’s video below

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Member News Submissions

We want to help you all see what cool things each other are doing, so we have created a new section in our monthly e-news for member news. It’s a place where you can tell us about your new albums, awards, and other notable activities.

You can now submit your news here: https://www.local1000.org/my-account/submit-member-news/

Note: You must be logged into your local 1000 member account to submit a news item.


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. There are still 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.

Learn more about applying for MPTF grants here: http://www.musicpf.org/mptf_apply.html

What is the MPTF’s MusicianFest program?

The MPTF is creating 500 music performances at senior centers across the U.S and Canada for its 3rd year!  The MPTF will implement this entire program via a one-time grant from the Film Fund.

MusicianFest is an additional program offered by the MPTF. The typical MPTF performance is paid to the performer by the venue. The MPTF pays the venue half of the wages and pension contributions the musician receives, the venue in turn pays the musician. MusicianFest is completely different. Local 1000 would be responsible for matching a musician with an appropriate venue, the MPTF will pay Local 1000 and Local 1000 will pay the musician after the performance has been completed.

How the program works:

  • Local 1000 has been allocated 5 performances by the MPTF.
  • Local 1000 is in charge of scheduling the performances with the senior centers.
  • Local 1000 will hire a musician who can play the type of music the venue requests.

Guidelines for the Program:

  • Primarily for Solo Musicians.
  • $200 will be paid for each performance.
  • MPTF will cover 100% for each performance.

The program will run May 1st – April 30th, 2018!

How do I get paid?

  • Local 1000 will need to receive a W-9 from the USA members that we hire.
  • Local 1000 will send payment AFTER the performance is completed!


Communications Committee

One of the most important things we do is keep in touch with you, our members. We do that through this newsletter, through our website and Facebook pages, and through The New Deal, our yearly print publication.

We need your help! We are still looking for members who want to help oversee this very important aspect of our work, including curating and preparing content for our website and Facebook pages, overseeing our monthly e-newsletter, and collecting and editing interesting and inspiring stories for the New Deal. It would involve a small amount of regular work, meeting with other committee members (by Skype or Zoom) and finding and creating content as a group or individually.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Colin at the office [email protected] and put “Local 1000 Communications Committee” in the subject line.


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/

Tret Fure Honored by Musicians United

Tret Fure took second place in the “Musicians United to Protect Bristol Bay” songwriting contest in the general songwriting category which was separate from the  Alaskan songwriter category.  Several of our members took part in the fundraising competition for this important organization  One of the founding members of Musicians United is Brother Si Kahn. For more information on Musicians United and the contest, go to www.musiciansunited.info

From left to right: Scott Ainslie, Si Kahn, Joe Jencks, Reggie Harris,John O’Connor, Terry Leonino, Debra Cowan, John Roberts, Greg Artzner. Absent: Sam Gleaves, Lui Collins, Chris Koldeway and retired member Tom Lewis. Photo credit: Tim Parker

Strong Local 1000 Presence at Old Songs Festival

Many Local 1000 members were present at this year’s Old Songs Festival in Altamont, NY, June 23-25. Workshops that featured our members included “I’m Sticking To the Union,” “Songs For Social and Political Activism,” “Songs of Conscience,” “Songs For Hard Times” and “Can Music Change the World?”

It was a great festival and a member of the Old Songs Programming Committee said that they decided to include more social justice and political music this year than they had in previous festivals.

July Birthdays


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

07/01 Karen Bergmann

07/01 Anne Feeney

07/01 Bill Harley

07/03 Vanessa Reseland

07/03 Pop Wagner

07/05 Kim Beggs

07/05 Stacey Bulmer

07/05 Gina Forsyth

07/05 Billy Jonas

07/06 David Doucet

07/07 Tom MacKenzie

07/07 Linda Williams

07/08 Elise Bryant

07/10 Rick Nestler

07/10 Elisabeth Perras

07/15 Tommy Alesi

07/15 Terri Eddy

07/15 Nigel Hebblewhite

07/15 Stephen James

07/16 Terry Leonino

07/16 Layah Jane Singer-Wilson

07/17 Douglas Clegg

07/18 Bruce Molsky

07/18 Folksinger Austin Nash

07/19 Casey Neill

07/20 Caroline Brooks

07/20 Emma Frampton

07/21 Martin Broussard

07/21 Wyatt Gregory

07/23 Dave Nachmanoff

07/25 Andrew Bryan

07/25 Bob Franke

07/25 Avotcja Jiltonilro

07/25 Richard Kriehn

07/25 Tim Readman

07/26 Karyn Oliver-Draillard

07/26 Jessica Stuart

07/27 Dan Bern

07/27 Mark Gamsjager

07/27 Brian Kobayakawa

07/27 Susan Lewis

07/28 Jean Rohe

07/29 Kelly Mulhollan

07/30 Martin van de Ven

In Solidarity,

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