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Local 1000 AFM

Local 1000 March 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


Folk Alliance Report

Local 1000 had a strong presence at this year’s Folk Alliance conference in Kansas City. With the theme of “Forbidden Folk: Celebrating Activism in Art,” it was an inspiring conference full of uplifting music and important and timely political messages.


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

Local 1000 member Billy Bragg delivered the keynote address, Local 1000 member Ani DiFranco gave a special presentation, and members David Amram, Si Kahn, and Sonia Rutstein were all honored with awards. In addition, members John McCutcheon, President Tret Fure, Rosalyn Dennett, and myself along with Local 1000 staff Colin Dean participated in a successful panel on “The Value of the Union.”

We signed up some new members, with more signing up shortly after the conference. Our Executive Board met and set a budget for the coming year, and our member meeting was well attended. Minutes from both meetings will be posted soon. The showcase-free zone was once again a popular spot for conference attendees to share songs in a non-competitive environment, and we sold lots of tickets for the banjo raffle, helping raise some crucial money for Local 1000 (details about the winner of the banjo are below).

Thanks to all who participated, and we hope to see you again next year.

Solidarity Forever!

Eve Goldberg

Local 1000 Vice President for Canada


New Invoicing Procedures

Going forward, we will be sending out all invoices via email only for all members who have an email address on file with Local 1000. We have a great office staff that is working hard for you. We are focused on improving the efficiency of our office processes, and making the most effective use of our resources. If you prefer to continue receiving paper invoices, please let our office know, and if you have any questions, I am happy to answer them via phone or email.


Vi Wickam

Local 1000 Secretary Treasurer



Past and Present Local 1000 Presidents: John McCutcheon giving Tret Fure a banjo lesson prior to raffle drawing

Local 1000 Banjo Raffle big success!

Congratulations to Lynn McCracken who was the winner of the Deering Banjo with Pete and Peggy Seeger’s signature on the head. When Lynn was notified she had won she could hardly believe it and was super excited. Now that she has a new banjo she said she will have to start taking banjo lessons!

Congratulations Lynn!



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.


March Cyber Union Hall

The craft of songwriting is practiced by many but mastered by few. Join us on March 21st when Local 1000 President Tret Fure will share her story and tips on songwriting. Tret has been writing since she was 16 and has taught songwriting to hundreds of budding songwriters. Join us as Tret shares her wisdom in the craft of songwriting. Join us for this informative session!

9:00 p.m. Eastern, 8:00 p.m. Central, 7:00 p.m. Mountain, 6:00 p.m. Pacific.

If you have not been on one of our Cyber Union calls it is simple. Just follow the link below, download the plug-in at Zoom (1 minute download) and you are in! If you have questions please feel free to call Aaron Fowler, 316-207-4715.

Topic: Local 1000 March 2017 Cyber Union Hall with Tret Fure

Time: March 21, 2017 8:00 PM (GMT-6:00) Central Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Androidhttps://zoom.us/j/309311626

Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll):  +14086380968,309311626# or +16465588656,309311626#

Or Telephone:

Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)

Canada callers: Dial: +1 647 558 0588

Meeting ID: 309 311 626


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


P2 Situation Updates

US Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) has increased the fees for all O and P visa petitions to US $460.

More Information is Available Here

The Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) is now advising Canadian members applying for P2 visas to get their application in at least 120 days before the first engagement.

There have been changes to the P2 forms posted on the CFM website. 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.


March Birthdays


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

03/01 Jonathan Carroll

03/01 Ian Clark

03/01 Eric Erickson

03/01 Dick Jay Moons

03/01 George Wurzbach

03/03 Victor Lewis

03/03 Heather Masse

03/03 Sasha Zand

03/04 Carol Maillard

03/04 Howard Wooden

03/05 Freebo

03/05 Christine Havrilla

03/05 Chris Luedecke

03/06 Diane Ferlatte

03/06 Fred Rose

03/06 Marie Savoie-Levac

03/07 Aileen Vance

03/09 John Wright

03/09 Martha Cohen

03/10 Bennett Zurofsky

03/13 John Bunge

03/13 Andrea England

03/13 Tom Chapin

03/13 Tim Posgate

03/14 Kate Moore

03/14 David Roth

03/14 Michael Mark

03/15 Molly Mason

03/15 Bernard Gilbert

03/16 William Perras

03/16 Robin Williams

03/17 Raven Polson-Lahache

03/18 Sharon Abreu

03/18 Leonardo Biciunas

03/18 Tret Fure

03/18 James McKie

03/18 Kerri Ough

03/18 Laura Smith

03/18 Tim Van Egmond

03/19 Nicolas Babineau

03/19 David Durning

03/19 Daniel Jordan

03/20 Ed Caner

03/21 Mary Monagan

03/22 Lui Collins

03/22 Bev Grant

03/23 Robert Adern

03/23 Heather Roy

03/24 Aliza Thibodeau

03/25 David Braid

03/27 Rik Barron

03/29 Brien Matson

03/29 Adam Stotland

03/30 Morgan Doctor

03/30 Pat Humphries

03/30 Terry Gillespie

03/31 Bucky Halker


In Solidarity,

AFM Local 1000

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