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Local 1000 AFM

Local 1000 March 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


New Deal Winter 2018

Our official New Deal publication for Winter 2018 is now available!

Please read it thoroughly as it contains information about our 25th Anniversary Gathering, Election Results, News About Local 1000 Members and much more!

Most members should have already received a print copy in the mail. A PDF version can be downloaded here.


Folk Alliance International Conference Report

The 30th Annual Folk Alliance was held in Kansas City and your Local was there. It was wonderful to see many of our members at our Showcase Free Zone sessions, on stage performing, contributing on panels, singing in numerous showcase rooms and joining us at our booth. The week was filled with music, conversation and reconnections.

A special thanks to members Holly Near, Shawna Caspi, Guy Davis, Joe Jencks, Cathy Fink and Jeremy Kittel, who led our Showcase Free Zone sessions!

Showcase Free Zone at FAI 2018

We also had a great membership meeting on Wednesday afternoon. Members who were in attendance at the conference, as well as many who joined us online, heard information about the Local, approved the 2018 budget and shared in several important conversations about continuing to move the local forward.


Proposed Dues Increase

The Executive Board is recommending an increase of $5 a year for Local 1000 membership dues, effective October 1, 2018. This would bring annual membership dues to US$177 per year. Dues have not been increased since 2013. Over the past year, we have significantly cut some costs and we are keeping a close eye on all of our spending. Despite these measures, it is challenging for Local 1000 to cover expenses. We are one of the largest locals in the union without a major collective bargaining agreement, such as a symphony, and because the majority of our members don’t regularly file contracts, we do not have the work dues income that other similarly-sized locals benefit from. The dues increase will help us cover our basic costs and keep the office running more smoothly for members.

The dues increase will be voted on by the membership at our June membership meeting in Silver Spring, MD.


Proposed Scales Increase

Our scales committee, in collaboration with the executive board, is also recommending changes to scale wages. We have not increased scale, which sets the minimum wages for contracted gigs since 2012. Members are always free to negotiate fees above scale.

The new scale wages would be:

$250 for solo concert (currently $230)
$120 for solo small concert (currently $110)
$75 for solo opener (currently $70)
$120 for leader of ensemble at a small venue (currently $110)
$60 for a side player of an ensemble at a small venue. (currently $55)

All other scales would remain the same.

The increase in scale wages will be voted on by the membership at our June meeting in Silver Spring, MD. Thanks to our scales committee, chaired by Joe Jencks, for their work!


New Members Orientation Cyber Call, March 20th

Join us on Tuesday, March 20th for our New Member Orientation Call. This call is for both new members of Local 1000 and those who just want to learn more about the Local. Our call will be at 9:00 EST, 8:00 CST, 7:00 MST and 6:00 PST. Even if you are not a new member but just want to see the many benefits of your membership, please join us.

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

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/921679223

Or iPhone one-tap :

US: +16699006833, 921679223#  or +16465588656, 921679223#

Or Telephone:

US: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 646 558 8656

Canadian: +1 647 558 0588

Meeting ID: 921 679 223

International numbers available here


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!


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!


Local 1000 at SERFA

The Southeast Regional Folk Alliance conference is coming up and Local 1000 will be there! We’ll be hosting a late-night Showcase Free Zone, and participating in a panel. The conference will take place May 16-20 in Montreat, NC.

More information at www.serfa.org


2018 Membership Meetings

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

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

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


Canadian Corner


P2 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 Kev Corbett or the CFM for more information.


Member News

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Local 1000 Member Mara Levine Tops the Folk Charts!

Mara Levine’s latest single “You Reap What You Sow,” written by Susan Shann, was the #1 single on the Folk DJ Chart for November 2017, and was subsequently #16 for 2017. It was also on the Bluegrass Today “Grassicana” chart for 7 weeks in 2018, peaking at #9!  The song is a preview from her upcoming third CD Facets of Folk and it features bluegrass luminaries Greg Blake and Mollie O’Brien on harmony vocals, Bob Harris (guitar), Andy Leftwich (mandolin), Mark Schatz (bass) and Scott Vestal (banjo).

Listen here and read the feature by John Lawless on Bluegrass Today!

Mara will be touring Europe for the first time in April, Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands.  Her website is www.maralevine.com


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 George Wurzbach

03/03 Victor Lewis

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 Marie Savoie-Levac

03/07 Aileen Vance

03/09 John Wright

03/09 Martha Cohen

03/10 Bennett Zurofsky

03/13 Andrea England

03/13 Tom Chapin

03/13 Tim Posgate

03/14 David Roth

03/14 Michael Mark

03/15 Molly Mason

03/15 Bernard Gilbert

03/16 William Perras

03/16 James Robertson

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 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 Adam Stotland

03/30 Morgan Doctor

03/30 Pat Humphries

03/30 Terry Gillespie

03/31 Bucky Halker

In Solidarity,

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