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Local 1000 AFM

Local 1000 October 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

Nominations are open for President, VP from Canada and Midwest Representative. The nominating committee is charged to ensure that there is at least one nominee for each open position. Nominations are open until the end of call for nominations at the Fall 2017 Local 1000 Membership Meeting.

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

The Fall Membership Meeting will take place at NERFA in Stamford, CT at 10am EST on Friday, November 10th. The exact location will be announced soon.

We will also be hosting our popular Showcase Free Zones! Here is the SFZ schedule:

  • Friday 11:45pm – The Malvinas: “Women and Resistance”
  • Saturday (Friday late night) 1:00 AM – Bev Grant: “The Women’s Circle”
  • Saturday 11:45pm – David Roth: “What’s Going On – Songs for Personal and Global Change”
  • Sunday (Saturday late night) 1:00 AM – Emma’s Revolution: “Music for the Resistance”

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


Gary Paul Hermus, Local 1000 Western Region Representative

SWRFA Report

We had our second year at the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance (SWRFA).  We did a panel/workshop again, and had about twice as many attendees this year compared to last year.  The two-night showcase free zone was well received; many expressed thanks to Local 1000 for providing a place to share music with other members free from the pressures of showcase performances.  We look forward to the prospect of new members and of returning to SWRFA again next year.

We thank the SWRFA board members for their sponsorship and support.


New Member Orientation Calls – Two Times!

The Executive Board will be hosting a New Members Orientation call several times each year. These calls are designed for our new members but any of our members can join the call. During this one hour video call we will share union benefits, how to fill out contracts, how to  make pension and dues payments, regular ways to stay connected with your union and any questions you have about membership.

Join us either Tuesday evening, October 17th or Thursday morning, October 19th.

Login details and more information are available here


Bill & Pay

We have recently started using a new billing system, and you may have noticed changes in our emailed invoices. When you receive an invoice and click to make a payment you are taken to the Bill and Pay website (www.billandpay.com) to enter your credit card info and make a payment. You can also create an account so future payments can be made easier and even schedule payments to be made automatically!

If you have any questions about your invoices or the new system, please contact Richard Coombs at [email protected]


Join Us On Facebook!

Did you know Local 1000 has TWO Facebook profiles? Here is a brief rundown.

Local 1000 Facebook Page

This page is our outward-facing, public page meant for anyone interested in or supportive of Local 1000. Members are welcome to join this page, and you can also invite your friends to join if they want information about what Local 1000 is up to.

Local 1000 Members-Only Group

This group is for members of Local 1000, and is meant as a forum where we can discuss issues of importance to members. It’s a great place to network with other members, post questions, share significant career accomplishments and have discussions about the union. We would love to see more members join this group!


Folk Alliance International Conference 2018

We are pleased to share that Folk Alliance International has once again offered discounted registration to their annual conference for members of Local 1000.

The code gives members of Local 1000 $75 off the price of an individual registration until Jan 29th, 2018. If the member of Local 1000 is also a member of FAI, and they log into their member profile, then they will get the $100 FAI Member discount + $75 for Local 1000.

Please contact our office at [email protected] for the discount code.


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


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 Eve Goldberg or the CFM for more information.


Folk Music Ontario

Canadian VP Eve Goldberg will be at the upcoming Folk Music Ontario conference in Mississauga. She’ll be helping at the Canadian Federation of Musicians table in the exhibit hall, and leading a song-swap at 3 pm on Friday afternoon in the hotel lobby. Feel free to say hi!

We may also organize an informal get-together of Local 1000 members at FMO. We’ll let Canadian members know details when we can confirm.


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.


Member News


John McCutcheon presented with Utah Phillips Award

Local 1000 was thrilled to present past president and founding member John McCutcheon with the Utah Phillips Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Labor Movement at the recent Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS. John was our fearless leader in the formative years of Local 1000 and perhaps no-one is more deserving of this award. Congratulations! Watch the presentation here:



Being a Member of Local 1000, by Timothy Van Egmond

Member Timothy Van Egmond recently shared with us his thoughts on being a member of Local 1000. Read what he had to say here. How about you? What do you get out of being a member of Local 1000? We’d love to share your thoughts. Email the office with your stories and comments!

“To me, being a member of Local 1000 of the Musician’s Union means being part of an organization devoted to serving my needs as a traveling performer and teaching artist.

It puts me in touch with a big network of colleagues and friends for mutual support, with the opportunity to compare notes and get help with problem-solving (such as advice I received about flying with my hammered dulcimer). I’ve also attended a couple Cyber Halls on different topics that have been very helpful.

It gives me access to professional insurance on my instruments and equipment both at home and on the road. It’s really helped me when I needed repair on my dulcimer after it was damaged, and when I needed to replace my stolen laptop computer.

It’s greatly helped my financial security with a pension.

Through the Local, I’ve received grants from the Music Performance Trust Fund for public service gigs at schools, day care centers and senior centers that otherwise couldn’t afford it.

In joining the Local, I joined an innovative organization formed by artists I admire and respect. I’m excited and proud to be part of the same association as them.

As a Union member, I’m supporting and taking part in the labor movement which has done so much for working people. I’m helping carry that history forward in a time when there are a lot of challenges to fairness and justice.”


October Birthdays


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

10/01    Seamus Kennedy

10/04    Bernice Reagon

10/04    Kathy Peters

10/05    Sandra Wong

10/07    Samuel Gleaves

10/07    Annie Patterson

10/08    Leigh Cline

10/08    Alexandra Ribera

10/09    Jennifer Armstrong

10/09    Orit Shimoni

10/11    Anna Gallup

10/12    Jadea Kelly

10/13    Troy Bennett

10/14    Betsy Scott

10/15    Erin McKeown

10/16    Elizabeth Curry

10/16    Beatrix Methe

10/16    Deborah Van Kleef

10/18    Mara Levine

10/19    Nancy Mike

10/20    Jennifer Camp

10/21    Julia Lane

10/21    Danny Lapidus

10/23    Margaret Nelson

10/23    Evo Bluestein

10/23    Yann Falquet

10/24    Denise Levac

10/24    Lowry Olafson

10/25    Maura Kennedy

10/25    Laura Spink

10/26    Chris Quinn

10/27    Rayna Farr

10/27    Marshall Voit

10/28    Monica Leo

10/28    James Keelaghan

10/28    Lee Starck

10/28    Kevin Maul

10/28    Bob Wright

10/29    David Gans

10/29    Jamie Anderson

10/29    David James

10/30    Jordan Safer

10/31    Thomas Begich

10/31    Gordon Bok

10/31    Mike Mezzatesta

10/31    Tom Paxton

10/31    Carl Rufh

In Solidarity,

AFM Local 1000

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