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Local 1000 AFM

Local 1000 April 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


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 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 together@local1000.org and put “Local 1000 Communications Committee” in the subject line.


SERFA 2017

Once again Local 1000 will have a prominent presence at SERFA being held at the Montreat Conference Center in Montreat, NC, May 17-21, 2017. Debra Cowan and John O’Connor will be hosting and facilitating a panel discussion on Thursday, May 18 at 1:45 PM in room 203.

Local 1000 will also be hosting our popular Showcase-Free Zone (SFZ) in the Conference Center lobby from 10:45 PM -12:45 AM. If you would like to host a slot, please contact Debra via email at dcowan@DebraCowan.com. Your membership must be in good standing to host a session, yet all conference attendees are welcome to participate in the SFZ.


Connecting Together

As touring musicians we don’t have a union hall that we can gather at to share stories and encourage each other in our common work. However, we do have other ways to gather and talk. Join us April 18th for our monthly Cyber Union gathering. We use the Zoom platform and our calls are only an hour. We meet at 9:00 p.m. Eastern, 8:00 p.m. Central, 7:00 Mountain and 6:00 Pacific.

Be watching your inbox and both our facebook pages www.facebook.com/local1000afm or www.facebook.com/groups/AFM.Local1000 for details on this months call. And while you are there Like our page or sign up on the members only page.

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 April 2017 Cyber Union Hall

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

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Androidhttps://zoom.us/j/102360266

Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll): +14086380968,102360266# or +16465588656,102360266#

Or Telephone:

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

Canada callers Dial: +1 647 558 0588

Meeting ID: 102 360 266


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

For many years Local 1000 has accepted membership dues and work dues from Canadian members by Canadian cheque. But in order to offer this service, we keep a special bank account with expensive processing fees (US banks don’t routinely accept foreign cheques).

Since we receive very few payments each year by Canadian cheque, the Executive Board has decided to move towards closing our Canadian bank account and only receiving payments by credit card and/or PayPal from Canadian members. This will save us a significant amount of money every year. We have already been in touch with most of our members who have paid by Canadian cheque recently and so far everyone has been fine with the change.

Please contact me at vicepresidentcanada@local1000.org or the office at together@local1000.org if you have any questions or concerns about this change.

Eve Goldberg


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.


Local 1000 Membership Update


In Memoriam

We regret to share with you that longtime Local 1000 member Ed Stabler has passed away. His obituary is available here.


New and Reinstated Members

[Editors note: In the past we have published the names of new and reinstated members in Local 1000’s New Deal. Moving forward we will share these updates in our monthly emailed newsletters.]

Simeon Abbott

Ralph Agresta

Tafari Anthony Davis

Joshua Archer

Andre Blais

Elizabeth Curry

Ryan DeNardo

William Doerge

Sean Forte

Lisa Helmi Johanson

Kate Moore

Jim Page

Javier Perez-Gomez

Skye Petel

Alanna Saunders

Orit Shimoni

Stephanie Umoh

Laurie Veldheer


April Birthdays


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

04/01 Stacie Tabb

04/03 Dennis Mackrel

04/04 Benedict Gagliardi

04/05 Anthony Chatmon

04/05 Andrew Collins

04/06 Hali Hammer

04/07 Janis Ian

04/07 Ian Robb

04/08 Andrew Pacheco

04/09 Michael Browne

04/09 Brian MacMillan

04/09 John Showman

04/09 John Wort Hannam

04/10 David Rovics

04/10 David Rowe

04/11 Aviva Chernick

04/11 Duncan Phillips

04/13 Kate Reid

04/13 Chris Verhoeve

04/16 Armand Aromin

04/16 Thomas Lewis

04/18 Darryl Poulsen

04/19 William Doerge

04/19 Michael McKenna

04/20 David Hakan

04/20 Clint Milburn

04/20 Judy Werle

04/21 Will Danforth

04/23 Phil Cohen

04/23 Lydia Adams Davis

04/23 Si Kahn

04/23 Catherine MacLellan

04/24 Roger Day

04/24 Dana Idlet

04/25 David Theroff

04/26 Jeremy Kittel

04/26 John “Billy” Ware

04/27 Erika Kulnys

04/27 Evalyn Parry

04/30 Kev Corbett

04/30 Ken Whiteley

In Solidarity,

AFM Local 1000


Local 1000 at SERFA 2017

Once again Local 1000 will have a prominent presence at SERFA being held at the Montreat Conference Center in Montreat, NC, May 17-21, 2017.

Local 1000 Communications Committee

One of the most important things we do is keep in touch with you, our members. We need your help! We are looking for members who want to help oversee this very important aspect of our work.

New Deal Winter 2017

The Winter 2017 edition of New Deal is now available

Local 1000 Members to Perform at UnNaugural Concert

On Friday, January 20th, several of our Local 1000 members will be part of an alternative concert called “The Un-Naugural Concert.” It will be a Local 1000 contracted event and profits will go to ACLU, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, National LGBTQ Task Force, Planned Parenthood and League of Conservation Voters.

Local 1000 AFM