Bill Collins Fund

Helping our Fellow Musicians in Time of Crisis

If you know of one of our members who is struggling with a disability crisis, call the union office and let us know. If you wish to make a specific donation for a member in need, we will be pleased to honor that as well.

The Fund was begun by Bill Collins III in memory of his Dad, member Bill Collins, Jr., to aid sick, injured and disabled Union members in financial distress. Please consider making a donation Read More about “Bill Collins Fund”

Bargaining Unit Report: FWSO

by The FWSO Players’ Committee

Two recent appointments have brought great optimism to the musicians of the Fort Worth Symphony: Dr. Keith Cerny began his tenure as President and CEO in January, and last week came the announcement that Robert Spano will join us as Principal Guest Conductor in the 20/21 season.
We’re confident that Keith Cerny will bring the same quality of fresh thinking and innovation that he brought to the Dallas Opera, where he established the Hart Institute for Women Conductors, oversaw the commissioning of several new operas, and led the music director search that culminated in the hiring of Emmanuel Villaume. He remains popular with the musicians of the Dallas Opera Orchestra. Read More about “Bargaining Unit Report: FWSO”

Reaching Out to Denton/UNT Community with Jam Session on April 25

Following up on last September’s successful collaboration with the Greater Denton Arts Council, Local 72-147 has scheduled another Jam Session + Meet and Greet at the Patterson Appleton Arts Center on April 25. A special purpose of the event is to reach out to musicians studying at the University of North Texas and introduce the resources, education and organizing that AFM provides for professional musicians. Still under development, this event serves to collaborate with the Greater Denton Arts Council to brings arts and education to Denton and a special educational opportunity to students at one our nation’s largest music schools. Read More about “Reaching Out to Denton/UNT Community with Jam Session on April 25”

Musicians Call on Studios to Negotiate Streaming Media

“As streaming consumption grows, the absence of streaming residuals will prevent musicians from being able to afford a home and feed their families, and threatens to erode the major contributions our members make to our local communities,” said Ray Hair, AFM International President. “AFM members must take on the changes in technology by ensuring that we maintain good jobs and a rightful place in the future of the industry. We are seeking a productive dialogue with AMPTP as we work to reach a fair resolution of these negotiations.” –Ray Hair, AFM International President Read More about “Musicians Call on Studios to Negotiate Streaming Media”

Local 72-147 Membership Drive – Pass the Word!

Please spread the word. For a limited time Local 72-147 will be waiving initiation fees as part of a Membership Drive. Many events and activities are scheduled in the coming months to reach out and engage our musicians across Dallas and Fort Worth. There is no better time to join the DFW Professional Musicians Assocation!


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