• COVID-19 Fund Provides Nearly $140,000 of Musician Relief Thanks to All Who Donated to the DFW Musicians COVID-19 Relief Fund. To date, nearly $140,000 was disbursed to Local 72-147 members who had applied for assistance and suffered the most significant losses of income due to the shutdowns of the Pandemic. This was made possible by […]

  • Upcoming Local 72-147 General Membership Meeting Monday, December 13, 2021 7:00 PM The meeting shall be held virtually by zoom. Please register to attend the meeting by clicking HERE. State of the Union: Transitioning from Crisis to Progress The Presidents Message 2021: A most important “Year in Review”.  On January 1st of this year I wrote […]

  •   Wishing Everyone a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving GIVING THANKS   OUR SOLIDARITY THROUGH DIFFICULT TIMES MAKES A DIFFERENCE The DFW Musicians COVID-19 Relief Fund Provided Nearly $140,000 in Financial Assistance to Members During Pandemic Thanks to All our Contributors to the Fund – See List Here Music Performance Trust Fund Sponsorship   130 Free Live Streamed Performance […]

  • SUMMER 2021 APPLICATIONS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE – NEW APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY AUGUST 31     Announcing Special Summer 2021 Relief Assistance    Funded by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra & MET Opera Orchestra Special Concert Fundraiser Made possible by funds raised through the historic April 30 & May 1 joint performances of musicians from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and MET Opera […]

  • Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Perform Together in Solidarity Performances Benefit The MET Orchestra Musicians Fund & The DFW Musicians COVID-19 Relief Fund by Stewart Williams President, Local 72-147 Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending a joint performance of 50 musicians of the Dallas Symphony with 50 musicians of […]

  • Senate Passes American Rescue Plan – Including Vital Pension Relief Now Back to the House and President for Final Passage On Saturday, The Butch Lewis Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act of 2021 passed the Senate as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. It will now return to the House for a final […]

  • Pension Relief is TRULY Within Reach, Help Get us Across the Finish Line! Last Friday, The Butch Lewis Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act of 2021 passed the House as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. And on Monday, the Senate parliamentarian has ruled that it can be passed through the budget  “reconciliation” process. […]

  • 2021 Texas AFL-CIO Scholarship Program Applications due February 16, 2021 Members or children of members of Local 72-147 or children whose legal guardians are members of Local 72-147 are eligible. Applicants must be high school seniors who are planning to attend a university, college or technical institute in the summer or fall term. Scholarships are one-time […]

  • 2021 Brings New Hope for Pension Fund Solutions While the AFM & Employers Pension Fund was recently forced to make a new application to the U.S. Treasury Department to reduce benefits which could take effect starting January 1, 2022, there is new hope for long sought legislative solutions to forestall these cuts and help rebuild […]

  • January 1, 2021   Dear Fellow Musicians, In wishing you a Happy New Year today comes a special message for the beginning of what will be a very important year. While there are simply no more words to describe the difficulties we have gone through over the past year, we now find ourselves at a […]