MPTF Funding Creates Gigs During Pandemic

Since the COVID-19 Pandemic effectively suspended all live musical performance, the AFM has been working out new ways to use the funding of Music Performance Trust Fund to respond to the crisis by creating new, safe performance engagements. The entire festival season where hundreds of Local 72-147 members are featured in signature events such as the Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival and the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival had to be tragically canceled for 2020

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Elections

Local 72-147 Elections This Fall

Nominations to be Taken: Sunday, November 1 at 4:30 pm

Elections to be Held: Sunday, December 6, 2020

Local 72-147 bylaws provide for triennial (every three years) nomination and election of officers and convention delegates. Nominations will be taken for the following officers: President, Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer, and eight Executive Board Members. The President and Secretary-Treasurer are the first two delegates to the AFM Convention

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DFW Musicians COVID-19 Relief Fund

The purpose of the DFW Musicians COVID-19 Relief Fund is to provide assistance for freelance members of Local 72-147 who do not have guaranteed income and benefits under collective bargaining agreements, and who are in severe hardship situations due to lost income from cancelled freelance jobs. To donate or apply for financial relief go to www.musiciansdfw.org.

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Aide for Musicians Through the CARES Act

With the Passage of the CARES Act on March 27, The Federal Government is subsidizing important unemployment benefits that now cover musicians who have lost work due to the Covid-19 Crisis.
This new legislation gives jobless musicians and other working people larger unemployment benefits over a longer period of time—including those who rely on freelance jobs. For the first time, musicians whose work is covered by 1099s are eligible for benefits – if they are out of work due to the COVID-19 shut down – and they have every right to apply.

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