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. Read More about “”…
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. Read More about “Aide for Musicians Through the CARES Act”…
Negotiating in the Midst of a Worldwide Pandemic
As spring 2020 approached, Local 72-147 was preparing for one of the busiest negotiating seasons in many years, with the musicians of the Dallas and Fort Worth Symphonies, the Dallas Opera Orchestra, East Texas Symphony and Dallas Summer Musicals all preparing to negotiate successor agreements with their managements. With the outbreak of COVID-19 creating a shutdown of public gatherings and stay-at-home orders for individuals across DFW, these musicians found themselves with current performance seasons shuttered. Previously unimaginable, force majeure provisions were invoked by some employers, and others through application for SBA PPP loans made available through the CARES Act, passed on March Read More about “Negotiating in the Midst of a Worldwide Pandemic”…
Welcome New Members
Please Welcome our New and/or Reinstated Members
David Alley – Trumpet
Grace An – Cello
Mikhail Berestnev – Piano, Keyboards
Larry Cummings – Drum Set, Electric Guitar
John Echols – Electric Bass
K Foster – Theremin, Drum Set
Karen Foster – Vocalist, keyboards
Danielle Mendelson – Violin
Stacie Mickens – French Horn
Dina Nesterenko – Violin, Baroque Instruments
Mike Patterson – Vocalist, Electric/Acoustic Guitar
Clayton Williams – Oboe, Woodwinds
John Williams – Trombone
Xinyi Xu – Viola, Violin
You may access the most up-to-date Local 72-147 Membership Directory by logging into the Members’ Area of MUSICIANSDFW.ORG.
2020 Texas AFL-CIO Scholarships Available
All members or children of members of Local 72-147 are eligible for a scholarship from the Texas AFL-CIO. Applicants must be high school seniors who are planning to attend a university, college, or technical institute in the summer or fall term.
One of last year’s scholarship winners was Maria Ferraro, the daughter of Local 72-147 member, Joe Ferraro. She is now attending SMU, working on a BFA in Dance with a Minor in Arts Management. Read More about “2020 Texas AFL-CIO Scholarships Available”…
The True Meaning of Christmas at the Denton State Supported Living Center
A longstanding Holiday tradition in DFW is the annual Christmas Pageant presented by residents at the Denton State Supported Living Center. Opened in 1960 and designed as a community for individuals with intellectual and developmental difficulties, this Pageant, now in its 43rd year, has become essential in this community’s holiday celebrations. Read More about “The True Meaning of Christmas at the Denton State Supported Living Center”…
The Music Will Play On
Dear Local 72-147 Members,
I address you now as we all address one of the greatest crises in our union’s history, and in fact, in our nation’s history. We musicians are affected by COVID-19 in an especially personal way. As we were among the very first to feel the economic burn that gathering restrictions and social distancing reeked upon our complete industry, we have sustained a blow at our very core. Beyond the very real economic affects of the shutdown and the dangers to public health, we are further made to stop doing that which brings us life. As we now are kept from coming together to make music in groups, and share that collaboration with our audiences, we wonder when our work, our livelihoods, our mission will be allowed to return. And yet I am seeing our music survive and sing through the void, and our union stepping up to the challenge.
Legislative Advocacy at the time of Crisis
From the moment that the shutdown of the entertainment industry became a previously unimaginable reality, the AFM came together through an immediate campaign to have legislation introduced, which would provide relief for working people in the entertainment industry – every bit as crucial to the economy as the cruise ship, airline and travel industries. After the Families First Coronaviris Response Act was signed into law expanding paid leave and unemployment benefits, mandating paid sick leave and free coronavirus testing, most gig workers in the entertainment industry were still not provided for. After a renewed campaign from the AFM Legislative Department and a letter writing campaign by our members across the nation, unemployment relief was extended to independent contractors for the first time through the CARES Act, signed into law on March 27. Also included in this legislation is added support of the arts through increased funding of the National Endowment of the Arts, and through the SBA’s Payroll Protection Program’s forgivable loans. Here in DFW, our three largest employers of musicians were greatly helped to maintain payroll and benefits to our musician Read More about “The Music Will Play On”…
Emergency Pandemic Dues Policy
I wanted to write a quick note about membership dues. Recently the International Executive Board of the AFM released some Emergency Pandemic Policy Recommendations, a few of which your Executive Board adopted on April 9th.
As of that date, we will be waiving all late fees for currently unpaid 2020 dues.
Tell Your Senators To Protect Pension Plans
Call your senators at 844-551-6921 and urge them to reject the Grassley-Alexander proposal, which would harm the Butch Lewis Act. Tell them to support legislation that will provide retirees with their hard-earned benefits and stabilize the multiemployer pension system overall. Anything less is unacceptable. Read More about “Tell Your Senators To Protect Pension Plans”…
Certain Benefits Are Protected Under the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act
from Pension Fund Notes
December 6, 2019
When the Trustees apply to reduce benefits to try to save the AFM-EPF, some participants have certain protections under current law. If the benefit reduction is approved, benefit payments will not be reduced until January 1, 2021. Read More about “Certain Benefits Are Protected Under the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act”…