Local 72-147 has a proud history of representing musicians since the chartering of Local 72 in Fort Worth in 1898 and Local 147 in Dallas in 1901. But before 1965, black musicians fighting the discrimination of segregation formed AFM locals on their own. This is an important part of the rich history of Local 72-147. Please visit our permanent page honoring black history in Dallas/Fort Worth and the great musicians and music that bring this story alive.

March 28 – AFM Jam Session Comes to Klyde Warren Park

Growing from the relationship between Local 72-147, Klyde Warren Park and the support of Music Performance Trust Fund, many new things are happening in downtown Dallas — starting with our first “Musicians in the Park” Community Performance on March 28 at KWP! 

For many years we have Klyde Warren Park has been bringing musicians to the park with a lunchtime music series (sponsored in part by MPTF). We will now be adding to our Jam Session and Meet + Greet Series which began last year with a bigger event, putting our musicians on stage and celebrating OUR MUSICAL COMMUNITY. Read More about “March 28 – AFM Jam Session Comes to Klyde Warren Park”

Shelley Carrol and the Texas Tenor Tradition

While performing in one of our MusicFest Performances (sponsored by Music Performance Trust Fund) at Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, Shelley Carrol takes a moment to explain about the Texas Tenor tradition in the Count Basie Orchestra. 

With the innovations of Dallas area musician Buster Smith and the formation of the Buster Smith–Count Basie Band a new technique of louder jazz came to be. The sound came from Buster Read More about “Shelley Carrol and the Texas Tenor Tradition”

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”

Remembering DFW’s Black Locals

Fort Worth Local 392 & Dallas Local 168

Local 72-147 has a proud history of representing musicians since the chartering of Local 72 in Fort Worth in 1898 and Local 147 in Dallas in 1901. But before 1965, black musicians fighting the discrimination of segregation formed AFM locals on their own. This is the story of these musicians during their years of organizing with AFM Local 392 in Fort Worth and Local 168 in Dallas. Read More about “Remembering DFW’s Black Locals”

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”

AFM-EPF Announces that “Critical and Declining” Status Likely for 2019

A Message from the President

Dear Members,

On February 24, notification was emailed to AFM-EPF participants that actuaries project a strong likelihood that the Fund will enter “critical and declining” status after being in critical status since 2010. You may refer to the text of the full notification, which is posted on afm-epf.org. I recommend that you visit the Funds Website and check out the “Staying Informed” tab for more detailed explanation, but I wanted to provide as clear an explanation as possible.

The Fund is facing the challenges it faces today due to a loss it took in the Crash of 2008 in combination with several other factors. These are some of those factors: (1) the loss in the downturn, (2) a commitment of paying benefits which outweigh contributions coming in, (3) a decreased number of participants for whom contributions are being made

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Local 72-147 Announces Membership Drive Starting March 1

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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