Newsletter Archives: June 1999

06/01/99 Member Benefits

New Perks: Disney Theme Park and music store discounts!

The AFM has arranged new perks of membership: discounts on Disney tickets as well as 5% discounts from Giardinelli, American Musical Supply, Gand Music & Sound, and discounted bookings through Cruises, Inc. For more information, call us or:

  • Disney discounts: (800) 452-9425

  • Giardinelli: (800) 288-2334

  • American Musical Supply: (800) 288-4076

  • Gand Music & Sound: (847) 466-GAND

  • Cruises, Inc.: (800) 233-9896

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06/01/99 Symphonic Shorts

Dealing With Management...the NLRA

The National Labor Relations Act was signed into law by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1935, at a time when labor disputes were commonplace. The Act protected employees’ rights to organize and bargain collectively with employers. It also created the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to monitor and investigate charges of unfair labor practices. Some of the rules the NLRA established:

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06/01/99 Recording Rap

I recently attended the Film Florida Conference seminar on the Music Industry which was headed by Leslie Zigel of BMG US Latin. Other Panelists included Joe Galdo (Island Records); Jeanie Mason (Estefan Enterprises); Will Edwards (Sprokets Music); and Tom Dowd (producer).

Miami has become the epicenter for Latin music. All six major multinational labels (Sony, EMI, Polygram, WEA, Universal and BMG) have their Latin music headquarters here, and all except EMI have their US Latin-market offices here, too. Last year in Miami-Dade County, the music business brought in $343 million and was a key contributor to South Florida’s fast-growing $2 billion entertainment industry.

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06/01/99 Casual Corner

MPTF Gigs pay out over $73,000

For the 1998-9 season (running May 1, 1998 through April 30, 1999) the Music Performance Trust Fund co-sponsored a total of 74 concerts. The combined total dollars MPTF spent in South Florida amounted to over $36,000, and the combined payroll overall (including local co-sponsor contributions) came to a grand total of over $73,000 this year!

06/01/99 Member Feedback

Thanks for all the help with this! How could a handful of musicians accomplish this without the power of the Union behind it? Next time you hear that stupid question, "What does the Union do for me?", tell them this story! You’re making great progress.

Thanks again, Bunny Carfagno

06/01/99 Official Business

New Staff

Please welcome Margaret Butler-Padilla and Sharon McDermott to the office staff. They will be sharing the position of Office Clerk, and one of the two of them will be in the office daily between 11am and 3pm.

New Hours

M-F 11-3 and by appointment

There will be someone in the office before and after these hours, but please direct all calls between 11a.m. and 3p.m., when there are more staff on hand to assist you. For emergencies after hours, please call President Graves’ cell phone at (954) 295-6098. Thank you!

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06/01/99 Treasurer's Report

SFMA LOCAL 655 FOR THE 12 MONTHS ENDING 12/31/98: REVENUE, EXPENSE, FUND BALANCES

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06/01/99 President's Report

Palm Beach Opera…

… Negotiations have gotten underway with the Palm Beach Opera and we’ve had two very friendly and informative days with management. We expect to get back together during the end of June, and with more hard work, good preparation and a little luck thrown in, hopefully we’ll be able to finalize an agreement very soon. In addition, we’ve received authorization from the Federation for a membership drive in conjunction with the PBO negotiations, so if you know a non-member you would like to get to join, contact me as soon as possible; the deal is as good as it gets!

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