Archives: February 2016

02/01/16 Official Business

2016 Annual Dues Now Late:

Please note that if you have not yet paid your Annual Dues, you are now late and liable for a $5 late fee. Please also note that your membership may be suspended if we do not receive payment by March 1. You may make semiannual payments by paying half in January and half in July. Please contact the office if you have questions, and please send checks to:

AFM Local 655
404 SE 15 St
Fort Lauderdale FL 33316

Membership Cards are sent by request only. If you would like a membership card, please enclose a note with your payment. Annual statements of dues paid in 2015 will be sent in February. If you have requested a statement in the past, you will automatically receive a copy this year.

02/01/16 Last Month at the Local

Are you listed in our referral program? Last month we referred pianists, drummers, bass players, and sax players for gigs. We also met with one of our members to discuss contract protection and pension benefits. For recording work, those contracts are also used to make sure you receive royalty payments. Last month we assisted the various royalty funds in tracking down documentation for albums by several artists including Pitbull, Don Omar, JD Natasha, Paulina Rubio, and even for the Gleason Show from the 1960's and 1970's.

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02/01/16 Member Profiles

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02/01/16 Membership Benefits

AFM Legislative Department

Are you concerned about Performance Rights, Carry-On Instruments, Visas/Immigration, Arts in Education/NEA Funding, Net Neutrality, White Spaces, or African Ivory? If so, the AFM Legislative Department, headed by AFM Legislative-Political Director Alfonso Pollard, has your back.

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02/01/16 That Union Thing

The Huffington Post has voluntarily recognized the Writers Guild of America, East as bargaining agents for their employees after a counting of signed union representation cards. The Huffington Post is the largest digital media outlet to organize for union representation.

02/01/16 Local and Industry News

Orlando Ballet has hired Michael Kaiser to help turn around the financially troubled Ballet. Kaiser served as president of the Kennedy Center for 15 years and has helped turn around many other organizations. The Ballet has had six executive directors in six years and has been struggling financially. Live orchestral accompaniment has been cut for most of its productions, and live music was preserved for "The Nutcracker" only due to the generosity of Dr. Phillips Charities.

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02/01/16 Membership Roster Changes

New, Reinstated, Resigned, and Suspended members for January 2016:

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