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Articles, Recent News

Glen Campbell Releases Goodbye Album

On June 9 legendary singer and guitarist Glen Campbell of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) will release his final album, Adiós. In a career spanning five decades, he has sold more than 50 million albums.

SAG-AFTRA Demands SBS Recognize Union

SAG-AFTRA is demanding that the Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS) recognize the union as the legally certified bargaining representative for workers at two popular Los Angeles radio stations—La Raza (KLAX/KXOL 97.9 FM) and MEGA (96.3 FM)

Beyond the Red Carpet Demonstrates Importance of Intellectual Property Protections

In April Creative Rights Caucus Co-Chairs Representatives Rudy Chu (D-CA) and Doug Collins (R-GA) hosted “Beyond the Red Carpet: Movie & TV Magic Day” to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the creativity, talent, and innovation of the television and film industry that supports two million workers in all 50 state

Savannah Exhibit Honors Musicians Union Leader

A new exhibit that opened in April in Savannah, Georgia, honors Westley Wallace “W.W.” Law, a prominent Civil Right leader, historian, community leader, and the founder of Savannah’s black musicians union (AFM Local 704).

Letter to Congress Calls for NEA, NEH, CPB Funding

The AFM joined 11 other arts and entertainment groups in sending a letter to Congress opposing President Trump’s elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the privatization of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The letter urges Congress to at least maintain current funding for the institutions. It reads, in part:

WGA May Seek Strike Authorization

Writers Guild of America (WGA) resumed contract negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, representing broadcast and cable networks and movie studios, on April 10.

Former Nike Worker Calls on Students to Cover Their Logos

In her nationwide United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) tour Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions (CATU) President Sophorn Yang, a former Nike garment worker, describes the life of an overseas sweatshop worker.

Tax Bill to Spur Georgia’s Music Industry

A bill designed to spur Georgia’s music industry through tax incentives was passed by the Georgia General Assembly at the end of March and is waiting for Governor Nathan Deal to sign off on it. The Georgia Music Investment Act (House Bill 155) could potentially create thousands of new jobs in both recording and film scoring.

Chicago Blues Museum Planned for 2019

Slated to open in 2019 near Millennium Park, the Chicago Blues Experience will tell the story Chicago’s blues story and celebrate the pioneering artists and the generations of musicians who have been influenced by the blues and continue to carry on its traditions.

NEA Grants Help Kids Find Brighter Path

Inspired by Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director Gustavo Dudamel’s experiences with the Venezuela youth orchestra movement “El Sistema,” LA Philharmonic partners with the organization Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) to bring orchestral music to underserved children through Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA).