November 19, 2019
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City Of Austin Music Commission Meeting, November 4th 2019
November 13 2019
The music commissioners decided to form a committee on how to spend the upcoming HOT money. Each commissioner nominated someone from the community to serve on that committee which will include 11 or 12 people, 3 to 5 will be current commissioners. Cody Cowan, Executive Director of the Red River...
Jam Session Committee Begins Work
November 13 2019
The Jam Session Committee is in the process of creating a listing of regularly occurring open jams, open mics, drum circles and other musical fellowship opportunities to assist local AFM members in connecting with one another while also serving as an "insider's guide" to other musicians who may be...
Campaigns Supported by the AFM
November 12 2019
The AFM is always fighting for musicians' rights. Take a minute to connect with these two campaigns:

 #BandTogether is musicians calling on the film and TV producers to negotiate a fair contract that includes streaming residuals. Rallies are being held from coast...
Woodshedding Data Security
November 08 2019


At our November 4 meeting, it came (back) to the forefront of my attention that we are solidly working in the Digital Age. As musicians, we wear many hats from performer to promoter, booking agent to barista, manager to merch specialist, and the list goes on and on. At some point in...
Austin Jazz Workshop Presents 26th Season
October 14 2019




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Convention Center Expansion News
October 14 2019
 From The City Affairs Committee, AFM Local 433

The Austin City Council voted to raise the hotel occupancy tax (HOT) to 9% intending to use the money to fund the Austin Convention Center expansion (The State collects another 6% and there is a 2% venue tax...
Austin Symphony and Austin Opera to Begin Their Seasons
September 11 2019
     On September 13, 2019, the Austin Symphony Orchestra will open their 2019-2020 season with a performance at the Long Center, featuring pianist Jon Nakamatsu and Chorus Austin, with works by Mozart, Schubert and Duruflé. Austin Opera will open their season on Novermber 9...
You Can Say “No.”
September 11 2019
You are a musician.  Presumably, you have spent hours, days, weeks, and years working on your craft.  Hopefully, independent of any market forces, you believe that your work has value.  Maybe you play guitar in a Top 40 wedding band and nobody can get more...
Local 433 Executive Board Takes Quick Action to support Bipartisan Legislation, Invites Membership To Do The Same
September 11 2019
Over the summer, your Executive Board voted to endorse two pieces of bipartisan legislation before the United States Congress in an effort to quickly lend support to musician interests where needed.  

MusicianFest 2019 Is Underway!
September 11 2019
    The recent increases in Interactive Music Streaming Revenue negotiated by The AFM have resulted in a more robust Music Performance Trust Fund. The mission of The MPTF is to provide admission-free, live, quality music, performed by professional musicians to the public of all...
Obituary: Bob Alexius
August 16 2019
It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of Dr. Robert "Bob" Alexius. He was a dedicated member of Local 433 for 50 years and AFM member for almost 70 years. He was an accomplished bassist playing in studios, clubs, symphony orchestras and concerts and with the likes of Jerry Lee...
AFM Applauds Proposed Tax Fix For Musicians
August 14 2019
The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) applauded the introduction of bipartisan legislation to help ensure musicians and other working performers are not unintentionally hit with tax increases after the passage of the Tax Cut and Jobs act.
Many musicians...
Obituary David Heath
July 14 2019


Obituary
     
Our Union Brother, David Kenneth Heath, was born on July 21, 1949 and passed away on May 17, 2019. After getting his start in the music business at the tender age of sixteen, Heath moved from the relatively small market of Greenville, TX...
Emergency Resolution Condemning Baltimore Symphony
June 27 2019
Emergency Resolution condemning Baltimore Symphony management just passed at AFM's 101st Convention. A lockout is among the vilest labor tactics that management may employ. We call on management to immediately end the lockout, restore salaries & benefits, and return to the table to fairly...
New City Affairs Committee Begins Work
June 13 2019
 A new Austin Federation Of Musicians City Affairs Committee has been appointed to monitor City Of Austin activity relevant to the music business sector.  Members, Daisy, Tom, and Aaron will collaborate with other labor unions, music organizations,...
House Committee Approves Butch Lewis Act
June 13 2019
From Pension Notes June 13th 2019

Butch Lewis Act approved by House Education and Labor Committee



On Tuesday, the House Education and Labor Committee approved HR 397, the “Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act.” Also known as the “Butch...
Local Governance Restored!
May 25 2019
 As of May 1st, 2019, local governance was restored to AFM Local 433, The Austin Federation Of Musicians, after two and a half years of Federation Trusteeship, wherein the local was governed by AFM Trustee, Steven Begnoche. Many thanks are due to Mr. Begnoche...
Local Musician Recovers From Injury
May 24 2019
May 24th, 2019
     The AFM Local 433 Office is delighted to report on the recovery of one of our union brothers, David Greenfield Bowie. David was injured in a car accident in the...
2019 Membership Drive Extended to July 31st!
May 24 2019
It’s (Still!) A Great Time To Join! The Membership drive has been extended! AFM Local 433: The Austin Federation Of Musicians has been holding a Membership Drive during the months of February, March, and April of 2019. The Membership Drive has now been...
AFM Local 433 Marches in Solidarity with AFT Texas State Teachers’ Association
April 26 2019
      AFM Local member and now Secretary/Treasurer Elect, Nicole Bogatz and AFM Trustee, Steve Begnoche, marched with teachers and representatives of The Texas State Teachers’ Association at The Texas State Capitol Building on Monday, March 11th, 2019. Our local stood side by side with the...
Concert in front of AFL-CIO Building Sunday March 10th 2019
March 30 2019
Musicians performed a concert for The Texas Democratic Party in front of the AFL-CIO building on March 10th, 2019 at 4pm. Local favorites, Walker Lukens and Tameca Jones, played to a large, enthusiastic crowd of concert goers. They displayed their new union...
Put Your Website To Work with Tony Edwards
February 27 2019
The first installment of AFM Community Austin: Saturday Sessions was held at 11am on Saturday, February 23rd 2019 in the third floor meeting hall of the IBEW building in Southeast Austin. The Session began with brief networking and conversation among the...
Feel The Love Expo 2019
February 26 2019
AFM Booth at Austin Music Foundation’s Feel The Love Expo
February 19th, 2019

Austin Federation Of Musicians members, Nicole Bogatz and Aaron Lack, staffed a booth at The Austin Music Foundation’s Feel The Love Expo held at Emo’s from seven to...
Registration now open for Put Your Website To Work!
February 16 2019
Online Registration is now open to all of the Austin music community!

Put Your Website To Work!
with Tony Edwards, founder of Artistry of...
AFM Community Austin: Saturday Sessions
February 14 2019
     Saturday Sessions will be informational and networking events open to all Austin Musicians. The Saturday Sessions will include a brief but informative presentation on music business topics and leave time for networking, coffee, and light food to start your musical work day. 
2019 Membership Drive
January 25 2019
2019 Membership Drive

January 25, 2019 

Our Membership Drive kicks off on February 1st! It’ a perfect time to join the AFM. New Members will be able to waive the Local and Federation Initiation Fees during this time. It’s a savings of $105.00! Don’t miss...
TALA TAX WORKSHOP
January 23 2019
TALA Tax Workshop
February 11, 2019
Location IBEW Office
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Time to Get Organized
January 07 2019
Time to Get Organized

My colleague, Aaron Lack, and I hopped on a plane to Washington D.C. at the beginning of December. We were headed to AFM Leadership Training. The American Federation of Musicians was hosting a 3-day training with leaders from the AFL-CIO...
Austin Opera’s Ratified CBA
November 12 2018
Austin Opera’s Ratified CBA
November 12, 2018


The Austin Federation of Musicians, AFM Local 433, is pleased to announce that The Austin Opera Orchestra’s Collective Bargaining Agreement for the next three years was ratified by The Orchestra Members, Austin Opera...
Support Mariott Workers
October 19 2018
Support Mariott Workers
October 19, 2018



Hardworking hotel employees tried to reach an agreement over months of negotiations, but Marriott refused to make significant progress on key issues like a living wage and safety on the job. Now more than 7,700 UNITE HERE! members...
Update: Ratified Agreement For The Chicago Lyric Opera On Strike
October 12 2018
Update: Ratified Agreement For The Chicago Lyric Opera On Strike
October 12, 2018 
 
UPDATE: The Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Musicians Union Local 10-208 representing its orchestra musicians have reached a contract agreement, just days after the musicians went on...
KOOP Radio Open House
October 02 2018
KOOP Radio Open House
October 2, 2018
KOOP Radio hosts open houses/membership drives in the Spring and Fall every year. They have a variety of local non-profit organizations together in the radio station to bring the community together, to gain members and to network. We had an...
Court Supports Musicians in Fight With Paramount Over Outsourcing
September 28 2018
Court Supports Musicians in Fight With Paramount Over Outsourcing
September 28, 2018
A Ninth Circuit appeals court panel sided with AFM in our suit against Paramount Pictures Corp. (“Paramount”) for recording the score to “Same Kind of Different As Me” in...
Music Modernization Act: Update
September 28 2018
Music Modernization Act: Update

September 28, 2018

The House of Representatives UNANIMOUSLY passed the Music Modernization Act because musicians strongly stood together. The bill is not the law of the land yet—but we are almost there!

-American Federation of...
Respect The Band Campaign
September 28 2018
Respect The Band Campaign
September 28, 2018
Musicians on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live, The Voice and other live television shows are not paid when they appear on YouTube and network...
AFM Fair Play Fair Pay
March 17 2018
AFM Fair Play Fair Pay
March 17, 2018
While radio used to be one of the only ways we could hear music, times have changed. The explosive growth of streaming services, combined with the diversity of listening options have transformed the music landscape. Yet, the current laws governing...
Free Tax Workshop For Union Members
March 02 2018
Free Tax Workshop For Union Members
March 2, 2018




Date: Wednesday, March 7th, 2018
Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM
Location: 4818 E. Ben White Blvd., Suite 300, Austin, TX 78741
(Located in the IBEW Building)






The Austin Federation of Musicians...
Artistry of Music
March 02 2018

Artistry of Music
March 2, 2018
Artistry of Music was founded by timpanist, educator, programmer, and AFM Local 433 Member Tony Edwards. Artistry of Music helps musicians and music programs create a professional web presence and manage the...
AUSTIN MUSIC FOUNDATION PRESENTS: FEEL THE LOVE EXPO
February 06 2018
AUSTIN MUSIC FOUNDATION PRESENTS: FEEL THE LOVE EXPO
February 6, 2018 




Austin Music...
2017 Congratulatory Year for Local 433 Fiddler Player
November 15 2017
2017 Congratulatory Year for Local 433 Fiddler Player
November 15, 2017
David Varnado began playing fiddle at the age of 4. By the time he turned 12, he was playing in clubs. Over the many years, David’s love for the fiddle in Cajun, Country and Texas Swing has served him well. In...
Austin Jazz Workshop’s “Songs of the American Spirit”
October 11 2017
Austin Jazz Workshop’s “Songs of the American Spirit”
October 11, 2017




Austin Jazz Workshop Presents 24th Season


115 Campuses to...
Bud Light Summer Live Series Benefiting Austin Federation of Musicians
July 19 2017
Bud Light Summer Live Series Benefiting Austin Federation of Musicians
July 19, 2017


Bud Light Austin Presents Summer Live Series Featuring Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
Date: July 20th, 2017
Location: Austin American Statesman
305 S Congress Ave,...

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