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Austin Symphony Virtual Concerts a Resounding Success
October 29 2020
After weeks of negotiations between the musicians and management over safe re-entry protocols, followed by several more weeks of preparation, The Austin Symphony has safely and successfully returned to work for their 110th season. The safety measures taken for these performances include, but are...
October 29 2020
Hey! Just a reminder that there's still time to apply to vote by mail for the November election, and it's so easy and you can print the application from home! Let me know if you have any questions, and please if you can help spread the word to folks who might not be safe to make it to the polls due...
Are We Non-Essential?
October 29 2020
I am a professional musician.

Sometimes people get that confused and think it's a hobby; well, let me dispel that myth.

Navigting Texas Workforce Commission
October 29 2020
AFM Local 433's Unemployment Compensation Advisory Committee continues to present an Interactive Panel Discussion on Fridays at 1pm to discuss Musicians' issues with applying and receiving Unemployment Assistance during the pandemic. All musicians are welcome to participate live on The Local's...
October 29 2020
On Oct 1, after the musician and venue workers rally the previous Monday, the Austin City Council voted unanimously to approve a designated fund for music venues AND actually had the funding courses lined up. So, hopefully, the money will be distributed sooner than later. Unfortunately, they also...
Remembering Prolific Pianist Riley Osbourn
October 29 2020
(Jan. 29, 1947-August 25th, 2020)

Riley Osbourn said he picked up guitar as a Fredericksburg teenager because "no one wants to date a classical pianist in a football town," according to his wife Bev Shaw.

His rock band practiced after-hours in the local church, where...
Housing Opportunities for Musicians and Entertainers
October 29 2020
$500.00 Emergency Covid-19 grant for musicians 55 years old and older.

Applicants must:

* Be at least 55 years old

* Have minimum of 20 years history as a working musician

* Reside in Austin or within 50 miles of Austin / Travis County

Austin Symphony and Opera Working to Ensure Safe Workplace Re-entry
August 24 2020
The Austin Symphony Orchestra and Austin Opera are working closely with their respective Orchestra Committees and AFM Local 433 to ensure a safe re-entry to the workplace this coming fall. The Orchestra Committees have been meeting regularly with Management to incorporate information from community...
A RoundTable Series: Empowering Union Women
July 27 2020

Join the Texas AFL-CIO Women’s Committee for a series of empowering conversations with the amazing women of the Texas Labor Movement. We will be discussing important issues about racial and economic justice, leadership, education, health care and organizing. Union Women...

Bassoon Blast Raises Money for Artist Relief Fund
July 20 2020
Summer Bassoon Blast – Zoom Classes and Discussions for Bassoonists of All Ages

Contributed by Local 433 member, William Lewis with permission of the author

Co-hosted by William Short and Benjamin Kamins

June 8 -12, 2020 $12,324.24 donated to “Artist...
Jackie Venson asks the Austin music scene: ‘What are you willing to do?’
July 20 2020

I’m writing this from a place of love for my community and sadness for the current state of Austin music. This isn’t an attack; I’m not lashing out. I’m just so tired and hurt and in desperate need to see my city grow and be better.

Before I jump into the difficult...
2020 AFM Southern Conference of Locals
July 20 2020

        The 2020 Southern Conference of Locals was held remotely on June 27th and 28th from Dallas, TX. Twenty-four locals for the southern region were in attendance and consisted of 48 delegates and 17 guests. Local 433 had 2 delegates and 4 guests from the Executive Board. Also in...

The Music Performance Trust Fund’s Music Family Scholarship
July 20 2020
(application deadline is 7 PM CST on Saturday, August 15, 2020)

A scholarship fund utilizing the assets of the recording industry's Music Performance Trust Fund ("MPTF") was established in June of 2020 to encourage the children of professional musicians to pursue higher...
Black Lives Matter
July 16 2020
A Message from AFM President Ray Hair on the Most Recent String of Police Murders of Black Americans:

“The unconscionable displays of racism in the United States during the past weeks and months have prompted millions of people around the world to take to the streets in protest...
TEMPO: The AFM’s Legislative Bipartisan Political Action Committee
May 23 2020
In this election year, it is incredibly important for AFM members to be aware of the essential work of TEMPO. (Taskforce for Employment of Musicians Promotional Organization) Under federal law, all unions are restricted from using dues money for most political purposes, however it is necessary for...
Navigating the Texas Workforce Commission for Musicians
May 22 2020

AFM Local 433's new Unemployment Compensation Advisory Committee is presenting and Interactive Panel Discussion on Fridays at 1pm to discuss Musicians' issues with applying and receiving Unemployment Assistance during the pandemic. All musicians are welcome to participate live on The Local's...

AFM Musicians’ Relief Fund
May 21 2020
The Musicians’ Relief Fund helps union musicians who work gig to gig and are confronting extraordinary financial challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that you must meet ALL of the following five requirements to apply for financial assistance:

May 20 2020
        As a working musician, sooner or later, you will be faced with this issue: Sampling. What is sampling? Glad you asked. defines sampling as “the process of taking brief segments of sound (from a song, movie or elsewhere) and using that sound to form another sound...
May 19 2020
As many of us have been forced to move our talents and products exclusively online, I’d like to address something that has been on my mind the past eight weeks.

I don’t want to tell anyone how to run their business, but here we go—¦ I’m joking, but the...

Unmployment Compensation Advisory Committee Begins Work
April 29 2020
AFM Local 433's Unemployment Compensation Advisory Committee will begin livestreaming an Interactive Panel Discussion on Friday, May 1st at 1pm on the Local's YouTube channel here: Read More...
Spring Fashion Update
March 29 2020
AFM Local 433 Member, Ernie Durawa, shows how he makes his mask look cool when he takes his evening walks.
How are you adapting to quarantine restrictions?
It's Not Just Semantics
March 28 2020
     When did the word “union” become an obscenity and why? This question came to mind as I was looking to interview an applicant for an intern position for our Union office. I realized we had a communication problem and not just semantics. I kept referring to us as a...
The Austin Symphony Adopts IMA Side-Letter
March 28 2020
        Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis facing our community and nation, the Austin Symphony Orchestra has been forced to cancel all performances scheduled for the month of April. Thanks to the quick thinking of the national office of the AFM, we were able to ensure a way for...
National Symphony Orchestra Gets $25 Million, Sacks Musicians Anyway
March 28 2020
Saturday March 28th 2020, Washington D.C.
     In a sudden move that has been called outrageous by AFM Officials, The Kennedy Center President, Deborah Rutter, notified NSO musicians yesterday, March 27th, that they would not be paid...
6th Annual Feel the Love Expo
March 27 2020
        Local 433 President, Aaron Lack and Secretary-Treasurer, Nicole Bogatz hosted a booth at the Austin Music Foundation’s 6th Annual Feel the Love Music Industry Expo on February 18th at Emo’s Nightclub. Local 433 Member and City Affairs Committee Chair, Tom Van Schaik also...
AFM Local 433 Office To Close Temporarily, Continue Operations
March 16 2020
UPDATE 4/6/2020:  The Austin Federation Of Musicians Office will remain closed to the public until further notice. 

The Austin Federation Of Musicians Office will close to the public for three weeks, Monday, March 16 - Friday, April 3rd. The labor union will continue...
Social Media Marketing Workshop Postponed
March 13 2020
AFM Saturday Sessions: Social Media Marketing for Independent Musicians, which was scheduled for Saturday, March 28th 2020, will be RESCHEDULED to a future date when concerns over COVID-19 recede. Watch this space for updates.

AFM Local 433 and our presenter are...
Business Recommendations
March 12 2020
The Executive Board of the Austin Federation Of Musicians has a few business recommendations for musicians during these uncertain times.

- Use a properly filed Union Contract so that your work can be protected and any cancellation will have to be negotiated...
South by Southwest 2020 Cancelled
March 06 2020
Although many Austin musicians are ambivalent towards SXSW because they tend to be displaced by visiting musicians, damage to the Austin economy will surely be felt by musicians and other workers, such as those in the service industry, and especially those workers that are not represented by a...
Tax Tips for the Self Employed
February 26 2020
Taxes are never the most exciting task of the year. Lisa Sretenovic, CPA/CITP/CGMA, always provides wonderful insight into the world of taxes. As a wife of a music producer/studio owner, Lisa understands the difficulties that surround musicians and their taxes. Lisa breaks down the basics,...
Venuology: Musicians Review Venue
February 18 2020
Did you know that the AFM has had a website where working musicians can anonymously share information about venues in cities throughout the United States and Canada since 2010? Venuology was created for all musicians to use and benefit from and includes...
Exposure or Exploitation
February 14 2020
So how do you know which is which?

     So when does exposure become exploitation? I'll answer that with a parable: My doctor and I are good friends. As a matter of fact we are on a first-name basis. We even hang out sometimes. You know why we are such good...
RESCHEDULED TBA - AFM Saturday Sessions: Social Media Marketing for Independent Musicians
February 14 2020
This event will be rescheduled. Watch this space for details!

AFM Saturday Sessions:
Social Media Marketing for Independent Musicians

Free to Attend! Open to All!

March 28th 2020, 2pm-4pm in the Meeting Hall on the 3rd floor...
Austin Music Foundation 6th Annual
February 03 2020

We're looking forward to joining the Austin Music Foundation for their 6th Annual Feel the Love Music...
AFM-TALA Tax Workshop with Lisa Sretenovic
January 27 2020
Free to Attend! Open to All!

Tuesday, February, 25th, 2020, 6:30pm to 8pm,
in the Meeting Hall on the 3rd floor of The IBEW Union Building at
4818 E Ben White Blvd, Austin TX 78741

Join The Austin Federation Of Musicians and Texas Accountants and...
Musician Booking Scam Alert!
December 18 2019
If you receive this (or similar) email inquiry, it is a scam. After googling I found other musicians and musical organizations that received booking inquiries from same person for wedding for same named couple. Upon sending contract and receiving his final response, we phoned the event center and...
Tell top Disney executives that it’s time to pay musicians and bargain a fair and just contract
November 19 2019
Musicians’ livelihoods are under attack by greedy corporations determined to gut their wages. Like actors, directors and writers, musicians traditionally earn most of their wages as deferred income in the form of residuals. Among the most intransigent of these employers is The Walt Disney...
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

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...
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

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....
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...
January 23 2019
TALA Tax Workshop
February 11, 2019
Location IBEW Office
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...
February 06 2018
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,...