The Career Musician
United We Stand AFM | John Acosta EP. 20
Jun 24, 2019 · 54 min
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As a long time union member himself, host of The Career Musician - Michael NOMAD Ripoll, speaks with John Acosta, the long standing president of Local 47 in Burbank, CA. John and Nomad share a similar path in the industry - both started as guitarists and have progressed into other areas of the music business. Nomad was a member of Local 257 in Nashville for 8 years prior to his move to LA where he's been a member of Local 47 since 2005. Shedding light on subjects that are both touchy and enlightening, this interview reveals why musicians should consider becoming AFM members. Especially if they're doing work "on the card", or "contract work", which simply means that it's a union gig.

Listeners who are interested in learning more about the union are encouraged to check out the local in their city and ask as many questions as possible. Nomad truly believes that the AFM is an organization designed to advocate for the working "Career Musician" regardless of the type of work they're doing, or any preconceived notions or misconceptions they might have.

Topics of Discussion include:

Becoming VP of Union

Finding ways to involve the youth more with the Union

Union Benefits

Career Beginnings

Importance of exciting and educating the young generation

Benefits of royalties

Collecting royalties from film

Health and pension funds

Wage negotiations

Double/Triple scales

Leader scales

Disadvantages of Unions

Why Unions are necessary

Music Monetization Act

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