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
Importance of exciting and educating the young generation
Benefits of royalties
Collecting royalties from film
Health and pension funds
Disadvantages of Unions
Why Unions are necessary
Music Monetization Act