March 30, 2016

Get it in Writing - Contract Class

            When you play a gig, are you getting a signed, written agreement?  If the answer is “no,” you’re taking a risk that there may be honest misunderstanding about pay or other details – and in some cases, that a club owner may simply not follow through on what was agreed on.

            Fair Trade Music and Local 76-493 will be holding classes every two months on how to get a fair, enforceable contract, and what should go into those agreements.  The classes are open to all musicians without charge.

            The first class will be Monday, April 25, from 7:00-9:00 pm at the Local, 3209 Eastlake Avenue E, just south of the University Bridge.  To keep the classes small enough for discussion, we ask that you register in advance.  To register or for more information, please contact Paul Bigman,, or by telephone or text at 206-214-6169.

April 04, 2016

2nd Qtr. General Membership Meeting

Please join us for snacks and beverages along with updates from our office and a 2nd Reading and vote on Resolution #1-2015

Free parking in the back of our building

January 25, 2016

Sign the Petition - Help Cornish Dance Accompanists Keep Their Health Insurance

Sign this Petition


Help us uphold Cornish College of the Arts reputation for paying artists a fair wage and health care benefits.

July 13, 2015

Music Licensing 101

Music Licensing 101
Location:  Cornish College of the Arts
Instructor: Ed Hartman (longtime Local 76-493 member)
Wed. 07/29/15, 6:00PM to 9:00PM

Are you a composer, performer, or songwriter? Do you have original music already recorded that's just sitting around? Would it be nice to see some royalties come in over the next 20 years?  Learn how to pitch your music for television, film, and other media. Anyone can make money licensing his or her music. Instructor, Ed Hartman, is a long-time member of Local 76-493, a composer, performer and owner of local business The Drum Exchange.
Recent comments from attendees:"I had a great time at the licensing workshop today! A lot of info, yes, but I have a clear idea of the steps to take now, so well done. Thanks for taking the time, sir. Well worth the price."
"That was a great class. You have inspired me to push past my fear of criticism and get my stuff out there (and make some money off of it, too!)."
Instructor: Ed Hartman, composer and performer ( Ed Hartman has scored music for film, T.V., radio, and even a planetarium. Ed's music has been used on television (HBO, NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, TLC, DISCOVERY, TRAVEL, etc.) and in motion pictures (The Cold Light of Day, The Blind Side, Cool It, Mini's First Time, Surviving Christmas).

September 26, 2014

The Importance of Filing A Contract

The Importance of Filing A Contract
By: Warren Johnson, Secretary-Treasurer

David Letterman is retiring from Late Night television at the end of this season. In the spirit of his famous Top 10 Lists, here’s my “Top 10 Reasons Why Members Don’t File Written Contracts With the Local.”

10. Spit and a handshake good enough for me

9. Frustrated that the Local won’t bill work dues on the gigs I got myself

8. Tangible, enforceable agreements give me the heebie jeebies

7. I’m fiercely independent

6. I get turned on by a dominant employer

5. Karma rules

4. Its football season and the Seahawks are kicking butt

3. Posted the contract on Facebook

2. Hate the idea that the Contract Emergency Fund would front me wages should I get stiffed

1. Too busy practicing

June 11, 2014


Variety News: AFM Inks New Videogame Agreement

"...AFM president Ray Hair told Variety he hopes the new deal – which replaces an October 2012 contract that was rejected as too restrictive by every game publisher – will serve as a template for deals with other game publishers.

The contract is effective immediately and runs through December 2016. It calls for basic scale wages of $300 per musician for a three-hour session and, according to Hair, “allows the game publisher to record a track, use it for that videogame, throughout the franchise and across all platforms for that franchise..."

November 14, 2013

AFM International Unfair List

Q. What is the International Unfair List?

A. It is a primary labor dispute between the union and the employer. Such disputes may include, but are not limited to:

  • Lawful strikes in support of the union's bargaining demands and/or demands for union recognition, or;
  • Employer-initiated lockouts of musicians represented by the AFM or any of its Locals, or;
  • Union protests against employer unfair labor practices

An employer that is openly anti-union but is not the subject of concerted activity by the union will not be placed on the International Unfair List.

An employer placed on the International Unfair List will remain on the list only as long as a primary labor dispute exists and the Local provides written evidence of ongoing concerted activity against the employer.

The Federation will publish the names of employers that are removed from the International Unfair List at the time of removal.


The AFM’s International Unfair List will be published in its entirety in the International Musician each month, and can also be found here:

As of today:

Cypress Pops Orchestra
Placed at the request of Local 7, Orange County, CA
Honolulu Symphony Society
Placed at the request of Local 677, Honolulu, HI

Minnesota Orchestral Association
Placed at the request of Local 30-73, St Paul-Minneapolis, MN

Wayne Newton dba Erin Miel, Inc.
Placed at the request of Local 369, Las Vegas, NV

Attention: Wayne Newton (dba Erin Miel, Inc.) has been placed on the AFM's International Unfair List (posted on the AFM website and in the January 2006 issue of the International Musician), this prohibits all AFM members from rendering services for Newton performances.  

New Mexico Symphony Orchestra
Placed at the request of Local 618, Albuquerque, NM

Dallas Bach Society
Placed at the request of Local 72-147, Dallas-Ft Worth, TX

Richardson Symphony, Inc.
Placed at the request of Local 72-147, Dallas-Ft Worth, TX


November 14, 2013

THE 493

The Legacy of Local 493 is shared here with some help from KCTS9 and HistoryLink.

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August 11, 2012

KEXP Interview with Bill Charney

Mike McCormick of KEXP interviewed William Charney from our Fair Trade Music panel this morning on "Mind Over Matters".  Click this link to listen to a great conversation on the current state of the club scene in Seattle.

June 24, 2011

Seattle OnHold Music

Seattle OnHold plays music by some of Seattle's best artists on the city phone system and website in their call waiting system. Musicians may submit at anytime. Click here for details.