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The Official E-Newsletter of the Michigan Local
The Official E-Newsletter of the Michigan Local
June 2015


1. A Call to Arts: Become a Mentor to Students and Other Members

In response to President Obama’s national call to service and mentoring, SAG-AFTRA and the American Film Institute are collaborating to mentor aspiring storytellers and creative and performing artists interested in pursuing careers in the cinematic arts. Are you intrigued? Might this be a way for you to combine your love for your craft with an act of fulfillment and kindness? Click here to learn more, register and start logging your mentor hours.

2. Support the Fair Play Fair Pay Act

Join thousands of musicians and music-lovers in supporting bipartisan legislation to reform music licensing and make sure music creators receive fair pay for their work. The act requires fair pay on all types of radio, ending the FM radio loophole that lets FM radio play artists' music without paying the artist (unlike SiriusXM and Pandora), and stops digital services’ groundless refusal to pay artists for playing music made before 1972. Tell Congress to stand up for fair pay for music creators. Click here to learn more.


Membership Meeting and Theatrical Contracts Workshop

 Workshop with Kathy Mooney, Janet Pound and Kathy Byrne
Workshop with Kathy Mooney, Janet Pound and Kathy Byrne

On April 13, the Michigan Local held its annual membership meeting at Lawrence Technological University. Members enjoyed a pizza dinner and mingled with each other, and then gathered to hear news about their union. The meeting concentrated on member activities and how members can become more involved with their union. Included was an introduction to the SAG-AFTRA President’s Task Force on Education, Outreach and Engagement.*

Following the meeting was a workshop called Getting Your Foot in the Door through the Low Budget Contract. Special panelists were Kathy Byrne, director of TV/Theatrical Contracts in Chicago, and owners of Pound Mooney Casting, Janet Pound and Kathy Mooney. Students of LTU and local independent filmmakers were also invited. The workshop highlighted the descriptions of the various SAG-AFTRA low budget contracts, how a producer can easily use these contracts and tips for members who wish to perform under these contracts. She also talked about how performers can be empowered to have conversations with filmmakers that may result in flipping a job, and how they could protect themselves by making sure that productions are signed to a SAG-AFTRA agreement before they begin their work (contact SAG-AFTRA to verify union status of the project).

The evening concluded with a dessert reception — one that continued until the doors had to close. Special thanks to Lawrence Technological University for hosting the evening.

*For more information on the President’s Task Force on Education, Outreach and Engagement and how you can get involved, click here.