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LOCAL 174-496

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MPTF Films Documentary Featuring Union Musicians

Summer started out busy for us at the New Orleans Musician’s Union (AFM Local 174-496)!

After the Grand Opening of our new Tricentennial Rehearsal and Meeting Hall at the end of May, we were involved in the filming of a documentary by the Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF). This documentary is based on one of their many projects, MusicianFest, where MPTF and the American Federation of Musicians’ Locals throughout the USA and Canada partner to bring music to senior centers. The MPTF has been partnered with the American Federation of Musicians for years, and provides musicians all over America with gigs and assistance with the following overarching goals:

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From left to right: Kerry Lewis, Director Ken Schreiber, Rachel Van Voorhees, Louis Ford, MPTF Trustee Dan Beck, Al “Carnival Time” Johnson, Gina Forsyth

The cities chosen for the documentary were New York, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. Being included with such other great American cities is a true honor and we can’t wait to see the final result.

This segment of filming involved a roundtable discussion with seven of our members who had previously performed at MusicianFest, and we put together a live MusicianFest concert at the Treme Harmony House where five of our members performed for seniors. Moreover, individual musician interviews and performances were recorded. Thanks to the MPTF for sponsoring and compensating our musicians!

We plan to hold a screening in our new Tricentennial Hall once the film comes out to celebrate live, local music with all of New Orleans, so stay tuned!

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