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Never Too Old: MPTF Documentary Screening at Union Hall, April 2nd

The American Federation of Musicians and Music Performance Trust Fund are proud to announce the release of the documentary film Never Too Old, filmed by Ken Schreiber with a focus on MusicianFest. MusicianFest enables professional musicians to play gigs at senior centers around America, organized by the American Federation of Musicians and sponsored by the MPTF!

Musicians, S/T Cindy Mayes, and Union Board Members Mayumi Yamazaki and Frank Mayes being interviewed for the documentary. Credit: Andy Levin


As stated on the MPTF Website,

      “Never Too Old is a film depicting music’s power to enrich life for older audiences, and for the musicians themselves. This half-hour documentary highlights the power of music to bring joy, purpose, connectivity, and healing to all people.  The film explores the paths that led the professional musicians featured in the film, many who are seniors themselves, to perform for older audiences in New York City, New Orleans, and Long Beach, California.


Secretary-Treasurer Cindy Mayes provides an introduction to harpist Rachel Van Voorhees at Treme Harmony House Senior Center. Credit: Andy Levin


The film also shines a light on MusicianFest, an initiative to provide free musical performances at senior centers and assisted living facilities in the United States and Canada. It amplifies the mission of the founding partner, the Music Performance Trust Fund, which is to provide admission-free, live, quality music performed by professional musicians to the public of all backgrounds throughout the United States and Canada.”


Al “Carnival Time” Johnson gets the crowd going at Treme Harmony House Senior Center. Credit: Andy Levin

There will be two screenings on Tuesday, April 2nd:

MusicianFest Concert & Screening (FREE and open to the Public):

10:30am, Treme Harmony House Senior Center, 2201 Barracks Street, NOLA 70119 / 504-267-3333

General Membership Meeting Screening in Tricentennial Hall (Semi-Private):
For Members and their guests, local press who wish to interview participants & local leaders.

AFM Local 174-496 Tricentennial Hall, 2555 Ursulines Avenue, NOLA 70119 / 504-947-1700.

Screening will follow 5:00PM meeting.

Musicians who participated in the documentary are highly encouraged to attend.

Kerry Lewis (bass), Rachel Van Voorhees (harp) and Louis Ford (clarinet)-seated, Ken Schreiber (director), Dan Beck (MPTF Trustee), Al “Carnival Time” Johnson (piano) and Gina Forsyth (guitar
& violin). Credit: Cindy Mayes

In addition to the musicians above, seven more members were interviewed in a round table discussion, with separate interviews and/or performances by David Batiste, Sr., Frank, and Cindy Mayes, Brian Murray, John Simmons, Katherine
“Kat” Walker and Mayumi Yamazaki.

Watch the Documentary at the MPTF Site Now!


Credit: Andy Levin


See you at the screenings!


By David Gallo

Business Agent, AFM 174-496 

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