Tucson Federation of Musicians


  April 16, 2020  

Dear Musicians,

The Cares Act that was passed in March changes the rules for unemployment compensation, making many more people eligible for benefits! If you think you are not eligible, it is imperative that you familiarize yourself with its provisions! Although there is a new law, the application process in Arizona is mired in an old technological system that has not caught up with that law and is not designed to handle the huge numbers of new claims being filed in this crisis.

To help Musicians and others receive the benefits that they deserve, we are sharing a guide that outlines steps that may help you succeed when you file your unemployment insurance claim. We encourage everyone who has lost work and pay due to this crisis to apply! Please do not give up even if you have been turned down once, or could not receive benefits in the past until you review the Cares Act info provided here and determine your eligibility on that basis! The link that follows below opens a document that takes you through your rights to unemployment compensation under the Cares Act. It also contains steps to navigate a particular path through the application process that could give you a higher chance of a successful outcome. > AZ Unemployment Insurance Application Guide

We are also sharing a link to an app that has emerged as a problem solver in the UI application process for many people. > https://donotpay.com/

Here is a link to a review of the donotpay app. > https://www.today.com/money/free-app-donotpay-can-help-you-quickly-file-unemployment-t178657

Please be safe and well as we move forward through this crisis together.

In Solidarity,

TFM President and Executive board.



  February 6, 2019  

Open to all TFM members.

The AZ AFL CIO will be providing buses for the ride to Phoenix. Buses will be leaving the IBEW 570 Hall 750 S Tucson Blvd at 7 AM and will return at 5 PM. There will also be a bus pick at the McDonald’s on Cortaro Farm Road at 7:30 AM. For bus reservations RSVP to pimaalf@yahoo.com. Below is the information. Please RSVP to jmurphy@azaflcio.org for the event.
The 2019 session of the Arizona legislature is in full swing and it is time for us as union members to remind our elected officials of the importance of organized labor, the union contract, and solidarity.
We are proud to announce the 2019 Day of Action at the Arizona legislature, which will be held on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019, starting at 9 am.

This year, topics will include:
Common Sense Economics
Path to Power
How to Talk to Legislators
Arizona Voters’ Bill of Rights
Lunch will be served and transportation for union members outside of Maricopa County is being organized.

RSVP to jmurphy@azaflcio.org
For bus reservations RSVP to pimaalf@yahoo.com


  January 20, 2019  

For all Tucson Federation of Musicians Members.

Local 33 is holding a special election for an Alternate Delegate who will represent the TFM at the 2019 AFM Convention. Read about the 2019 AFM Convention HERE. Nominations must be submitted by March 11, 2019. If you would like to serve in this capacity, or if you know someone who you feel would be a good candidate, please submit a nomination petition with three members’ signatures! The petition can be downloaded from the Members’ Resources Page.

A complete description of the Alternate Delegate’s role and responsibilities, as well as complete election procedures, are detailed in the Local 33 Bylaws . These can also be found on the Members’ Resources Page.

TSO horn player Johanna Lundy featured in Arizona Friends of Chamber Music Summer Series, Releases Solo CD!

  August 18, 2018  


TFM Unanimously Approves Resolution of Response to Anti-Labor “Powell Doctrine”

  May 10, 2017  

TFM is joining the Western Conference in approving a resolution of response to the so-called “Powell Memo”. A coordinated Labor response to the memo has never happened. The resolution is intended to build awareness within the AFL-CIO, and create a movement to reverse the negative impacts the memo has had on the Labor Movement in the US.  The memo was drafted by Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. on August 23, 1971 and sent to the chair of the US Chamber of Commerce as a blueprint for future pro-corporate and anti-labor initiatives. Here are links to the Memo and the Resolution

The following is from Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_F._Powell_Jr.#Powell_Memorandum:

“…The memo called for corporate America to become more aggressive in molding society’s thinking about business, government, politics and law in the US. It sparked wealthy heirs of earlier American Industrialists like Richard Mellon Scaife; the Earhart Foundation, money which came from an oil fortune; and the Smith Richardson Foundation, from the cough medicine dynasty[13] to use their private charitable foundations, which did not have to report their political activities to join the Carthage Foundation, founded by Scaife in 1964[13] to fund Powell’s vision of a pro-business, anti-socialist, minimalist government-regulated America as it had been in the heyday of early American industrialism, before the Great Depression and the rise of Franklin Roosevelt‘s New Deal.

The Powell Memorandum thus became the blueprint of the rise of the American conservative movement and the formation of a network of influential right-wing think tanks and lobbying organizations, such as The Heritage Foundation and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as well as inspiring the US Chamber of Commerce to become far more politically active.[15][16]


GMM results – New Wage Scales approved!

  February 9, 2017  

Thank you to the many members who took time to attend local 33’s latest General membership meeting! A lively and illuminating discussion regarding our wage scales took place.  Some parts of the superseded wage scales in local 33 have not been updated in over six years! While the resulting document did not completely fulfill everyone’s ideals, it was nonetheless unanimously approved! In the opinion of the EB, this represents a significant step forward.  Many different perspectives were shared by members over complimentary food drink. Everyone present contributed to a deeper understanding of the challenges we face in our profession and region. The new document is being emailed to the membership and can be found – along with the meeting minutes – on the members page of this local33.afm website.


  February 2, 2017  

Much needed wage scale and bylaws changes are on the agenda for a crucial vote at our next General Membership Meeting. According to Article XIII, Section 2, of our current bylaws, these changes require a quorum of the membership to attend and vote for them to be binding and to take effect. Your President and EB have put vital effort into preparation of these wage scale changes, resulting in much improvement. However, we cannot pass them without YOU – THE UNION!  Your attendance, and involvement in this issue is very much needed!

To summarize, the changes would:

  1. Update our wage scales, and . . .
  2. Align the Local 33 newsletter publishing requirements to that of the AFM National Bylaws.
The meeting will take place Monday February 6, 2017 at the Tucson Symphony Center Jones Room at 7:00 pm.
The official resolution and related documents were attached to an email titled, “Bylaws and Wagescale Amendment Resolution” which was sent to members on Jan 13. For your reference, both the Local 33 Bylaws and the AFM National Bylaws can be found on the Members Only Page of this website. If you need assistance viewing either document, please contact local33afm@gmail.com.
Please join us to vote on this important matter!
In Solidarity,
The Executive Board

NEW Special Projects Grants are Available! Members Apply Now!

  February 2, 2017  

Dear TFM Members:

Your Executive Board (EB) is pleased to announce another application period of our Special Projects Grant.  We have allocated a total budget of $2000 for the year (roughly $500 per quarter) for this fund.  Those monies will be awarded accordingly to qualifying projects at the discretion of your EB.  The purpose of this initiative is to help members defray the costs of professional activities including, but not limited to:  a recording project, performance, or participation in a professional conference.

To apply, you may respond to this email with your application.  Applications can be found at local33afm.org.  Under the Members Page section, click the SPG Application link.  Fill in the required information with as much detail as you can provide.  The deadline for submissions will be

Friday, March 31, 2017 at 11:59 MST.

All involved in the project and benefiting from the funding must be AFM members.

Special consideration will be given to:

  •  larger projects which involve more AFM members
  •  projects which directly benefit the Tucson community
  •  projects that increase the visibility and presence of TFM in the community

As with any grant, funds will be awarded to the best applications in each quarter.  This may mean certain projects will not receive funding in one quarter, though such an application could qualify and be granted monies in another quarter.  We will do our best to give feedback to you and encourage re-application accordingly.

Applicants will be notified of final decisions by Friday April 14, 2017.  If awarded, you will be expected to submit a brief report on the use of the funds within 30 days of the completion of the project.  Please include a brief summary, estimate of attendance, as well as any feedback you received.  Please also include a final budget (especially if it varies at all from your projected budget) and copies of any promotional materials that clearly identify AFM Local 33 Special Projects Grant as a funding source.

Good luck!

In Solidarity,

The TFM Executive Board


  October 30, 2016  

Trombonist Mike Becker received money to run his Becker Low Brass Boot Camp, which is an in depth instructional program he has designed for young brass players.  This year, he took the boot camp to Chicago as well as Tucson. img_1849 img_1844













Bassoonist Jessica Campbell and Local 6 member Cindy Behmer formed the Kontra-Cor Duo which received an SPG grant. They performed works by local composers Jay Vosk and Chris Black at the International Double Reed Society conference in Columbus, GA on June 30.  The duo commissioned the works, and the pieces represent a new genre of music:  doubling double reeds!  (For example:  Bassoon/Oboe, Bassoon/English Horn, Contrabassoon/Oboe, Contrabassoon/English Horn)

screenshot_20160715-092010 download_20160701_183233The SPG is an ongoing initiative of Local #33 which raises the profile of Tucson musicians who are TFM members. It empowers their creativity, and benefits our community.  Money is available for a wide variety of uses in keeping with the vision of the SPG project. If you are a TFM member and are interested in proposing a project, you can find the application on the members page, or you can contact a Local #33 officer!


  September 29, 2016  

Hello TFM Members (& non-members)!
Please plan to attend our upcoming General Membership Meeting! At this meeting we will be building on what we learned in the Wage Scale discussion we had last spring as we move to a new set of Wage Scales that work better for our needs.  This is in addition to other topics and business important to TFM – and you. If you have items that you think should be part of the meeting agenda, please email: Local33AFM@gmail.com

Do you have a friend who should be a part of this discussion who might not be a union member? Bring them along! This is an open meeting.

Refreshments provided as always. We look forward to hearing your voice.

Monday October 3, 2016
Tucson Symphony Center Jones Room
7 pm

In Solidarity,
The TFM Executive Board