Session Musicians and
Musicians and Vocalists on
Motion Pictures and Television
Programs Exhibited in Specific
and Ballet Musicians
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our dear friend and colleague, Jo-Anne McGettrick.
Jo-Anne used her passionate love of music, and her deep caring for those who make it, to help create what our Fund is today.
She was the very first employee of the AFM & AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution and served for 14 years, first as Fund Manager for the AFM & AFTRA Fund, and subsequently as Manager of the Sound Recording Division of the AFM & SAG-AFTRA Fund.
In the early days, the Fund was nothing more than a desk in the corner of the Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund, a borrowed telephone line, a hand-me-down computer, and Jo-Anne’s overwhelming will to identify, locate and pay the musicians and vocalists entitled to a share of the new digital royalty streams. Jo-Anne was the entire Research Department, the Allocations Department, the Participant Services Department, and the Whatever Else [that was needed at the time] Department.
Jo-Anne ensured that each new employee had the same goals and core values that characterized the Fund’s humble beginnings, especially her belief that every performer is important and deserves first-rate personal service.
As an extension and expression of her love of music, Jo-Anne donated regularly to her favorite public radio stations, including KCSN, at Cal State University Northridge. Her charity was widespread; she also supported the Environment of People Foundation in its fundraising initiatives benefiting children through music as well as Heifer International with its mission to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.
Jo-Anne embodied generosity; crocheting baby blankets for staff members with newborns, cooking and baking special treats to share with her colleagues, and opening up her home for off-the-clock functions that further bonded her staff.
Jo-Anne was preceded in death by her husband, musician Kurt McGettrick, and is survived by her daughter, musician and artist, Greer McGettrick, and her beloved canine, Disneyland.
She will be so greatly missed by her adoring friends and family.
Committed to the collection and distribution of equitable remuneration
and the advancement of Performance Rights for musicians and vocalists
domestically and internationally