The difficulties of life as a Mexican mariachi in Los Angeles
22 April 2013 Last updated at 12:16 BST
Mexican mariachis living in LA who have seen their work slowly dwindle since 2008 are creating a union to help each other through the difficult economic times.
Arturo Ramirez, a mariachi that has been in LA for 27 years, is one of them.
Video produced by BBC Mundo's Valeria Perasso.