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Coordinating Advisory Committee Minutes

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

These minutes were prepared by CAC Secretary Bill Rohdin. These minutes were approved by the CAC on 10/22/16 by “reply all” e-mail. Meeting called to order at 1:06 p.m. in the Executive Board Room. Present: Roger Blanc (chair), Bill Rohdin (secretary), Keith Dames, Stan Kurtis, Katherine Greene, Sander Strenger and Susan Lorentsen. Local 802 Recording Vice President Andy Schwartz also present. Vice President Schwartz swore in Katherine Greene, Susan Lorentsen and Sander Strenger, who were not present at the previous CAC meeting (3/22/16).  Schwartz excused at 1:12 p.m. Secretary Rohdin reported that, as reported this day by Local 802 Controller Catherine Camiolo, the Special Projects and Services Fund has forty-four thousand seventy-six dollars and ninety-four cents ($44,076.94)

Local 802 Contract Administrator Bettina Covo and Local 802 Business Representative Miguel Santana present to report on the Council for Living Music teaching initiative they have been working on for approximately a year and a half. Covo and Santana reviewed the entire project from the beginning to date including grant application status. They requested permission to reallocate some of the money previously allocated from the Special Projects and Services Fund for this project, which as yet has not been spent, for other purposes related to the project. They explained the proposed reallocations and reasons, stipulated that none of the reallocated funds would be used for teacher salaries, and further stipulated that none of the unpurchased items from their earlier funding requests would be revisited in requests for future funding.

Motion made, seconded and carried unanimously to allow Covo and Santana to reallocate unused funds ($3,230) from previous CAC allocations.

The CAC examined the submitted receipts from three delegates who attended the ICSOM conference, which took place August 24-27, 2016 in Washington D.C. The three delegates are: Ken Mirkin from the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Jennifer Johnson from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Ethan Silverman from the New York City Ballet Orchestra. The CAC found the reimbursement requests to be in order with the exception of a per diem overage by Silverman of nine dollars and forty-two cents ($9.42). All three delegates have already been reimbursed from the Local 802 AFM General Fund.

Motion made, seconded and carried unanimously to reimburse the Local 802 AFM General Fund in the amount of seven hundred forty five dollars and eighty cents ($745.80) from the Special Projects and Services Fund for Mirkin’s attendance at the 2016 ICSOM Conference. Motion made, seconded and carried unanimously to reimburse the Local 802 AFM General Fund in the amount of one thousand three hundred twenty nine dollars and ninety-eight cents ($1329.98) from the Special Projects and Services Fund for Johnson’s attendance at the 2016 ICSOM Conference.

Motion made, seconded and carried unanimously to reimburse the Local 802 AFM General Fund in the amount of one thousand two hundred eighteen dollars and forty-seven cents ($1,218.47) from the Special Projects and Services Fund for Silverman’s attendance at the 2016 ICSOM Conference. This amount is nine dollars and forty-two cents ($9.42) lower than his request of one thousand two hundred twenty seven dollars and eighty-nine cents ($1227.89) to account for the per diem overage described above (see lines 41-42).

Executive Secretary to Local 802 President Robin Donach present at 2:45 p.m. The CAC examined the request from Local 802 President Tino Gagliardi for funds from the Special Projects and Services Fund in the amount of four thousand one hundred twenty dollars and twenty-two cents ($4,120.22) for an upcoming trip to Paris to attend a conference of the Presidium of the Federation Internationale des Musiciens (FIM) on November 21-22, 2016. Donach explained that because of time zone differences it would be necessary for Gagliardi to leave from NYC on November 19 and return on November 23, therefore requiring four nights lodging and per diem. Donach excused at 2:55 p.m. As noted in the CAC minutes from March 22, 2016 the committee is concerned about the increasingly rapid depletion of funds from the Special Projects and Services Fund. On 12/3/13 the fund had a total of $80,893.06. The fund now stands at approximately $37,000. (FYI: 802 Controller Camiolo reports that the CAC receives approximately $11,000 annually in funding.) The efforts by the AFM and FIM to develop and coordinate global incentives to rein in the predatory practices of recording companies are extremely important and will help to assure that our members will receive the payments and royalties they deserve. However, the CAC is concerned about funding President Gagliardi’s travel to international conferences that in our view should be an AFM responsibility and not a Local 802 responsibility. We recognize that Tino’s knowledge and experience make him an invaluable part of the AFM delegation at these conferences. But we believe that the CAC should not be the sole source of funding and that the AFM should begin to share in the costs of Tino’s attendance.

Motion made, seconded and carried unanimously to approve four thousand one hundred twenty dollars and twenty-two cents from the Special Projects and Services Fund for President Gagliardi’s trip to the FIM Presidium conference in November 2016.

Meeting adjourned at 3:22 p.m.

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