Disabled Musicians Fund

Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund

The Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund for Disabled Musicians provides a modest grant—usually from $100 to $400—to disabled musicians who are members of the AFM. James C. Petrillo, former President of the American Federation of Musicians, created this Fund in 1951 with his own personal check in the amount of $10,000 in memory of his son, Lester, who died in 1931 at the age of 13.

To qualify for financial assistance from this Fund, a member must be disabled (temporarily or permanently). When application for assistance is made, s/he must meet the following requirements:

  • The application form must be filled out factually and completely
  • Applications may be received once per year
  • A recent doctor’s certificate summarizing the nature of the disability must be sent with the application

The Trustees of the Fund have complete discretion in determining eligibility and the amount of benefits.

Applications for the Fund are located in the Membership Department, on the 2nd floor of Local 802’s offices. For more information, please call Avelon Ramnath at (212) 245-4802, ext. 128, or e-mail aramnath@local802afm.org.