Political Action

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Political Department

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Our Political Action department and Political Director work with local government officials, elected officials, campaigns and industry stakeholders to help influence policy and advocate for the interests and needs of all musicians. All musicians are affected by the political and legislative decisions made in Washington D.C., Albany, Trenton, and New York City Hall, and we must ensure that we identify every opportunity and use every tool possible to ensure that our interests are protected and strengthened.

  • District CaptainsBecome a District Captain and help drive our collective political agenda
  • Political Action FundWill you contribute to TEMPO 802 and help us support candidates and elected officials that are championing our rights, goals and political priorities?
  • Mobile Office HoursAttend Local 802’s Mobile Office Hours in your neighborhood and discuss politics, campaigns and policy
  • Endorsements  – See who we recommend our members support in the ballot box!

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District Captains

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Are you interested in politics? Will you help influence policy and legislation that effects your career, your colleagues, your neighbors and your family? Will you become a leader and help musicians everywhere gain power in the halls of government and policy?

Become a District Captain!

“District Captains” are a pool of musicians across New York City and state who show an interest or desire in being involved in politics and legislation that impacts their families, neighbors, colleagues and careers. This group serves as the “first call” when support for Local 802’s legislative and political priorities is needed.

The Captains are individuals that are open and willing to attend meetings with elected officials, attend rallies in their district, volunteer for Local 802 endorsed individuals, attend Local 802 political events and fundraisers, and otherwise be involved in Local 802’s expanding political activity.

  • Minimal time commitment
  • Volunteer-based
  • Serve as a “first contact” for Local 802 political activities
  • Become a leader in your community
  • Meet with elected officials and industry leaders
  • Help fortify the power  New York City’s thousands of musicians play in local, state and federal politics and legislation

Contact Political Director Christopher Carroll today!

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Tempo 802

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Tempo 802 is Local 802’s Political Action Fund. This fund, split between the Federal fund for national representatives and the NY State fund for local and state representatives, makes it possible for Local 802 to support and partner with elected officials and government allies as we work to champion the priorities, rights and goals of musicians and working people at the local, state, national and international levels.

All musicians are affected by the political and legislative decisions made in Washington D.C., Albany, Trenton, and New York City Hall, and we must ensure that we identify every opportunity and use every tool possible to ensure that our interests are protected and strengthened. From arts funding and employment status legislation, to workers compensation, health policy, the minimum wage and more, the decisions made by our elected representatives dictate our ability to make a living, enjoy a high quality of life and raise a family. The long-term success of our efforts depends on our ability to support our allies and fight those who damage the arts and our livelihoods.

Support our efforts to protect your interests! Join the campaign for Tempo 802!

Tempo 802 needs the help and support of every Local 802 member as we look to further our political and legislative priorities. These priorities include strengthening full performance rights on all sound recordings, fighting for stricter copyright enforcement measures, ensuring that musicians are treated fairly in employment law and have access to workers compensation, bolstering the funding of arts programming and education initiatives, and reinforcing the central role the arts play in communities and societal fabric.

You can help make a difference!

The strength of our work is greatly dictated by the resources that are available, and we urge all members to donate what they can to Tempo 802. Whether it is $5, $20, $50 or more, it is surely a worthwhile investment to help make sure that the needs and interests of musicians become part of the political debate. To make a donation to the NY State or Federal funds, mail a check or money order payable to Tempo 802 to:

Tempo 802, Local 802 AFM
c/o Cathy Camiolo
322 West 48th Street
New York, NY 10036

To donate online through PayPal, use the links below:

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TEMPO 802 FEDERAL FUND:




TEMPO 802 NY STATE FUND:




Contributions to Tempo 802 are not deductible for federal income tax purposes.


Mobile Office Hours!

Mobile Office Hours take place one or twice a month across the five boroughs. These meetings will offer a chance for musicians and members of the Local 802 community to discuss politics, policy, our neighborhoods, and share information about how to get involved in social and political advocacy.

 

Bring your ideas. Bring your questions. Bring your ideas. Let’s discuss politics, our communities and ways to advocate for the values of musicians.

 

Watch allegro, social media, 802 notes and the website to learn about where and when the next Mobile Office Hours will be held!