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Local 802 Endorses Rep. Jerrold Nadler, Democrat, for United States Congress

Local 802 Executive Board has endorsed Jerrold Nadler for re-election to the United States Congress representing New York’s 10th Congressional District

New York, N.Y. — Today, the Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM, announced their support for Representative Jerrold Nadler’s re-election to the United States Congress. Congressman Nadler, who represents the 10th Congressional District covering the west side of Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn, has made artists and musicians a priority throughout his 24 years in Congress. As a longtime advocate for the protection of artists’ rights and the promotion of artistic institutions, Congressman Nadler has led the fight on behalf of music creators with his authorship of the the Fair Play Fair Pay Act, his support for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and his relentless backing of New York’s institutions of art, music and culture — many of which center in his district.

“For more than two decades, Congressman Nadler has been an exemplary advocate of workers, musicians and New Yorkers in his district and beyond,” said Tino Gagliardi, president, Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM. “His strong work to protect performer’s rights with the Fair Play Fair Pay Act, his backing of greater funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, and his exceptional support of Local 802 members during the difficult Metropolitan Opera contract negotiations in 2015, Local 802 members have seen first-hand that Congressman Nadler is exactly the type of partner, advocate and leader our musicians need in Washington D.C.”

New York’s 10th Congressional District
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New York States’ 10th Congressional District election as an especially important race given the number of Local 802 members within the district and due to the union’s ongoing work in Washington D.C. to support the music industry. Over the last year, Local 802 and industry stakeholders have worked hard with our elected officials to ensure that legislation in Washington D.C supports musicians and stakeholders by advocating for legislation that reflects the unique needs of our industry. This work includes advocating for the Transportation Security Administration to process instruments through airport security without difficulty and to allow instruments as checked and carry-on baggage in-cabin, further supporting the National Endowment for the Arts, and protecting performance rights in digital and terrestrial radio formats, among other campaigns.

The Congressional Primary in New York State is June 28, 2016. The deadline to register to vote for the Primary is June 3rd(postmarked) and received by the New York State Board of elections June 8th. Further registration information can be found at the Board of Elections website, or by contacting Local 802 Political Director Christopher Carroll at (212) 245-4802; ccarroll@local802afm.org


Local 802 Endorses Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Democrat, for United States Congress

Local 802 Executive Board endorses Carolyn Maloney for re-election to the United States Congress representing New York’s 12th Congressional District

New York, N.Y. — Today, the Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM, announced their support for Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney for re-election to the United States Congress. Congresswoman Maloney, who represents the 12th Congressional District covering the Upper East Side, Gramercy, and parts of the East Village, Midtown, Chelsea, Astoria and Sunny Side neighborhoods of Manhattan and Queens, has championed the importance of supporting working families in New York throughout her career, and making the advance of worker protections, raising the federal minimum wage and combating economic inequality priorities of her legislative agenda. As a long-time advocate of increased arts funding, investing in K-12 schools and fighting to ensure that the economy works for all people regardless of industry, Congresswoman Maloney has been a strong advocate for musicians in her district, which includes some of the most important and storied cultural institutions in the City.

“Since first being elected to Congress in 1992, Congresswoman Maloney has been a champion for hard working New Yorkers throughout her district, demonstrating through her voting record her commitment to fighting for middle class families,” said Tino Gagliardi, president, Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802, AFM. “Whether it be due to her support of protecting intellectual property and recording rights in a rapidly changing digital world with the Fair Play Fair Pay act, or her support for increased investment in K-12 education, musicians and artists know that Congresswoman Maloney has been, and will continue to be, a strong partner and staunch supporter of their interests and priorities.”

New York’s 12th Congressional District
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New York State’s 12th Congressional District is currently home to the third largest body of Local 802 members, making the re-election of Congresswoman Maloney an important priority for the well-being of the arts industry in New York City. Over the last year, Local 802 and industry stakeholders have worked hard with our elected officials to ensure that legislation in Washington D.C supports musicians and stakeholders by advocating for legislation that reflects the unique needs of our industry. This work includes protecting performance rights in digital and terrestrial radio formats, further supporting the National Endowment for the Arts, advocating for the Transportation Security Administration to process instruments through airport security without difficulty and to allow instruments as checked and carry-on baggage in-cabin, and fighting against worker misclassification, among other campaigns.


Local 802 Endorses Adriano Espaillat, Democrat, for United States Congress

Local 802 Endorses New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat, Democrat, for United States Congress representing New York’s 13th Congressional District

espaillatNew York, N.Y. — The Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM, announced their support for State Senator Adriano Espaillat for United States Congress. State Senator Espaillat, who currently represents the 31st State Senate district covering Upper Manhattan, the Upper West Side and portions of west Manhattan, has fought on behalf of the labor community and New York’s working class throughout his career in Albany, helping to pass legislation to support access to affordable education, reform our criminal justice system, protect tenants facing the affordability crises in New York City, and authoring the New York Farm Workers Fair Labor Practices Act.

“Senator Espaillat’s roots in organizing and the labor movement speak to the type of person he is — a fighter for the under-represented and working class,” said Tino Gagliardi, president, Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM. “Adriano’s work to bring labor protections to livery drivers and his authorship of the New York Farm Workers Fair Labor Practices Act prove that he understands the types of challenges that face countless numbers of musicians in this country. Whether it be on issues of intellectual property protection, the outsourcing of work or the misclassification of employees, I’m confident that Adriano Espaillat will prove to be a strong partner and advocate in Congress for all musicians.”

The 2016 13th Congressional District election represents the first time there has been an open seat since Congressman Charlie Rangel was first elected to office in 1972. The Local 802 Executive Board elected to endorse in the race due to the historically important nature of the district musically and culturally, as well as its status as home to the second largest number of Local 802 members and many of the most storied and important cultural institutions in the country.

New York’s 13th Congressional District
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Congressional elections in districts like NY-13 are important to the union’s ongoing work in Washington D.C. to support the music industry. Over the last year, Local 802 and industry stakeholders have worked hard with our elected officials to ensure that legislation in Washington D.C supports musicians and stakeholders by advocating for legislation that reflects the unique needs of our industry. This work includes advocating for the Transportation Security Administration to process instruments through airport security without difficulty and to allow instruments as checked and carry-on baggage in-cabin, further supporting the National Endowment for the Arts, and strengthening copyright protections, and protecting performance rights in digital and terrestrial radio formats, among other campaigns.

The General Election for United States President, Federal, State and Local candidates is November 8, 2016. Applications to register to vote for the first time must be postmarked no later than October 14th and received by the Board of Elections no later than October 19th.  If you do not know if you are currently registered to vote, please visit the Board of Elections website, or contact Local 802 Political Director Christopher Carroll at (212) 245-4802, ext. 176; ccarroll@local802afm.org.


Local 802 Endorses Bill de Blasio for Mayor of New York City

New York, NY – The Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802, announced today its endorsement of Mayor de Blasio for reelection after a unanimous vote by their Executive Committee.  The union, the largest local representing professional musicians in the world, joined SEIU 32BJ, the Uniformed Sanitationmen’s Association, UNITE-HERE Local 100 and the RWDSU in their early endorsements of the Mayor’s campaign.

“Mayor de Blasio has shown time and again that he is a strong ally to the performers who drive our cultural economy and make New York City a cultural capital of the world,” said Tino Gagliardi, President, Local 802 AFM. “From standing with us during difficult negotiations at the Metropolitan Opera and expanding funding for the arts, to championing economic opportunity and affordability, the Mayor has demonstrated that he is committed to ensuring the City uses every mechanism to achieve fair pay, protections and opportunity for musicians and workers throughout the city. New York City needs strong, progressive leaders to foster an inclusive and tolerant society that provides equitable opportunity for all. We are proud to renew our support and endorse him for a second term and look forward to continuing to partner with him to strengthen our creative sector and ensure musicians and performers can always afford to live, work and raise a family in New York City.”

“From Broadway and Lincoln Center to our famed jazz clubs and late-night TV, the musicians of Local 802 are the core of New York City’s cultural community and economy,” said Mayor de Blasio.  “Without them and their work, the cultural industries that make New York City a true world capital would be lost.   I’m committed to helping them fight every day not just to promote fair standards for musicians, but to ensure that our cultural and artistic heritage and resources are strong for generations to come.”

The Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 American Federation of Musicians represents over 7,500 highly-skilled musicians who are the backbone of the New York City’s thriving cultural and tourism economy, which brings over 58 million visitors each year. Their members—who perform on Broadway, at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Radio City; on Late Night shows and in other televised bands, as well as in hotels, clubs, festivals and venues across NYC—are protected by collectively bargained agreements ensuring proper classification, fair treatment and living wage.

The musicians of the Associated Musicians of Greater New York Local 802 work to promote artistic excellence and strengthen New York City’s vibrant arts community by advocating for fair treatment and compensation of hardworking musicians and performers. Their priorities include the preservation and creation of opportunities for live musical performance, promoting  recording and film scoring in NYC, increasing our children’s access to live music and high-quality music education, advancing the vital role music plays in our communities, and ensuring that the musicians essential to New York City’s economy and cultural life are able to continue to live and work here.

As New York City mayor, Bill de Blasio fights for our great city every day. He fought for universal pre-K for every four-year-old in the City. He expanded the paid sick leave law to cover thousands of more workers, and raised the minimum wage for all City employees and contractors. He continued to reduce stop and frisk and pursued reforms to bring the police and community closer together — while at the same time driving crime to record low levels. He expanded the number of affordable apartments, took on the landlord lobby and under his watch rents were frozen for two straight years. Bill de Blasio fights every day to make our city better and fairer for everyone — no matter where they live or how much money they make.


Local 802 Endorses Carlina Rivera for New York City Council (District 2)

Carlina Rivera is running for election in District 9, encompassing the East Village, Alphabet City and parts of the Lower East Side.

The Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM has endorsed Carlina Rivera for New York City Council in District 2.

Citing Ms. Rivera’s extensive track-record as an advocate of affordable housing, as well as her pledge to support efforts to ensure that music festivals and venues that receive public support provide fair pay and treatment to musicians they employ and address the city’s affordable housing crisis and lack of artist housing, the Executive Board voted unanimously to support her candidacy in District 2

“The East Village, Alphabet City, and Lower East Side neighborhoods are hotbeds of live music and have played a vital role in New York City’s artistic history. As a proven advocate for affordable housing and the rights of working people, Carlina Rivera is perfectly suited to represent New Yorkers and musicians in an area that is vital to New York City’s cultural heritage,” said Tino Gagliardi, President, Local 802 AFM. “Carlina has shown she understands the challenges facing musicians that are all too often exploited and who find it increasingly difficult to live, work and raise a family in New York City. The musicians of Local 802 are proud to endorse her, and look forward to working with her to fight worker misclassification and raise the wage floor for hard-working musicians who drive our local economies and play a crucial role in the health and vibrancy of our communities.”

“Local 802 represents the hardworking and talented musicians who are at the heart of our City’s cultural scene and arts economy, and I am proud to have their endorsement today,” said Carlina Rivera. “We must ensure that the working artists who make our communities and economy strong are treated fairly, and that our city is a place where artists can continue to live and work. I look forward to working with Local 802 in the City Council to prevent exploitation of musicians and to institute policies that will make the music industry a better place to work for all artists.”

District 2

Pledging to work alongside the union to advocate for policies that support musicians and grow the cultural economy, Ms. Rivera has committed to support the union’s efforts to ensure that musicians are paid fair wages and receive fair treatment at City-supported venues and festivals and to help prevent musicians working in the vibrant night-life scene from being misclassified as independent contractors or exploited. She has also committed to work to expand the amount of film scoring done in New York City by encouraging film and television productions to employ New York City musicians. Ms. Rivera understands the need to address the challenges and opportunities presented by the “gig-economy” as well as the urgency of expanding the stock of rehearsal, performance, recording and residential space for musicians and artists in New York City so that artists and musicians can remain in New York.

City Council and Citywide elections are incredibly important to the union’s ongoing legislative work on behalf of New York City’s cultural ecosystem. Recently, Local 802 and industry stakeholders have worked hard with our elected officials to ensure that legislation and policies in City Hall support musicians by advocating for legislation that reflects the unique needs of our industry. This work has included fighting for fair wages and collectively bargained agreements, working to ensure city-supported festivals and initiatives throughout the Five Boroughs provide fair pay and protections, defeating laws that misclassify musicians as independent contractors, increasing funding for the arts in cultural institutions and public schools, and ensuring that New York City’s policies and legislation accurately reflect the social, cultural, economic values of New York City’s musicians.

The Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 American Federation of Musicians represents over 7,500 highly-skilled musicians who are the backbone of the New York City’s thriving cultural and tourism economy, which brings over 58 million visitors each year. Their members—who perform on Broadway, at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Radio City; on Late Night shows and in other televised bands, as well as in hotels, clubs, festivals and venues across NYC—are protected by collectively bargained agreements ensuring proper classification, fair treatment and living wage.

The musicians of the Associated Musicians of Greater New York Local 802 work to promote artistic excellence and strengthen New York City’s vibrant arts community by advocating for fair treatment and compensation of hardworking musicians and performers. Their priorities include the preservation and creation of opportunities for live musical performance, promoting recording and film scoring in NYC, increasing our children’s access to live music and high-quality music education, advancing the vital role music plays in our communities, and ensuring that the musicians essential to New York City’s economy and cultural life are able to continue to live and work here.

The primary will be held on September 12, 2017. If you do not know if you are currently registered to vote, please visit the Board of Elections website, or contact Local 802 Political Director Christopher Carroll at (212) 245-4802, ext. 176; ccarroll@local802afm.org.


Local 802 Endorses Keith Powers for New York City Council (District 4)

District 4 is home to Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall and other venues, encompasses Upper East Side, Carnegie Hill, Central Park South, Midtown East, Times Square, Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town

The Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM has endorsed Keith Powers for New York City Council in District 4 after a unanimous vote by its Executive Board. The district is home to many of New York City’s most prominent performance spaces in New York City – including the world-famous Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall – as well as many smaller venues vital to the city’s live music ecosystem, making the district an important part of the music community and economy. Current Councilmember Daniel Garodnick is term-limited.

Mr. Powers’ considerable legislative experience working in City and State government, as well as a strong record of advocacy for safer working conditions for nightlife employees, protections for rent-stabilized tenants and strong ties to the community, provided the Local 802 Executive Board with confidence that he will promote legislation and initiatives that allow musicians to live, work and raise their families in New York City.

“Keith Powers is a proven advocate for arts workers and the right person to represent a district where live music is thriving. Anyone who attends concerts at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall or enjoys live music at the countless clubs, bars, restaurants, hotels and performance spaces throughout this district knows how critical our arts scene and New York’s world class musicians are to the local economy and to the City as a whole,” said Tino Gagliardi, President, Local 802 American Federation of Musicians. “I look forward to working with Keith to protect our city’s musicians and arts workers, create enhanced opportunities for working musicians and grow the music and arts economy citywide.”

“The musicians of Local 802 are the best in the world and are crucial to ensuring that New York City continues to be a worldwide cultural capital,” said Keith Powers. “I pledge to work with them to ensure that the arts in our city remains vibrant and that musicians and arts workers throughout NYC are paid fairly, allowed workplace protections, and can continue to live and raise their families here.”

Pledging to work alongside the union to advocate for policies that support musicians and grow the cultural economy, Mr. Powers has committed to support the union’s efforts to ensure that musicians are paid fair wages and receive fair treatment at all City-supported venues and festivals, and help prevent musicians working in the vibrant night-life scene from being misclassified as independent contractors or exploited. Additionally he will work to expand the amount of film scoring work in New York City by encouraging film and television productions to employ New York City musicians. Mr. Powers understands the need to address the challenges and opportunities presented by the “gig-economy” and the urgency of combating the exploitation of musicians and supports identifying innovative ways to expand the stock of recording studio spaces in the City as well as preserve rent-stabilization and other housing policies that allow so many artists and musicians to remain in New York.

NYC Council District 4

City Council and Citywide elections are incredibly important to the union’s ongoing legislative work on behalf of New York City’s cultural ecosystem. Recently, Local 802 and industry stakeholders have worked hard with our elected officials to ensure that legislation and policies in City Hall support musicians by advocating for legislation that reflects the unique needs of our industry. This work has included fighting for fair wages and collectively bargained agreements, working to ensure city-supported festivals and initiatives throughout the Five Boroughs provide fair pay and protections, defeating laws that misclassify musicians as independent contractors, increasing funding for the arts in cultural institutions and public schools, and ensuring that New York City’s policies and legislation accurately reflect the social, cultural, economic values of New York City’s musicians.

The Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 American Federation of Musicians represents over 7,500 highly-skilled musicians who are the backbone of the New York City’s thriving cultural and tourism economy, which brings over 58 million visitors each year. Their members—who perform on Broadway, at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Radio City; on Late Night shows and in other televised bands, as well as in hotels, clubs, festivals and venues across NYC—are protected by collectively bargained agreements ensuring proper classification, fair treatment and living wage.

The musicians of the Associated Musicians of Greater New York Local 802 work to promote artistic excellence and strengthen New York City’s vibrant arts community by advocating for fair treatment and compensation of hardworking musicians and performers. Their priorities include the preservation and creation of opportunities for live musical performance, promoting recording and film scoring in NYC, increasing our children’s access to live music and high-quality music education, advancing the vital role music plays in our communities, and ensuring that the musicians essential to New York City’s economy and cultural life are able to continue to live and work here.

The primary will be held on September 12, 2017. If you do not know if you are currently registered to vote, please visit the Board of Elections website, or contact Local 802 Political Director Christopher Carroll at (212) 245-4802, ext. 176; ccarroll@local802afm.org.


Local 802 Endorses Marvin Holland for New York City Council (District 9)

Marvin Holland is running for election in District 9, encompassing Central Harlem, Morningside Heights, parts of the Upper West Side and part of East Harlem

Marvin Holland Democrat, New York City Council, District 9New York, NY – The Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM Executive Board announced the endorsement of Marvin Holland for New York City Council in District 9. Local 802, the largest local union of professional musicians in the world, joins a wide coalition of supporters for Mr. Holland, who looks to bring his extraordinary labor experience and a commitment to the labor movement to the City Council. A special election to replace the current Councilmember in District 9, Inez Dickens, will be held on February 14. Ms. Dickens began her first term in the New York State Assembly on January 4, 2017, representing Assembly District 70.

“Marvin Holland is a true advocate for hard working New Yorkers and the labor movement, making him exactly the type of leader we need in the City Council,” said Tino Gagliardi, President, Local 802 AFM. “Not only has he devoted his entire career to fighting for the fair treatment of workers through collective bargaining, legislation and advocacy, but he has become a champion for those who are under-represented, vulnerable and exploited. The musicians of Local 802 are proud to endorse him, and look forward to fighting against worker misclassification and working to make our city a more fair and equitable place to live, work and raise a family.”

NYC Council District 9

NYC Council District 9

City Council and Citywide elections are incredibly important to the union’s ongoing legislative work on behalf of New York City’s cultural ecosystem. Recently, Local 802 and industry stakeholders have worked hard with our elected officials to ensure that legislation and policies in City Hall support musicians by advocating for legislation that reflects the unique needs of our industry. This work has included fighting for fair wages and collectively bargained agreements, creating city-supported festivals and initiatives that bring live music to New Yorkers throughout the Five Boroughs, fighting against laws that misclassify musicians as independent contractors, increasing funding for the arts in cultural institutions and public schools, and ensuring that New York City’s policies and legislation accurately reflects the social, cultural, economic values of New York City’s musicians.

The Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 American Federation of Musicians represents over 7,500 highly-skilled musicians who are the backbone of the New York City’s thriving cultural and tourism economy, which brings over 58 million visitors each year. Their members—who perform on Broadway, at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Radio City; on Late Night shows and in other televised bands, as well as in hotels, clubs, festivals and venues across NYC—are protected by collectively bargained agreements ensuring proper classification, fair treatment and living wage.

The musicians of the Associated Musicians of Greater New York Local 802 work to promote artistic excellence and strengthen New York City’s vibrant arts community by advocating for fair treatment and compensation of hardworking musicians and performers. Their priorities include the preservation and creation of opportunities for live musical performance, promoting recording and film scoring in NYC, increasing our children’s access to live music and high-quality music education, advancing the vital role music plays in our communities, and ensuring that the musicians essential to New York City’s economy and cultural life are able to continue to live and work here.

The Special Election for NYC District 9 will be held on February 14th. Applications to register to vote for the first time must be received by the Board of Elections no later than January 20. If you do not know if you are currently registered to vote, please visit the Board of Elections website, or contact Local 802 Political Director Christopher Carroll at (212) 245-4802, ext. 176; ccarroll@local802afm.org.


Local 802 Endorses Justin Brannan for New York City Council (District 43)

Justin Brannan is running for election in District 43, encompassing Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst and Bath Beach.

The Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM has endorsed Justin Brannan for New York City Council in District 43.

Citing Mr. Brannan’s experience as a touring musician, his track-record as a union advocate, small business owner and community leader, and his pledge to support efforts to ensure that publically supported venues do not mistreat the musicians they employ, the Executive Board voted unanimously to support his candidacy for New York City Council.

“It isn’t often that we have an opportunity to support a candidate who has toured the country and the world as a working musician, and I’m thrilled that we have that opportunity with Justin Brannan,” said Tino Gagliardi, President, Local 802. “Justin is a musician, and fundamentally understands the challenges that musicians face, including worker misclassification, intellectual property theft, exploitation and unfair wage expectations. The musicians of Local 802 are proud to endorse him, and we look forward to seeing him use the skills of a good performer – communication, creativity, discipline and compassion – to fight for the needs of hard-working New Yorkers and musicians in New York City.”

“Music has played a profound role in my life, and musicians play a profound role in our city as drivers of our vibrant cultural and tourism economy,” said Justin Brannan. “We must ensure that the hard-working musicians who make New York a global cultural capital are treated fairly and are able to continue make a living here as artists and live performers. As a musician, I’m enormously proud to have the support of Local 802, and I pledge to work with the musicians’ union to prevent exploitation and ensure that musicians are treated fairly at venues throughout our city, including those that receive public funding. My time touring the country as a guitarist helped me to understand the challenges musicians face, and we must work together to ensure that musicians and artists can remain in New York.”

District 43

Pledging to work alongside the union to advocate for policies that support musicians and grow the cultural economy, Mr. Brannan has committed to support the union’s efforts to ensure that musicians are paid fair wages and receive fair treatment at City-supported venues and festivals. Drawing upon his extensive experience touring the country and internationally as a guitarist, Mr. Brannan understands the need to address the challenges countless musicians face in order to make a living, as well as the urgent need to expand the city’s stock of rehearsal, performance, recording and affordable residential space so that artists and musicians who are the backbone of our City’s cultural life can continue to live and raise families in New York.

City Council and Citywide elections are incredibly important to the union’s ongoing legislative work on behalf of New York City’s cultural ecosystem. Recently, Local 802 and industry stakeholders have worked hard with our elected officials to ensure that legislation and policies in City Hall support musicians by advocating for legislation that reflects the unique needs of our industry. This work has included fighting for fair wages and collectively bargained agreements, working to ensure city-supported festivals and initiatives throughout the Five Boroughs provide fair pay and protections, defeating laws that misclassify musicians as independent contractors, increasing funding for the arts in cultural institutions and public schools, and ensuring that New York City’s policies and legislation accurately reflect the social, cultural, economic values of New York City’s musicians.

The Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 American Federation of Musicians represents over 7,500 highly-skilled musicians who are the backbone of the New York City’s thriving cultural and tourism economy, which brings over 58 million visitors each year. Their members—who perform on Broadway, at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Radio City; on Late Night shows and in other televised bands, as well as in hotels, clubs, festivals and venues across NYC—are protected by collectively bargained agreements ensuring proper classification, fair treatment and living wage.

The musicians of the Associated Musicians of Greater New York Local 802 work to promote artistic excellence and strengthen New York City’s vibrant arts community by advocating for fair treatment and compensation of hardworking musicians and performers. Their priorities include the preservation and creation of opportunities for live musical performance, promoting recording and film scoring in NYC, increasing our children’s access to live music and high-quality music education, advancing the vital role music plays in our communities, and ensuring that the musicians essential to New York City’s economy and cultural life are able to continue to live and work here.

The primary will be held on September 12, 2017. If you do not know if you are currently registered to vote, please visit the Board of Elections website, or contact Local 802 Political Director Christopher Carroll at (212) 245-4802, ext. 176; ccarroll@local802afm.org.


Local 802 Endorses Todd Kaminsky, Democrat, for NYS Senate in District 9

Local 802 Executive Board has officially endorsed Todd Kaminsky for election to the New York State Senate in District 9 (Long Beach).

“In his time in the State Assembly, Todd Kaminsky has shown that he is an extremely hard working and effective legislator who fights for the interests of Long Island residents and workers, as well as for the integrity of our legislative process,” said Tino Gagliardi, president, Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM. “In conversations with Todd, I’ve become convinced that he genuinely understands the unique needs of the musicians that make New York a center of the cultural world, and that he fully appreciates the vital role the arts play in health of the cultural fabric of our communities. Todd will make a fantastic State Senator and advocate for our members.”

New York State Senate District 9
New_York_US_Senate_District_9The Local 802 Political Subcommittee identified the special election in District 9 as an important race for Local 802 members within the district and across New York State due to the union’s ongoing work in Albany to support the music industry. Over the last year, Local 802 and industry stakeholders have worked hard with our elected officials to ensure that legislation in Albany supports musicians and stakeholders by making current legislation more accurately reflect the unique needs of our industry. We have made great progress on this effort, but much remains to be done. We are thrilled to support Mr. Kaminsky and look forward to working closely in the future.

New Yorkers can find their polling place and more at Board of Elections website. For any voting help, contact Local 802’s political director Christopher Carroll at ccarroll@local802afm.org or (212) 245-4802, ext. 176.


Local 802 Endorses Senator Addabbo Jr., Democrat, for State Senate

Local 802 Executive Board endorses Joseph Addabbo Jr. for re-election to New York State Senate representing New York’s 15th District

New York, N.Y. — The Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM, announced their support for Joseph Addabbo Jr. for re-election to the New York State Senate. Senator Addabbo Jr., who currently represents portions of the Ozone Park, Middle Village and Howard Beach communities of Queens, has been a strong partner for the labor movement in Albany, advocating for investments in City infrastructure and increased funding for education. Senator Addabbo was first elected to the State Senate in 2009 after serving in the New York City Council.

“Senator Addabbo understands the important role the labor movement and the arts play in our communities, and he has helped fight against attacks on working class musicians in Albany,” said Tino Gagliardi, president, Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM. “By voting against attacks on workers compensation this spring, Senator Addabbo has proven that he stands against the exploitation of the world-class musicians that make New York City a cultural capital of the world.”

New York Senate District 15
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State elections are incredibly important to the union’s ongoing legislative work on behalf of New York City’s cultural ecosystem. Recently, Local 802 and industry stakeholders have worked hard with our elected officials to ensure that legislation in Albany supports musicians and stakeholders by advocating for legislation that reflects the unique needs of our industry. This work has included advocating for tax credits to support the recording industry, protecting workers’ compensation, and fighting against laws that misclassify musicians as independent contractors.

The General Election for United States President, Federal, State and Local candidates is November 8, 2016. Applications to register to vote for the first time must be postmarked no later than October 14th and received by the Board of Elections no later than October 19th.  If you do not know if you are currently registered to vote, please visit the Board of Elections website, or contact Local 802 Political Director Christopher Carroll at (212) 245-4802, ext. 176; ccarroll@local802afm.org.


Local 802 Endorses Senator Hoylman, Democrat, for State Senate

Local 802 Executive Board endorses Brad Hoylman  for re-election to New York State Senate representing New York’s 27th District

hoylmanNew York, N.Y. — The Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM, announced their support for Senator Brad Hoylman for re-election to the New York State Senate. Senator Hoylman, who currently represents Chelsea and portions of the Midtown, Greenwich Village, West Village and East Village neighborhoods of Manhattan, has been a strong advocate for environmental protection, ethics reform and the strengthening of art, music and culture in our communities.

“When we first endorsed Senator Hoylman in 2013, I knew that New Yorkers in Chelsea, the Village and in midtown were gaining a strong advocate in Albany, and he has been exactly that,” said Tino Gagliardi, president, Associated Musicians of great New York, Local 802 AFM. “From supporting musicians on Broadway and in our recording studios, to voting against legislation that would destroy our employee status protections, Brad has been a exemplary partner for New York City’s world-class musicians and their families. I thank him for his hard work and for his appreciation for the important part the arts must play in the lives of all New Yorkers.”

Senator Hoylman was first elected to the State Senate in 2014. The Local 802 Executive Board voted to make an endorsement in this race due to the large number of musicians and storied cultural institutions that call the district home.

New York Senate District 27
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State elections are incredibly important to the union’s ongoing legislative work on behalf of New York City’s cultural ecosystem. Recently, Local 802 and industry stakeholders have worked hard with our elected officials to ensure that legislation in Albany supports musicians and stakeholders by advocating for legislation that reflects the unique needs of our industry. This work has included advocating for tax credits to support the recording industry, protecting workers’ compensation, and fighting against laws that misclassify musicians as independent contractors.

The General Election for United States President, Federal, State and Local candidates is November 8, 2016. Applications to register to vote for the first time must be postmarked no later than October 14th and received by the Board of Elections no later than October 19th.  If you do not know if you are currently registered to vote, please visit the Board of Elections website, or contact Local 802 Political Director Christopher Carroll at (212) 245-4802, ext. 176; ccarroll@local802afm.org.


Local 802 Endorses Senator Krueger, Democrat, for State Senate

Local 802 Executive Board endorses Liz Krueger for re-election to New York State Senate representing New York’s 28th District

200px-liz_kruegerNew York, N.Y. — Today, the Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM, announced their support for Senator Liz Krueger for re-election to the New York State Senate. Senator Krueger, who currently represents portions of the East Side of Manhattan, has been a strong advocate for the labor movement since her election to the New York State Senate in 2002, working hard to address affordable housing challenges, improve access to health care, and ensure equitable funding for our public education system.

“Senator Krueger has fought hard to ensure that our education system, healthcare system and government address the needs of all New Yorkers, regardless of income or industry,” said Tino Gagliardi, president, Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM. “Liz knows that the arts play a vital role in our city, but if we are to maintain our standing as a cultural capital of the world, our legislation must ensure that our world-class musicians can afford to live and raise a family here.”

Senator Krueger was first elected to the State Senate in a Special Election in February 2002. The Local 802 Executive Board voted to make an endorsement in this race due to the large number of musicians and cultural institutions that call the district home.

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State elections are incredibly important to the union’s ongoing legislative work on behalf of New York City’s cultural ecosystem. Recently, Local 802 and industry stakeholders have worked hard with our elected officials to ensure that legislation in Albany supports musicians and stakeholders by advocating for legislation that reflects the unique needs of our industry. This work has included advocating for tax credits to support the recording industry, protecting workers’ compensation, and fighting against laws that misclassify musicians as independent contractors.

The General Election for United States President, Federal, State and Local candidates is November 8, 2016. Applications to register to vote for the first time must be postmarked no later than October 14th and received by the Board of Elections no later than October 19th.  If you do not know if you are currently registered to vote, please visit the Board of Elections website, or contact Local 802 Political Director Christopher Carroll at (212) 245-4802, ext. 176; ccarroll@local802afm.org.


Local 802 Endorses Marisol Alcantara, Democrat, for State Senate

 Local 802 Executive Board endorses Brad Hoylman  for re-election to New York State Senate representing New York’s 31st District

New York, N.Y. — The Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM, announced their support for Marisol Alcantara to the New York State Senate. Ms. Alcantara, a long-time labor organizer and most recently an organizer for the New York State Nurses Association, has long represented Inwood, Washington Heights, and parts of the West Side as a champion workers’ rights, immigration reform,  increased affordable housing and access to healthcare.

“We must support candidates who fundamentally understand the value of the labor movement in our society, and musicians must support candidates who understand that the arts play an important role in the overall health of our communities,” said Tino Gagliardi, president, Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM. Marisol Alcantara will take her passion advocating for under-represented portions of our community to Albany, where she will be a strong partner for New York’s world-class musicians and their families.”

The 31st Senate District, which comprises Upper Manhattan, Inwood and parts of the West Side of Manhattan, was previously represented by State Senator Adriano Espaillat (D), who is now running for election to United States Congress.  The Local 802 Executive Board voted to make an endorsement in this race due to the historically important nature of the district musically and culturally, as well as the large number of musicians and storied cultural institutions that call the district home.

New York Senate District 31

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State elections are incredibly important to the union’s ongoing legislative work on behalf of New York City’s cultural ecosystem. Recently, Local 802 and industry stakeholders have worked hard with our elected officials to ensure that legislation in Albany supports musicians and stakeholders by advocating for legislation that reflects the unique needs of our industry. This work has included advocating for tax credits to support the recording industry, protecting workers’ compensation, and fighting against laws that misclassify musicians as independent contractors.

The General Election for United States President, Federal, State and Local candidates is November 8, 2016. Applications to register to vote for the first time must be postmarked no later than October 14th and received by the Board of Elections no later than October 19th.  If you do not know if you are currently registered to vote, please visit the Board of Elections website, or contact Local 802 Political Director Christopher Carroll at (212) 245-4802, ext. 176; ccarroll@local802afm.org.


Local 802 Endorses Robert Carroll, Democrat, for State Assembly

Local 802 Executive Board endorses Robert Carroll for New York State Assembly representing New York’s 44th Assembly District

robertcarrollNew York, N.Y. — The Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM, announced their support for Robert Carroll for election to the New York State Assembly. Mr. Carroll, who is running to represent portions of the Park Slope, Ditmas Park and Windsor Terrace neighborhoods of Brooklyn, will build upon his strong experience as a committee chairman of Community Board 7, bringing his support for the labor movement, commitment to expanding the role the arts play in our children’s education and his extensive arts industry experience in theater to the legislature in Albany.

“Robert Carroll has experience in the performing arts industry, something that musicians and performers rarely see in our elected officials,” said Tino Gagliardi, president, Associated Musicians of Great NY, Local 802 AFM. “The experience and insight that Mr. Carroll has developed in theater makes him uniquely aware of the challenges facing our city’s musicians every day. His commitment to expanding the role the arts play in education, as well as his sensitivity to the challenges of ensuring musicians can afford to work in New York, are vital to our efforts to make sure all New Yorkers have access to the power of live music performance.”

District 44 is currently represented by Assemblyman James Brennan, who announced in Spring 2016 that he would be retiring. Mr. Brennan has served in the New York State Assembly since 1985. The Local 802 Executive Board voted to make an endorsement in this race due to the large number of musicians and storied cultural institutions that call the district home, as well as the future real estate development and vibrant cultural environment in the area.

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State elections are incredibly important to the union’s ongoing legislative work on behalf of New York City’s cultural ecosystem. Local 802 and industry stakeholders have worked hard with our elected officials to ensure that legislation in Albany supports musicians and stakeholders by advocating for legislation that reflects the unique needs of our industry. Recently, this work has included advocating for tax credits to support the recording industry, protecting workers’ compensation, and fighting against laws that misclassify musicians as independent contractors.

The General Election for United States President, Federal, State and Local candidates is November 8, 2016. Applications to register to vote for the first time must be postmarked no later than October 14th and received by the Board of Elections no later than October 19th.  If you do not know if you are currently registered to vote, please visit the Board of Elections website, or contact Local 802 Political Director Christopher Carroll at (212) 245-4802, ext. 176; ccarroll@local802afm.org.


Local 802 Endorses Yuh-Line Niou, Democrat, for State Assembly

Local 802 Executive Board endorses Yuh-Line Niou for New York State Assembly representing New York’s 65th Assembly District

yuh-line-niouNew York, N.Y. — Today, the Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM, announced their support for Yuh-Line Niou for election to the New York State Assembly. Ms. Niou, who is running to represent Lower Manhattan and the Lower East Side, has served as an advocate for working class New Yorkers as Chief of Staff for New York Assemblyman Ron Kim, where she played an important role in advocating for legislation to protect and support New York’s immigrant population.

“Yuh-Line Niou knows first-hand the important role that legislation and our government can play in the lives of all New Yorkers, and I am confident that she will continue to fight for under-represented portions of our community,” said Tino Gagliardi, president, Associated Musicians of Greater NY, Local 802 AFM. “Lower Manhattan and the Lower East Side are home to an increasingly innovative and vibrant cultural community, and we look forward to working together to ensure that musicians and performers are not exploited, and that the needs of our music community are protected.”

Ms. Niou beat current incumbent Alice Cancel, who had been elected in a April special election, in the Democratic Primary held on September 13, 2016. Prior to the special election, the district had been represented by former speaker Sheldon Silver since 1977. The Local 802 Executive Board voted to make an endorsement in this race due to the large number of musicians and storied cultural institutions that call the district home, as well as the future real estate development and vibrant cultural environment in the area.

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State elections are incredibly important to the union’s ongoing legislative work on behalf of New York City’s cultural ecosystem. Local 802 and industry stakeholders have worked hard with our elected officials to ensure that legislation in Albany supports musicians and stakeholders by advocating for legislation that reflects the unique needs of our industry. Recently, this work has included advocating for tax credits to support the recording industry, protecting workers’ compensation, and fighting against laws that misclassify musicians as independent contractors.

The General Election for United States President, Federal, State and Local candidates is November 8, 2016. Applications to register to vote for the first time must be postmarked no later than October 14th and received by the Board of Elections no later than October 19th.  If you do not know if you are currently registered to vote, please visit the Board of Elections website, or contact Local 802 Political Director Christopher Carroll at (212) 245-4802, ext. 176; ccarroll@local802afm.org.


Local 802 Endorses Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal, Democrat, for State Assembly

Local 802 Executive Board endorses Linda Rosenthal for re-election to New York State Assembly representing New York’s 67th Assembly District

Linda RosenthalNew York, N.Y. — Today, the Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM, announced their support for Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal for re-election to the New York State Assembly. Assemblymember Rosenthal, who represents portions of the Upper West Side and Hell’s Kitchen neighborhoods, has championed the importance of supporting working families in New York and the role musicians play in making New York City a cultural capital of the world.

“Linda Rosenthal has been a strong partner for the musicians of New York City since her election in 2006,” said Tino Gagliardi, president, Associated Musicians of great New York, Local 802 AFM. “Whether it be advocating for affordable housing and tenants rights, or it be standing with the musicians of the Metropolitan Opera and defending the role live music plays in our community, Assemblymember Rosenthal has been a important and proactive ally, and we look forward to continuing to work together to strengthen the role live music plays in the lives of all New Yorkers.”

Assemblymember Rosenthal has represented the 67th Assembly District since her election during the 2006 special election. The Local 802 Executive Board voted to make an endorsement in this race due to the large number of musicians and storied cultural institutions that call the district home.

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State elections are incredibly important to the union’s ongoing legislative work on behalf of New York City’s cultural ecosystem. Recently, Local 802 and industry stakeholders have worked hard with our elected officials to ensure that legislation in Albany supports musicians and stakeholders by advocating for legislation that reflects the unique needs of our industry. This work has included advocating for tax credits to support the recording industry, protecting workers compensation, and fighting against laws that misclassify musicians as independent contractors.

The New York State Primary elections for Senate and Assembly are on September 13th, 2016. If you do not know if you are currently registered to vote, please visit the Board of Elections website, or contact Local 802 Political Director Christopher Carroll at (212) 245-4802;ccarroll@local802afm.org.


Local 802 Endorses Carmen De La Rosa, Democrat, for State Assembly

Local 802 Executive Board endorses Carmen De La Rosa for New York State Assembly representing New York’s 72nd Assembly District

carmen_assembly_solo-1469628567-1904-1472578728-6680New York, N.Y. — The Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM, announced their support for Carmen De La Rosa for election to the New York State Assembly. Ms. De La Rosa, who was born in the Dominican Republic, most recently served as Chief of Staff for New York City Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez, where she managed the legislative and community relations offices. In this role, she established herself as an advocate for the community, aware of the legislative needs and priorities of New Yorkers throughout Inwood and Upper Manhattan. The 72nd Assembly District comprises portions of the Marble Hill, Inwood and Washington Heights neighborhoods of Manhattan.

Carmen De La Rosa has worked for her constituents for years, fighting for tenants’ rights, improving public education and ensuring that New Yorkers have the protections and support they need to raise a family and build a career,” said Tino Gagliardi, president, Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM. “Her legislative experience will prove vital as she works to fight on behalf of  people that are frequently under-represented and exploited, ensuring that Albany supports the unique needs and challenges faced by all New Yorkers, including musicians.”

Ms. De La Rosa defeated incumbent Guillermo Linares in the Democratic Primary held on September 13, 2016. The Local 802 Executive Board voted to make an endorsement in this race due to the large number of musicians and storied cultural institutions that call the district home.

State elections are incredibly important to the union’s ongoing legislative work on behalf of New York City’s cultural ecosystem. Recently, Local 802 and industry stakeholders have worked hard with our elected officials to ensure that legislation in Albany supports musicians and stakeholders by advocating for legislation that reflects the unique needs of our industry. This work has included advocating for tax credits to support the recording industry, protecting workers’ compensation, and fighting against laws that misclassify musicians as independent contractors.

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The General Election for United States President, Federal, State and Local candidates is November 8, 2016. Applications to register to vote for the first time must be postmarked no later than October 14th and received by the Board of Elections no later than October 19th.  If you do not know if you are currently registered to vote, please visit the Board of Elections website, or contact Local 802 Political Director Christopher Carroll at (212) 245-4802, ext. 176; ccarroll@local802afm.org.


About Local 802 Political Subcommittee
The Political Subcommittee (PSC) was created in February 2016 by President Tino Gagliardi and Local 802 Executive Board. PSC – comprised of Board members Martha Hyde, Bob Suttman, Patricia Dougherty and Bob Cranshaw, as well as Political and Communications Director Christopher Carroll – is charged with discussing and identifying political issues, policies, campaigns, and topics that are of particular interest to our members and musicians across New York State and New York City.