News and Updates

Read the election issue of Local 802’s Allegro magazine, featuring statements from candidates, election rules and more…

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PRESIDENT’S REPORT: Hopeful about our future
"As I finish the end of my three-year term as president, I’m feeling optimistic and hopeful about the direction our union is heading as the pandemic continues to recede. Hundreds of musicians are re-joining Local 802..."

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Local 802 election rules
The Local 802 election is Dec. 3 in person. (The deadline to request an absentee ballot has passed; it was Oct. 15.) Click the link to read all the election rules.

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Local 802 is scaling back up!
As more and more of our members are finally working again and as the pandemic continues to recede, we’re pleased to announce that Local 802 is scaling back up.

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Let’s make Local 802 stronger!
As we emerge from the pandemic, we pledge to make Local 802 stronger than before with our new #802Strong campaign, including financial aid, organizing and more!

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Read the current issue of Allegro
The current issue of Allegro, our award-winning magazine, is online! Stay up to date on union business, discussions about the music industry, legislation, and the music community.

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802 Pride
Local 802 is celebrating Pride Month by introducing our new LGBTQIA+ committee!

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The Music Performance Trust Fund has announced new guidelines due to the Covid-19 pandemic. There are now increased funding opportunities for live performances — including live streaming (but not pre-recorded shows). If you’re organizing any streaming performances that are free

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Health Care

There are many important reasons to work under a Local 802 agreement. Among the most important is access to quality health care and insurance. The Local 802 Musicians Health Fund was established in 1951 for musicians and their families and is administered by a joint board of employer and union trustees and a plan administrator.

Resource Center

Local 802’s Resource Center guides members to access entrepreneurship opportunities and social services through curated links and information.


#MusiciansofNY tells the stories of the working union musicians of New York, with posts about a new musician every week on Local 802’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Longer versions of these features are archived on our website.


From monthly updates on collective bargaining agreements to discussions about copyright protection, common challenges facing musicians and the joy of making music in the cultural capital of the world, Allegro keeps musicians up to date about issues and ideas at the forefront of New York City’s music scene.

Practicing At Home

Yes, you can practice in your home/apartment. No matter what your neighbor might say, the law is on your side: professional musicians have the right to practice in their apartments during reasonable hours. However, there are limitations, set by NYC regulations and rules that may govern your particular building.

Unclaimed Checks

You may have one or more checks waiting for you in our Recording/Checks Department. If you find your name within the link below, contact Local 802’s Recording Checks Department at (212) 245-4802 or