Joining the Local 802 community means joining a group of musicians who stand together for fair wages, fair treatment and the dignity or our craft and careers. Additionally, the union provides various resources for musicians in the union.
Affordable rehearsal space is a luxury in New York City, and finding it is among the most difficult challenges musicians must face. Local 802 is one of the few local unions in the American Federation of Musicians that owns its own building, and with this great asset our union is able to provide musicians with two large rehearsal rooms that can be rented and reserved.
The Clubroom has a capacity of 220 people and is suitable for large ensembles. Room B is approximately 520 square feet and suitable for small and medium sized ensembles.
Members can reserve the clubroom Monday through Friday 9-5pm ($10/hour) and 5-9pm ($20/hour); Saturday 10am – 10pm ($65/hour); Sunday 10am – 10am ($70/hour)
- Grand piano (in Clubroom only)
- Yamaha keyboard model P-300 (88-note keyboard in Room B)
- Fender Rhodes piano
- Acoustic bass (must be requested in advance)
- Drums (drummer must supply cymbals, sticks, brushes and hi-hat clutch)
- 32 music stands
- Amplifiers for bass, guitar and keyboards
- P.A. system with two microphones
Local 802 Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund is a non-profit 501(c)(3) created to provide Local 802’s 8,000+ professional musician members with reliable assistance in times of trouble and dire need. Musicians who find themselves suffering through catastrophic illness, dramatic career downturns, or demonstrable financial hardship can turn to the Local 802 ERF to help.
For more information, visit the ERF website here.
The Coordinating Advisory Committee (CAC) is a unique union body that places a cash fund, called the Special Projects and Services Fund, of approximately $30,000 per year in the hands of union members to disburse according to specified guidelines. The fund is financed by members’ annual dues, with three-quarters of one percent allocated to the Special Projects and Services Fund. The CAC is composed of representatives appointed by the President from all standing rank-and-file committees, including the Broadway Theatre Musicians Committee, Jazz Advisory Committee, NYC Ballet and Opera Orchestra committees.
Disbursement of the Special Projects and Services Fund is determined as follows: 1) to create new work opportunities for all members, 2) to promote the effective functioning of the local, including through the purchase of machinery, 3) to pay for educational seminars for officers and staff designed to improve and upgrade their skills and 4) to provide funds so that union officials, employees and members can participate in associations and organizations pertinent to the music industry.
How to Apply
In order to apply for funding, a member of the union must appear before the CAC and present his/her proposal. The amount of money should be specified, as well as any relevant information. Members of the CAC and the local’s Executive Board meet jointly to decide on the disbursement of money. The Executive Board and the CAC have 13 votes each, with the President voting only to break a tie.
Previous CAC funded special projects have included financing a tourist Hotel & Restaurant Guide that promotes establishments that hire Local 802 musicians; financing of a series of seminars on how to network in the Broadway, club date and recording fields; financing a leadership training program for rank-and-file committee members at the AFL-CIO’s Labor Institute in Washington, D.C. and financing of the purchase of printing equipment.
The CAC meets throughout the year and members who are interested in submitting a request for a special project should contact their committee representative to the CAC. All questions regarding the CAC should be referred to the Recording Vice President’s office.
For more information, please call Andrew Schwartz at (212) 245-4802, ext. 110, or by e-mail below.
Music! Live! And free! That’s what MPTF is all about!
From small town to major metropolis, the Music Performance Trust Fund sponsors hundreds of thousands live musical programs every year in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands and Canada. These concerts are funded by U.S. and Canadian recording companies.
How it works
The MPTF is financed by money that the Fund receives from the recording industry, which contributes a small percentage of the sales of a record after 38,000 units are sold. These moneys are used to compensate the musicians at rates determined by local Trust Fund Committees.
The MPTF is independent of the union and is administered by a Trustee who is named by the U.S. Secretary of Labor. The Trust Fund sponsors performances that are open to the public without charge. All kinds of ensembles are sponsored by the MPTF, including symphonic bands and orchestras, chamber music, dance bands, jazz and rock combos and soloists. Performances take place in parks, concert halls, schools, hospitals, senior centers and other locations. The summer is the busiest season for MPTF jobs, but there is activity all year long.
In order to provide the best possible music, the MPTF allots work to set groups. This policy was established by the Fund’s Trustee, and it is adhered to by Local 802. Each state receives a Trust Fund allocation for its geographical area based on the membership of professional musicians in the entire state. Local 802 requests funds from the New York State allocation for performances in its jurisdiction of New York City and Long Island. Local 802 has the right to bid for the available funds in New York State, and the “bids” or projects are judged and awarded on the basis of excellence within the MPTF guidelines.
To allow the money to reach as far as possible, the MPTF requires co-sponsorship of its engagements. Co-sponsorship requirements continue to be a minimum of 50 percent, but obviously the higher the level of co-sponsorship, the more likely programs are to be approved. Most jobs receive funds from municipalities, corporations or other institutions, with up to 70 percent paid by co-sponsors. A co-sponsor’s deposit of 20 percent must be deposited in the MPTF account before a program is performed, except in the case of municipalities, where contracts for payment are acceptable.
To obtain an application for funding or for more information, call Marisa Friedman at (212) 245-4802, ext. 130, or e-mail her below.
Local 802’s paymaster plan, Legit 802 is a full scale payroll service for musicians and employers who may not have one, helping ensemble leaders and employers avoid using 1099’s and allowing them to use W2s.
Musicians who from time to time find themselves assuming the responsibility of leaders, and employers who become signatory to a Local 802 collective bargaining agreement, use Legit 802 to remit musicians’ payment for wages, benefits and payrolls taxes with a single check. Legit 802takes care of all the unemployment payments, federal and state tax filings, disability, worker’s compensation, Medicare and FICA payments. Weekly paychecks will then be issued and mailed to the musicians, and Legit will remit all payments to the benefit funds and taxing authorities as required. Legit will also make all quarterly and year-end reports and send out W-2s, all at no extra cost.
How it works
There must always be an employer who becomes signatory to a Local 802 collective bargaining agreement.
Legit 802’s fee is 21% of taxable wages. This includes all of the obligatory employer responsibilities, which amount to approximately 16 percent of wages. The remaining five percent of the fee is minimal compared to many of the payroll services shaped to service leaders’ and contractors’ needs. Legit 802 is able to function this inexpensively both because we consider Legit as part of our musicians’ service organization, and also because they are interfaced with Local 802’s data-processing system, where most of the information they require is already stored.
Legit 802, Inc. is located on the 4th floor of Local 802’s offices. For information, please call Ronnie Gent at (212) 245-4802, ext. 175, or e-mail him below.
The Actors Federal Credit Union is a federally chartered, not-for-profit, professional financial cooperative. Credit Union members are shareholders of the credit union, which is owned and run by its members. Any net income earned is returned to members in the form of dividends on deposits or in discounted loan pricing.
What’s the difference between Actors Federal Credit Union and a bank?
ActorsFCU, like all federal credit unions, is more strictly regulated and examined than commercial, for-profit banks. Our federal examiners from the National Credit Union Administration ensure that our members are never at risk for loss. ActorsFCU maintains a net worth of nearly double the amount normally required by a common bank (net worth is the amount financial institutions are required to set aside for potential losses). Our return on assets (ROA), the amount of money we earn for each dollar of our overall assets, is more than double the national average of other credit unions. As with banks, we are federally insured.
How do I get started?
Open a new account Monday – Friday from 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. at our office located inside Local 802’s offices at 322 W. 48th Street, or visit us at 165 W. 46th Street. You may also download a membership application online at ActorsFCU.com and then mail it in or fax it to us. A deposit of $100 is required to open a savings account with the Credit Union and become a member. Once you have opened this account you are eligible for all of the Credit Union’s services.
When opening an account you must provide the following:
- Government-issued photo ID
- Social Security number
- Proof of address
- Proof of affiliation with Local 802
- $100 deposit into savings account. Checking accounts have no balance required.
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- National leader in online rates—our rates beat the major banks, including HSBC, eTrade and ING
- No minimum balance required
- eDeposit (Online-Deposit Program)
- Deposit checks online from anywhere—24/7
- Get immediate availability of funds with eLimit and eZ Hold
- eZ Hold Checking
- Our industry-exclusive eZ Hold automatically places check holds against the funds least likely to be needed—such as a CD, holiday club, savings, or eMax$ Online—no matter what account you deposit to
- Free checking with no balance requirements
- 100% Fee-Free ATMs (there’s one in 802’s lobby)
- 25,000 nationwide
- 200 throughout NYC’s five boroughs
- Make deposits at more than 160 NYC check casher locations
Where we’re better
- eBranch (State-of-the-Art Online Banking)
- Set up automatic transfers, print and view canceled checks and track your account activities online 24/7
- Receive customized eAlerts via e-mail or text messaging (e.g., your balance goes below a specified amount)
- VISA Check Card
- Earn member rewards—for gifts, air travel, online downloads, even charitable contributions—with every purchase you make—with worldwide acceptance!
- VISA Gold Card
- 2.9% intro rate; 8.9% fixed rate, thereafter
- No default rates. No tricky rate games. No annual fee. No balance transfer fees.
- Musical Instrument Loans
- Tailor-made for our members at Local 802, our musical instrument loans offer a great rate and a great program to get you the musical instrument that you need
- 0% Auto Loans
- 0% and no payments for the first three months—very low rates thereafter
- Get no-hassle, below-book value, certified pre-owned auto shopping with Enterprise Car Sales
- Mortgages and Home Equity Lines of Credit
- Our lower margins on our adjustable rate mortgages save thousands of dollars for members
- HELOCs: Prime minus 1% starter rate; prime for life thereafter
- Financial Services
- Free consultations with our experienced in-house registered representative, Gary Ginsberg, who has nearly 20 years of experience working at ActorsFCU with members of the entertainment community, and more than 25 years overall