Except where noted, the following agreements include health benefits of $7.25 per call (capped at $58 per week), doubling premiums of 12.5 percent for the first and 6.25 percent for each additional, a synthesizer premium of 25 percent, and a librarian premium of 12.5 percent. Pension pays 9 percent. Dress rehearsals are paid as performances. Musicians are reimbursed for transporting cartage instruments. The agreements also guarantee musicians run of the show and identity with the product.
“Let’s Put On a Show.” Local 802 has negotiated an agreement with the Irish Repertory Theatre covering three musicians in this 137-seat nonprofit theatre. The side musicians’ minimum scale wages for a seven-performance week or a 36-hour rehearsal week are $432. The premiums for music director and associate conductor are 25 percent and 10 percent respectively. The 6 percent premium for vacation becomes effective as of the ninth week of performance. Musicians earn one performance off for sick leave for every 48 performances worked. Music preparation work pays 80 percent of the general price list. Musicians receive a 25 percent pay increase as of the ninth week of performances. All three playing and music preparation musicians have identity of product rights.
“Newsical.” A one-year contract was negotiated with Newsical, L.L.C. (Fred Caruso, producer) for this show at the 99-seat Upstairs at Studio 54 theatre. The contract includes a ban on the virtual orchestra machine. The side musician minimum scale wages for an eight performance week are $500. As of the sixth month of performance the minimum weekly scale increases to $566.50. The premiums for music director and associate conductor are 25 and 15 percent respectively. The rehearsal scale for a 40-hour/six-day week is $750 and the hourly scale is $23.17, with a minimum two-hour call. The hourly orchestra scale is $19.57, with a minimum two-hour call. A one-hour rehearsal just before or just after a performance is $33. On stage, an in-costume premium pays 30 percent of the current Broadway premium. The vacation premium is 4 percent of wages and begins with the first rehearsal. Musicians earn one performance off for sick leave for every 48 performances worked. The two performing musicians and music preparation musicians have identity of product rights.
“A Tale of Two Cities.” An agreement was reached with producer Barbara Russell covering a 20-piece orchestra for this reading production at the Little Schubert Theatre. The side musician scale for a 29-hour workweek is $400, which includes two performances. Additional performances pay $75 for a maximum of three hours. Overtime pays time-and-one-half per 15 minutes or part thereof. Hourly rehearsals are $26 per hour, with a minimum two-hour call. The music director earns a premium of 50 percent and earns $125 for additional performances. The vacation premium is 6 percent if the reading is extended beyond the scheduled two weeks. Pension pays 8 percent. All of the performing, rehearsing and music preparation musicians have full identity of product rights.
“Señor Discretion Himself.” A reading agreement was negotiated with Frank Loesser Enterprise (Damon Arrington, general manager) for this production at Chelsea Studios. The side musician scale is $400 for a five-day, 20-hour rehearsal week. Hourly rehearsals are $25 with a minimum three-hour call. Overtime is time-and-a-half per 30 minutes or part thereof. The premium for music director is 50 percent and associate conductor 30 percent. Vacation pays 6 percent and pension is 8 percent. Music preparation is full Broadway scale. The two musicians doing the reading and any music preparation personnel have identity of product rights for any additional work.
For information regarding Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway and developmental productions, please call Mary Donovan at (212) 245-4802, ext. 156.