November 2020 recent updates from Local 802
- Our negotiations with the networks for a fair contract in our #RespectUs campaign are ongoing. With the help of the courageous NY musicians in the live TV unit, we received letters of support from 18 members of the NYC City Council as well as State Senator Brad Hoylman. Also, listen to what Stephen Colbert and James Cordon said!
- Election Day is coming up fast, and there are more opportunities for musicians to get involved, including performing at the polls. Check out our updated Local 802 Election Resource Center with new links for Rock the Line Philadelphia and Play for the Vote, a project by Local 802 member Mike Block. And watch Local 802 members in the Joplin Quintet perform for voters here!
- We applaud the efforts of the MET Orchestra Musicians, who recently teamed up with scientists and engineers from Princeton University and the University of Montpellier to lay the groundwork for safety protocols when indoor live performance returns. Read more in this story published on Classic FM.
- Local 802 members who teach jazz at the New School are part of the New School Labor Coalition, which is fighting for justice and a voice at the table. Join their campaign and learn more here and here.
- Musicians United for Social Equity (MUSE) is a new group that was formed by several Local 802 members and other musicians. MUSE is committed to creating diversity within the music departments of the theatre industry by providing access, internships, mentorships, and support to historically marginalized people of color. We recognize the lack of opportunities particularly for Black and Brown artists looking to pursue careers in this field. Please review their first event here.
You can reach Local 802 anytime by sending an e-mail to Membership@Local802afm.org.