Act Now to Save New York's Recording Industry

Volume CVIII, No. 11November, 2008

This petition to save Legacy Recording Studio was signed by nearly 600 Local 802 members in the span of a few days last month in an effort to save one of New York City’s last large recording studios. A developer purchased the building occupied by the studio early this year and the studio’s lease terminates as of Nov. 30. Loca 802 is asking for help from the city and state to convince the developer to allow this important part of our city’s entertainment industry infrastructure to remain open. You can add your name to the petition by sending an e-mail to Paul Molloy, Local 802’s political and public relations director, at Please be sure to include your name and card number.

October, 2008 

To: Governor David Paterson
Mayor Michael Bloomberg
NYS State Controller Thomas P. DiNapoli
NYC Controller William C. Thompson, Jr.

We urgently need your help to save Legacy Recording Studios, a vital part of New York’s recording industry. Without your swift action New York City’s last remaining, large state-of-the-art recording studio will be forced to close effective November 30, 2008. 

Over the last 5 years, 1,500 recording dates have taken place at Legacy Studios, employing hundreds of musicians and other recording artists in more than 25,000 musician/sessions with total wages paid in excess of $10 million. Recorded at these sessions have been the scores for major motion pictures, nearly every major Broadway cast album and dozens of well known recording artists. This studio has generated between $25 and $30 million in economic activity for our city and state.

While a real estate developer has purchased the building occupied by the studio, there are no announced plans to demolish or build on the property. There is no reason for this vital part of New York’s entertainment industry infrastructure to be shut down. We urge immediate intervention with the developer to stop this studio closing and allow a discussion of possible options. The last thing our economy needs is more jobs losses at this time in this critically important industry. 

Yours sincerely,

ADD YOUR NAME BY SENDING AN E-MAIL to Please be sure to include your name and union card number.