One of the most important (and fun) things about being a professional musician is the social element of the job. Whether you’re performing in a pit orchestra, a big band, or a symphonic wind section, there is a collaborative experience beyond the music that is rooted in the camaraderie amongst the musicians.
Back in September 2018, a group of friends from across the Broadway scene got together with the intent to plan, publicize, and host a recurring series of events for the musician community. Called the Social Engagement Team (or SET for short), this group initially was formed to celebrate the daily “hang” that occurred at Local 802 in the times before Covid, where it was not uncommon to run into many people that you knew coming and going from rehearsals. But the group quickly took on a life of its own, and we have since hosted a handful of events at different restaurants and bars, and also a few online events as well, that offered a way for colleagues in the industry to meet each other in a casual setting. The members of SET have rotated a bit over the years, but the main team at the moment is myself, Justin Vance, James Rogers, Josh Samuels, and our fearless moderator Nicole Schroeder Raimato.
In the musical environment of New York, it’s important to be able to connect with musicians from across the many different musical scenes. SET has had the opportunity to connect many musicians, both from within Local 802 and also looping in members of the Jazz scene and Classical scene in town who may not yet be Local 802 members. The hangs that we have hosted have been structured such that anyone invited can bring any other musician they like, which has been a quick and easy (and fun!) way for us to expand this community and get to know many friends-of-friends who might one day become a colleague or a collaborator.
Now that things are opening back up, we are thrilled to host our next in-person event, and we would love for you to join us! RSVP now for this event, which will take place on Monday, April 18 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at The Skylark (200 West 39th Street). With indoor and stunning outdoor rooftop views of Manhattan, the Skylark is located 30 floors above the hustle and bustle of Midtown. They pride themselves on being a home to the talented actors, musicians, technicians, directors, and other members of the entertainment industry. As a commitment to the arts, the Skylark offers 50 percent off to all workers in the Broadway community.
If you can’t make it to this event, please stay in touch with us! And feel free to check out our SURVEY where you can offer some feedback about what kinds of events you’d like to attend, or get involved in helping out with. E-mail me (Emily Pecoraro) at email@example.com or Nicole Schroeder Raimato at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cheers!