Currently Browsing: September, 2006
The Road to Victory!
802 Leads Fight Against the Virtual Orchestra MachinePresident's Report
ICSOM Salutes 802 The following resolution was passed unanimously at the 2006 International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM): Whereas, The virtual orchestra machine represents a very real threat to live music; and Whereas, Local 802, under the leadership
V.O. Machine Blows a Fuse
Labor Board Rules in Favor of Local 802
The virtual orchestra machine and its proponents have lost again. At the end of July, the New York State Employment Relations Board determined that the agreement between Local 802 and the Opera Company of Brooklyn — including the groundbreaking ban
Is the Machine an Instrument? No!
Two years ago, the North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology published an article which was extremely critical of the NLRB’s decision against the virtual orchestra machine and Local 802’s zero-tolerance policy. The article alleged that the V.O. machine is
Unity — The Key to Progress
Recording Vice-President's Report
The last several months have been a difficult time for our union, its officers and staff. I believe we have done what is necessary to protect Local 802 from any repercussions related to the financial improprieties of President Lennon. We
Update on Broadway Community Initiative
As part of an ongoing effort to be fully prepared for the upcoming Broadway negotiations, the Broadway Community Initiative was launched on June 22. The Broadway Theatre Committee and the Theatre Department are bringing the initiative to the Broadway community
If You Work in Seattle, Watch Out…!
The AFM has asked each local to reprint the following article, which was published in the International Musician. Over the course of the last several years, nonunion recording of all kinds, but particularly film scoring, by both AFM and non-AFM
We Need to Work Together
Views from the Board
Local 802 has come far since 1982. The goals of the reform movement in the 1960’s finally came to fruition in that year with the adoption of the bylaw permitting working musicians to serve on the local’s boards. In that
Planning for the Future
Views from the Board
There can be little doubt that the last six months have been among the most difficult I have experienced at Local 802. Recent events have created divisions among us; some have even fallen prey to the instinct to characterize these
The Sounds of Summer: Live from New York!
Live music makes the summer sound better. Local 802 sponsored many live music programs all summer long. Photos by Claire Houston and Jasmine Ceniceros.
The Musicians’ Voice
The Musicians’ Voice is an open forum for discussion about the state of union affairs. The views expressed here do not express the views of Local 802. Letters must be 300 words or less. Send them to Allegro, c/o Local
Why Vote This Year? Here’s Why!
Music & Politics
Local 802 musicians should vote in the Sept. 12 primaries and volunteer on Election Day on Nov. 7. Why? Because this year’s elections will better you, your family, and your profession — if the right candidates win. Local 802’s Executive
Union Wins Arbitration Against ASO
Recently, Local 802 prevailed at arbitration over job security for a member of the American Symphony Orchestra. A prior change in the ASO rehearsal schedule resulted in a musician being needed for an afternoon rehearsal that previously did not require
“Lestat” Cast Album Musicians Get Paid
At the end of July, the Recording Department finally received all session musician wages and music prep wages for the cast album of “Lestat,” the Broadway musical which closed over the summer. The cast album was recorded on May 22,
Settlement for Jose Carreras Players
In March, we asked members for help so that Local 802 could collect on a $55,847.20 judgment against Archer Lyon Entertainment and Jordan Belkin. This judgment represented wages and benefits owed to musicians who had performed for Jose Carreras at
Allegro Wins Awards
Allegro won several awards from the International Labor Communications Association, the professional organization of labor newspapers. Allegro was voted to be the third best labor newspaper in the country within its circulation class. The judges said in their comments that
Essie Hayes, New Jazz Rep
Essie Hayes passed her six-month probation on July 3 and joins the Jazz Department as a business rep. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science at Central Connecticut State University. Shortly after, she held a position as researcher/organizer for
Is That Me or You? Identity Theft Can Happen to Anyone!
Musicians' Assistance Program
Over the past few years, identity theft has become a rampant problem. It is important to stay vigilant so as not to fall victim to one of the many scams going on. About half a million Americans become victims of
Remembering Skitch Henderson
If you grew up in the 1950’s and 1960’s, it was hard not to recognize the name of Skitch Henderson, the pianist and bandleader on NBC’s “Jack Paar” and “Tonight” shows. It was also hard not to forget his beautifully
The following bylaw proposals have been submitted for the Oct. 17 membership meeting. See the back cover for details. PROPOSAL: MEETING NOTIFICATION Whereas: Local 802 bylaws call for only three membership meetings per year, in February, June and October and,
Executive Board Minutes
June 13, 2006 -- August 1, 2006(including June Membership Meeting)
TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2006 Meeting called to order at 11:10 p.m. Present: President Lennon, Recording Vice President Dennison, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Executive Board members Babich, Gagliardi, Giannini, Landolfi, Rohdin, Schaffner and Weiss. Recording Vice President Dennison distributed the minutes
Breaktime Answers TRANSCRIPTION ANSWER: The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s theme) from the music to “Star Wars,” composed by John Williams Across 1- Obstacle Snag 5- Pianist/conductor Bogin Abba 9- Insurgent Rebel 14- College party garb Toga 15- Muffin choice Bran
Bill Crow’s Band Room
Max Schweiger had a gig at Foxwoods recently. Afterwards, he and the guitar player went looking for a place to hang out and hear some music. They discovered to their dismay that none of the rooms there had a live