Currently Browsing: October, 2008
Why Barack Obama is Good for Musicians
Photo by Catherine Holt via Flickr. At Local 802 we take our political endorsements very seriously. They serve as a strong indication of our values and our positions on an array of issues from worker safety, increased music and fine
Casualty of Capital
Music for Oliver Stone film latest victim of global economy
UPDATE The Local 802 Executive Board has voted to pay for loss-of-work benefits from the Local 802 Strike Fund to all those who lost work as a result of these cancelled film sessions for “W.” The board has requested that
Consider the Consequences
A new organization has been in contact with some of our members with the goal of raising funds. I refer to the “Fareplay Legal Action Fund,” an organization in Santa Monica, California, which has undertaken the task of raising funds
We Can Make a Difference
Recording Vice President's Report
A FRIEND IN CONGRESS: Local 802 member John Hall is running for re-election as representative of the 29th Congressional District, which covers the upper Hudson Valley. John Hall understands out issues and is an avid reader of Allegro! Photo by
The Choice is Clear
Photo by Lee Sandberg. The choice before union members and their families this November is a clear one. The Democratic nominees for president and vice president are both co-sponsors of the Employee Free Choice Act, which is vital for labor
Party Music! Composing the Next President
Music & Politics
John Rich (top) wrote “Raisin’ McCain” for John McCain. Kix Brooks (below) and Ronnie Dunn wrote “Only in America,” which Barack Obama chose as the song to accompany his acceptance of the Democratic nomination. Photo by Sergio Leenen. The 2008
Jamming at the D.N.C.
Music & Politics
ROCKING FOR OBAMA: Local 802 member Ray Chew at the D.N.C. I had one of the most enriching experiences of my career this summer when I served as the musical director for the Democratic National Convention. I was asked to
Working Families for Obama
After eight long years of Bush’s disastrous rule, we’re just weeks away from a historic election that could set America, and New York, back on the right track. New York isn’t a presidential swing state. T.V. ads for Obama and
Power Boosters for Obama!
Music & Power
Earlier this summer, Local 802’s new, all-volunteer political action squad named itself: we are the Power Boosters! Our mission is to support the union’s efforts, using corporate campaign strategies. See my previous articles for background. The presidential election of 2008
Readers Speak Out!
The Musicians' Voice: Recording at a Crossroads
The Musicians’ Voice is an open forum for discussion about the state of union affairs. The letters published here do not necessarily express the views of Local 802. Letters must be 300 words or less. Send them to Allegro, c/o Local 802,
It’s Voting Time!
Beat on the Street
This month we asked members why it’s important to vote and who they’re voting for. The responses are below. Please note that we received no responses in favor of John McCain. If you’d like to continue the discussion, you may
Your Vote Counts When it Comes to Health Care!
To Your Health
You may have heard that there is a presidential election this year. As the election draws near it may be useful to take a look at the issue of access to health care. This article will examine the positions of
As the Days Get Shorter
Musicians' Assistance Program
As summer turns into fall, we can look forward to cooler weather — often a welcome relief from the summer heat. But as the days become shorter it also means that we have less exposure to sunlight. With this change
Why Did You Join the Union?
From time to time, as space permits, Allegro will spotlight some new or readmitted members. Joining Local 802 has helped to secure my place in the New York City music scene. While the union protects my interests, my membership helps to
In 1980, Joe Cocuzzo and I played on the television variety show called “The Monte Carlo Show.” It was taped in Monaco. During one intolerably long rehearsal, summing up our collective boredom, I sighed, “Once upon some time.” Joe turned
The Emergency Relief Fund Thanks Advertisers!
Thank you! Local 802 thanks the following organizations, businesses and individuals who advertised in In Concert, the journal of the union’s Emergency Relief Fund. For more information or to advertise in next year’s journal, please contact Robert Bander at Rbander@Local802afm.org
Executive Board Minutes
August 5, 2008 -- September 2, 2008
TUESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2008 Meeting called to order at 11:05 a.m. Present: President Landolfi, Recording Vice President Dennison, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Executive Board members Burridge, Fein, Johansen, Norrell and Schwartz. Recording Vice President Dennison distributed the minutes of July
Crossword & Sight-Sing Challenge
SIGHT-SING ANSWERr:“Solidarity Forever”/”Battle Hymn of the Republic” CROSSWORD PUZZLE: Across:1. Answer to “Who hit that clam?” NOTME 6. Go bad SPOIL 11. Opposite of syn. ANT 14. Bubbling ABOIL 15. Ride TEASE 16. Born NEE 17. Michelangelo masterwork PIETA 18.
Bill Crow’s Band Room
Frank Tate has been in and out of the hospital with some problems lately, but when I called him recently, he sounded very chipper, and even gave me a story: Frank was carrying his bass down the stairs to the