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Currently Browsing: January, 2012

President's Report
Tino Gagliardi
Performing at the Local 802 holiday party were (clockwise, from top left) Bertha Hope, Keisha St. Joan, Lucianna Padmore and Kim Clarke. Thanks for the great music! Photos: Bud Burridge These are hard times at the New York City Opera,

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Leon Bell with Todd Byrant Weeks
Justice for jazz artists now! Musicians began a pressure campaign to convince jazz clubs to do the right thing and pay pension to jazz musicians. Above, Local 802 Organizing Director Leon Bell (center) and Local 802 member Keisha St. Joan

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Photo Feature
It was a star-studded evening, filled with grace, elegance, and – of course – great music. Local 802 celebrated its 90th birthday in style at Roseland Ballroom on Dec. 4 while raising funds for the union’s Emergency Relief Fund. Pete

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The Musicians’ Voice is an open forum for discussion about the state of union affairs. The letters here do not necessarily express the views of Local 802. E-mail letters to Allegro@Local802afm.org or write to Allegro, Local 802, 322 West 48th

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Leon Bell
Jewish wedding gigs are in danger of becoming completely non-union. This threatens all musicians’ wages in the field. It’s time for a new game plan… Jewish wedding gigs are increasingly becoming non-union. This will bring down wages for all musicians

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Legal Corner
Harvey Mars, Esq.
How management used bankruptcy as a weapon against musicians – and can we stop this from happening again? Harvey Mars is counsel to Local 802. Legal questions from members are welcome. E-mail them to JurMars566@aol.com. Harvey Mars’s previous articles in

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Todd Bryant Weeks
Red Press Carmel Dean Jay Brandford Jonathan Tunick Alden Terry Howard Joines Ethyl Will John Miller Top Broadway professionals offered solid advice at Local 802’s annual Meet and Greet. You don’t want to miss these tips… How do you get

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Jack Gale
John Glasel in 1984 John Glasel (1930-2011) was a first-rate musician and a heroic fighter for musicians rights and welfare. I am pleased to have an opportunity to write this because I believe that no one knows better than I

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Karen Fisher
How NYGASP musicians had the courage to face off management…and what they won Sometimes the union has to go the extra mile to settle a contract. In the case of the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, we traveled over

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There’s an easy contract you need to know about...
Feb. 15, 2012 is the deadline for filing LS-1 and music services contracts for the April 1 to Sept. 30, 2012 health coverage period. WHAT IS AN LS-1 OR MUSIC SERVICES AGREEMENT? The LS-1 and Music Services Agreements allow musicians

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Walter Usiatynski
Are you a musician who plays Broadway tours? You should know about the Theater Musicians Association because TMA is looking for you! Why join TMA? There are many reasons. Let’s say you are about to go out on a Broadway

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Cindy Green, LCSW
The office of the Musicians’ Assistance Program is your one-stop shop for musicians’ health. We offer counseling – both one-on-one and in groups – as well as information on all kinds of social services, including health insurance, food stamps and

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Olga Bloom Olga Bloom, 92, the founder of Bargemusic, died on Nov. 24. She had joined Local 802 in 1942. Ms. Bloom was a prominent violinist and violist in recording studios and on Broadway. In 1976, at age 57, she

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James Olmstead Billur Kibritcioglu Chris Autore Eric Joseph Stockton Virginia Pike I rejoined Local 802 to take advantage of what the union has to offer: security and networking. I have reached most of my goals in performance, teaching and publishing.

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October 25, 2011 - November 29, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 Meeting called to order at 11:04 AM by Financial Vice President Olcott. Present: Olcott, Recording Vice President O’Connor, Executive Board members Burridge, Covo, Dougherty, Hyde, Kruvand, Roach, Schwartz, Sharman, Acting Assistant to the President Boyle. President

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Bill Crow
Abby Mayer sent me a story she got from Arthur Goldstein. When Arthur was playing a Broadway show, one of the trumpet players realized just before curtain time that he had left his mute in his locker. He rushed out

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