Currently Browsing: November, 2012
Protect Live Music at Lincoln Center
Canned music has reared its ugly ahead again at Lincoln Center. In mid-October, we passed out leaflets in front of the Koch Theatre to inform the audience attending the traveling ballet revue “Stars of the 21st Century” that they are
Musicians in the News
Message to movie studios: ‘Bring the music home!’
The AFM and RMA have begun a first-time-ever initiative to raise the public’s awareness of the unfairness regarding outsourcing and tax credits. In early August, AFM President Hair, Secretary Treasurer Sam Folio and members of the New York and
Union’s finances are stable, and that means success (for now)
Financial Vice President's Report
One of the duties of the Local 802 Financial Vice President is to assist in the production of a semi-annual audit of the local’s finances and to report the audit results in Allegro. The audit for the first half of
New accounting system tracks work dues better; Local 802 investments up
For the six-month period ended June 30, 2012, Local 802 realized a gain of $233,749. The audited financial statements for the six-month period appear in this issue of Allegro on page 38 of the printed issue The first six months
Are lockouts better than strikes?
Harvey Mars is counsel to Local 802. Legal questions from members are welcome. E-mail them to HsmLaborLaw@HarveyMarsAttorney.com. Harvey Mars’s previous articles in this series are archived at www.HarveyMarsAttorney.com. (Click on “Publications & Articles” from the top menu.) Nothing here or
Why record music for film in New York?
Myths vs. facts...
It is a well-known fact that New York City is one of the most creative and diverse musical environments in the world. Local 802’s great musicians – from the fields of Broadway, symphonic, jazz, urban, hip-hop, folk, country, rock, pop,
‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’
The AFM sent out this note to members on Oct. 5: Dear Members, The AFM is sharing information with the public about the abusive practice of some film companies who are shipping musical employment overseas, even as they accept tens
Why the presidential election is so critical for New York and the nation
The cliché comes up every four years, but this year’s elections truly reflect our nation at a crossroads. The choice has never been starker, and the stakes have never been higher. With the White House, both houses of Congress, and,
The Musicians’ Voice
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
Live music adds class to midtown restaurant Pier 9
In the October issue of Allegro, our cover story was about how live music adds class and elegance to the best hotels in NYC. We’re also pleased to note that live music is a growing trend in the city’s restaurants.
Your music on the radio
Have you submitted your music to Local 802’s internet radio station yet?
It is no secret that much of the recording done today is recorded in home studios, garages or even in hotel rooms. Technology has made it possible to record your band more easily than ever. But often the recording is
On Sept. 25, 2012, the Local 802 Executive Board voted unanimously to adopt the following policy: “In the event that there is no more than one nominee for a Local 802 elected office (or no more than nine nominees for
All Jack Fine ever wanted to do in life was to play ‘One Sweet Song’
When I first met cornetist Jack Fine, we were both guests at a soiree in New Orleans. As our conversation progressed, we discovered that we shared many connections and memories of the musical scenes in both New York City and
‘Why we joined the union’
I have been playing drums and percussion in pit orchestras for touring Broadway shows for nearly 30 years. Due to a recent prolonged period of unemployment, I resigned from the union in order to take a nonunion gig. I’m definitely
Executive Board Minutes
August 14, 2012 - August 28, 2012
NOTE: The Executive Board did not meet on Aug. 21. TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2012 eeting called to order at 11:13 AM. Present: President Gagliardi, Financial Vice President Olcott, Recording Vice President O’Connor, Executive Board members Brandford, Burridge, Hyde, Schwartz, Sharman,
A Thanksgiving of your own
Musicians' Assistance Program
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, housing, food stamps
Bill Crow’s Band Room
Another dear old friend left us recently. On Sept. 27, a heart attack took away the trombonist Eddie Bert, who I first heard on Stan Kenton’s band, and who was one of the first musicians I met when I came