Allegro

Currently Browsing: March, 2013

President's Report
Tino Gagliardi
March is Women’s History Month and there are several features in this issue of Allegro that readers will find interesting, including an interview with Irene Breslaw on page 24. Ms. Breslaw will celebrate 37 years as Assistant Principal Violist with

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March 31 is the deadline to apply for this year’s Anne Walker Scholarship prizes. This is the 15th year that members of Local 802 and their children who are pursuing studies in music will have the opportunity to apply for

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Annual meeting of the RMA-NY takes a close look at tax breaks that may encourage more soundtrack recordings in NYC
Recording musicians came together in late January when the New York chapter of the RMA held its annual meeting at Local 802. The featured topic of the night was New York state and city tax credits for film production and

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Musicians backing up Josh Groban win contract and benefits, thanks to an anonymous tip
Adam Witkowski
Have you ever gone into a job that you assume to be union, only to find out at the last minute that there is no contract? That is exactly the situation members of Local 802 and Local 47 found themselves

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As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, we realize that labels no longer fit
Joan Malin
In 1916, Margaret Sanger opened the nation’s first family planning clinic in Brooklyn, and women lined up for birth control information. Within nine days, Sanger was jailed for her advocacy, but a movement for women’s health was born. Today, Planned

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On Bach's birthday, a virtuoso Baroque specialist remembers his personal journey with early music
John Thiessen
This month marks the 328th anniversary of the birth of J.S. Bach, so we asked John Thiessen to contribute a personal essay on his relationship to Bach. Described by the New York Times as “the gold standard of Baroque trumpet

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Prof. Martin Jarvis
Were some of J. S. Bach’s compositions actually composed by his wife, Anna Magdalena? In this exclusive story for Allegro, Professor Martin Jarvis, from Charles Darwin University in Australia, shares with us the intriguing results of his research, just in

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Jazz master Lou Donaldson add soulful style to an evening focused on musicians' rights
Lionelle Hamanaka
Jazz musicians and fans gathered on Feb. 1 to express their enthusiasm, solidarity and support for Local 802’s Justice for Jazz Artists campaign. The panel, entitled “Coming Together as One: Fighting for Your Rights on the NYC Club Scene,” kicked

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Irene Breslaw joined the viola section of the New York Philharmonic in August 1976. She was named assistant principal viola in 1989. Prior to joining the orchestra, Ms. Breslaw was a member of both the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and

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If you declare Chapter 7, are your instruments protected?
Harvey Mars, Esq.
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

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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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The following tax tips for musicians were published in the February 2012, February 2013 and March 2013 issues of Allegro, the magazine of the NYC musicians’ union (AFM Local 802). For more background, see www.Local802afm.org. There are multiple articles below;

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If a copyright holder can't be found, the original creators should have options
The AFM and the Recording Academy, together representing more than 100,000 performers, songwriters and record producers, filed joint comments with the Copyright Office on the topic of “orphan works,” as the federal office determines its policy recommendations to Congress. Orphan

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Updated for 2013
Martha Hyde
For women, It is good to know what health programs you can take advantage of. In recognition of Women’s History Month, here is a brief tour of what women should know about health protections and the law. The Newborns’ and

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DONALD BYRD Donald Byrd, 80, the jazz trumpeter, died on Feb. 4. He had first joined Local 802 in 1974. When he was still a high school student in Detroit, Mr. Byrd was already performing with Lionel Hampton. After moving

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Musicians' Assistance Program
Karin Fantus
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

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I joined Local 802 in order to belong to a larger body than myself, one of like-minded professionals working for the greater good of all musicians, locally and internationally. My musical goals are to perform, educate and work on Broadway

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November 20, 2012 - January 8, 2013
NOTE: The Executive Board did not meet on Dec. 18, Dec. 25 or Jan. 1. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2012 Meeting called to order at 2:05 PM. Present: President Gagliardi, Financial Vice President Olcott, Recording Vice President O’Connor, Executive Board members

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Bill Crow
Frank Tate told me a story about the late Dick Sudhalter that he got from Dick’s friend Daryl Sherman. Dick had left his trumpet, in its case, in the bandroom at the back of the Red Blazer, while he visited

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