Currently Browsing: July, 2014
Solidarity for Musicians Goes Global
Happy summer to all! As Allegro went to press, I had just returned from a conference of the International Federation of Musicians. This organization is a coalition of all musicians’ unions in the world, including the AFM. There were various
A new videogame contract for musicians
The AFM has developed a new agreement covering professional musicians employed in the making of videogame soundtracks. The new agreement, which extends through December 2016, will be available for use by game publishers and developers upon approval by AFM members,
LS-1 and music service contracts due by Aug. 15, 2014
Please note: Effective Oct. 1, 2014, the Local 802 health plan will undergo major structural changes to comply with the Affordable Care Act. The changes consist of both coverage and costs. For more information, see www.Local802afm.org/health-benefits. LS-1 forms are due
Reach Out and Touch
Creating the Magic at 'Motown: The Musical'
The smiles tell the whole story. Inside Broadway recently presented another Creating the Magic event, bringing about 2,500 public school children into the Lunt Fontanne Theater to peek behind the curtain of “Motown, the Musical.” It was a fascinating and
A Minimum Wage for Musicians
Most other workers are protected by minimum wage laws. Why aren't musicians?
One of the most effective tools for counterattacking the great disparity of wealth that has risen in this country is the movement for raising the minimum wage in many states and major cities. Recently, Gov. Andrew Cuomo made news by
Club owner 'roasted' in front of his customers for turning a deaf ear to jazz
Let the roasting begin. Local 802 and the Justice for Jazz Artists campaign recently staged two highly effective demonstrations to pressure Danny Meyer, a major jazz club owner in NYC, to negotiate over pension and other benefits for musicians. For
Living His Dream
A lifetime of music has kept Marvin Stamm's eyes and ears always open to new possibilities
Marvin Stamm, a longtime member of Local 802, is a native of Memphis, and a graduate of the well-known North Texas State jazz program. He began his career as trumpet soloist with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, later touring with the
Sharing the Gift
A remarkable music education program from Venezuela spreads its inspiration to NYC
“Music has to be recognized as an agent of social development in the highest sense, because it transmits the highest values – solidarity, harmony, mutual compassion. And it has the ability to unite an entire community and to express sublime
Announcing an iPod drive on Broadway to bring the power of music to Alzheimer's patients
Over the past couple of years I’ve shared the story of my parents’ struggle with Alzheimer’s disease and so many of you responded with such generosity. Your iPod donations have brought such joy to those suffering from this horrible disease.
The Nuclear Option
If you are forced to go on strike - or if you get locked out - these are some things you must know...
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
The NYC Ballet Celebrates 50 Years at Lincoln Center
In recognition of this milestone, we asked NYC Ballet orchestra members to send their favorite memories...
I joined the New York City Ballet Orchestra as timpanist/percussionist in October 1950. I played there until February 2014 and was also orchestra manager from 1972 until 2012. We performed at New York City Center until 1964, when the company
The check is in the mail!
If you are a recording musician, you get paid in at least two ways when you record for a movie under a union contract. First is the recording session itself when you record the movie soundtrack. The second is the
Cheating Death in a Blizzard…With Opera!
– by Jason Haaheim, principal timpanist It was about 11:40 p.m. on Saturday night, May 3, 2014, and the sweat was already beading up on my forehead. We had just finished our eighth performance of Mozart’s “Così fan Tutte,” and
Stars in the Alley
Musicians at Work
This free outdoor concert at Shubert Alley in the heart of the theatre district celebrated Broadway with star appearances and exciting performances from over 20 shows – both new and long-running favorites – accompanied by a live 12-piece Local 802
Career boost: woodwind doubler gets networked
Local 802 member Ken Robinson was born and bred in the Greater Philadelphia area. Both his parents are musicians and have had professional careers as music teachers. Ken started playing the clarinet when he was seven, the saxophone at 12
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
‘Why we joined the union’
I joined Local 802 because I got a gig that required it, with the wonderful Trinity Baroque Orchestra. My musical goal is to be a part of New York City’s rise as a center for historical performance. Last winter, I
Executive Board Minutes
TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 2014 Meeting called to order at 11:07 a.m. Present: President Gagliardi, Financial Vice President Olcott, Recording Vice President O’Connor, Executive Board members Brandford, Cranshaw, Cutler, Hyde, Schwartz, Sharman, Assistant to the President Boyle, Director of Lincoln Center
The Miracle Drug
It's not addictive and can benefit everyone
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
When I first moved to New York in 1950, Local 802 was located on Sixth Ave. in the West 50s. We had two floors of a building: one for offices and one for the “exchange floor,” which was a large