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President's Report
I hope everyone is enjoying the warmer weather and the beginning of a beautiful spring. There’s been a lot going on at Local 802 in the month since my last report, and I’d like to share all the news with

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President's Report
Tino Gagliardi
March is Women’s History Month, and this year we are kicking off a deep dive into our own gender demographics here at Local 802 in the hopes of starting to strategize how we can achieve a more equal balance between

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President's Report
Let me start my report this month with the topic that’s on everyone’s minds – our pension fund. At our recent Board of Trustees meeting, the AFM Pension Fund’s actuaries advised the board that better than expected investment returns will

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President's Report
Tino Gagliardi
I want to wish a Happy New Year to everyone. It’s hard to believe that another year has gone by and that so much has happened in our union and in our country. As we reflect on our accomplishments and

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President's Report
Tino Gagliardi
I write these words with a heavy heart, but also with gratitude for the many musicians who have reached out to me over the past few weeks. On Jan. 12, my wife of 27 years, Yukiko, died after a long

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President's Report
Tino Gagliardi
As Allegro went to press, President Donald Trump had introduced a budget request that called for eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Even though this budget is

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President's Report
As Allegro goes to press, there are only a few days before the Nov. 7 general election in New York. We urge you to vote for our endorsed candidates (see www.local802afm.org/political-endorsements) and we also urge you to flip your ballot

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President's Report
As usual, there has been a lot of activity at Local 802 since my last report. First of all, I’m pleased to report that a majority of our endorsed candidates for City Council won their races in the NYC municipal

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Local 802 accomplished many great things in 2017, with more to come in the year ahead
As 2017 comes to a close, it’s a good time to reflect on Local 802’s accomplishments and challenges this past year. To begin our look back, let’s remember us at our best. Many of you came together with Local 802

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New York University and Vice Dean Ted Magder have been placed on the AFM International Unfair List due to their unwillingness to cover Local 802 musicians under any agreement. NYU employs Local 802 members as independent contractors in its film

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ALL LS-1 CONTRACTS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY JULY 15, 2017 for the benefit period that begins Sept. 1, 2017. Only teaching (private and institutional) and/or solo, live engagements performed between January 1 to June 30, 2017 can be reported on

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New York University and Vice Dean Ted Magder have been placed on the AFM International Unfair List due to their unwillingness to cover Local 802 musicians under any agreement. NYU employs Local 802 members as independent contractors in its film

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ALL LS-1 CONTRACTS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY JULY 15, 2017 for the benefit period that begins Sept. 1, 2017. Only teaching (private and institutional) and/or solo, live engagements performed between January 1 to June 30, 2017 can be reported on

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We are proud to support Mayor Bill de Blasio for a second term. Mayor de Blasio has shown time and again that he is a strong ally to the performers who drive our cultural economy and make New York City

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STANDING UP FOR RECORDING MUSICIANS: AFM President Ray Hair (above, left) joined Local 802 political director Chris Carroll at the January meeting of the NYC chapter of the Recording Musicians’ Association. They discussed the status of the ongoing Sound Recording

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Shane Gasteyer
In a short time since its inception, the Local 802 Artist Rights Caucus has already generated an enthusiastic response from members. The caucus, which was first announced in last month’s Allegro, was created as a forum for members to make

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E-mail letters to Allegro editor Mikael Elsila or write to Allegro, Local 802, 322 West 48th Street, New York, NY 10036. Letters must be no more than 300 words. Opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent the views of Local

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Financial Vice President's Report
It has been some months since I wrote a column for Allegro and perhaps I should explain my reticence. I have been pretty uncertain as to what my commentary could add to a very strange environment. In the larger national

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ALL LS-1 CONTRACTS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY JAN. 15, 2018 FOR THE BENEFIT PERIOD THAT BEGINS MARCH 11, 2018 Only teaching (private and institutional) and/or solo, live engagements performed between July 1 and December 31, 2017 can be reported on

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How should arts advocates use this statement of values?
Government officials like studies and plans. From economic impact studies and environmental surveys to community development initiatives and rezoning proposals, these plans and initiatives help our representatives organize complex ambitions and foster inter-agency collaboration. Public officials are always studying our

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Musicians and friends said their final goodbyes to Bob Cranshaw in style on Jan. 30 at St. Peter’s Church. Live musicians played to a packed hall, and Bob was remembered fondly with many tributes, stories and speeches. We’ll miss you,

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New York University and Vice Dean Ted Magder have been placed on the AFM International Unfair List due to their unwillingness to cover Local 802 musicians under any agreement. NYU employs Local 802 members as independent contractors in its film

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Financial Vice President's Report
Tom Olcott
I expressed my extreme distaste for Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy in the November edition of Allegro. Many readers expressed gratitude for my take and other locals posted my column on their web sites. Few members questioned my position, though some

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New York University and Vice Dean Ted Magder have been placed on the AFM International Unfair List due to their unwillingness to cover Local 802 musicians under any agreement. NYU employs Local 802 members as independent contractors in its film

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Big donors have choices: name a building after yourself, or support dozens of ensembles for years to come
What’s more important to the artistic health of New York City: a flagship concert hall or a thriving network of smaller ensembles? The answer to that question is open to debate, but it could make all the difference. As most

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Wende Namkung
As one of the newest members of the Local 802 Executive Board, I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I moved to New York after college and two years of playing abroad in Italy. Not being a native

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How an illegal job posting ended in an unfair labor practice charge
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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In our new series, we hear from elected officials about their musical tastes, the music in their district…and what instrument they wish they played! HELEN ROSENTHAL Helen Rosenthal was elected to the New York City Council in 2013 and quickly

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Musicians who perform on NBC’s “The Harry Show” starring Local 802 member Harry Connick Jr. recently won health insurance thanks to Local 802. The musicians had fallen short of the payments required to reach Local 802’s health plan A, but

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Throughout the summer, Local 802 will be announcing endorsements in various city races. These elections directly impact the everyday lives of musicians and all New Yorkers. Our local representatives are our first line of defense against attacks on our values.

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News from the Actors Fund
Tamar Shapiro, LCSW
The Actors Fund is your one-stop shop for almost any kind of service you can imagine. We offer counseling – both one-on-one and in groups – as well as information on all kinds of social services, including health insurance, housing,

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Financial Vice President's Report
Tom Olcott
My last two Allegro columns dealt with national political issues that will need our constant attention throughout the next few years. The union will continue to foster supportive conversations and interactions to talk about these issues. Those kinds of discussions

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The first comprehensive cultural plan is a chance to change the way we think about the arts in New York's culture
Christopher Carroll
From San Francisco to Denver, Chicago and Boston, major cities across the United States have enjoyed city-supported cultural plans, all of which have seen varying degrees of success and effectiveness. Following that example, Mayor de Blasio and the New York

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Music & Politics
Late in the evening on April 7, after months of speculation, missed deadlines, a budget extender and great amounts of frustration, Governor Cuomo stepped before cameras to announce that an agreement for the fiscal year budget had been reached. The

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May 1 is the deadline to apply for this year’s Anne Walker Scholarships for members of Local 802 and their children who are pursuing studies in music. The scholarship honors a fiery advocate for musicians whose more than 30 years

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Financial Vice President's Report
One of my duties as financial vice president is to assist in the production of the annual audit of the local’s finances and to report the results to the membership. The latest audit was recently completed and reviewed by our

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A look back at the first year in office - and setting goals for the future
Andy Schwartz
It is hard for me to believe that a year has elapsed since taking office in January 2016. What a whirlwind of a year it has been. The transition to the position of recording vice president has been one of

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A Cultural Plan for All New Yorkers
The following is Christopher Carroll’s Feb. 27 testimony to the New York City Council Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations. The testimony was entitled “Create NYC: A Cultural Plan for All New Yorkers” and was delivered on

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YUH-LINE NIOU Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou (Assembly District 65) was first elected to the State Assembly in 2016 and quickly established herself as an important advocate for labor protections and as a leader in Lower Manhattan’s diverse community. As the chair

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As 2017 closes its doors, I’m taking a look back at some of the things I’ve said in these pages. I’ve reported twice this year about the union’s financial condition. Thankfully, Local 802’s finances remain consistent and sustaining. I’ve commented

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Tell Congress to pass H.R. 1695
Background As millions of musicians across the country know, copyright law, regulation and enforcement (or lack thereof) is a vitally important topic, impacting musicians’ ability to protect their artistic property and make a viable financial living through their recorded music.

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The Musicians' Voice
E-mail letters to Allegro@Local802afm.org or write to Allegro, Local 802, 322 West 48th Street, New York, NY 10036. Letters must be no more than 300 words. Opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent the views of Local 802. MUSICIANS TELL

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Controller's Report
For the 12-month period from Jan. 1, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2016, Local 802 realized a loss of $28,279. When comparing the loss of $28,279 in 2016 with the loss of $24,761 in 2015, there is only a slight increase

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New York University and Vice Dean Ted Magder have been placed on the AFM International Unfair List due to their unwillingness to cover Local 802 musicians under any agreement. NYU employs Local 802 members as independent contractors in its film

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A new administration in Washington means a busy year ahead
Chris Carroll
If the start of 2017 has been any indication, this will be a busy year for Americans, musicians, New Yorkers and our union President Trump is now in the White House. The new administration brings great apprehension to many Americans,

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the Broadway Green Alliance
This year, Earth Day (April 22) has special importance as climate change is treated by some as an “alternative fact.” Fortunately, we work in a community that actively finds ways, small and large, to protect the environment, without compromising our

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When Marin Alsop conducts, she looks to tell a story. Her own musical journey follows a fascinating arc as well.
Bob Pawlo with Marissa Faltings
Marin Alsop, a member of Local 802 since 1973, is an inspiring and powerful music director who passionately believes that music has the power to change lives. As one of Leonard Bernstein’s best known pupils, she is recognized around the

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In our new series, we hear from elected officials about their musical tastes, the music in their district, and what instrument they wish they played! JAMAAL T. BAILEY Senator Jamaal T. Bailey represents Senate District 36, covering the City of

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Wally Usiatynski
It’s been my honor and privilege to have been the chair of the Broadway Theatre Committee for the last seven years, a time that I will always look back upon with great reverence. I first served as co-chair in 2009,

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Jazz Mentors 10
The Local 802 JAZZ MENTORS series has hosted some remarkable panelists in the last year and a half, resulting in some equally remarkable discussions on the business of jazz. The program has gained solid footing in the 802 community and

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Guest Commentary
As many musicians already know, there has long been an effort to amend copyright law to ensure that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and other statutes better protect musicians and other content creators. However, big tech companies and their allies

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Cultivating inclusion of marginalized communities in the arts
Lynne Bond
The Spanish-born American pragmatist philosopher, George Santayana, wrote in “Reason in Common Sense”: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” As Black History Month transitions into Women’s History Month, remembering the past is in the forefront

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Vote NO on the Constitutional Convention
In politics and campaigns, it’s never too late to begin preparing for the next election. Voters today hardly have time to complete marking their ballots before being bombarded by rumors and polls, reading about “exploratory committees” and enduring new waves

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By now, all participants in the Musicians’ Health Fund have received notification of the changeover from MagnaCare (medical) and Blue Cross (hospital) administration to Aetna, taking effect March 1, 2017. For quite some time, the Fund’s Board of Trustees (BOT)

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Joyce Toth
The #ResistanceBand is a group of musicians who fight for social change and who protest unjust policies through the power of music. The idea of the band originated from the NYC Women’s March. (Fellow Local 802 member Lorraine Cohen and

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Member to Member
Cecelia Hobbs Gardner
I have been a working member of Local 802 for 35 years. As with my roles on negotiating committees and my tenure as a long-time Broadway Theatre Committee representative, I have, unfailingly, been invested in the notion that we are

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Legal Corner
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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Do you play on Broadway? If yes, then this is your committee!  With meetings open to all Broadway musicians, including subs, the Broadway Theatre Committee serves as the liaison between Broadway musicians and Local 802 by addressing, discussing and voting

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The Independent Democratic Conference
Christopher Carroll
On Jan. 25, political circles, advocacy groups and elected officials were shaken by the news that Queens State Senator Jose Peralta had joined the Independent Democratic Conference, a breakaway group of Senate Democrats who currently caucus with Republicans and have

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MET Orchestra musicians are using their music to build stronger communities
Jessica Phillips and Jason Haaheim
The MET Orchestra Musicians, a nonprofit entity created in 2014 composed of members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, has been performing a series of free public concerts and programs as part of our new public performance initiative. Months of preparation,

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Copyright considerations for music professionals
David Newhoff
Copyright is a tricky branch of law to talk about and it always has been. This is partly because the rationales for its existence are both commercial and philosophical, and so contemporary discussions about copyright often vacillate between these sometimes

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Bettina Covo and Todd Bryant Weeks
All photos by Walter Karling MUSIC: it’s the universal language that has the ability to transcend boundaries, unite cultures and elevate the soul. In its purest sense, music does not discriminate or judge – it simply is. And yet there

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Paul Austin
What are the most important issues that the classical music industry faces? That was the main focus of the 55th annual International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians conference, which was held this year in Buffalo. Hosted by AFM Local

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Emerging artist project will support new artists & bands
Musicians today are facing challenges unlike ever before, as new technologies and business models force them to steer their careers through an increasingly exploitative and unaffordable world. Addressing these challenges is a priority for the leadership of this union. Our

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The Actors Fund invites musicians to learn about the new Creative Entrepreneur Project
Christopher D. Bloodworth
At the very core of their being, performing artists are entrepreneurs. This was our premise in designing the Creative Entrepreneur Project, a new program launching this summer at the Actors Fund Career Center that Local 802 members are invited to

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It pays to form a union! Guitar Center workers at four stores have unanimously ratified their first contract. The RWDSU, which represents retail workers in a variety of industries across the nation, clinched contracts for over 100 of Guitar Center’s

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Women's History Month
Marlena Fitzpatrick
In the era of cheesy love songs, scorned lovers’ tunes and branded songwriting with unashamed product placement, a few select and daring artists have raised the loudspeaker to say what they have to say. These artists use their music and

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Times Square Alliance partners with Local 802 in a new live music series to spotlight Broadway musicians
Live music sounds even better outdoors! This spring, the Times Square Alliance celebrated its grand opening of the new Times Square pedestrian plazas, featuring live entertainment, food, and public art and design. The plazas, which add 110,000 square feet of

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Seth Lewis
Bob Cranshaw was my hero. I was in awe of him long before we ever met. It is still almost unbelievable to me that I was able to know and become friends with my hero, but Bob regularly defied expectations.

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Bettina Covo and Todd Bryant Weeks
All photos by Walter Karling The Jazz Mentors series, presented by Local 802 and the Council for Living Music, closed out 2016 with two strong events in November and December. Enthusiastic audiences filled Local 802’s Club Room to hear established

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Renata Marinaro
Despite all the attempts this year to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as Obamacare), most things have remained the same. Open enrollment still begins Nov. 1. There’s still a penalty if you don’t enroll in health

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E-mail letters to Mikael Elsila or write to Allegro, Local 802, 322 West 48th Street, New York, NY 10036. Letters must be no more than 300 words. Opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent the views of Local 802. NEW

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Music & Politics
On Nov. 7, voters across the country went to the polls and cast their votes for local elected representatives. Democrats in Virginia erased a 66-to-34 deficit in the House of Delegates while also winning the governorship and lieutenant governorship. The

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Dave Roth
We all know that music can heal. That’s why I’m pleased to announce the sixth annual Broadway Alzheimer’s iPod Drive, which runs from Aug. 1 to 19. As some of you know, my mother suffered from Alzheimer’s and was stripped

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Legal Corner
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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A conversation with Mindy Kaufman
Interview by Bob Pawlo Solo piccolo and flutist Mindy Kaufman was only 22 when she won a chair in New York Philharmonic, after performing for three seasons with the Rochester Philharmonic. She earned a bachelor of music from Eastman, where

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Donna Cartright
After a decade of unprecedented progress, LGBTQ activists find themselves facing challenges that few of us could have foreseen even a year ago. While the new Trump administration has not made its attitude toward LGBTQ people completely clear, it represents

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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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Copyright considerations for music professionals
David Newhoff
Copyright and the protection of intellectual property in the digital age are priorities for Local 802 and the AFM. Over four months in these pages, copyright expert David Newhoff will contribute this guest column, which will discuss the history and

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When is it OK to cancel a concert and not pay the musicians?
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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Legal Corner
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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How YouTube strips the metadata of creators and why we must fight back
Maria Schneider
Earlier this year, Local 802 member Maria Schneider submitted comments to the U.S. Copyright Office in response to its study on an important issue to musicians: the right of attribution and what are known as “moral rights.” This article is

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Our elected officials sound off about their musical tastes, the music in their district…and what instrument they wish they played! NILY ROZIC Since 2012, Assemblymember Nily Rozic has represented Assembly District 25, comprising the communities of Flushing, Queensboro Hill, Hillcrest,

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Legal Corner
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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E-mail letters to Mikael Elsila or write to Allegro, Local 802, 322 West 48th Street, New York, NY 10036. Letters must be no more than 300 words. Opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent the views of Local 802. When

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Interview by Karen Fisher Most of her 802 colleagues know Marcia Butler as a highly accomplished oboist who has performed in orchestras and chamber ensembles, on Broadway, and as a soloist in New York City and internationally. In 2002, Marcia

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Guest Commentary
Julie Menin
For over five decades, the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment has been the city’s main liaison to the film, TV and theatre industries in New York. This past year, we were thrilled when our portfolio expanded to include music.

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Member to Member
Chris Reza
He may change his mind again. After all, Donald Trump’s stances on innumerable issues have flip-flopped over the years. That’s not to say that change in position is necessarily a bad thing. Even Barack Obama, the president who has done

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E-mail letters to allegro@local802afm.org or write to Allegro, Local 802, 322 West 48th Street, New York, NY 10036. Letters must be no more than 300 words. Opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent the views of Local 802. Response to

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Regina Carter's musical journey
For Regina Carter, a member of Local 802 since 2009, the violin isn’t simply an improvisational vehicle. It’s a passport to unexpected realms, cultures, sounds and worlds. Three decades ago, Carter was a member of the all-female pop-jazz quintet Straight

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Member to Member
Dan Manjovi
Creating and writing an original musical and bringing it to successful production is a time-consuming – and often arduous – labor of love. Local 802 member Dan Manjovi, a keyboardist, composer and arranger, debuted his original musical, “I Am, I

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A progressive deal for musicians at the Winter Jazzfest
Now in its 14th year, Winter Jazzfest has become one of the premier events in the New York cultural calendar. The festival showcases a broad spectrum of musical styles, featuring both established names and up-and-coming acts from New York City

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Interview by Bob Pawlo Local 802 member Claire Khodara’s career spans 15 years, with various residencies and performances from the Arts Club and Shoreditch House in London to the Rose Bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel, the Blond at 11

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Legal Corner
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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My View
Lindy Clarke
The national anthem that we all so proudly sing is the only national anthem in the world that begins and ends with a question mark. Not a period. Not an exclamation point. Let’s think about those questions each time we

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Member to Member
Armen Donelian
I recently received a memo, “Important Information from the Board of Trustees of the American Federation of Musicians and Employer’s Pension Plan.” Basically, it says the AFM pension plan – my pension plan, your pension plan for anyone reading this

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Tax Tips for Musicians
Each year, as the tax season approaches, Allegro publishes these updated tax tips for musicians provided by Local 802’s accounting firm, Gould, Kobrick & Schlapp P.C. OVERVIEW AND HIGHLIGHTS The following outline focuses on important aspects of the tax law

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Joseph (Joe) McGinty has been placed on the AFM International Unfair List at the request of Local 802 due to his engagement of musicians at rates of pay and under standards and conditions considered unfair and unacceptable in the industry. 

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Oranizing Matters
Maggie Russell-Brown
Maggie Russell-Brown is the director of organizing and field services. If you’re playing a job where you feel disrespected or know that you aren’t being paid fairly, contact Maggie at (212) 245-4802, ext. 157 or mrussell@local802afm.org. You can also call

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The Apollo Theater Foundation and Local 802 recently reached a successor collective bargaining agreement for the Apollo Theater Amateur Night Band. The three-year contract, which covers four musicians who perform weekly on Amateur Night at the Apollo, has been in

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Amy Camus
All photos below by Walter Karling. What makes a young musician decide to pursue her love for the art form as a profession? For each of us the impetus is different, but often some formative experience starts the journey. For

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Rebecca Young on the joys of harmony, the fun of creativity and the passion of sharing music with the next generation
Interview by Bob Pawlo
When violist Rebecca Young joined Local 802 in 1985, she didn’t know that less than a year later, at age 19, she would become the New York Philharmonic’s youngest member (and the second youngest member in its history). Today, she

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Copyright considerations for music professionals
David Newhoff
Copyright and the protection of intellectual property in the digital age are priorities for Local 802 and the AFM. Over the last three months in these pages, copyright expert David Newhoff has contributed this guest column, which has discussed the

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New Off Broadway musical is an homage to queer culture & history
A wonderful new Off Broadway musical stole the hearts of audiences and activists alike this season. Max Vernon’s “The View UpStairs”” turned the Lynn Redgrave Theatre into the UpStairs Lounge, a 1970s gay bar in the French Quarter of New

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When union rights come under fire, it’s time for labor activists to stand up
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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Marlena Fitzpatrick
Although the Latin community prides itself on its diversity and the multiple, rich mix of cultures, Afro-Latinas and Afro-Latinos are often overlooked in terms of recognition, inclusion and contributions to black history. The multiple dimensions of Latin and Hispanic identity

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Tax Tips for Musicians
Renata Marinaro
April 18 is tax day, and many people are wondering whether the new administration plans to enforce the mandate to have health insurance. As most people know, the Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as Obamacare) calls for all taxpayers to

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Member to Member
Anya Turner and Robert Grusecki
Allegro’s “Member to Member” column invites musicians to submit their own personal thoughts on music. We’ve recently received essays from members who are also songwriters. Below, Local 802 member Robert Grusecki and his creative partner and wife Anya Turner discuss

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Nina Stern on the majesty of the recorder and the power of reaching people through music
INterview by Bob Pawlo
Nina Stern has carved a unique and astonishingly diverse career for herself as a world-class classical clarinetist and recorder player. A member of Local 802 since 1985, she performs widely as a soloist and as a principal player with the

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Live musical theatre sounds better outside! The Broadway League’s annual revue called “Stars in the Alley” took place again this year and included excerpts from many top shows. Local 802 members performed under a union contract. Photos by Walter Karling.

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Member to Member
Scott Ballantyne
This is with respect to the current crisis of the AFM pension fund. I believe the fund’s situation is much worse than the recent memo indicated, but before we get to that, I have a solution to the fund’s continuing

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Jazz Mentors goes on the road to New School
The business of music is more complicated than ever as musicians must coalesce traditional models of promotion and marketing with the brave new world of technology. Each method works in its own way depending on one’s target audience and budget.

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Feature Interview
Bob Pawlo
David Wolfert, a member of Local 802 since 1972, is a Grammy and Emmy nominated composer, arranger, songwriter, orchestrator, producer and instrumentalist who has worked in all areas of music, including film, records, advertising and television. Wolfert’s songs have been

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The unique sound of Jack DeJohnette
In a career that spans five decades and includes collaborations with some of the most iconic figures in modern jazz, NEA Jazz Master and Grammy winner Jack DeJohnette, a member of Local 802 for four decades, has established an unchallenged

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But in this game, everyone's a winner
Clint Sharman
The Local 802 softball teams played their hearts out this season. As usual, we competed in the Performing Arts Softball League, a 12-team league composed exclusively of Broadway unions and other entertainment professionals in New York City. In the course

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Legal Corner
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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Ron Wasserman
I will play my 1,000th performance of “The Nutcracker” with the NYC Ballet Orchestra on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. When I joined the company almost 30 years ago, they took one glance and correctly grasped that I did

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E-mail letters to the editor or write to Allegro, Local 802, 322 West 48th Street, New York, NY 10036. Letters must be no more than 300 words. Opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent the views of Local 802. MORE

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WILLIAM BROHN William Brohn, 84, the conductor, orchestrator, arranger and bassist, died on May 11. He had been a member of Local 802 since 1963. Mr. Brohn orchestrated more than a dozen Broadway musicals in his lifetime, including “Wicked,” “Miss

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Here's one huge thing composers must know before they sign a contract. (Warning: the stakes are high!)
Steve Karmen
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS TODAY: A composer is chosen by an advertising agency, usually after an exhaustive – often nonpaid – demo process to provide the musical score for a TV commercial. The spot, already filmed, has been edited using

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Local 802 does its part to preserve the history of the Brooklyn Philharmonic
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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Kim Roberts Hedgpeth
The Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund works to serve the film, television and music communities and to meet the needs of film musicians whose talents fuel the industry. To this end, the fund is pleased to provide ongoing updates to

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Legal Corner
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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Scott Ballantyne
This is a follow-up to my column in the March issue of Allegro and President Tino Gagliardi’s response. President Gagliardi feels that the 25 investment firms hired by the fund do better than an investment in an index fund. To

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Musicians at Work
David Gilbert conducted the Senior Concert Orchestra at its annual recital at Carnegie Hall in October. The ensemble is composed of the most experienced professionals in New York City, many of them former musicians with the New York Philharmonic, MET

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Times Square concert series comes to a close - but keep your eyes open to apply for 2018
The Times Square concert series came to a close with final performances ending on Sept. 29. Local 802 and the Times Square Alliance’s music series “Broadway Buskers: Out of the Pit” spotlighted nearly 50 different Broadway musicians during the successful

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Joseph (Joe) McGinty has been placed on the AFM International Unfair List at the request of Local 802 due to his engagement of musicians at rates of pay and under standards and conditions considered unfair and unacceptable in the industry. 

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JIM CZAK Jim Czak, 71, a member of Local 802 since 1962, died on March 15. Mr. Czak was the former owner of the famed Nola Recording Studios in the penthouse atop the old Steinway Piano building. He is survived

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Local 802 members share their time, energy and music to help fellow musicians in need
Musicians help musicians. Since 2016, Local 802 has produced a concert series called JAZZ IN THE AFTERNOON (which has now been expanded to include other genres). The concerts feature the very best in Local 802 talent, with donations at the

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Off Broadway show gets a big sound with a 10-person orchestra
The music of Broadway icon John Kander is brought to vibrant life by Local 802 musicians in the new Kander/Pierce musical “Kid Victory.” A ten-piece orchestra has taken up residence at the Vineyard Theatre for a limited run through March

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An incredible life in music
Interview by Bob Pawlo
Ray Chew, a member of Local 802 since 1975, performs at the helm of award-winning musical events with the world’s most popular artists, including Rihanna, Carrie Underwood, Pharrell Williams, Justin Bieber, Aretha Franklin, Lenny Kravitz, Pitbull, Queen Latifah, James Taylor,

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Students get inside tips from Local 802 musicians
Sean Statser
As a new year begins, we can say for sure that the past 12 months were a great time for live percussion on Broadway. In 2016, the New York University Percussion Studies Program, under the direction of Jonathan Haas, hosted

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At Local 802, musicians support their fellow artists. We just kicked off our second year of producing a monthly benefit concert called “Jazz in the Afternoon,” featuring top Local 802 talent, with all proceeds benefiting the Local 802 Musicians’ Emergency

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E-mail letters to Allegro@Local802afm.org or write to Allegro, Local 802, 322 West 48th Street, New York, NY 10036. Letters must be no more than 300 words. Opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent the views of Local 802. TRIBUTE TO

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RICHARD (RICK) CENTALONZA Richard (Rick) Centalonza, 71, a multi-instrumentalist and Grammy winner, died on Sept. 17 after being a member of Local 802 since 1970. Mr. Centalonza, who had been the house contractor at the Westbury Music Fair for 30

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Musical theatre superfan wins "Hamilton" backstage tour and dinner at Sushi Seki by promoting Broadway musicians
Scoring tickets to “Hamilton” is a coup. But getting a backstage tour remains only a dream to most audience members. Recently, a Broadway superfan got this enviable experience  by winning the grand prize in the Broadway Boosters contest. We wrote

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At our core, we are a supportive, caring community
Hi there! If you are working a lot in the concert field, you may have been seeing a lot of me lately. I’m the one in the back of the hall with the glasses and big hair. As your union

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Dominic Derasse
May 26 will mark the 30th anniversary of the passing of my great teacher, Carmine Caruso. (1904-1987) To commemorate that event and celebrate his life and legacy, I will host a tribute to the master on Tuesday, May 23, between

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Reminiscences
David Zinn
Although primarily known throughout the music industry as a classical violinist, my father, William Zinn, who died on April 11 at the age of 92, was an amazing man who was active in several fields. Bill was a composer, author,

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September 13, 2016 - September 27, 2016
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Meeting called to order at 11:05 a.m. by Financial Vice President Olcott. Present: Recording Vice President Schwartz, Executive Board members Burridge, Dougherty, Hyde, Kruvand, Sharman, Suttmann. President Gagliardi absent on union business. The Financial Subcommittee of

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Photo Feature
Photos by Bettina Covo At Local 802, musicians support their fellow artists. We’ve just finished our first year of producing a monthly benefit concert called “Jazz in the Afternoon,” featuring top Local 802 talent, with all proceeds benefiting the Local

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Cast album recording sessions bring out the best
Two Broadway shows recently recorded their cast albums under union contracts. Allegro photographer Walter Karling was granted access to sessions of “Holiday Inn: The New Irving Berlin Musical” and “A Bronx Tale”. HOLIDAY INN: THE NEW IRVING BERLIN MUSICAL A

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BARBARA CARROLL Barbara Carroll, 92, the jazz pianist and singer, died on Feb. 12. She had been a member of Local 802 since 1946. Ms. Carroll, who was often introduced as “the first lady of jazz piano,” began her career

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April 18, 2017 - June 13, 2017
NOTE: The Executive Board did not meet on May 23, 2017. TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 2017 Meeting called to order at 11:08 a.m. by Financial Vice President Olcott. Present: Executive Board members Brandford, Burridge, Cutler, Dougherty, Hyde, Suttmann, Assistant to the

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Pedro Díaz on perseverance, hard work, and his unexpected journey to the top
Pedro Díaz, a member of Local 802 since 1997, is considered one of the top English horn players in the world. A native of Puerto Rico, he received his early musical training at the Escuela Libre de Música, an esteemed

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December 6, 2016 - December 20, 2016
NOTE:The E-board did not meet on 11-22-16 or 11-29-16. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2016 Meeting called to order at 11:05 a.m. by Financial Vice President Olcott. Present: Recording Vice President Schwartz, Executive Board members Cutler, Dougherty, Hyde, Kruvand, Sharman, Suttmann. President

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Reminiscences
Jerome Kessler
Isabelle Daskoff Samuels, 95, a violinist and a member of Local 802 for almost 30 years, died on July 20. A daughter, sister, friend and colleague, Isabelle was born in Illinois to Borris and Doris Daskoff. When she was a

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Bruce Upchurch
I transferred to Local 802 after recently moving to New York City. I’ve been working as a session composer, arranger, guitarist and singer since graduating from Berklee in 1979. I’ve been a member of AFM Local 147 (Dallas), Local 10-208

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Vinny Valentino
I joined Local 802 so I could be a part of the Broadway scene. My principal instrument is guitar. I’m a sub for a Broadway show, and the two guitarists who hold the chairs have been very supportive and helpful.

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Louis Armstrong/Count Basie
Jazz artist and Allegro contributor Mort Kuff recently penned these illustrations of the Count Basie band (above) and Louis Armstrong. Kuff told Allegro: “When it comes to celebrating Black History Month in terms of jazz – America’s classical music –

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Reminiscences
It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Eddie Caine last Aug. 19, 2016 at the age of 92. He had been a member of Local 802 for almost 70 years. Eddie was an alto saxophone soloist

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The following bylaw amendment will be proposed and voted on at the Local 802 membership meeting on Feb. 7, 2018: New language is underlined below: Article III, Section 5, Paragraph (a): “…A further portion of the amount thus collected by

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Photo Feature
Local 802 musicians, officers, staff and supporters marched in the annual labor parade sponsored by the Central Labor Council. This year’s band included (in alphabetical order): Kenny Bentley (sousaphone), Kevin Blancq (bandleader & trumpet), Scott Bourgeois (tenor sax), Mary Cherney

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Local 802’s online musician referral directory is now open for enrollment at NewYorkMusicians.com. Take advantage of this new promotional tool. It’s a benefit of being a member of Local 802 – and it’s FREE! Promote your services on two different

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Ray Wong
It is such an honor to be a member of Local 802! I joined because I was invited to play in “An American in Paris” on Broadway and on the national tour. Classically trained as a pianist at Juilliard and

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2017 Meeting called to order at 11:07 a.m. by President Gagliardi. Present: Financial Vice President Olcott, Recording Vice President Schwartz, Executive Board members Burridge, Cutler, Dougherty, Hyde, Kruvand, Sharman, Suttmann. Minutes from December 20, 2016 reviewed. It

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Emily Pecoraro
After many years of graduate school and freelance work in Boston’s classical, jazz, avant-garde and Third Stream scenes, I came to New York about two years ago and excitedly joined the Local 802 family. I think it’s important to advocate

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David Ashton
After a kind mentor said he could use me as a sub on “Aladdin,” I finally joined Local 802. I have enjoyed not only the eligibility to play more gigs, but also the abundant information and other resources that I

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Jacob Goldberg
The ten-year period from 1936 to 1946 marked the largest surge forward in the American labor movement, a Renaissance of American popular culture, and a leftward shift in the political culture of the nation. It also marked a heyday for

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Alex Kamm
A New York native, I moved down to Nashville five years ago just before it really started to blow up. Lured by its deep history and culture, I felt like I needed a change of pace to help broaden my

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The 100th anniversary of Dizzy Gillespie's birth is Oct. 21. Local 802 members reminisce about their experience playing with the legendary trumpeter...
I had the pleasure of touring Europe in 1987 for three weeks with the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band. It was an all-star band, including Jon Faddis, James Moody, Britt Woodman, Jerry Dodgion, Steve Turre, Frank Lacy, Glenn Drewes, Virgil Jones

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How artists are helping my Puerto Rico recover - and what we can all do
Hurricane Maria left an apocalyptic devastation earlier this fall as it castigated my homeland of Puerto Rico and left no corner untouched. Almost three months after the systemic destruction, the government has made little progress in restoring power – nearly

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Harold Kava
Joining Local 802 is a very exciting and big step for me. I have been a drummer, percussionist and backup vocalist for 35 years and decided that the time has come for me to take my passion for music and

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Christopher Scanlon
I first joined the AFM as a student in Boston, where I was fortunate to sub with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops. After graduate work at the Manhattan School of Music, I joined Local 802 to sub on

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Mark Sophia
I joined Local 802 after I was called to play with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. I hope to explore and experience as much of New York City’s diverse musical offerings as I can during this exciting and inspiring time

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ROBERT (BOB) KINDRED Robert (Bob) Kindred, 76, a tenor saxophonist and a member of Local 802 for almost 40 years, died on Aug. 15. Mr. Kindred first honed his talent in his native Philadelphia, working with organ trios led by

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LARRY ABEL My husband, Larry Abel, a member of Local 802 since 1956, died on Dec. 27 at the age of 83. Larry loved being a musician and copyist. He was a steadfast supporter of the AFM and Local 802

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Wayne Fugate
I joined Local 802 in order to sub on the Broadway musical “Bright Star.” It was a beautiful show with a great musical director and talented band, whose musicianship blew me away every night. Going from zero theatrical experience to

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Peter Vamos
In 1970, I left the oppressive reigns of communism that had engulfed Hungary. I arrived in NYC, obtained asylum, and thereafter U.S. citizenship. My diploma from the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest enabled me to enter Juilliard and earn a

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JOHN ABERCROMBIE John Abercrombie, 72, the jazz guitarist, died on Aug. 22. He had been a member of Local 802 for almost 20 years. Mr. Abercrombie got his first big break when he was still a student at the Berklee

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Craig Klonowski
I re-joined Local 802 because there is no better way to connect with other professional musicians and to ensure that when I do perform, I am part of the professional music community of New York City. I’m working toward a

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Leyla Mesic
I joined Local 802 to stay informed about important issues for musicians in New York and am looking forward to meeting new musicians for possible collaborations, networking and community. I am a pop singer, recording artist and composer (with a

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Samantha Gillogly
I joined Local 802 as part of a commitment to broaden my professional network in New York City. I am especially interested in meeting long-time union members whose successes and insights I can learn from, as well as members who

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Emily Uematsu
I joined Local 802 in order to start professional work after earning a master’s degree in violin performance from Rice University. It is so exciting to be a part of an incredible network of musicians and to explore and take

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Reminiscences
Mildred Koester
My brother, the trombonist Jim Thompson, was born in 1925 in East McKeesport, Pennsylvania. As a boy, he learned how to play trombone thanks to his paper route. One of his customers was a trombonist and Jim asked him for

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August 16, 2016 - September 6, 2016
NOTE: The Executive Board did not meet on Aug. 23, 2016. TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2016 Meeting called to order at 11:03 a.m. by President Gagliardi. Present: Financial Vice President Olcott, Executive Board members Cutler, Hyde, Kruvand, Sharman, Suttmann, Assistant to

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Eric Siereveld
I joined Local 802 after being asked to play “Elf: The Musical” at Madison Square Garden. It makes all the sense in the world to be a union member. As many of us know as freelancers, you are your only

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Javier “Javi” Olivencia
I joined Local 802 after I was called to participate in a few sessions with other union musicians and to do sub work on Broadway. I’ve been backing up shows and musical theatre as well as doing recording sessions for

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Cliff Roberts
I joined Local 802 because I feel that unions are more valuable than they ever have been, especially in this climate. My instrument is the Great Highland bagpipe. While some may call it a folk instrument or something you hear

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2017 Meeting called to order at 11:05 a.m. by President Gagliardi. Present: Financial Vice President Olcott, Recording Vice President Schwartz, Executive Board members Brandford, Cutler, Dougherty, Hyde, Kruvand, Sharman, Suttmann, Assistant to the President Bond. President Gagliardi

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MUHAL RICHARD ABRAMS The pianist and composer Muhal Richard Abrams, 87, died on Oct. 29. He had been a member of Local 802 since 1977. Mr. Abrams was a co-founder of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and

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Marina Kifferstein
I joined Local 802 to work with the Center for Contemporary Opera on “Jane Eyre,” a new opera by Louis Karchin. Working with living composers is a passion of mine, and that is how I spend a good deal of

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Stephanie Hollander
I joined Local 802 once I began freelancing in the metro area. After studying with top horn players from the Metropolitan Opera and Philadelphia Orchestra, my teachers told me about the benefits of joining the union. I would really enjoy

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Lily White
I re-joined Local 802 after I was offered a job playing for a party for the AFL-CIO that required me to be in the union. I had let my membership lapse and felt guilty about it, since unions are so

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Raymond E. Johnston Jr.
I rejoined Local 802 in order to play the Broadway show “Shuffle Along” and also to be a part of a world-renowned music organization. My musical goal in New York City – and my lifelong dream – is to get

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August 2, 2016 - August 9, 2016
NOTE: The Executive Board did not meet on July 5, July 12, July 19 and July 26. TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2016 Meeting called to order at 11 a.m. by President Gagliardi. Present: Financial Vice President Olcott, Recording Vice President Schwartz,

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Douglas Waterbury-Tieman
I am honored to be a new member of Local 802 as a professional fiddle player. I moved to New York City from Nashville to pursue my passion for music and performance. I graduated from Belmont University in 2012 with

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Jim Lutz
I’m excited and feel very fortunate to be joining the amazing New York music community! I moved to New York and joined Local 802 to play trombone and serve as the associate conductor in the Cirque du Soleil theatrical show

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Garrett Hack
As a woodwind doubler, I felt New York offered the most diverse and robust market for my skill set. I joined Local 802 because it has long been a dream of mine to play Broadway shows, and succeed in New

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Nancy Vizza
Some people think unions are an anachronism, but Local 802 is anything but that. It is an organization that continues to thrive and support a large community of musicians. I want to be part of an organization that is so

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Rick Northcutt and Fred Staton
RICK NORTHCUTT My brother and best friend, Richard Conn Northcutt, 74, an accordionist and a member of Local 802 since 1985, died on Oct. 14. Rick made his first “public appearance” in Norman, Oklahoma on Jan. 12, 1943 to our

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October 18, 2016 - November 1, 2016
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2016 Meeting called to order at 11:07 a.m. by Financial Vice President Olcott. Present: Recording Vice President Schwartz, Executive Board members Brandford, Burridge, Dougherty, Hyde, Kruvand, Sharman, Suttmann, Assistant to the President Bond. President Gagliardi absent on

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Adam Kiefer
Coming from Nashville, I joined Local 802 to get more connected with NYC’s musicians, and I’m just astounded with the amount of talent this city possesses. Joining the union is great start to see who’s who and to see what

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Nate Lueck
I am very pleased to be joining such a large and distinguished family of musicians. My introduction to Local 802 came when I was hired as the guitar/mandolin/bouzouki player for Broadway’s “Come From Away,” an opportunity I was given by

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March '17
Bill Crow
I had records by Allen Eager in my collection while I was in high school and the Army, so when I moved to New York City in 1950, I was excited when a friend introduced me to him. He was

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Mark Katsaounis
I joined 802 because I had the opportunity to sub on the Broadway production of “Tuck Everlasting.” It was short-lived, but fun! My goal is to play with and learn from the best musicians in the world. I love the

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André Lyles
I joined Local 802 not only for the benefits that the union provides for those who seriously commit to being professional full-time musicians, but also for the fact that I’m confident in my musical abilities, which allow me to take

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Dena Orkin
I recently moved to Manhattan and joined Local 802 to gain access to top performance opportunities, health insurance and a pension. I also joined the union as an investment in safe and fair working conditions. After going to school in

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Fernando García
I joined Local 802 to gain access to a greater network of musicians and work. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, I’ve been in New York City for almost three years now, after earning my master’s in drumset performance at

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Julia Klot
I joined Local 802 to network with other musicians. My musical goal in NYC is to share my music with other people through performing. My most favorite and recent gig was a solo show at the Bitter End where I

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John Montagna
I’m a bass guitarist and Brooklyn native. I first joined Local 802 in 1999 after landing my first major-label recording session. Within a few years, I was doing classic rock touring gigs almost exclusively, so I resigned from the union

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Constantine Kitsopoulos
We lost a hero on Oct. 9. Conductors, singers, instrumentalists and music lovers all mourned the passing of Maestro Vincent La Selva, who died at the age of 88 just a day before the birthday of his muse, Giuseppe Verdi.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016
These minutes were prepared by CAC Secretary Bill Rohdin. These minutes were approved by the CAC on 10/22/16 by “reply all” e-mail. Meeting called to order at 1:06 p.m. in the Executive Board Room. Present: Roger Blanc (chair), Bill Rohdin

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Andrew Sommer
I joined Local 802 because I believe it is important to be an active member in my local music community. I learned the importance of unions from an early age. My father was a member of AFM Local 148-462 (Atlanta)

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Anton Testa
I joined Local 802 because I wanted to expand my knowledge of music with other musicians. I was also encouraged by the various benefits that are offered to union members, such as the referral service. It makes me feel that

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June '17
The British tenor man and club owner Ronnie Scott once told about his attempt to teach himself to play the guitar. He would get home from his club at about 3 a.m. and would begin playing a little exercise over

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Tony Shimkin
I first joined Local 802 in 1996 when I began working on music in advertising. I later got into songwriting and producing. My musical goal in New York City is to work on as much music as possible, including original

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Sarah Elizabeth Haines
I joined the union because I was asked to play a beautiful, wacky Off Broadway musical called “Iowa” by Jenny Schwartz and Todd Almond, which appeared at Playwrights Horizons. It was a tremendous opportunity for me to play my own

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Assaf Gleizner
I joined Local 802 after I was asked to orchestrate and play for a benefit called Arts for Autism at the Gershwin Theatre, featuring Kelly O’Hara, Julia Murney, Paul Nolan and other Broadway stars. I was so honored to play

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Jo Ann Daugherty
As a pianist/conductor who splits time between Chicago and New York, it just made sense for me to join Local 802. My pursuits are broad, but the union is always a relevant part of my scene. And it’s a connection

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John Campo (aka Campocat)
I joined Local 802 when I was on tour with Sam Rivers in 1977 and recently rejoined because I believe in unions. Music is my life and I am very serious about it, so naturally the musicians’ union is the

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June 20, 2017 - August 8, 2017
The Executive Board did not meet on July 4 or July 25. TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2017 Meeting called to order at 11:25 a.m. by President Gagliardi. Present: Financial Vice President Olcott, Executive Board members Brandford, Cutler, Dougherty, Hyde, Sharman, Suttmann,

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News from the Actors Fund
Alexandria Bellivan
The Actors Fund is your one-stop shop for almost any kind of service you can imagine. We offer counseling – both one-on-one and in groups – as well as information on all kinds of social services, including health insurance, housing,

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Local 802 and the AFM recognize that the digital domain has created new opportunities for musicians to work together online, allowing creative collaborations to happen worldwide. Distance is no longer an obstacle when a producer wants talented players to contribute

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Brian Ames
It has been a professional dream of mine to be a member of Local 802. I decided to join because I recently relocated from Orlando, and I wanted to become a part of the musical theatre community here. I spent

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Michael Drexler
I have been in the music industry for most of my life. I’ve worked as a singer and pianist, then as an audio engineer and producer, then did digital business development for major record labels and music publishers. About a

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Adam Levowitz
I joined Local 802 because I am beginning to work as a Broadway producer and want to be a musician-friendly producer. I joined the union as a sign of solidarity. I created a show last year called “The Quentin Tarantino

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October 4, 2016 - October 11, 2016
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2016 Meeting called to order at 11:08 a.m. by President Gagliardi. Present: Financial Vice President Olcott, Recording Vice President Schwartz, Executive Board members Brandford, Burridge, Cutler, Dougherty, Kruvand, Sharman, Suttmann, Assistant to the President Bond. Minutes from

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Matt Gorsky
I joined Local 802 because I love New York music and working with other musicians! As a member of both SAG-AFTRA (I played clarinet for stalwart director Danny Strong on the set of his feature film, “Rebel in the Rye”)

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Brian Donohoe
I joined Local 802 because I believe in the importance of individual artists working together to accomplish feats that are impossible alone. Over-qualified and under-employed artists are exploited constantly throughout the world, and only through collective bargaining can we stand

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Oskar Stenmark
I joined Local 802 to be a part of David Byrne’s “Joan of Arc: Into the Fire,” which played at the Public Theatre. My instruments are trumpet and flugelhorn, and I was the only horn player in the show. We

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May 2017
In one of my favorite stories in his autobiography, Louis Armstrong told about a musician who worked on the riverboat with him on a trip up the Mississippi from New Orleans. He said that the guy had a farm in

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July August '17
When I was a child, the only musical entertainment in our house other than my mother’s upright piano was an old Edison windup cylinder record player. We owned about a dozen cylinders, one of which was a 1917 World War

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Steve May
I joined Local 802 to be a part of New York’s professional music community and for the benefits of being part of a union, including both union resources and professional status. My goal in NYC is to continue to explore

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Laura Metcalf
I rejoined the union in order to sub on Broadway musicals. I am very appreciative of the protections and benefits that the union offers to working musicians. A life of self-employment is not always an easy one, and it’s nice

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February '17
Bill Crow
While I was a member of Local 802’s Executive Board I got to know Shorty Vest, the late secretary/treasurer of AFM Local 70-558 (Omaha) on one of his many trips to New York. Shorty had been a drummer around the

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New York University and Vice Dean Ted Magder have been placed on the AFM International Unfair List due to their unwillingness to cover Local 802 musicians under any agreement. NYU employs Local 802 members as independent contractors in its film

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November '17
Many years ago, Lou Caputo and the late Joel Perry were playing a wedding in Arizona on a horse ranch. During the cocktail hour the waitress kept coming over to them and offering them drinks of what she called “cactus

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Althea Pettigrew
I joined Local 802 because I believe in unions. The importance of a union is to have an organization that believes in you. I’m a Harlemite – born, bred and raised here! I’m a huge fan and supporter of the

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Megan Gould
The deciding factor in my rejoining Local 802 was an offer to sub on the Broadway show “Indecent,” but it was really just the little push I needed to once again become part of what I think of as an

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Ted Labow
I rejoined Local 802 to keep connected to the New York music scene and because I believe in the work and mission of the union. My musical goal in NYC is to play venues, open myself up for studio work

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News From the Actors Fund
Rebecca SelkoweThe Actors Fund is your one-stop shop for almost any kind of service you can imagine. We offer counseling – both one-on-one and in groups – as well as information on all kinds of social services, including health insurance,

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Donald Sosin
I rejoined Local 802 after getting a call from Rolfe Kent looking for a pianist for Alexander Payne’s new film “Downsizing.” I had been a union member in the 1970s and 80s but then we moved to rural Connecticut where

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April '17
Bill Crow
My old friend, songwriter Margo Guryan, attended a party at Neil Diamond’s house. Three large tables were set up for the guests. At Margo’s table, Bob Dylan was seated to her right, and her husband David to her left. When

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Mike Nelson
I joined Local 802 after retiring from the Army, where I served as a musician for almost 23 years. I relocated to New York City for a second career playing in pit orchestras as well as any other music I

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Michael A. Ferrara
Since relocating to New York City two years ago, after completing my master’s degree from Bard College, I have begun pursing a career as a conductor, music director and pianist. I joined Local 802 because I had been contracted to

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September '17
When I was a boy, our family made a trip every summer from our home near Seattle to Othello, Washington, my birthplace and the home of my maternal grandparents. In the Seattle railroad station for the Milwaukee Road there was

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January '17
Bill Crow
When I joined the Army in 1946 at Fort Lewis, Washington, I managed to get assigned to the 51st Army Band, which was newly forming there. I bought a used 1930 Model A Ford coupe (for $50) so I could

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October '17
I started playing the bass in 1950, and in 1952 I was working sporadically with the Teddy Charles trio, with Don Roberts on guitar. Don left for a better paying job, and we were able to get Jimmy Raney to

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December '17
When I first moved to New York City in 1950, I had very little income for the first year I was here. I came to town playing a valve trombone, but was soon transformed into a bass player by Buzzy

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Grace Kelly
I originally joined Local 802 after I was asked to join Jon Batiste and Stay Human, the house band at “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert. It’s been an incredibly fun gig and so wonderful to learn all the benefits

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Raphael Torn
I joined Local 802 because I’m a strong believer in the power of collective bargaining. The union provides wages and benefits that would not otherwise be available to working people. By being a part of Local 802, I join ranks

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Kathryn Sloat
I joined Local 802 because I was invited to play in the Off Broadway show “Once Upon a Mattress” with Transport Group. I was very excited to have my first union gig! The show was so much fun to play,

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Isaac Alter
I joined Local 802 during my senior year of college at Harvard, while commuting to New York to work as a music assistant and copyist on the new Broadway musical “Waitress.” I had interned on the show at the American

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Jordan Barmore
I joined Local 802 because I believe in professional musicians uniting for fair wages, rehearsal times, contracts, and business. I was born and raised in Brooklyn. A part of my pride in this city has to do with its wealth

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