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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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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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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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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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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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Music & Politics
Chris Carroll
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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