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Currently Browsing: May, 2017

President's Report
Tino Gagliardi
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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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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Music & Politics
Christopher Carroll
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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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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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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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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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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Marlena Fitzpatrick
Cinco de Mayo is a cheerful holiday filled with margaritas, tacos and huge sombreros. In reality, 5 de mayo is an international day commemorating the Mexican Army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

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Todd Bryant Weeks
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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Nina Stern on the majesty of the recorder and the power of reaching people through music
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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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. MORE ON

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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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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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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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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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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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May 2017
Bill Crow
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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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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