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President's Report
  Throughout my campaign for president, I stressed that to become a stronger union we all need to openly acknowledge the daunting challenges we face: a declining union membership, less work under contract, an entire younger generation of musicians who

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Presiden't Report
As our administration took office on Jan. 2, we knew there would be a certain amount of disarray at 802, given the way it has been managed in the past nine years. The prior administration left us with a budget

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President's Report
Every year, March is designated Women’s History Month by presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history. One new milestone for women at 802 came through the recent election. Membership voted in 11 women

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Financial Vice President's Report
To the Musicians of Local 802: I am truly humbled and honored to be your next financial vice president. Our new administration received an unambiguous mandate for change from you, the members, and we take that responsibility very seriously. I

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Organizing Victories
After 11 months of negotiation following a years-long process to have their union recognized, the 18 accompanists at the Kaufman Music Center have voted unanimously to ratify their first collective bargaining agreement. “Accompanists needed an identity and a voice,” said

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Financial Vice President's Report
The first few months of our new administration have been both exciting and challenging. Although many of my new duties as vice president are a continuation of the same responsibilities I had as a business rep – albeit enhanced –

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Recording Vice President's Report
Happy New Year to you all, and what a past year it has been! Local 802 has a brand-new administration taking office this month after a hotly-contested election campaign that seemed to dominate all conversation and our members’ social networks.

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Organizing Victories
Amazing news: the musicians who perform in musical productions at Babylon Village’s new Argyle Theatre have unionized with Local 802! On Jan. 11, Argyle management signed a voluntary recognition agreement with the union. So, what exactly does that mean? And

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Women's History Month
The Women of 802 Committee
We are pleased to announce the formation of a new committee, Women of 802. Our mission is to recognize and channel the power and leadership skills of the women-identifying members of 802 by promoting networking, fostering specific support, and increasing

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Tino Gagliardi and Tom Olcott
It’s with mixed emotions that I write my last formal column for Allegro as president of Local 802. First, I would like to congratulate Adam Krauthamer, Karen Fisher and the whole Musicians for Change slate, who will now fully constitute

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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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The Broadway League recently revealed its annual demographics report about Broadway audiences. The information below comes from the League’s press release, and it’s a fascinating and important look at who is attending Broadway shows these days. The League compared current

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Musicians at “Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish” cheer the benefits of a Local 802 union contract
Peter Saleh
There is a certain sobriety that sets in after a few years of being a professional musician in New York City. You learn to pick your battles and let some of the little stuff go, but still ultimately stand up

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Guest Commentary
Georgia Stitt
Since I moved to New York City and joined Local 802 in the late 90s, I have made my living in the musical theater as a pianist, pit musician, associate conductor, conductor, music director, music supervisor, transcriber, arranger, vocal coach,

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In case you missed it: in 2018, the New York State Legislature passed historic legislation and adopted important consumer disclosures in the ticket resale market. Ticket buying has changed rapidly with the growth of the internet, which has become the

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For decades, the AFM has had to maneuver its contracts to address changes in recording technology. As technology will always continue to advance and create new ways to produce content, AFM recording contracts must always fluctuate to keep up. In

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Views From the Board
Elise Frawley
As musicians, we know that in order to understand the present and conceive of the future, we must always examine the past. Our musical output rests on a calcified bedrock of our own experiences and the successes and failures of

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Bettina Covo
The information in the article below is about how to accept contributions into your health and pension accounts using an LS-1 contract. But ideally, this money shouldn’t have to come out of your own income. If you’re playing a job

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Rachel Barton Pine Foundation launches Music by Black Composers campaign
Can you name three black classical composers? Rachel Barton Pine can name 350. A member of AFM 10-208 (Chicago), the internationally renowned violinist also runs her own self-titled foundation, which has recently launched a Music by Black Composers campaign. The

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Where does the money come from? How do you know if there's money waiting for you?
Kim Roberts Hedgpeth
Please check the unclaimed residuals list at www.fmsmf.org/unclaimedchecks to see if you or any of your colleagues have unclaimed residuals. You can also call the fund at (888) 443-6763. For a complete list of unclaimed checks from a variety of

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Feature Interview
Interview by Bob Pawlo
Billy Hunter, a member of Local 802 since 1998, serves as principal trumpet with the Metropolitan Opera and performs solo and chamber work all over the world. A native of Austin, Mr. Hunter earned a degree from the University of

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Ken Swinkin
I re-joined Local 802 when I got hired to drum for a show at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Auburn, New York. I’ve primarily played for musical theatre in my career, in addition to jazz and wedding gigs. I’ve been lucky

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Jacob Goldberg
In 1886, Walter Craig, a black violinist residing at 103 West 29th Street, quietly joined the otherwise all-white New York musicians’ union, the Musicians’ Mutual Protective Union. Others followed. By 1910, about 300 black musicians had joined the MMPU, comprising

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There is perhaps no more critical (and misunderstood) set of AFM recording agreements than those that fall under the umbrella of the Sound Recording Labor Agreement (SRLA.) From major label sessions for superstar acts to Off Broadway cast albums, and

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Bill Hayes and Caryl Paisner
As you may remember if you voted in the 2018 Local 802 election, listed at the bottom of the ballot were positions to serve as delegates to various labor organizations. Most of us don’t hear a lot about these positions

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Roger Cohen
Although I’ve had incredible experiences performing all over the world, I’m at a point in my life and career where I want to concentrate on working more in town. I just finished a run as percussionist in the Broadway show

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Martha Hyde
In December, Local 802 members received a Summary Materials Modification (SMM) notice from the 802 Musicians Health Fund. One part of the notice announced an improvement in the Plan B vision and hearing benefits. Members who use or might use

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Guest Commentary
Laura McQuade
Laura McQuade is the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of New York City. The opinions of guest commentaries in Allegro do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the staff, members or officers of Local 802. To submit a guest

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Marc Live Giveand
I used to be a member of Local 802 and recently re-joined after taking a break. I came back to the union to enjoy the protections that Local 802 offers, and to stay up-to-date on how the music industry has

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Leonor Falcon
After freelancing in NYC for several years, I decided to join the union to connect with more musicians, find more performing work and meet new people. One of my favorite recent gigs was with bassist and composer Mimi Jones and

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Feature Interview
Interview by Bob Pawlo
Diane Moser, a member of Local 802 since 2000, literally does it all. She composes and performs around the world with jazz ensembles, orchestras, chamber groups, and dance and theatre companies, including her 17-piece Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band, her

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Leigh Pomeranz
I joined Local 802 to cultivate new relationships and learn more about what it means to be a New York City musician. One of my favorite recent gigs was when I directed a parody musical of the TV series “Dexter.”

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Eric Brown
I re-joined Local 802 when I took on the job as drummer for the Off Broadway production of “Smokey Joe’s Café.” There are many benefits to being a member of the union and I find that working with other Local

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Jazz Mentors Student Jam
“If you build it, they will come.” That classic line from the 1989 movie “Field of Dreams” held true at a recent winter evening at Local 802, when the Council for Living Music held its fifth Jazz Mentors Student Jam.

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From the Actors Fund
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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Simone Allen
I joined Local 802 when the music team of “The Cher Show” hired me to play rehearsal piano; I also serve as music assistant for the show. (The show opened in Chicago and is now on Broadway!) My musical goal

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Each year, as the tax season approaches, Allegro publishes updated tax tips for musicians provided by Local 802’s accounting firm, Gould, Kobrick & Schlapp P.C. These articles focus on important aspects of the tax law and those that specifically affect

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Rhythm is as essential to music as the heartbeat is essential to life. That powerful sentiment was one of the deeper themes explored at the recent Learning Live clinic presented by the Council for Living Music at Local 802. “The

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Henry (Tateo) Tateosian
It has always been a lifelong dream to join the musicians’ union. I’m the drummer in the band Lunar Tourists as well as in many other groups and projects. As part of my musical past, I played in Camp Lejeune’s

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Musicians at Work
Nancy Triggiani
“Dominick the Donkey,” recorded by Lou Monte in 1960 and re-released in 2011, remains a Christmas favorite among many. I composed and recently released an original song about Dominick’s son, “Dominooch,” a crooner with a modernized Rat Pack flair, who

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Mariam Adam
I re-joined Local 802 to participate in more solo, chamber music and orchestral engagements in NYC. My principal instrument is clarinet, and my musical goal is to take my audiences on a voyage of classical and crossover music. I spent

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Musicians at Work
The all-Yiddish production of “Fiddler on the Roof” recently recorded its cast album at Manhattan Center. Allegro photographer Walter Karling was granted access to the session, which was recorded under a union contract. The project included Larry Blank (orchestrations); Mark

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Nick Dinnerstein
I joined Local 802 to find great gig and performance opportunities in NYC as well as meet other musicians and take advantage of all the services the city has to offer. I was a member of AFM Local 9-535 (Boston)

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News from the Actors Fund
Dr. Aviva Wolff
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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Musicians at Work
Twice a year, Orchestra of St. Luke’s invites New York City’s public school students to outstanding classical music performances designed especially for young people. These OSL concerts – which incorporate other arts disciplines, such as puppetry, dance, or visual art

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The magic of live music theatre was on full display for an audience of enraptured kids in a recent presentation of “The Band’s Visit” produced by Inside Broadway for its Creating the Magic program. This fun series brings New York

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Andrew Linn
I joined Local 802 when I became a member of the Patriot Brass Ensemble. It quickly became apparent that being a part of the union is a must for those who are taking a direct path to a professional career

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Interview by Bob Pawlo
Amy Zoloto on her passion for bass clarinet, her use of yoga and Tae Kwon Do for focus and breath support, and the new opportunities for women in orchestras… Bass clarinetist Amy Zoloto, a member of Local 802 since 2000,

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Emma Ford
I joined Local 802 because I knew it would open up a lot of opportunities for me, especially in the Broadway world. Having just relocated here from Sydney, Australia, I am so excited to experience the NYC music and theatre

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Legal Corner
Harvey Mars, Esq.
It is well known that when you enter your place of employment, your expectation of privacy is severely limited. This is no less true for musicians than it is for other employees. While they are on the job, musicians may

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Photo Feature
“Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas” recently returned to the Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden for a successful three-week run of this New York Christmas holiday classic. The show played sold-out two-week runs in both Chicago and Boston

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Ling Ling Huang
I joined Local 802 for the opportunity to play with as many other people as much as I can, and to be a part of the vibrant music scene here, which is so experimental and experiential! My most favorite recent

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Stanley Applebaum's music collection acquired by the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
One of the best feelings of an artist is knowing that your work will endure, even after you’re gone. That’s exactly why orchestrator, arranger, composer and conductor Stanley Applebaum, 96, is thrilled that the New York Public Library has just

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RICHARD J. AMSES Richard J. Amses, 88, a trumpeter, flutist, pianist, composer, songwriter, lyricist, arranger and music educator, died on Dec. 15. He had been a member of Local 802 since 1954 and was also a member of ASCAP. Born

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Urbie Green, 92, the legendary trombonist and a member of Local 802 since 1954, died on Dec. 31. Below, members of Local 802 share their reminiscences of Urbie…   Joseph Alessi, principal trombone at the New York Philharmonic I was

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Shara Sand, Psy.D.
I re-joined Local 802 because I’m now a psychologist who specializes in working with musicians. My musical goal in NYC is to help musicians become more successful performers. The highlight of my performance career was when I worked with John

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Andrew Schulman
“People are talking but I can tell you’re very good.” The man was in his 70s, wearing a gray suit, average height and build, well-coiffed hair turned gray. He was standing about ten feet from where I sat playing my

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October 23, 2018 - January 8, 2019
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2018 Meeting called to order at 11:14 a.m. by President Gagliardi. Present: Financial Vice President Olcott, Recording Vice President Schwartz, Executive Board members Burridge, Cutler, Dougherty, Hyde, Namkung, Olness, Sharman, and Suttmann. Minutes from October 16, 2018

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Santiago Murillo
I joined Local 802 because I’ve been looking to get into the Broadway music copying scene. As I’ve been talking to people already working in the field, one of the questions that kept coming up was “Are you a member

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New York University is currently on the AFM International Unfair List for misclassifying individuals as independent contractors and failing to provide musicians with the fair wages and protections that they deserve. The AFM has also placed Steve Trudell and Trudell

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Musicians At Work
“They’re Playing Our Song” opened on Broadway in 1979 with a book by Neil Simon, lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager and music by Marvin Hamlisch. It recently enjoyed a special one-night revival at the Music Box Theatre as a special

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August 14, 2018 - October 16, 2018
TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2018 Meeting called to order at 11:05 a.m. by President Gagliardi. Present: Financial Vice President Olcott, Recording Vice President Schwartz, Executive Board members Burridge, Cutler, Dougherty, Garnett, Sharman, Suttmann, Chief of Staff Carroll. Minutes from August 7,

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CARL JANELLI Carl Joseph Janelli, 91, died on Dec. 3, 2018. He had been a member of Local 802 since 1943, and also served as the executive secretary for the union from 1981 to 1990. Mr. Janelli started playing clarinet

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Peggy Serra
Russ Anixter
I was very sad to read in a previous issue of Allegro that music copyist Peggy Serra recently passed away. I had the pleasure of working for Peggy, and her late husband, Hal, in the 1990s. At that time we

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February '19
Anne Phillips, Bob Kindred and Dave and Iola Brubeck wrote the jazz opera called “Bending Towards the Light…A Jazz Nativity” that has been produced every Christmas season since 1985 in New York and in many other cities. Many famous musicians

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Reminiscences
Greg Venuto
Joseph A. Venuto, Jr., 89, died on Feb. 14. He was a percussionist and had been a member of Local 802 for almost 40 years. He is survived by his wife Beverly, daughter Linda and son Greg, who is a

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January 2019
Richard Chamberlain posted the following story on Facebook. In the 1970s, the fascist Franco government was still in power in Spain. A pro-democracy movement in Barcelona was gaining strength, and they invited Pete Seeger, America’s best known freedom singer, to

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Reminiscences
Dan Barrett
The exceptional alto saxophonist and exceptional human being Chuck Wilson passed away last Oct. 17, 2018 after being a member of Local 802 since 1979. He’s been on my mind lately, and I thought I’d share these few thoughts about

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We create community through sports! The Local 802 Executive Board supports a bowling team and two softball teams at Local 802. The BOWLING TEAM rolls every Thursday night at 11 p.m. at FRAMES (in Port Authority). The season runs in

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NOTE: As Allegro went to press, the minutes from the Dec. 18, 2018 meeting had not yet been approved for publication. TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2019 Meeting called to order at 11:09 a.m. by President Krauthamer. Present: Financial Vice President Fisher,

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March '19
Bill Kirchner told me a story about his high school band director Sam D’Angelo, who was a musical mentor to Bill at Ursuline High School in Youngstown, Ohio, and who died last January. Bill was with him from 1967 to

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