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Currently Browsing: February, 2019

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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