Allegro

Currently Browsing: January, 2019

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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