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Currently Browsing: November, 2019

...and over $13K ends up in their pockets, thanks to the Electronic Media Department
When trumpeter Martin Berinbaum and his wife were on vacation together, watching the 2016 movie “Manchester by the Sea,” one piece of the soundtrack immediately caught their attention. During the funeral scene for the main character’s brother, Handel’s Messiah plays

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Financial Vice President's Report
Karen Fisher
The annual meeting of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) was held this past August in Park City, Utah. Orchestra delegates from all over the country met to discuss, argue and commiserate over the state of our

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Local 802 Artist Rights Caucus
Ben Bierman
WHAT YOU CAN DO 1. Join the Local 802 Artist Rights Caucus by sending an e-mail to artistrightscaucus@gmail.com. Meetings are posted at www.Local802afm.org/local-802-events. 2. Sign our Call for Economic Justice in the Digital Domain: https://arc802.wordpress.com/2018/10/04/afmsighon 3. Let your elected union

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Member spotlights
ALISON FIERST Alison Fierst joined the New York Philharmonic as associate principal flute in September, having previously held the position of second flute in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Fierst has been a fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival and

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Views from the board
Pete Donovan
Working on new musical theatre? Leverage your value as a musician and union member to get the benefits and guarantees you deserve! I’ve worked on Broadway for nearly 25 years. During that time, I’ve been involved in dozens of developmental

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JAZZ IS A PRIORITY
Local 802's jazz committee is re-booted and ready to roll
David Stern
Jazz outreach is on the rise at Local 802. Beginning in the early 1980s, the union started working with jazz musicians in earnest to organize and improve their careers. For a notable period of that time, these initiatives were led

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Get them jamming!
More and more young musicians are learning about Local 802 through the Jazz Mentors Student Jam series, supported in part by the Music Performance Trust Fund. Each Student Jam is hosted by our fantastic house band, led by Local 802

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It's time to help fellow musicians in need. Here's how...
Bettina Covo
(Win a Pearl drum set autographed by Bernard Purdie! Click here for details!) Giving back to the community is a great feeling, especially when you’re helping musicians in need. The Local 802 Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund was created in 1967

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Bettina Covo
What’s better than winning a Pearl drum set? How about if the set is autographed by  world-renowned drummer Bernard Purdie! It all began on Sept. 26, when Purdie played a Jazz in the Afternoon benefit show at Local 802. (Besides

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Musicians network through the Actors Fund and discover inspiration
Patch Schwadron
For some musicians – especially introverts – it can be frustrating to realize that finding new gigs can depend on socializing, schmoozing and networking. Luckily, there is help! The Actors Fund (which, despite its name, is for all artists) has

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Improve endurance and stop masking performance pain!
Tamar Shapiro
A career as a musician comes with many rewards, but one of the physical challenges is the stress placed on the body by repetitive movement and having to hold your body and instrument in particular ways for long periods of

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  Mary Anne Allender Mary Anne Allender, 88, a pianist and opera singer, died on Sept. 6. She had been a member of Local 802 since 1975. Ms. Allender was an accomplished soprano who was best known for singing with

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Harold Mabern, 83, the jazz pianist, died on Sept. 17 after being a member of Local 802 since 1960. A product of the fertile Memphis music scene of the 1950s, Mr. Mabern enjoyed a career lasting more than six decades.

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Michael A. Giddens
I joined Local 802 primarily for the networking opportunities and to share the joy and magic of music with everyone. I have been playing both acoustic and electric guitar for over 35 years and I am available for studio session

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Paul Shaw
I joined Local 802 to meet new musicians, collaborate on a variety of projects, and to be an official member of NYC’s community of professional musicians. My goal in NYC is to play, record and tour as much music as

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Machan Taylor
I rejoined Local 802 after I started teaching voice in the jazz department at the New School, which is covered by a Local 802 contract. My full bio is at www.machantaylor.com, but I can tell you that music has been

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Elissa Carmona
I joined Local 802 to explore benefits like visas, travel and liability insurance, and a pension plan, and also to connect with professional musicians on a national basis. My musical goals are to continue touring, record a music video, and

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Oren Neiman
I joined Local 802 after being hired as the guitar/mandolin chair for “Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish.” New York is such a rich place to be! I want to continue playing with and learning from as many people as

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Dmitry Ishenko
I joined Local 802 after I was hired to play in the orchestra for “Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish.” I was impressed by how much work Local 802 did for us, and I had a great experience with theatre

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 Meeting called to order at 11:20 am by President Krauthamer. Present: Financial Vice President Fisher, Recording Vice President Schwartz, Executive Board members Axelrod, Cohen, Donovan, Frawley, Hoyt, Kainuma, Shankin. Minutes of September 3, 2019 reviewed. It

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Winning on stage
Dr. Don Greene
Are you an adrenaline junkie? Do you enjoy the rush? I hope your answer is yes, especially if you are a performing artist. Everyone, in audiences as well as audition panels, wants to feel the excitement of an energetic, emotionally

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Bill Crow
Steve Herberman gave me this story from guitarist Mundell Lowe about playing with Charlie Parker: “Bird called me in 1950 to do this concert with him up in Harlem,” remembered Mundell. “We played ‘Just Friends,’ and he played the first

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FREE FLU SHOTS The Friedman Health Center is offering free flu shots to musicians and other members of the entertainment industry. Members with or without insurance can stop by for a free flu shot on Friday, Oct. 4 from 10

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