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THE YEAR IN REVIEW
President's report
The outcome of last year’s 802 election was virtually an entirely newly elected leadership at Local 802. Our administration was given a mandate to start changing the way our union works. It was a priority to hit the ground running

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The next generation of jazz students are invited to Local 802 on Thursday, Jan. 16 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. when Jazz Mentors hosts its next student jam, led by the Jazz Mentors Band (JMB). For more information or

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Karen Fisher
The musicians of the Stamford Symphony Orchestra (first photo below) ratified their contract on Dec. 10, 2019. The new, two-year agreement includes significant increases in wages, health benefits, cartage, and mileage, as well as new language covering educational and community

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE
How the simple act of sharing our art can break down barriers, promote human rights and spread peace
Marshall Coid
Even as Washington escalates a noisy trade war with China and ugly political squabbles fill the headlines, union members on Broadway are creating peace here at home — quietly, and sometimes historically. Musicians and actors from “Chicago” recently honored two

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WHAT’S A UNION GOOD FOR, ANYWAY?
Notes from the field
Leo Gertner
In our busy lives, it can sometimes be easy to lose sight of what matters, whether it’s friends, family, last year’s New Year’s resolutions, or professional goals. As we continue our day-to-day hustle in the new year, we may get

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Gains made, but the fight for streaming continues
Elise Frawley and Joanna Maurer
We have just come off of the long, drawn-out negotiation between the AFM and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. At the time of writing this article, a tentative agreement has been reached subject to ratification. The negotiation

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IN SOLIDARITY, THERE IS STRENGTH
Legal corner
Harvey Mars
Unions are the best protection for workers – but many people don’t know that workers who are not part of a collective bargaining unit and who are not represented by a union also have rights under the National Labor Relations

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LET’S STOP PAY-TO-PLAY
Local 802 has a voice on the NYC Nightlife Advisory Board. We’re using it to improve working conditions for musicians. Here’s how…
Alvester Garnett with David Stern
The NYC Nightlife Advisory Board is an all-volunteer, 14-member independent body that advises the mayor and the City Council on issues affecting the nightlife industry and ways to improve regulations and policies that impact nightlife establishments. Alvester Garnett serves as

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The importance of the first teacher
Member to member
Morrie Sherry
As Allegro continues its series on music teachers and teaching artists, we hear this month from Local 802 member Morrie Sherry. If you have a story to contribute to this series, please e-mail Allegro@Local802afm.org. I began playing clarinet when I

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STOP INJURIES BEFORE THEY HAPPEN
To your health
FREE INJURY PREVENTION WORKSHOPS FOR MEMBERS OF LOCAL 802 Local 802 member Katherine Hannauer (pictured above) and her classmate Nick Cerbone will lead free, hands-on injury prevention workshops at Local 802 in February. There will be flyers posted at Local

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Bringing (ROCK) music to every classroom!
Member to member
Joshua Zarbo
Lately I’ve been traveling around the country speaking to education professionals about TeachRock, an arts integration curriculum developed by the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, a nonprofit established by legendary musician, producer, actor and activist Steven Van Zandt. As a

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Winning on stage
Dr. Don Greene
Flow is the mental state of a highly motivated individual when fully engaged in a chosen activity. The person is immersed in a feeling of energized focus and a sense of total involvement. Flow is completely focused attention; it is

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Bernadette  Zirkuli Biddlecome Bernadette M. Zirkuli Biddlecome, 74, a bassoonist and a member of Local 802 since 1963, died on Nov. 30. In 1967, she earned her bachelor of music at Juilliard, where she was awarded the Nuremberg Scholarship and

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Bettina Covo
Need to contribute a little more to get Local 802 health benefits? Need a few more credits to become fully vested in your pension? There is a viable way to contribute to your AFM pension* and maintain Local 802 health

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Kara Mikula
I joined Local 802 after doing several recent jobs performing as an actor-musician. I want to help develop a special set of rules for actor-musicians that can be used for all types of theatre contracts and ensure that producers are

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Okäru Love
I first joined Local 802 almost 20 years ago and recently renewed my membership after an unfortunate incident at a club in Harlem. My band and I were apparently fired due to my ethnicity. We were helped by Local 802

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Rebekah Bruce Parker
I joined Local 802 shortly after I came to NYC in 2018 to become a full-time musician and play on Broadway. I started by subbing on the keyboard 2 book for “Mean Girls,” which is full of organ, percussion, strings

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Jeremy Levine
I re-joined Local 802 because suddenly I’ve been getting a huge influx of union work. I am already fairly established but I look forward to branching out into Broadway or the new music scene. I play timpani all around New

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Miki Yamanaka
I joined Local 802 as a part of the Roxy Coss Quintet. I moved to NYC in 2012 and earned a master’s degree in music from Queens College. My musical goal is to play the gigs I want, all the

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Hosun Moon
I re-joined Local 802 shortly after I won the 2017-2018 American Prize for conducting in musical theatre. I decided to leave my position as a college music professor to become a full-time conductor, music director, pianist, organist, harpsichordist and keyboardist.

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Nov. 12, 2019 - Nov. 25, 2019
NOTE: The Executive Board did not meet on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Tuesday, November 12, 2019 Meeting called to order at 11:13 am by President Krauthamer. Present: Financial Vice President Fisher, Recording Vice President Schwartz, Executive Board members Frawley, Hoyt,

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Bill Crow
It doesn’t seem possible, but I’m about to begin my 38th year of writing this column. It all started when I was elected to the Local 802 Executive Board in December, 1982, as part of the ticket headed by John

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