Local 802 has negotiated a health benefits shortfall fund in several orchestra contracts to help freelance orchestra musicians maintain their health insurance. The musicians on the primary hiring lists of these orchestras may apply for contributions from the funds to reach either Recovery Plan A or Plan B if they have at least some contributions in the plan for the covered period.
Musicians may apply for shortfall funds starting on January 19, 2022 at 9:30am EST. The below submission link will become active at that time. You may need to reload this page to see the active link.
Applications will be considered in the order they are received. As such, to provide fair response opportunities to our membership, an outline of the form is provided below. For further fairness, submissions cannot be submitted until 9:30am EST on the opening submission day. Please note: for shortfall fund request eligibility, you must have been rostered with AND worked for one or more of the orchestras listed below under “Participating Orchestras” during the most recent six-month contribution period.
- Email address (does not need to match your email address on file with Local 802)
- Full name
- Local 802 card number (eg, A12345)
- Phone number
- Total amount of shortfall subsidy requesting
- Whether you’re requesting contributions for Recovery Plan A and/or Plan B.
- Which orchestra(s) you are requesting a shortfall from
Shortfall Fund Details
Currently, members must have $2,150 in contributions for Recovery Plan A per six-month period, or $500 in contributions for Plan B per six-month period. Musicians may access their accounts through the Local 802 membership portal. (Although all your contributions may not be appearing in the portal right now, make your best estimate of how much you will be requesting to reach either the $500 threshold for Plan B or $2,150 for Recovery Plan A.) We will confirm the amount with the fund before we send the shortfall request to the orchestra(s). The dollar amount needed will be divided among the participating orchestras up to, in most cases, $500. The funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. We are working with employers to help keep as many musicians covered as possible. If you have questions about how the shortfall funds work, please contact Financial Vice President Karen Fisher. Questions regarding the Local 802 Health Fund should be directed to the Health Fund.
|Orchestra||Max contribution per musician|
|American Ballet Theater||$500|
|American Symphony Orchestra||$500|
|Bronx Arts Ensemble||$500|
|Little Orchestra Society||$750|
|Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra||$250|
|New York Pops||$500|
|Orchestra of St. Luke’s||$500|
Questions regarding the Local 802 Health Fund should be directed to the Health Fund.