Shortfall Funds


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 Plan A or Plan B as long as they have at least some contributions in the plan for the covered period. The shortfall fund may not be utilized to move from Plan A to Plan A+.

Submission Date

Musicians may apply for shortfall funds starting on July 1st, 2020 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.

Submission Summary

Applications will be considered in the order they are received. As such, in order 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 (July 1st, 2020.) Please note that, 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 period January 1, 2020 – June 30, 2020.

Questions Asked

  • 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 Plan A and/or Plan B (note: Shortfall funds may not be used to reach Plan A+ minimum contribution requirements)
  • Which Orchestra(s) you are requesting a Shortfall from

If you have any questions on the above, please contact the Membership Department at any time.

Shortfall Fund Details

Currently, members must have $500 in contributions for Plan B and $2000 in contributions for Plan A per six-month period. Each musician may access his or her own account through the member portal. The dollar amount needed will be divided amongst the participating orchestras up to, in most cases, $500. The funds are distributed on a first come, first served basis. We anticipate that the shortfall funds will be utilized to a greater extent during the next contribution period than in the past and will be working with employers to help keep as many musicians covered as possible. Members of any of these orchestras who have contract questions or questions about how the shortfall funds work should contact Financial Vice-President Karen Fisher.

Participating Orchestras

Orchestra Max contribution per musician Max Employer liability (per year)
American Ballet Theater $500 $5,000
American Symphony Orchestra $500 $10,000
Bronx Arts Ensemble $500 $3,500
Little Orchestra Society $500 $7,500 (up from $5,000)
Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra $250 $5,000
New York Pops $500 $5,000
NYGASP $300 $3,000
Queens Symphony $500 $5,000
Riverside Symphony $500 $5,000
Orchestra of St. Luke’s $500 $5,000
Stamford Symphony $750 $5,000
Westchester Philharmonic $500 $2,000

Health Fund

Questions regarding the 802 Health Fund should be directed towards the Health Fund.