Note: Local 802 Building Closed (Until Further Notice)
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in an over-abundance of caution, please note that Local 802 is physically closed to Members until further notice. We are continuing full daily operations with the majority of our staff working remotely.
Resources and Information
Health and Safety
- Local 802 Covid-19 Health & Safety Recommendations for Live Performance
- General Health and Safety Resources
- Local 802 Orchestra Health Benefits Shortfall Funds
- Notice To 802 Health Plan Participants Re: COVID-19 Testing
- Summary of NYS Assembly Bill #10153 Guaranteeing Sick Leave and Benefits for Workers Under Quarantine or Isolation
Communications and News
- Communications To Members From Local 802
- Communications From Local 802 Employers
- Communications To The Public From Local 802
- Local 802 Executive Board to Set Up COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to Help Freelance Musicians In Need
- New York Entertainment Workers Win Renewal of the Cobra Subsidy Program
- Together We Won Unemployment Coverage for Freelancers
Returning to Work
Assistance and Relief
- Emergency Relief Funds & Financial Resources
- Government Relief for Federal Student Loans
- Unemployment (UI) and Loan Forbearance
- Actors Federal Credit Union Resources
- AFM-EPF Implementing Remote Operations
- Housing Resources from the NYC CLC
- Upcoming Remote Events for 802 Musicians
- Update On Services From The Actors Fund
- Working From Home During Quarantine
Protect Entertainment Workers
Musicians and other entertainment workers are uniquely impacted by coronavirus. This pandemic has pushed the entire entertainment industry into an unprecedented crisis. Live concerts, theatrical productions, club dates, and recording sessions have been shut down. This has meant an overnight loss of work for entertainment workers—leaving thousands unable to pay for rent or food and jeopardizing their healthcare coverage.
Tell Congress to Protect Musicians in the Next COVID-19 Relief Bill
With nearly our entire industry grinded to a halt, musicians and other entertainment workers are being disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. While we are grateful for the measures that have already been passed by Congress to provide much-needed relief to our communities, it is not enough. Even when stay-at-home orders are lifted, there will be needed safety restrictions and limitations on mass gatherings for an extended period of time to mitigate further spread of the virus, leaving musicians and other entertainment workers without planned wages and benefits indefinitely.
As Congress pursues the next federal response to this crisis, we demand that any COVID-19 legislation include relief measures that protect entertainment workers throughout the duration of this health crisis.
Tell House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Support Performing Artists
We, the artists, craftspeople and technicians of the Performing Arts Industry ask you to support the “Worker Relief and Security Act” bill released by Sens. Michael Bennet, and Jack Reed, along with Rep. Don Beyer to extend the $600 weekly paycheck boost beyond July 31. We implore you to continue to extend those benefits to both salaried and independently contracted entertainment industry workers.
Live performance is irreplaceable. For the arts to emerge from this unprecedented moment the people who have put their full efforts into creation need support during this time when we have been asked to pause. Because we will all need the inspiration that live performance and the cultural arts offer more than ever as we come out of this moment of national crisis, please support performing artists in The Worker Relief and Security Act.
Ask Congress to Pass the Worker Health Coverage Protection Act
Thanks to all the musicians and other workers who contacted their members of Congress, there is now a bill called the Worker Health Coverage Protection Act that will provide coverage for the full cost of COBRA premiums for newly unemployed workers who normally receive coverage through their job. We are calling on members of Congress to pass The Worker Health Coverage Protection Act to ensure musicians and other workers who are out of work can afford to remain on their healthcare during this public health crisis.
Music Workers Alliance Call for Economic Justice in the Digital Domain
In the name of economic justice for the creators of recorded musical products, the Music Workers Alliance is calling on all major corporations profiting from the distribution of music to contribute 1% of their ad revenue during each month that live performance remains shut down into an emergency fund to be administered by artist relief organizations with long-track records of assistance to performing artist communities, such as MusicCares, The Actors Fund, Sweet Relief, and The Jazz Foundation.
The Music Workers Alliance also calls on Google, YouTube, Facebook, and other major online corporations, in coordination with a wide net of music industry organizations – including representatives of independent labels and content creators – to immediately establish and empower a working group tasked with examining steps, including standard technical measures, that could address infringement in order to create a more sustainable online music ecosystem that sustains culturally diverse production and promotes economic development and small and medium-size enterprises. Many people across the world are turning to music to get through these unprecedented times. If we want the people who create that music to survive in this pandemic and the economic fallout that will follow, we need to fix an untenable situation: music workers need economic justice in the digital domain now.
Call on Mayor Bill de Blasio to Protect New York City’s Cultural Institutions
A number of NYC Council Members have signed onto a petition calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to ensure New York City’s cultural institutions, arts non-profits, artists, and creative workers are supported by current relief efforts and included in the Business Stimulus package.