Local 802 Press Releases

New Local 802 AFM Diversity Committee Aims to Address Representation in the Music Industry

NEW YORK, NY – February 14, 2019 –The Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802, AFM expands its membership outreach initiatives with the formation of a diversity and inclusion committee. Chaired by Broadway musical director Steven Cuevas and co-chaired by renown jazz drummer Alvester Garnett, the group amalgamates union musicians from all backgrounds. The committee’s mission is to work collaboratively, to advocate and support diversity, and to promote equal opportunities for union musicians. Read more.


Local 802 statement in support of Actors’ Equity developmentals strike

NEW YORK, NY January 9, 2019 – The Local 802 Musicians’ Union supports Actors’ Equity in its effort to secure just compensation for its members. Broadway is booming. Grosses and attendance are at all-time highs. This is made possible by the creative and performing artists who do the hard work of developing and performing in these productions. Read more.


Argyle Theatre Orchestra Musicians Unionize with Local 802 AFM, Seek Official Certification of Union

BABYLON, NEW YORK January 2, 2019 – The professional musicians who perform in musical productions at Babylon Village’s Argyle Theatre have started the unionization process with the Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM. A majority of the orchestra musicians have expressed their intent to unionize and are now seeking official certification of their union through a National Labor Relations Board election process. Read more.


Fellow musicians call on JOSH GROBAN to reject Live Nation’s exploitative hiring practices, and demand a union contract for musicians playing his Sunday 11/18 show at Madison Square Garden!

NEW YORK, NEW YORK — November 16, 2018 — The Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802, AFM is calling on popular Broadway performer and pop music star Josh Groban to demand that his management at Live Nation sign a union contract for the protection of orchestral backing musicians contracted to play his Sunday, November 18th show at Madison Square Garden. Read more.