FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 3, 2017
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NYC MUSICIANS UNION LOCAL 802 AFM ENDORSES MARJORIE VELÁZQUEZ FOR NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL IN DISTRICT 13
Velázquez pledges to work with Local 802 to see that musicians are treated fairly and that all students in New York City public schools have access to quality arts education
NEW YORK, NY—Thursday, August 3, 2017—The Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM today announced the endorsement of Marjorie Velázquez for New York City Council in District 13.
Commending Ms. Velázquez’s strong progressive values, her pledge to fight for fair payment and treatment of musicians, and commitment to work to increase access to music and arts programs in our public schools, Local 802’s Executive Board voted unanimously to support her candidacy for New York City Council.
“Marjorie fundamentally understands the challenges musicians face, including exploitation and employment misclassification, and she is committed to championing the rights of the many musicians who live and work in her district and citywide,” said Tino Gagliardi, President, Local 802. “The Bronx is an epicenter of music and home to countless musicians who have shaped our musical heritage. Marjorie is committed to continuing that legacy and we look forward to working together to ensure that musicians can continue to live, work and raise a family in New York City.”
“We must ensure that all New Yorkers have access to the power of live music and the arts and that musicians are treated fairly and can continue to live and work in our City,” said Marjorie Velázquez. “As someone who experienced the power of music from a young age, I am proud to have Local 802’s endorsement, and I pledge to work in the City Council to strengthen arts education in our public schools and advocate for the hard-working musicians and artists who are an essential part of our cultural vibrancy and economic strength.”
Pledging to work alongside the union to advocate for policies that support musicians and grow the cultural economy, Ms. Velázquez will support the union’s efforts to ensure that musicians are paid fair wages and receive fair treatment at City-supported venues and festivals. She understands the need to address both the challenges and opportunities presented by the “gig-economy” as well as the urgent need to expand the stock of affordable residential housing for artists in New York City. She will be a strong partner with Local 802 and the music community in confronting these challenges on the City Council.
About the Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802, AFM
The Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 American Federation of Musicians represents over 7,500 highly-skilled musicians who are the backbone of the New York City’s thriving cultural and tourism economy, which brings over 58 million visitors each year. Its members—who perform on Broadway, at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Radio City, on Late Night shows and in other televised bands, as well as in hotels, clubs, festivals and venues across NYC—are protected by collectively bargained agreements ensuring proper classification, fair treatment and living wage.