Local 802 Press Releases

Local 802 Supports the Musicians of the Baltimore Symphony

NEW YORK, NY – June 5, 2019 – Baltimore Symphony management announced last week that it was canceling summer programming and proposing to shorten the performing season from 52 weeks to 40 weeks. Musicians’ pay would be cut by roughly 20%, according to management’s proposal. The former contract expired in January and the new CBA is being negotiated. As a negotiating tactic, Baltimore Symphony management has stated that if the musicians agree to a reduced performing year, the symphony will agree to provide them with health insurance year-round. However, if they don’t cave in to management’s demand, musicians will lose their health insurance this summer. Putting musicians’ health at risk represents a new low in labor negotiating tactics. Read more. 


Local 802 AFM Theater Musicians Launch “Musicians of Broadway” Website

NEW YORK, NYApril 22, 2019 – The musicians who perform in Broadway productions have launched “Musicians of Broadway,” a new website telling the stories of the union music professionals who bring theater to life in New York City. The website is available to the public at www.musiciansofbroadway.com. There are almost 10,000 musical theater performances on Broadway every year. The 1,200 musicians working on these shows play a crucial role in bringing them to life. Because these musicians are not always center stage, with many playing from back rooms and closed pits, audiences are sometimes unaware of their presence and the important contributions musicians make to every live performance. Musicians of Broadway was created with the intention of providing a way for the public to learn more about these talented creative professionals. Read more.


photo by Pete Donovan

Local 802 Musicians Rally, Perform in Solidarity with Striking Chicago Symphony Musicians

NEW YORK, NYApril 12, 2019 – Over 150 musicians stood together at Dante Park, directly across from Lincoln Center, to demonstrate solidarity with their colleagues on strike at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. A group of thirty brass musicians from the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, and the New York City Ballet performed, conducted by Joseph Alessi, Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic. The Local 802 AFM musicians spanned every genre from Broadway to classical to indie, and the musicians were joined by their fellow union members from Actors’ Equity, American Guild of Musical Artists, IATSE Local One, IATSE Local 764, the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, SAG-AFTRA NY, and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Read more.


Local 802 Musicians Rally in Solidarity with Striking Chicago Symphony Musicians

NEW YORK, NYApril 11, 2019 – Local 802 musicians will stand together on Friday, April 12 to show their solidarity with striking Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians. Musicians from the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, and the New York City Ballet will be joined at Lincoln Center by musicians who work in every genre and venue across the New York music scene to demonstrate unity for fair wages and benefits for all working musicians. Emma Gerstein, flutist at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, will also speak about the ongoing strike. Read more.



Save the NEA: Local 802 Statement on Eliminating NEA Funding in President’s Budget

NEW YORK, NY – March 21, 2019 – As many of you know, the Trump Administration has proposed terminating funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) as part of its proposed budget. Defunding the NEA would have a strongly negative impact not only on many young and emerging musicians who depend on NEA grants, but also on music education and the underserved communities that benefit from NEA support. That’s why Local 802 strongly opposes any cuts to the NEA’s budget. Read more.


Local 802 Executive Board member Lynne Cohen supporting CSO musicians on the picket line in Chicago.

Statement in Support of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Musicians

NEW YORK, NY – March 13, 2019 –The promise of a pension is a sacred one and the musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra are right to insist that it not be compromised. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has assets of over half a billion dollars and is more than capable of managing its pension liabilities without shifting all the risk onto musicians. The musicians of Local 802 support the strike by the members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and urge CSO management to do the right thing and honor their pension promises to the musicians. Read more.





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.