Local 802 Union Benefits

Being a member of Local 802 means making a commitment to yourself, your co-workers, and the larger musician community to stand united for fair working conditions and wage standards. By joining together in union, you and your co-workers are building collective musician power. As a member, you have access to the contracts you work under, full democratic rights and participation in Local 802 membership meetings, committees, and elections, and a staff who work to advance musicians’ interests through union contracts and political advocacy.

Membership in Local 802 also affords you a number of concrete benefits, intended to make your life as a working musician a little easier. More info available on each benefit at the links below.

  • Health Care: Every time you work a union gig, your employer contributes to the Local 802 Musicians Health Fund on your behalf. If a certain amount of contributions are made on your behalf during a six-month Contribution Period, you will be eligible for health coverage during the corresponding six-month Coverage Period.
  • AFM Pension Fund: Every time you work a union gig, your employer contributes to the American Federation of Musicians and Employers’ Pension Fund on your behalf. The Fund allows musicians to accumulate individual pension credits throughout their careers and secure a financially sustainable retirement.
  • Rehearsal Space Rental: Access to rehearsal space rental at Local 802 at reduced rates (ranging from $10/hour to $70/hour depending on the day and time.) To reserve rehearsal space, contact Maureen Cupid-Pierre at 212-245-4802 ext. 111.
  • Referral Service: You’re eligible to create a profile on NewYorkMusicians.com, Local 802’s Referral Service, through which employers can hire you for engagements, from weddings to teaching artist gigs, under union contracts.
  • Musicians’ Assistance Program: All Local 802 members and their families are eligible for MAP, a free and confidential program administered and professionally staffed by The Actors Fund. The program’s services include counseling, referrals, and resources for anything ranging from personal, family, and work issues and substance abuse to childcare, elder care, financial assistance, legal services, and work/life seminars on topics like financial management and healthcare.
  • Emergency Relief Fund: After two years of union membership, all active Local 802 members are eligible for help from the Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund if they’re experiencing extreme financial hardship. The ERF can connect you to appropriate services through MAP or help you pay off an expense, such as gas, electric, or telephone cut-off, eviction, medical debts, costs incurred due to the theft of instruments, auto repairs, etc.
  • Actors Federal Credit Union: You’re eligible to join the Actors Federal Credit Union as an 802 member. An AFCU branch is located on the 4th floor of Local 802. AFCU is owned and run by its members, meaning any net income earned is returned to members in the form of dividends on deposits or discounted loan pricing, including affordable instrument loans.
  • Instrument Insurance: There are a number of insurance policies Local 802 members can access through the AFM. The instrument insurance policy allows coverage for your equipment for theft or when it’s off premises or in transit. To learn more about the plan, log into the above link with a MyAFM account, which all AFM members are eligible to create.
  • Unclaimed Checks Pick-Up: Local 802 collects checks for our members from the Sound Recording Special Payments Fund, the Film Musicians Secondary Market Fund, the AFM & SAG-AFTRA Fund, SoundExchange, AARC, and the escrow fund of New York State. Pick up your checks from the Electronic Media Checks Window on the 2nd floor of Local 802 from 10AM-4:30PM on all weekdays except for Wednesday, when the window is open until 5:30PM.
  • Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund for Disabled Musicians: The Memorial Fund is a charitable trust fund that provides financial aid to disabled AFM members on an emergency basis. To learn more about the Memorial Fund and how to apply for aid, log into the above link with a MyAFM account, which all AFM members are eligible to create.
  • Anne Walker Scholarship Fund: Each year, Anne Walker Scholarships are awarded to members of Local 802 and their children who are pursuing the study of music at an institution of higher learning. The deadline to apply each year is typically in early May.
  • Music Performance Trust Fund: Funding is available for musical performances meeting certain guidelines set by the Recording Industries Music Performance Fund. A co-sponsor is required. Contact MPTF administrator Marisa Friedman for more information.
  •  Free Legal Advice: Our members are entitled to free legal advice and, in some instances, representation. If you have legal questions, contact Harvey Mars, counsel to Local 802.
  • Free Pilates Classes: Through our partnership with The Actors Fund, Local 802 members can sign up for free Pilates classes for musicians, aimed toward improving your endurance, helping you stop masking performance pain, and more. To find out when the next eight-week session starts and register, email tshapiro@actorsfund.org.
  • AFM’s Union Plus Program: As a current or retired union member, you are automatically eligible for AFM’s Union Plus Benefits. Create a free account and find out what discounts and benefits you’re eligible for.
  • Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts: A health center conveniently located in Times Square for NYC’s entertainment community, so you can make appointments before or after gigs! The Health Center is a program of The Actors Fund and Mount Sinai Doctors, offering primary and specialty care.
  •  Allegro: All Local 802 members qualify for a subscription to our award-winning monthly print publication of news and articles important to the music industry and our union.
  • Assistance from union organizers and business representatives to win and enforce union contracts. Want to get more involved in your union or discuss how to solve issues at your workplace? Contact Organizing Director Joy Winkler or organizers Sarah Koshar, Lily Paulina, and Shane Gasteyer.