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802 NOTES: the electronic newsletter of Local 802


This edition: Feb. 25, 2014 

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Announcing a concert and rally
Tuesday, Feb. 25
Le Poisson Rouge
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Artists including David Byrne, Mike Mills (REM) and Marilyn Carino, John McCrea (CAKE), Tift Merritt, Jennifer Charles (Elysian Fields), Marc Ribot, and Jason Moran (via video) will perform to highlight the issue. They will perform songs originally made famous by artists who were not the composers- and who therefore received nothing for radio play. Speakers include AFM President Ray Hair (via video), Chris Ruen (author of "Freeloading"), Wendy Oxenhorn (Exec. Director, Jazz Foundation of America) and Rosanne Cash (via video). We need to pack the house TONIGHT (Tuesday, Feb. 25) and show Congress, the media, and ourselves that artists are ready, willing, and able to act to defend our rights, our livelihoods, and our art forms!

THIS EVENT IS TONIGHT! Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at  Le Poisson Rouge. For all the details and to RSVP, please click here. This event sponsored by the Content Creators Coalition.

If you can't make the event, please sign our petition by clicking here



Thank you to everyone who attended our New York City Opera gala last Friday, with special guest Placido Domingo. For a recap -- including photos -- see the Local 802 Facebook page, by clicking here.  





Local 802 is very excited to announce a new company that has been launched for the purpose of booking union bands and musicians for weddings, corporate parties, bar mitzvahs and other events. The company, First Choice Musicians, features a state-of the-art web site, which presents highly polished and edited videos that showcase acts and bands in the best possible light. The idea is to show clients and bookers that First Choice Musicians' artists can bring that special element to make any occasion unforgettable. All engagements booked through First Choice Musicians will be covered by Local 802's single engagement club date collective bargaining agreement. In order to be part of First Choice Musicians' roster, you must provide photos, bio of the act, band size, music genre(s), a sample song list and audio clips. For more information and to apply to be a First Choice Musicians band or musician, call (212) 245-1091 or click here.




Recently Local 802 re-acquired a plaque, originally commissioned in 1947, honoring the 41 members of the union who died in World War II. See photo above. Any member who may have information about them is asked to contact Bill Rohdin at (917) 405-5381 or by clicking here.  

The 41 names listed on the plaque are: Philip Arkuss, Leslie Bartal, Donald Bernstein, Leon Breslaw, Nelson W. Bryan, Abraham Cohen, Anthony D'Amato, Nicholas de Pascale, William Ehrenkrantz, Marvin H. Frish, Vic Fuchsel, James Galvano, Jason Goldwater, Richard Gonzales, Al Gordon, Benjamin Hausman, Edward Hausner, Joseph L. Huelster, Bill Kliesrath, Stanley Krejci, Paul LeMay, Rudolf Lopez, William M. McCormick, Morris Medoff, E. Glenn Miller, Charles Murray, Otto W. Myslik, Roy W. Newman, John Nieto, George Nordgaard, Norman J. Pearl, Norman H. Peisner, Maurice Sadagursky, Regino Sierra, Herman Simon, Lewis J. Smith, Larry Sochovit, Raymond B. Townsley, John Varriano, Max W. Wannowsky and Drew Widener.



Do you see your photo and bio on our new web site...?


The Local 802 Theatre Committee announces a beautiful new web site to let the public know more about the outstanding talents of Broadway musicians. But not all Broadway shows are represented yet -- simply because we're missing some of your info! To get your show represented on our new site, please click here to read the story, as printed in the January 2014 issue of our union magazine Allegro.

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Local 802's Coordinating Advisory Committee is a unique union body because it places a cash fund -- called the Special Projects and Services Fund -- of approximately $30,000 per year in the hands of union members to disburse according to specific guidelines, including creating new work opportunities for members. Click here for more details on the CAC and how to apply for funding.






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Mikael Elsila is the editor of Allegro magazine and the 802 NOTES electronic newsletter. He can be reached at:

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Local 802 celebrates the life of Pete Seeger (1919-2014), a member of Local 802 since 1942, who died on Jan. 27 at the age of 94. Over the years, we featured Pete many times in our union magazine Allegro (see here and here), and we'll publish a full tribute in the upcoming March issue: stay tuned. Pete, we'll miss you!


These musicians are older, wiser and at the height of their powers!
A free performance of the Senior Concert Orchestra will take place on Saturday, March 8, at 3 p.m. at the LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts, 100 Amsterdam Ave. Sponsored by the Lucille Lortel Foundation with support from the Music Performance Trust Fund. 


The Murphy Institute has launched a new scholarship in labor studies. The scholarship is substantial: up to $30,000 for graduate students and up to $20,000 for undergraduates. Apply now! For more information, click here.

Don't miss our exclusive interview with Rufus Reid! Click HERE.
(Photo by Jimmy Katz)


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LS-1 contracts for health benefits are due no later than Feb. 15, 2014 for engagements performed from last July 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2013. Anyone submitting an LS-1 must contact Bettina Covo at Local 802 before the due date to be sure your submission is complete. Call (212) 245-4802, ext. 152 or click here to send an e-mail.

IMPORTANT: If you have not used an LS-1 in the past 12 months, there may be changes that you are not aware of that could affect whether or not the LS-1 is appropriate for certain situations. Please note: There are no changes if you teach or perform as a self contained act (i.e. a pianist, harpist, guitarist, organist performing alone).

The current AFM UNFAIR LIST can be found here.  AFM musicians are prohibited from working for these employers.
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Are you a member of Local 802 who is planning a free public concert? Have you budgeted all the costs for this concert but could use the help of a grant? The Music Performance Trust Fund is here to help. Currently the MPTF is offering 30 percent of total costs to musicians performing single engagement concerts under the public service scales and rules of the MPTF. The application process has been simplified and funds are available to members of Local 802. MPTF rules apply and all applications must be completed and submitted 45 days in advance of a concert date. Applications are subject to approval. For more information and to apply, please contact Roy Blum by clicking here, or call (212) 245-4802, ext. 150. 
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It has come to the attention of the Theatre Department that some Broadway musicians and substitute musicians are being asked to audition for theatrical productions on Broadway. Auditions are not allowed for Broadway shows without the full cooperation and notification of the Local 802 Executive Board. If you are asked to audition for any position on a Broadway show, contact the union immediately. Auditions have only been allowed in the past under very special circumstances after approval of the Local 802 Executive Board and only if the appropriate wages, including pension and health benefit contributions, are made to the musicians involved. Please let us know immediately if you are asked to audition on Broadway. Your anonymity and confidence will always be respected and ensured. Call (212) 245-4802 and ask for the president's office or the Theatre Department.


Do you want to see the BEST DEALS on used instruments and other services for musicians? Click here to check out the Allegro classifieds. To purchase a classified, click here.
Did you know that there's a housing project for musicians where the rent is only $635 a month? Click here to learn more!
Can musicians get unemployment benefits? Yes! See below... 
If you are a Broadway musician and your show closes, can you apply for unemployment? Yes. While you are collectingunemployment, can you sub on other Broadway shows, teach lessons, and play other freelance gigs? Yes, but your unemployment check may be reduced.

What if you're a club date musician and your leader or office hasn't booked you on a wedding gig in months? Can you apply for unemployment in that case?

For the answer to that question and more information on musicians and unemployment benefits, click here to read a story written by Local 802's counsel Harvey Mars with the Workers Defense Fund.

Become an intern at Local 802!   

Interns at Local 802 make a tremendous impact on the lives of musicians while gaining valuable experience and connections. You or someone you know can help us make a big difference. The union is now accepting applications for interns. Spread the word and click here for more information! 



The Emergency Relief Fund helps musicians in need. Financial assistance is provided in the form of a directed grant to the musician's creditors; for example, to a landlord, physician, etc. The eligibility requirements are:

  • A minimum of two years' membership in the union;
  • Union membership in good standing, with all dues paid;
  • "Dire need" as defined by the fund's trustees. This can include: threat of gas, electric or telephone cutoff; eviction; medical debts; costs incurred due to the theft of instruments; auto repairs vital to continued employment; and other emergencies.

To apply, contact the union's social worker Siena Shundi by clicking here or calling  (212) 245-4802, ext. 180. Cindy can also help you apply for other financial help from sources like the Actors' Fund and other relief organizations.

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There is a jazz jam on most Mondays at Local 802 (322 West 48th Street), from 7 to 9:30 p.m. For more information, call Joe Petrucelli at the Jazz Foundation of America at (212) 245-3999, ext. 10, or click here.

Somtimes the union may have a check in your name, but no way to get it to you because your address is outdated. To see if there's money waiting for you, click here.
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