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Orchestra News

Memphis Symphony Orchestra Ratifies Contract

Memphis Symphony Orchestra Ratifies Contract

Record Breaking Bow

Record Breaking Bow — The silver & ebony violin bow, made by Francois Xavier Tourte, is believed to have been owned by Polish virtuoso Bronislaw Huberman.

Giacchino Awarded Composer of the Year

Giacchino Awarded Composer of the Year —Congratulations to Composer Michael Giacchino of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) who was honored as Composer of the Year…

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Struggles for Fair Deal

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Struggles for Fair Deal —Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (FWSO) musicians continue to negotiate for a fair contract that at least partially restores the 13.5% pay cuts…

AFM Helps Establish the Ultimate Music Industry Standard on Capitol Hill

The American film and television industry took center stage on Capitol Hill, October 8, when the US House of Representatives Creative Rights Caucus, co-chaired by Representative Judy Chu (D-CA) and Representative Doug Collins (R-GA), in cooperation with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), led by former Senator Chris Dodd, sponsored the second annual “Beyond […]

Orchestra of St. Luke’s Names Executive Director

In mid-September, Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL) named James Roe its new president and executive director. Roe previously served as president and CEO of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

Baltimore Symphony Receives $6 Million for Education

Baltimore Symphony Receives $6 Million for Education and it will support BSO programs for Baltimore City school students. The gift has a long history…

Grand Rapids Symphony Negotiates for Fair Contract

Musicians of the Grand Rapids Symphony have been in negotiations with management since April for a new CBA. The previous contract, covering 50 full-time and 30 part-time musicians, expired August 31

Celebrating Unity at 40th OCSM Conference

This year marked the 40th OCSM conference. Our meeting day consisting of two topics: the changing media landscape in Canada due to cutbacks at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the ever-relevant topic of making the AFM more beneficial to freelance musicians.

A Union Win for Olney Theatre Musicians

After a six-month campaign, musicians at Olney Theatre in Maryland overwhelmingly voted to unionize in a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election. Musicians are now working with AFM Local 161-710 (Washington, DC), preparing for their first collective bargaining agreement. The victory is an important first step in Local 161-710’s organizing plan.