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Recent News

Trumpeter Goes the Distance for a Cause

This week trumpet player and Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) member Roy Wiegand will put his strong lungs to good use. On June 14, the ultra long distance runner will lace up his shoes to run more than 100 miles (four marathons) for the Michael Hoefflin Foundation (MHF) for children’s cancer. Many Los Angeles area musicians plan to join him for sections of the 30-plus hour run that will take him from Market Place Park in Santa Clarita to Westfield Valencia Town Center Drive.

Wage Theft Prevalent in California

Though California’s minimum wage will increase to $15 an hour by 2022, wage theft is a persistent problem among low-wage workers. According to the Economic Policy Institute, employers illegally cost California workers an estimated $2 billion in earnings per year.

Seger Hits Diamond Milestone

Local 784 (Pontiac, MI) member Bob Seger’s Greatest Hits album has been certified Diamond, meaning it sold more than 10 million units in the US, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

AFM Locals Participate in May Day Rallies Across the US

AFM Locals Participate in May Day Rallies Across the US

Morissette to Debut Musical

A new musical by Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) member Alanis Morissette will debut next year at the American Repertory Theater (ART) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

UK Neuroscientists Identify Most Relaxing Tunes

Studies from Harvard and Stanford found that health issues resulting from job stress cause more deaths than diabetes, Alzheimer’s, or influenza. One easy and inexpensive way to help manage stress is to listen to music. UK neuroscientists have identified specific tunes that are the most efficient stress relievers.

Symphony for a Broken Orchestra Supports School Music Programs in Philadelphia

What do you do with more than 1,000 musical instruments in disrepair and no funds to fix them? That was the dilemma faced by The School District of Philadelphia.

Unpaid Brazilian Musicians Protest in Rio

Amidst the financial crisis in Brazil, the artists of the Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra and ballet of the Rio de Janeiro Municipal Theater, have not been paid their salaries since February.

Songwriting in the Modern Era

A Music Week study that analyzed the top 100 singles of 2016 found that an average of 4.53 people wrote the hits, and those in the top 30 averaged 4.67 people.

Obama Center to Include Recording Studio

In May, former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled plans for the Obama Presidential Center and park to be built in Chicago’s South Side. Aside from the presidential library, the three-building complex will include an auditorium, restaurant, spaces for exhibition and education/meetings, plus a recording studio.