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Recent News

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Plans Overseas Tour

This August, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) will travel to Europe, marking its first overseas tour in 13 years. Thus far, the orchestra’s first tour stop is the Edinburgh International Festival in Scotland.

Saudi Arabia Opens to Arts

As part of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030 economic project, the country is opening up to the arts. Paris Opera has agreed to help set up a national orchestra and opera in Saudi Arabia.

International Executive Board Approves New Live Concert Streaming Agreement

The AFM International Executive Board has approved a new Live Concert Streaming Agreement that specifically covers the taping of concerts that will be made available on the Internet as individual selections.

Why We Should Advocate for Larger Pit Orchestras

I received many insightful comments from musicians across our Federation after my November 2017 column addressing the downsizing of touring musical orchestras. Most of the comments suggested ways to educate the public about this issue in order to have them demand larger orchestras to enhance their theatre experience.

Boston Landmarks Orchestra Votes to Unionize

In a National Labor Relations Board election, Boston Landmarks Orchestra musicians voted 41 to 5 for Local 9-535 to represent them as they organize and negotiate their first collective bargaining agreement.

Imaginary Folksongs for Soprano/Alto Saxophone and Piano

Originally written for saxophonist Nathan Nabb of Locals 29-717 (Granite City, IL) and 2-197 (St. Louis, MO), this engaging set of six short pieces runs the gamut from virtuosic to melancholy to humorous.

AFM & SAG-AFTRA Fund Names New CEO

The AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund, the AFM, and SAG-AFTRA have named veteran music industry executive Stefanie Taub as chief executive officer of the Fund.

Puerto Rican AFT Union President Denounces School Privatization

Aida Díaz, president of the Teachers Association of Puerto Rico (AFT) denounced the privatization of many of the island’s public schools, calling for those affected by the closures to “create a human shield to protect our education” on April 25 at the Capitol.

New Charges in Dispute with Mayo Clinic

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has filed new charges in its dispute with Mayo Clinic Health System Albert Lea. the National Labor Relations Board has found merit to the charges. Employees were locked out during Christmas after participating in a one-day strike over contract negotiations. Mayo management has been actively interfering with and discouraging […]

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Tours Poland

In March the musicians of Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO), members of Local 92 (Buffalo, NY), went on international tour for the first time in 30 years, and only the second time ever.