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International Musician, Recent News

British Report Says Career Teaching Music Is Becoming Unviable

They may even be charged for the use of teaching rooms.

FIA Issues Declaration on Sexual Harassment

In October the International Federation of Actors (FIA) Executive Committee approved a declaration on sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation in the entertainment and media industries.

Opera Inspired by Little Rock Nine

Sixty years to the day after nine African-American teenagers integrated Little Rock High School protected by the 101st Airborne Division, the eight surviving former students, President Bill Clinton, and other dignitaries gathered at Central High School. After a day of commemorations and sharing memories, an announcement was made that the story of the Little Rock Nine is being turned into an opera by composer Tania León, a member of Local 802 (New York City), and librettist Thulani Davis.

Grand Ole Opry Musicians Covered Under New AFM Contract

Musicians performing at the Grand Ole Opry voted to approve a new four-year contract that includes progressive wage increases in each of its years.

US Postal Service Aids Puerto Ricans

In the weeks following Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico, the most reliable system of communication was the US Postal Service.

Second Dudamel Tour Canceled

Another Dudamel Tour Canceled by the Venezuelan government due to the fact that conductor Gustavo Dudamel spoke out against the leadership officials.

EU Youth Orchestra Makes Brexit

Brexit has forced the European Union Youth Orchestra to relocate from the UK to Italy, creating issues for the British players who will soon be ineligible.

Employer Fined Following Workplace Death

Employer Mark Welty was fined over $280,000, in penalties after his employee Nicholson Tinker was killed on the job due to a hazardous work environment. Tinker was killed when a cinderblock wall collapsed on him during a demolition. Welty acted with plain indifference towards the health and safety of his employees—lack of proper structural assessment, inadequate bracing and shoring for the wall, and lack of safety training for the employees.

Florida Unions Call for Living Wage

All three Florida Democratic candidates for governor support raising minimum wage to $15 an hour.

CIW Women’s Group Sends Letter to Wendy’s CEO

In early October, CIW sent a letter to Wendy’s CEO Todd Penegor, along with the company’s board chair and a major shareholder, that called attention to sexual violence that occurs in Wendy’s supply chain and requested a meeting to discuss the issue.