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Recent News

British-Iranian Composer Explores Border Issues

Following President Donald Trump’s January 27 executive order for his first travel ban, composer Soosan Lolavar was banned from re-entering the US. Lolavar was born and raised in London, but has dual citizenship as her father is Iranian.

AFSCME Leadership Speaks Out About the American Health Care Act

“As if the pleas of doctors, nurses, retirees, hospitals and lawmakers from both parties weren’t enough, now we have 24 million additional reasons to protect the Affordable Care Act.

GOP Health Plan Places Tax Burden on Workers

According to Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF)—a coalition of hundreds of organizations including the AFL-CIO—the Republican plan to dismantle the Affordable Care Act would put at risk the health coverage of millions of Americans, while providing $465 billion in tax breaks to wealthy Americans along with large health insurance providers and prescription drug companies.

Expedited H-1B Visa Approval Suspended

Foreigners seeking H-1B visas for temporary jobs in the US with high-tech companies will now undergo a longer process according to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which announced that H-1B “premium processing” will be suspended for up to six months.

Simon Tours in Support of Biodiversity

Paul Simon of Local 802 (New York City) has announced that he will hit the road again for a 17-city tour to benefit the Half-Earth Project, an initiative of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation.

AFM Members to Receive Honorary Degrees

Berklee College of Music has announced that AFM members Lucinda Williams of Local 433 (Austin, TX) and Todd Rundgren of Local 802 (New York City) will be honored with honorary doctor of music degrees at this year’s May commencement.

Foreign SXSW Musicians Denied Entry

Some foreign musicians attempting to enter the US to perform at South by Southwest (SXSW) have been turned away, and in certain cases even arrested and detained overnight after attempting to use the wrong type of entry visa.

Anti-Piracy System Makes Strides in UK

In one year the UK-based PRS for Music’s Anti-Piracy System (MAPS) has made great strides against piracy.

Teen Takes Stage with the Boss

One lucky Australian teen got to share the stage with the Boss at a Brisbane, Australia, concert. During the concert, Nathan Testa’s sign: “Missed school, in the s—, now can I play ‘Growin’ Up’ with you?” caught the singer’s eye. Bruce Springsteen, a member of Locals 399 (Asbury Park, NJ) and 47 (Los Angeles, CA), asked Testa if he knew the guitar part and invited him up on stage.

Sarasota Ballet Dancers Vote to Unionize

In a joint press release the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) and The Sarasota Ballet announced that the company will join other top national ballet companies as members of AGMA. “We are thrilled to welcome the professional artists from The Sarasota Ballet into the AGMA family,” says AGMA National Executive Director Leon Egert.