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Neil Young FAQ

    Neil Young FAQ Music journalist Glen Boyd’s Neil Young FAQ presents a definitive guide to the Local 47 (Los Angeles) member and iconic songwriter. It covers every song and album in painstaking detail, from his solo work and live recordings, to work with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Boyd includes […]

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Project Management For Musicians

    Project Management For Musicians This book will help you get organized and take charge of your music projects, harness your creativity and visions, and succeed. It covers everything from budgeting, management, and copyright to problem solving and mitigating risks. Whether you want to record, tour, launch your own studio, or promote concerts, this […]

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Local 180 Creates Organizing Committee Along with New Logo and Slogan

At the 99th AFM Convention locals were urged to establish their own organizing committees. As the result of that request, Local 180 (Ottawa-Gatineau, ON) set to work creating a committee to foster external and internal organizing efforts—in other words, to develop programs that focus on mobilizing current membership. “In September 2013, we created a Local […]

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Neil Sedaka: Prolific Songwriter Goes Back To The Basics

Over Neil Sedaka’s long career he’s been known for writing songs that catch your ear and make you want to sing along. Hit recordings like “Calendar Girl” (1961) “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do” (two versions 1962 and 1975), “Laughter in the Rain” (1974), and “The Immigrant” (1975) made him a household name for several […]

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Hawaii Symphony Expands Season in New Agreement

The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (HSO), which was formed following the closure of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra in 2011, has ratified a new two-year musicians’ contract. The new agreement covers the orchestra’s 84 musicians through June 2016 and provides for two additional weeks each season. HSO plans to expand the diversity of its programming and develop […]

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Oregon Symphony Extends Contract

Musicians of the Oregon Symphony have signed a one-year contract extension, through August 2015. The Oregon Symphony Association recently hired a new president and the musicians wanted him to have time to become more familiar with the organization before negotiating a new contract. Negotiations are expected to begin in spring or summer 2015. Musicians have […]

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North Carolina Symphony to Receive Salary Increases

At the end of June, musicians of the North Carolina Symphony ratified a two-year agreement that will be effective through August 2016. The season length will remain at 39 weeks and musicians will receive modest salary increases each year. Whereas language in the previous contract stated that the orchestra would make best efforts to fill […]

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Local 655 Urges Boycott of South Florida Symphony

The South Florida Musicians Association encourages members of its community to boycott the South Florida Symphony (SFS). The symphony is delinquent in paying wages to its musicians; many have yet to be paid for any of the work they performed in 2014 and only recently received payment for the work they performed in November 2013. […]

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Metropolitan Opera Reaches Tentative Agreement

Musicians and management of The Metropolitan Opera reached a tentative agreement the morning of August 18 after an all-night bargaining session, avoiding a lockout threatened by opera management. Federal mediators stepped in late in July. In August, Eugene Kelin, co-founder of KPS Capital Partners, was brought in to conduct an independent financial analysis. A tentative […]

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Building Power Through Social Media

by Matt Plummer, Organizer, AFM Organizing & Education Division In the last decade, overall use of social media has skyrocketed. People spend almost 2.5 hours a day on average using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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