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TSA Confiscates McBride’s Bow

TSA Confiscates McBride’s Bow In June, Local 802 (New York City) member Christian McBride arrived in Saskatoon, Canada, for a concert only to discover that his bow was missing from his case. “Now that it’s confirmed, I can tell you that good ol’ TSA confiscated (aka STOLE) my brand new bow right out of my […]

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New AFM Agreement for Video Games Announced

The AFM has developed a new agreement in collaboration with Microsoft Corporation covering professional musicians employed in the making of video game soundtracks. The new agreement, which extends through December 2016, is effective immediately and is the result of discussions between the AFM and Microsoft that began early last year. “We are pleased that one […]

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AFM and Advertising Industry Reach Three-Year Deal

Representatives of the AFM, the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), and the American Association of Advertising Agencies’ (4A’s) Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent Union Relations (JPC) announced today that a successor agreement has been reached covering the services of professional musicians who record music tracks in the production of television, radio, and Internet commercial […]

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Jingles, Games, Relocation and Symphonic Media

As you know, much of my time this year has been consumed by negotiations toward agreements covering the services of our union members when recording commercial spot announcements (jingles), video games, and in symphonic electronic media. At the same time, I have been busy evaluating options for the relocation of Federation headquarters when our existing […]

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Mike Vaccaro: Playing by the Rules

James “Diamond” Williams: Still Funky After 30-Plus Years

Frank Martin: 64 Going on 24 – Martin Stays Youthful Thanks to Music

Jim Bestman: Bringing Out the Best in Chicago Bands

Light, Perfect Piano

Privia Pro PX-5S Stage Piano The Privia Pro PX-5S stage piano is packed with remarkable sounds and 88 keys in a 24-pound package, it’s easily transported and will even perform flawlessly on battery power. It features Casio’s proprietary AiR sound source, which provides incredible realism, detail, and expression for award-winning grand piano sounds. PX-5S has […]

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Omaha Symphony Ratifies Five-Year Contract

The Omaha Symphony announced a new five-year contract in mid-May, providing modest salary increases for musicians each year, as well as a 1% signing bonus in the first year of the contract. Altogether, base salaries will rise from $31,901 in first year to $35,024 in final year. The orchestra will also contribute $150 more toward […]

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