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Articles, Organizing

Breakout Groups Bring ICSOM Conference Delegates Together

The 56th annual ICSOM Conference was hosted by the musicians of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Local 1 on August 22 – 25, 2018.


2018 OCSM-OMOSC Conference Offers Timely Discussions

The 43rd annual Conference of the Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians (OCSM) was held August 13-17 at the Hotel Pur in Quebec City, Quebec. The Players’ Association of the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec hosted the conference.


Delegates from 89 Orchestras Meet at 2018 ROPA Conference

At the 2018 ROPA Conference, held July 31-August 2, delegates gained knowledge from peers and experts in our industry, covering the topics of negotiating, union organizing, interpersonal relationships, musician self-care, financial health, and the overall state of our profession.


AFM Leadership Meets Representatives at LCC/PCC Conference

On June 17-18, the LCC/PCC Conference was held at the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Saturday began with a meeting of AFM leadership and staff with delegates from both the LCC and PCC.


Partnering with Our Communities

Being accessible and vital partners in our communities is key to the success of our International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) orchestras.


ROPA’s 34th Annual Conference: Working with Other Player Conferences and the AFM

The Regional Orchestra Players’ Association will hold its 34th annual conference in Portland, Oregon, July 31-August 2. The conference will be held at University Place Hotel & Conference Center, on the campus of Portland State University. Our conference will feature presentations on a variety of subjects of interest to our members, including hearing wellness, sexual harassment, performance anxiety, and diversity and inclusiveness in our orchestras, opera, and ballet companies.


Internal Organizing in Our ICSOM Orchestras

The cohesive internal organization of an orchestra is the foundation of a strong bargaining unit.


Aiding Musician Organizing South of Our Borders

I recently had the privilege to represent the AFM at several International Federation of Musicians (FIM) workshops in Latin America.


Organizing for Inclusion: Thinking Differently

In 1980, I proudly joined AFM Local 369 (Las Vegas, NV). At that time, every hotel and casino that had a showroom contracted union musicians.


#MeToo: What to Do When You Are Harassed

The viral spread of the #MeToo campaign denouncing sexual assault and harassment demonstrates that almost no one is immune to sexual harassment and no one reporting it should feel alone. The campaign has also exposed the unfortunate truth that instances of sexual harassment appear to be pervasive throughout American culture, including in the arts and entertainment community.








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