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Recent News

Kelsea Ballerini to Receive Nashville Symphony Harmony Award  

Country music recording artist Kelsea Ballerini, a member of Local 257 (Nashville, TN), will receive the 2019 Nashville Symphony Harmony Award and perform during the 35th annual Symphony Ball on Saturday, December 14, 2019, at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Presented annually by the symphony and selected by a dedicated committee, the Harmony Award recognizes individuals who exemplify […]

SAG-AFTRA and Mexican Actors Union Sign Cooperative Agreement

The Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) announced on October 12 that it has signed a historic cooperative agreement with the Asociación Nacional de Actores (ANDA), the labor union that represents performers in Mexico. “We are honored and privileged to stand strong with ANDA, an important leader in […]

Permit Requirements Eased for Musical Instruments Made from Endangered Species Materials

A consortium of nearly 200 organizations agreed recently to ease restrictions on the buying, selling, or transportation of musical instruments made from endangered species materials across international borders.

MPTF Pledges $200,000 to Present More Than 1,000 Free, Live and Age-Friendly Musical Performances for Older Adults

This year, the MPTF will invest more than $200,000 in over 1,000 events, which will be coordinated and implemented by local AFM offices.

NYS Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli Talks Union at Local 443 Event

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli grew up with both of his parents as union members—his father with the communications workers union and his mother with the civil service employees union—and he still remembers the lessons he learned as a child about the labor movement.

Weston Sprott to Receive Sphinx Medal of Excellence

Trombonist Weston Sprott, of Local 802 (New York City), has been named a recipient of the prestigious Sphinx Medal of Excellence, and will be honored for the achievement at a black-tie private dinner in March 2020 in Washington, D.C.

Don Prell Presents Birthday Bridge Concert in San Francisco

On August 4, Prell, a jazz and classical bassist, walked partway across the Golden Gate Bridge with his bass and played a solo concert in honor of his 90th birthday.

Une conférence de l’OMOSC axée sur la santé des musiciens

To view this article in English, click here. par Robert Fraser, président de l’OMOSC et membre de la section locale 247 (Victoria, C.-B.) La Conférence 2019 de l’Organisation des musiciens d’orchestre symphonique du Canada s’est tenue du 12 au 16 août, à Hamilton, en Ontario. Hamilton étant le lieu de naissance de la médecine des […]

Local 802 guitarist Mary Halvorson named 2019 MacArthur Fellow

Guitarist and composer Mary Halvorson, 38, of Local 802 (New York City) has been named a 2019 MacArthur Foundation Fellow. The MacArthur Fellowship is a $625,000, no-strings-attached grant for individuals who have shown exceptional creativity in their work and the promise to do more.  According to the MacArthur Foundation, Halvorson “is pushing against established musical […]

Hilary Hahn Donates her $25,000 Glashütte Original Festspielpreis to Project 440

Philadelphia nonprofit selected because of their unique education work World-renowned violinist Hilary Hahn has selected the Philadelphia-based nonprofit Project 440 as the recipient of a $25,000 gift stemming from the prize money she received as part of the Glashütte Original Festspielpreis five years ago. Hahn, a member of Local 40-543 (Baltimore, MD), was selected due […]