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Recent News

Orchestration Course Offered to Members in Boston, Washington, DC, and Toronto

Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) member Norman Ludwin will offer a half-day orchestration seminar to members of Local 161-710 (Washington, DC), Local 9-535 (Boston, MA), and Local 149 (Toronto, ON) this spring. Ludwin has been working in the recording industry as an orchestrator and bassist for more than 35 years. Recent orchestration credits include Priest, Super-8, and John Carter. […]

WGA Opposes Comcast/NBC Takeover of Time Warner

In a February press release the Writers Guild of America, East, announced its opposition to the Comcast/NBCUniversal takeover of Time Warner, reiterating concerns over consolidation in both distribution and production portions of the media industry that it expressed in 2010 about Comcast’s takeover of NBCUniversal. Comcast/NBCUniversal is currently thwarting efforts of writer-producers at NBCUniversal-owned Peacock Productions to […]

Obama Nominates NEA Chair

On February 13, President Barack Obama announced his nomination of Dr. Jane Chu as Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. Chu is President and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, a position she has held since 2006. Chu received a B.M. in Piano Performance and a B.M.Ed. in Music […]

Stolen Stradivarius Returns to Stage

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster, Frank Almond, returned to the stage this past Monday with the 1715 Lipinski Stradivarius in hand.  Both Frank and the Stradivarius violin received a standing ovation before the performance even began. Frank Almond played the recently recovered Lipinski Stradivarius violin for a packed house at the Wilson Center for Arts in […]

Most Popular Love Songs That Musicians Want to Play, the world’s top sheet music e-retailer and publisher, have released the top love songs played in 2013. ranked the list of top ten songs by the number of downloads.  “Music is certainly about passion, and these love songs capture a wide range of romance, emotion and passion,” announced Kathleen Marsh via press release.  Kathleen […]

Stolen Stradivarius Recovered

The stolen “Lipinski” Stradivarius was recovered late Wednesday night according to Milwaukee police.  The 300-year-old Stradivarius violin was stolen last week in an armed robbery after a performance at Wisconsin Lutheran College. The violin, which is valued at over $5 million, was found in a suitcase in the attic of a Milwaukee residence.  The Stradivarius […]

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on NLRB Election Rules

President of AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka, released a statement on NLRB Election Rules. -February 5th- We applaud the National Labor Relations Board for proposing these common-sense rules to reduce delay in the NLRB election process. Similar rules were adopted by the NLRB more than two years ago after an exhaustive public rulemaking process.  The rules were […]

3 Arrested in Connection with the Stradivarius Violin Theft

The Milwaukee County district attorney’s office has confirmed that three people were arrested in connection with the Stradivarius violin that was stolen from the concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra last week.  No other information was revealed about the arrests, and it still remains unclear if the violin has been recovered. The violin, known as […]

AFM President Blasts ABC for firing ‘Dancing with the Stars Orchestra’

After 17 hit seasons performing on one of the world’s most popular TV programs, Dancing with the Stars (DWTS), the 28 men and women of the show’s live backing band—the Harold Wheeler Orchestra and Singers—have been fired.  Producers of the show say the group will be replaced with pre-existing sound recordings and a “small electric […]

Could You Live on $2.13/Hour?

According to the AFL-CIO, 3.5 million hourly workers earning minimum wage are living on about $15,000 per year. Also, most working families in the US have lost about $4,000 in income every year for the past decade. While 13 states raised their minimum wage at the beginning of this year, there needs to be an […]