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Recent News

Grassroots Organizers Get a LIFT

Labor Innovation Fund for the Twenty-First Century (LIFT) grants awarded to a diverse group of organizations that are organizing workers outside of traditional models.

10-Piece Orchestra Takes on Piano Player’s Unique Style

Steven Bernstein of Local 802 (New York, NY) first met Henry Butler decades ago and was impressed to say the least. He remembers thinking:

Al Jarreau Teaches and Sings with Students

Famous jazz vocalist and Grammy winner, Al Jarreau Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA), taught a master class to a group of students from three separate performing arts schools in the Philadelphia area as part of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts’ three day Artists N Residency program.

Four Couples Play Together in Springfield Symphony Orchestra

Every orchestra is a little special, but the Springfield Symphony Orchestra has a something a little extra special. Four marries spouses all play together in the orchestra. Doug and Lori Wright, Fred and Genie Thiergartner, Arturo and Jennifer Araya, and Joe and Angela Heck Mueller.

Doctor Explains How to Prevent Voice Damage

Bob Dylan never had the most beautiful voice among musician, but listening to him today it’s easy to hear his voice has gotten even coarser over the years. With the release of his newest album, Shadows in the Night, Dylan is coverings songs made famous by singers like Frank Sinatra

High School Teacher Jared Cassedy Receives Music Educator Award

Jared Cassedy, a name no one really knows, has just become a Grammy winner. For the second year, the Recording Academy and Grammy Foundation are presenting the Grammy Music Educator award.

Vintage Radio and Record Ads

With the Grammy’s this Sunday, it’s a great time to take a look back in time to see where music came from. Thanks to the great people at we have a series of old advertisements relating to radio and records.

The Black Keys Donate Song to PETA

The seven-time Grammy Award winners, The Black Keys of local 24 (Akron, OH) have donated their song “Howlin’ for You” to PETA for free, to be used in an ad promoting animal adoption.

Union Musicians Book New Strip Shows

Frank Leone, the 14-year president of the Musicians Union of Las Vegas, Local 369, is impressed with the turnaround of orchestra’s being hired for the Strip.

AFM Partners with Government and Airlines to Resolve Long Overdue Inconsistent Policies

On December 29, 2014, Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx issued a final rule regarding the carriage of musical instruments onboard US air carriers. The rule was published in the Federal Register January 5, 2015 and is scheduled to go into effect 60 days after publication in the Federal Register, around March 6.