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PRS P245 Guitar

Perfect for players who prefer short-scale guitars, the PRS P245 is a vintage-inspired single-cutaway guitar with an LR Baggs/PRS piezo system to provide both electric and authentic acoustic tones.

Rachel Pine Performs for Homeless Shelter

The largest homeless shelter in Washing D.C. the D.C. Community for Creative Non Violence, which feeds over a thousand homeless people, experienced a world renowned guest – professional violinist Rachel Barton Pine. She has played around the world and is internationally known, but she decided to play for only a dozen people this time.

AFM Cellist Appointed to Order of Canada

Cellist Denis Brott, a member of AFM Local 406 (Montreal, PQ), was appointed Member of the Order of Canada in December 2014.

Union Members Among 30 Highest Paid Musicians

Several union members were among Forbes’ list of the highest earning musicians. The figures include money from touring, record sales, publishing royalties, merchandise, endorsements, and other business ventures, during the June 2013 to June 2014 fiscal year

Republicans’ First Target: Social Security

As the Republican majority House of Representatives got to work in January, they set to work to cut Social Security almost immediately. Buried in a package of rule changes, was a provision that the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM) says would: “allow a 20% benefit cut for millions of disabled Americans, unless there are broader Social Security benefit cuts or tax increases improving the solvency of the combined trust funds.”

One Million Workers Could Lose Health Care

A Republican bill (H.R. 30) passed by the House could strip health care coverage for one million workers, plus add some $53.2 billion to the federal deficit over the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Trade Deals Bad News for Working Americans

Trade policies, being negotiated in secret, are among the items working Americans should be concerned about in 2015. Among them, the Trade Services Agreement (TISA), the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and FastTrack authority are set to cost Americans jobs and increase inequality across the US and around the world.

Bill Would Give Jobs to Aliens Over Qualified US Workers

The Immigration Innovation Act of 2015, or I-Squared, introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and five co-sponsors would flood the computer-related workforce with hundreds of thousands of temporary guest workers every year.

New Agreement reached with Motion Picture TV Film Industries

I am pleased to report that agreement was reached with representatives from the Television and Motion Picture Industries late Friday evening, January 9, 2015 in Los Angeles, for successor Motion Picture and Television Film Labor Agreements and Secondary Markets Fund Agreements.

Philadelphia Orchestra Announces European Tour

With the Philadelphia Orchestra ending 2014 on a positive note of having a $670,000 surplus on its $39.6 million budget, it seems like a good time to travel to Europe