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Local 78 Musicians Rally to “Let the Music Play”


Pictured above, from left, is Local 78 member Jeff Stockham, Local 78 Treasurer Ed O’Rourke, and Local 78 President Bill Harris at the rally.

In late September, Local 78 (Syracuse, NY) musicians and officers participated in a rally dubbed “Let the Music Play,” which protested New York state rules that say only “incidental” music can be played at bars, restaurants, clubs, or theaters. The New York State Liquor Authority rules prohibit venues that serve alcohol from advertising shows or charging customers for live entertainment through tickets or cover charges. State officials have argued that the rules are meant to limit crowds and control the potential spread of the coronavirus. AFM International President Ray Hair said at the time, “While we don’t deny the gravity of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic or dispute the steps taken to curb the infection’s spread, NYS Liquor Authority’s rule against advertising live music or charging for music just punishes musicians and business owners. This rule does nothing to protect the community against coronavirus or ensure safety of the venue.”

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