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NYC Council Votes to Support Justice for Jazz Campaign


In October, the New York City Council Committee on Cultural Affairs passed Resolution 207-A that endorses the Justice for Jazz Artists Campaign to improve the lives of jazz musicians working in New York City’s jazz clubs by providing retirement security through fair pay, pension contributions, recording rights protection, and processes for addressing grievances. New York’s City Council joins a growing number of voices calling for jazz clubs to do the right thing for the jazz musicians who bring patrons to their establishments. For more information on this campaign visit:

Justice for Jazz

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Cultural Chair Jimmy Van Bramer with jazz musicians at city hall.


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