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Grand Ole Opry Musicians Covered Under New AFM Contract

Musicians performing at the Grand Ole Opry voted to approve a new four-year contract that includes progressive wage increases in each of its years. Musicians also won higher health and welfare payments and increased pension contributions. Aside from the house band, the new contract also covers the eight or more guest musicians who perform at each of the Opry shows. Hundreds of freelance musicians will benefit as well.

“The ‘show that made country music famous’ started as a humble radio broadcast almost a century ago, but is now viewed and listened to by millions on traditional radio, satellite radio, and the web,” says AFM President Ray Hair. “That’s why musicians fought for and won new satellite radio payments and a percent of the Opry’s receipts for streamed content.”

My Years

Music to My Years: Life and Love Between the Notes

My YearsThis is the story of Local 47 member Artie Kane’s personal life and career as a first call pianist for Hollywood studios from 1960 through 1979. He’s worked with Frank Sinatra and Henry Mancini, as well as Local 47 members John Williams and Quincy Jones, to name just a few. He conducted more than 60 motion pictures from 1991 through 1999. As a composer he wrote music for more than 250 television shows (Wonder Woman, Vegas, Loveboat, Hotel, Dynasty, Matlock, Question of Guilt, Man Against the Mob, and many more) and seven motion pictures (among them, Looking for Mr. Goodbar, Eyes of Laura Mars, Night of the Juggler, and Wrong Is Right).

Music to My Years: Life and Love Between the Notes, by Artie