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Musicians Union Launches Campaign For Musicians in Need
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Musicians Union Launches Campaign For Musicians in Need

September 14, 2015 By Neal Tepel New York, NY – On Labor Day, September 7, 2015, the musicians union Local 802 AFM launched #NotesForRelief, a new fundraising campaign and website to help musicians in need. This project will be coordinated by the union's Musicians' Emergency Relief Fund. A non-profit, founded in 1967 which has provided…

Musicians’ Union Battles French Company for Payments Owed
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Musicians’ Union Battles French Company for Payments Owed

September 2, 2015 By Tara Jesssup New York, NY– The American Federation of Musicians has filed suit against French company KIDAM for their failure to pay more than 20 bands that were recorded at New York City’s Winter Jazzfest for commercial broadcast on French television. It has been more than seven months since KIDAM entered…

SAG-AFTRA Goes After Non-Union Commercials
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SAG-AFTRA Goes After Non-Union Commercials

July 22, 2015 By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel SAG-AFTRA is intensifying its campaign against non-union commercials. Under its Commercials Organizing and Recapture Initiative, which began in May, it has found 40 non-union ads being made by advertisers who’ve signed the union’s commercials contracts.

Musicians File Lawsuit Against Movie Studios
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Musicians File Lawsuit Against Movie Studios

June 8, 2015 By Marc Bussanich  New York, NY—The American Federation of Musicians announced two weeks ago that it has filed a lawsuit against six movie studios because the musicians claim that the studios are violating long-standing collective bargaining agreements by reusing film soundtrack clips in other films and television programs without appropriately compensating musicians. 

Jazz Artists Call on Jazz Club Owners to Scale Up Pensions!
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Jazz Artists Call on Jazz Club Owners to Scale Up Pensions!

May 5, 2015 By Marc Bussanich New York, NY—Hundreds of public sector and private sector employees gathered near Columbus Circle to celebrate May Day on Friday. Kevin Blancq joined the troupe to bring attention to struggling jazz artists who aren’t receiving pension contributions from the owners of the jazz clubs they perform for.

The Robots Are Coming For Our Jobs!
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The Robots Are Coming For Our Jobs!

May 1, 2015 By Joe Maniscalco New York, NY –  In as little as five years, hi-tech robots could replace fast food workers at restaurants across the country — and that’s only the beginning. According to the author of the provocative new book, “Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future,” it…

Musicians Say AM/FM Radio Should Pay Up!
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Musicians Say AM/FM Radio Should Pay Up!

April 16, 2015 By Marc Bussanich  New York, NY—The president of the American Federation of Musicians said at the musicFIRST press conference on Monday, where Congressman Jerrold Nadler announced he would be introducing legislation to ensure musicians receive royalties from radio broadcasters, that its high time for his members to be paid each time their…

SAG-AFTRA Calls on Music Fans to Support Fair Play, Fair Pay
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SAG-AFTRA Calls on Music Fans to Support Fair Play, Fair Pay

April 15, 2015 By Marc Bussanich  New York, NY—The musicFIRST coalition announced on Monday morning new legislation being introduced by Congressman Jerrold Nadler that would require radio broadcasters to start paying musicians when they’re music is played either on Internet, satellite or AM/FM radio. SAG-AFTRA is very much part of the coalition supporting the Fair…

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