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Just in time for the kickoff of Pride Month, Local 802 musicians are celebrating 802 PRIDE, the union’s new LGBTQIA+ committee, a grassroots collective of culturally and ethnically-diverse LGBTQIA+ musicians. 802 PRIDE is a safe space where members can come for support, a sense of community, and better visibility and inclusion in our industry. (see attached graphic).
Local 802 is also thrilled to be providing more union gigs for its members through Music For The Soul, a special series where musicians perform concerts from their own homes that are streamed directly to NYC hospitals. The concerts are public and can be enjoyed Monday through Friday from 12 noon to 1pm at https://www.facebook.com/
NYCHealthSystem. The series is a partnership between Local 802, NYC Health + Hospitals, and the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. Guitarist and Local 802 member Roberta Fabiano recently performed one of these concerts (see attached photo) and said, “Our hospital workers are true heroes and I can’t ever thank them enough for all they’ve done and continue to do to keep our city safe and healthy. I am forever thankful for this opportunity to do whatever I can to help bring a smile and hopefully some comfort to our hospital workers and the patients who they care for.”
Local 802’s other ongoing series of union gigs is Music Heals, where musicians perform live at NYC vaccination sites. “Vaccination is the key to re-opening NYC quickly and safely,” said Local 802 President Adam Krauthamer.
Finally, Local 802 is putting the pressure on Lincoln Center to do the right thing at its Restart Stages. The problem is that Lincoln Center — even though it controls the money — is refusing to act as the employer of its musicians. Instead, it’s sending out non-union contracts to our members and forcing musicians to negotiate directly with bandleaders and music directors. This shirking of responsibility means that there’s no union agreement or pay scale for Restart Stages.