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Members of the New York City musicians’ union (AFM Local 802) have launched #SaveNYCMusicians, a campaign to share the stories of NYC musicians and ask the public for support.
As the pandemic continues to rage in NYC, musicians are almost all without income, security or health insurance. Lincoln Center and Broadway are completely shut down and freelancers are out of work in jazz venues, clubs, community centers, churches, cafes, hotels and everywhere that live music is usually heard. New York City has always been known for its dynamic performing arts scene, a vibrant cultural center for locals and visitors alike. The #SaveNYCMusicians campaign is dedicated to helping NYC musicians survive this critical time.
“We are at the risk of a Great Cultural Depression. Musicians are facing an unprecedented period of unemployment with no relief in sight,” said AFM Local 802 President Adam Krauthamer. “The arts in NYC as we know it — and the artists themselves — will not survive without major help. #SaveNYCMusicians is the musicians’ response to the crisis. I urge everyone to share our musicians’ stories and join the campaign at www.SaveNYCMusicians.com.” Click here to watch the campaign video, narrated by Tina Fey, and check out posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.