The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Dear Colleagues,

For over half a century, the Musicians of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra have served the Minneapolis and St. Paul communities as well as global audiences—inspiring, entertaining, and enlightening listeners with world-class, virtuosic performances of some of the most profound music ever written. Read the rest of this entry »

Happy Holidays and the Minnesota Orchestra

Dear Colleagues,

The Minnesota Orchestra is one of the oldest and most prestigious symphony orchestras in the Americas, founded in 1903, and boasting such legendary music directors as Eugene Ormandy, Antal Dorati, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski and, currently, Osmo Vänskä. Read the rest of this entry »

The 7 Year TV Itch

Dear Colleagues,

This past week Rank and File Representative Neil Stubenhaus and I attended the first round of negotiations between the American Federation of Musicians and representatives of ABC, CBS and NBC. The Television Videotape Agreement has languished for seven years without negotiated successor agreement. Read the rest of this entry »

Happy Labor Day

Dear Colleagues,

We offer you, your families and friends, very best wishes as you celebrate Labor Day. We hope it is a great holiday for all. This is a great time to reflect on the contributions made to our own lives and those of our communities, contributions made by courageous men and women throughout the labor movement. We owe them so very much, even as struggles for social justice and worker rights continue.

Currently our friends and colleagues in the Indianapolis Symphony are facing an oppressive and very difficult time with their management and we ask that you stand with them by checking in at Please take a moment to support their petition for fairness.

Standing together. There is no greater way of honoring those who came before us in the spirit of Labor Day. There is also no greater way of our honoring ourselves; we are the musicians who enrich the world, educate the generations and create the profit streams. By standing together through thick and thin we protect our own dignity, protect our own livelihoods, and protect the music.

We stand together for the fair treatment of musicians in symphony orchestras when they are threatened by destructive management. We stand together with jazz artists working for decent treatment at major New York City clubs. @J4JA. We stand with musicians who are fighting against a fundamentally unfair practice, where film companies like Marvel Studios get tax subsidies – U.S. taxpayer money – and then fly overseas to record the music on foreign shores. And we stand with forward-looking musicians working to get fair treatment with Fair Trade Music @Fairtrademusic.

Musicians have long stood on the cutting edge of history, and none more than AFM musicians. From amalgamation of segregetated Locals in the 1950′s and 60′s, to union democracy movements both then and now, musicians have often been ahead of the historical curve. We are living in a worldwide cycle of adversity, but standing together we stand strong.

To all of the AFM’s Locals, to our fellow Player Conference members and to all of the AFM’s dedicated musicians, we wish you


Marc Sazer

President RMA


SAG-AFTRA Breakthrough in Music Video Negotiations

Dancers and other music video performers have been fighting for a union contract to cover all their work on music videos and guarantee benefits, fair pay, safety, and other basic job protections. Read the rest of this entry »

The Musicians of the Louisville Orchestra Under Siege

Dear Colleagues,

The following is an urgent appeal for your participation in an online petition on behalf of fellow musicians. On this important holiday weekend, please take a moment to “click” and sign this petition. Read the rest of this entry »


The Recording Musicians Association (RMA) congratulates the tens of thousands of actors, broadcasters, singers, dancers and other performing artists who are now joined in one, immeasurably strengthened union. The new SAG-AFTRA One Union means greater representation and increased effectiveness in a fast changing media world.

Congratulations to the smart and courageous leaders from both SAG and AFTRA who worked tirelessly and successfully to create the new model for Entertainment Union solidarity. Professional musicians are proud to stand side by side with our esteemed colleagues in SAG-AFTRA at this pivotal time. We applaud your vision and the future it will surely bring.

SRLA, Mad Men and More

Sound Recording Special Payments Fund and Music Performance Trust Fund

Last week a subcommittee of our American Federation of Musicians SRLA caucus gathered in New York to meet with record label representatives. Read the rest of this entry »