Archives: February 2001

02/01/01 Member Benefits

Local 655 Web Page Moves

South Florida Musicians on the web.  Peruse a copy of the latest newsletter, find out about breaking news, look up a phone number of a member, find out about local concerts, and more. 

And even more on the way! We are moving to: Http://

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02/01/01 Symphonic Shorts

Miami to get new Performing Arts Center...Maybe...

After twenty-one years, it looks like the Performing Arts Center of Greater Miami might actually get built. In December, Miami-Dade County Commission approved the $255 million contract, after numerous debates and escalating costs.
The Center is slated to open in the fall of 2004, and it will be the new home of the Concert Association of Florida, the Florida Philharmonic, Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet, and the New World Symphony. It will contain a 2480-seat  opera-ballet theater and a 2200-seat concert hall, designed by architect Cesar Pelli and fine-tuned by acoustician Russell Johnson. It will be built on land donated by Sears and Knight-Ridder on Biscayne Boulevard north of I-95.

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02/01/01 Recording Rap

The recording department had a very strong year last year. The total of Electronic Media scale wages on AFM recording contracts so far is $1,059,000.00. I should have final figures by the end of March and will update everyone in the next newsletter. Again, I thank all musicians for calling me to get contracts filed. Our Local has come a long way from 1997 when I first started. (the total was $350,000 at that time).  Keep up the good work!

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02/01/01 Casual Corner

Thank you to all of the musicians that have refused to cross the SFX picket lines, as well as the musicians who have walked the picket lines, including:

Jeffrey Apana, Leslie Bahler, Joe Barati, Tim Barnes, Virginia Barnes, Neal Bonsanti, Stu Brenner, Mike Brignola, Morty Bullman, Ian Burr, Jason Carder, John Chiboda, Barbara Corcillo, Gus Correa, Mike DiGregorio, Karen Dixon, Rafael Elvira, Ken Faulk, Susan Dirgins-Friend, Deborah Fleisher, Orlando Forte, Lisa Fox, Chris Glansdorp, Peter Graves, Jim Hacker, Kurt Hagen, Kathleen Hagen, Karen Hebermehl, Katrenna Johnson, Gary Keller, Eric Kerley, John Kricker, Andy Lewinter, Gary Mayone, Scott Melamerson, Jackie Moore, Susan Moyer, Alfredo Oliva, Chas Reskin, Billy Ross, Dan Salmasian, Dale Sandvold, Carole Simmons, Debbie Spring, Tom Stancampiano, Steve Svensson, Dana Teboe, Scott Whitney, our friends at IATSE, and anyone else who's name we missed.

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02/01/01 Official Business

Amendments to the Bylaws

The Following Amendments were passed by the membership at the 2/1/01 General Meeting

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02/01/01 President's Report

We need some of your time and a 34 stamp

The theater musicians of Local 655 have been on strike against Broadway theatrical presenter SFX since the end of November. SFX is the company that brings in such Broadway shows as Cabaret, Fosse, & Fiddler On The Roof. We have been attempting to get their wages increased to the industry standards that we have fallen significantly behind.

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