Archives: October 2001

10/01/01 Member Benefits

MPTF Scholarships Available

Local 655, in cooperation with the Music Performance Trust Funds, is sponsoring three scholarships for full-time instrumental music students enrolled in an accredited college-level music program in Local 655’s jurisdiction.

Details and applications are available at the Local. The application deadline is December 1. Please call (954) 925-1996 or e-mail local655[at]afm[dot]org for more information.

10/01/01 That Union Thing

It was way back during the Depression, in Akron, Ohio. It was a very brutal time. People were actually being thrown out into the street. They were freezing to death, or they were getting pneumonia and were dying as a result of it. A family was being evicted from their home in Akron.

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10/01/01 Symphonic Shorts

The History Of ICSOM

The International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) was founded to further the interests of these musicians by providing tools to promote a more rewarding livelihood for orchestral performers and a democratic structure within the AFM to achieve it. ICSOM is a voluntary organization that has given a voice to musicians who in the past have been underrepresented.

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10/01/01 Recording Rap

The entertainment industry came together again Thursday, September 27 to honor Victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. With the help of Alfredo Oliva, sixty Local 655 musicians donated their time recording "El Ultimo Adios" (The Last Good-bye) at the Hit Factory in North Miami. The song was composed by Emilio Estefan and songwriter Gian Marco in the first days after the attacks on New York and Washington. John Secada wrote the English-language version that he sang at the Dolphins’ home opener. Our Local 655 musician José Antonio Molina wrote the arrangements and conducted the session and member Eugenio VanDerHorst was the copyist.

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10/01/01 Casual Corner

Music Man Boycott

The touring production of Music Man, set to play in Ft. Lauderdale December 18-30 and West Palm Beach April 2-7, will be a non-union tour and both the AFM and Actors’ Equity will be involved in leafletting the production. The AFL-CIO has endorsed a boycott of the show.

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10/01/01 Official Business


Tuesday, November 20, 2001; Polls open 9:00am to 8:00pm

Local 655, 2725 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood FL 33020

on Hollywood Blvd. 1 block east of I-95

Members needing an absentee ballot must submit a written request to be received no later than November 12, 2001. Please click here for a list of candidates and click here for campaign statements.

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