Newsletter Archives: February 2005

02/01/05 That Union Thing

Even Priests Want A Union

Following in the footsteps of a few rabbis and some 1500 priests in England, Canadian clergy members are now seeking union representation through the Canadian Auto Workers Union. Citing low pay, stressful working conditions, and psychological and physical abuse by parishioners, the clergy members feel a union presence will help them find relief that traditional church channels have been unable to provide.

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02/01/05 Member Benefits

South Florida Musicians Association...Working for you in 2004Ö

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02/01/05 Industry News

Club Date

The Miami Sax Quartet and guests Richard Bravo, Lee Levin, Chuck Bergeron, Arturo Sandoval, and Jon Secada recently played a benefit concert in support of WDNA Radio FM 88.9.

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02/01/05 Local News

Recording Musicians Association forms South Florida Chapter

The Recording Musicians Association (RMA), a players’ conference of the AFM representing recording musicians, has established a chapter in south Florida. The RMA currently has chapters in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, San Francisco, San Antonio, and Spokane.

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02/01/05 Official Business

Have you Paid your 2005 Annual Dues?

Check your mailing label for your balance as of the mailing date...Annual Dues paid after January 31 are subject to a $5 late fee. Thank you!

Membership Cards

Please note that membership cards will be sent to paid-up members upon request only. If you would like a membership card, please contact the Local. Thank you!

02/01/05 Studio Beat

2005 begins with a noticeable upswing in morale around here. Iíve been busy tracking down money, enforcing agreements, referring musicians, coordinating projects, recruiting, educating, signing up new signatories, and learning more about our industry. The positive feedback I receive energizes me to take on the considerable work that lies ahead.

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02/01/05 Cliff's Notes

The Right Frame of Mind

All it took was the right frame of mind. I am happy to report that since mid-December, your Local 655 has been scheduling and contracting the entertainment for JAZZIZ Bistro, located at the Seminole Hardrock and Casinoís Seminole Paradise. Michael and Lori Fagien, owners of the very popular JAZZIZ magazine, and Burt Rapoport, owner of Maxís Grill in Boca Raton, own this wonderful restaurant/nightclub. There are seven nights a week of entertainment, with two acts performing on most Sundays. JAZZIZ Bistro has brought new income to jazz musicians in our area, new income to the Local 655, and is a very Union friendly location. Please stop by the club and enjoy the talent, this place is beautiful!

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