Archives: January 2007

01/12/07 Jazz Scholarships Available

Gold Coast Jazz Society announces that the application deadline for the annual Jeanette M. Russell Jazz Scholarship Fund and Competition, awarded in memory of Lady Jazz and “St.Louie” Ray, is February 1, 2007.

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01/02/07 Scholarships Available for Graduating Seniors

South Florida Musicians Association and the Music Performance Fund are offering two $750 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who will be majoring in Instrumental Music, Music Education, Composition, or Sound Recording / Industry Studies at an accredited college or university.

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01/01/07 Official Business

Annual Dues Are Now Payable

Regular Member Dues are $146 per year. Life Member Dues are $96 and Inactive Life Member Dues are $66. You may pay half by January 31 and the balance by July 31. Payments received after January 31 may be subject to late fees. Please check your newsletter for your current balance and contact us if you have questions. Thank you! 

Membership Drive Announced

From now through March 31, new members can join without having to pay Initiation Fees, a savings of $115! Please spread the word. Call us if you need promotional materials or applications for your nonmember friends, and remember, you get a $20 discount off your Annual Dues for every member you recruit!

Statements of Dues Paid

Statements of Annual Dues and Work Dues paid in 2006 will be available in February. If you have requested a statement in the past, you will automatically be sent one again this year. If you have not requested a copy in the past and would like one this year, please contact the Local. 

01/01/07 Member Benefits

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01/01/07 Double Times

Musicians Ratify New 3-Year Agreement

Musicians of the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra have ratified a new 3-year collective bargaining agreement. Highlights of the new agreement include:

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01/01/07 That Union Thing

Miami-Dade teachers approved a new contract by a nearly 4-to-1 margin. The new 3-year agreement immediately raised base starting salaries by $2000 to $36,250, retroactive to July 1. Salaries will reach $40,000 by the end of the 2008-9 school year. The agreement affects 21,000 union and nonunion teachers.

A new study released  by Paul Wolfson of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College shows that raising the minimum wage does not cause job loss. The District of Columbia and 29 states, including Florida, now have minimum wages higher than the federal minimum wage of $5.15.

01/01/07 Industry News

Local/Club Date

Nicole Yarling's Future of Jazz Youth Orchestra featured 30 college, high school, and middle school students at the Harriet Himmel Theater in West Palm Beach in November. Yarling was assisted by instructors and Local 655 members James Gasior and Ed Maina.

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