AFM Local 802 Optimistic About NYC Reopening
As the weather warms up, Local 802 is feeling optimistic about the reopening of NYC. It's feeling safer to perform music and see NYC audiences return, even though it’s starting small. (Musicians who haven't signed up for a vaccination yet can start here.) Many Local 802 ensembles are performing at the Lincoln Center “Restart” outdoor stage, including the New York Philharmonic and Mostly Mozart. The New York Philharmonic recently performed at the Shed in Hudson Yards, the NYC Ballet performed at the Bronx Zoo, and members of the Met Opera orchestra were flown out to Texas to perform with the Dallas Symphony. More recording projects are also on the books every week. On a related note, Local 802 president Adam Krauthamer was interviewed on "60 Minutes" about the re-opening of NYC. Musicians also cheered fellow Local 802 member Jon Batiste for winning an Oscar for his score to the animated hit movie "Soul." Finally, Local 802 was in the news for a new musicians' cookbook, created by Local 802 member Reva Youngstein, which also serves a fundraiser to help fellow union members in need.