Jun 16, 2023 | News Story

Victory for Live Music on Broadway

In a victory for live music, AFM Local 802 is thrilled to announce that David Byrne's upcoming show at the Broadway Theatre “Here Lies Love” will use live musicians. For months, producers had threatened to not hire a live orchestra, which would have made “Here Lies Love” the first Broadway League-produced musical to rely almost entirely on a pre-recorded soundtrack. This would have been unprecedented in the 157-year history of live music on Broadway.

Musicians enjoyed an incredible outpouring of support to save live music on Broadway; over 15,000 people signed the union's public petition. This victory shows what can happen when those who care deeply about live culture and art come together in collective action. Local 802 pledges to continue to safeguard the incredible sound of live music, which is what the public deserves and what makes NYC the cultural capital of the world. Local 802 thanks everyone who helped musicians win this positive resolution. Now we must continue our ongoing work to support the professional musicians of NYC. Local 802 encourages everyone to sign this petition on behalf of the DCINY Orchestra, which is on strike for a fair contract.