Why do we need your donations?
With music performance at a standstill, there is more need for help than ever before. Our community of musicians has lost virtually all of our work as theaters have been completely shuttered in NYC. The current resources of Local 802 have been stretched to capacity by the pandemic with so many members struggling financially. We are in danger of losing our health coverage, and every day our musicians are being forced to leave our expensive metropolitan area because our work has disappeared. Your tax-deductible contribution will ensure that the music will play on!
Who are Local 802 NYC Musicians?
We are the world-class artists who perform on Broadway, at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, in jazz clubs, cabarets and churches, making New York City a unique musical destination for tourists from around the world.
How does your donation help?
With your help, we can provide emergency relief to musicians, address our health fund’s shortfall, and enhance our efforts to get musicians safely back to work, restoring the musical heart and soul of New York.
Where do your donations go?
All donations go directly into the Local 802 Musicians Emergency Relief Fund which is a Section 501(c)(3) public charity specifically serving the Local 802 NYC Musicians. Donations may be eligible for a charitable income tax deduction; please consult your tax advisor for eligibility. Our Federal Tax ID Number is 13-6222619. The Local 802 Musicians Emergency Relief Fund will allocate a portion of donations towards the Local 802 Musicians Health Fund which provides Local 802 NYC Musicians with access to affordable health coverage.
What is the economic impact of Music in NYC?
According to the mayor’s office, New York is home to one of the world’s largest and most influential music ecosystems, supporting nearly 60,000 jobs, accounting for roughly $5 billion in wages, and generating a total economic output of $21 billion. On the larger scale, the arts contribute $763.6 billion to the U.S. economy, which is 4.2% of the gross domestic product — more than agriculture, transportation, or warehousing. And the arts employ 4.9 million workers across the country who are a part of the very foundation of our city and our country.
The #1 tourist and business traveler's attraction is the thrill of attending a Broadway show, an industry that did a record $1.9 billion business in 2019. Lincoln Center, home of the Metropolitan Opera, NY Philharmonic, American Ballet Theater, and NYC Ballet is yet another billion-dollar economic engine for the city. Carnegie Hall brings in millions of dollars of revenues does the Radio City Christmas Show. Our thriving jazz scene at the Blue Note, Birdland, and many other jazz clubs are also a cultural destination bringing in large revenue.
Along with the major venues, there are hundreds of other smaller venues that generate enormous economic activity while making New York a global cultural center. We want to keep the creative community together that made that possible. We hope you’ll be part of this effort to support this valuable community that is such a huge part of our city’s unique character.
How does Local 802 represent NYC Musicians?
The Associated Musicians of Greater New York, better known as Local 802, is the world’s largest local musicians union, representing over 7,000 New York musicians. They comprise a diverse community of musicians of all styles, types, and backgrounds, from the orchestral stages of the Metropolitan Opera and New York Philharmonic to the pits of Broadway, the sound stages of the late-night TV shows, recording studios and clubs, restaurants, bars, hotels, and venues across the five boroughs. As the umbrella under which so many musicians work, Local 802 offers valuable services to its members, such as guaranteeing fair wages for all working musicians and ensuring workplace protections.
We unite to fight for the common interests of all musicians by advancing industry standards that dignify our labor and honor and enrich our art. This includes organizing groups of musicians who desire fair representation and collective strength, representing musicians in contract negotiations, helping musicians gain access to health care and pension benefits, working with our elected leaders and government to pass legislation that supports the arts and our industry, and providing resources to help support individual musicians and careers.
The ultimate goals of our union are to uphold the integrity of live musical performance and to advance the vital role of music in the economic, cultural, educational, and social life of our community and beyond.