The Maricopa Area Labor Federation is pleased to again be sponsoring the Andy Ward Memorial Scholarship. Three scholarships in the amount of $1,000 will be offered in 2010. The scholarships are made possible by the generosity of the family of Andy Ward and American Income Life. Eligible applicants must be a union member or a dependent of a union member in good standing affiliated with the Maricopa Area Labor Federation who will be pursuing post secondary education in 2010.
Orchestral musicians from all three major Arizona orchestras and from as far away as California, New Mexico and Spokane, Washington were in attendance on Jan. 31st and Feb. 1st for Local 586’s first education and networking event aimed at reaching and teaching rank-and-file orchestral musicians as well as committee members and local officers.
This summer I had the opportunity to perform with Glen Campbell at the Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose, Alberta. It was a brilliant summer day in Alberta; around 80 degrees, dry, with a slight breeze, perfect conditions for an outdoor show. This has been a successful event since it's origination in 1992.
Follow the latest on the Performance Rights Act by visiting the musicFIRST coalition site.
Recently the House Judiciary Committee approved the Performance Rights Act (H.R. 848). The Bill will close a loophole in copyright law that allows music radio stations to earn billions of dollars each year without compensating the artists, musicians and rights holders who bring music to life and listeners’ ears to the radio dial. (source: musicFIRST)
I got the call again in March to participate in the Performance Rights Lobbying Fly-In in Washington, D.C. I had a week to book my ticket but with the economy in a slump getting a flight was easy, though not as cheap as they are now. I arrived at the Capitol Hilton just in time for the pre-dinner mixer. I met AFM members from all over the country and got to reunite with Hal Ponder, Ben Falk, Linda Patterson, some new friends from Austin and Houston and some old friends from Nashville.