Broadway Musicians Petition Union To Let Disney Concert Stream For COVID-19 Fund
Broadway musicians who carried out eventually November’s starry Celebrating 25 Magical Years of Disney On Broadwayoccasion need their union to again off and permit a streaming of the present to boost cash for Broadway Cares Fairness Fights AIDS’ COVID-19 Emergency Aid Fund.
In a petition posted Sunday on Change.org, 14 musicians and the orchestra conductor urge Ray Hair, President of the American Federation of Musicians, to reverse his determination denying streaming rights with out extra charges to the charity. Such agreements had already been reached with Disney Theatrical Productions, SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Fairness Affiliation. The petition additionally was signed by Adam Krauthamer, president of Native 802 chapter of the American Federation of Musicians.
[“As musicians we’ve got misplaced the chance to carry out publicly, however this use of our recorded efficiency may have been a terrific software to boost funds for folks in our group which can be in want,” the petition states partly.
Hair final week refused to grant the rights, arguing that musicians are at present in a “zero employment scenario” and ought to be paid for the streamed present.
The free stream of the taped present had initially been scheduled for 7 p.m. ET tonight.
“We acknowledge that [Hair] is working onerous to guard the rights of the membership,” the musicians say in an open letter accompanying the petition (learn it beneath), “however we as an orchestra are pleased to forgo any fee for the streaming of this charitable occasion, particularly in gentle of the extra $25,00Zero of assist [Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS] supplied to donate on our behalf to the Native 802 Emergency Aid Fund.”
As of Monday morning, the petition had garnered 8,809 of a focused 10,000.
The open letter in full:
We discover ourselves in a world that has been modified radically in only a few weeks by a horrible illness that isolates us and has modified everybody’s lives. In such a time, we should all come collectively for the widespread good. As musicians we’ve got misplaced the chance to carry out publicly, however this use of our recorded efficiency may have been a terrific software to boost funds for folks in our group which can be in want.It will serve to indicate the world the worth of stay musicand will additionally function an inspiration to younger musicians in all places, along with being each entertaining and uplifting to audiences around the globe on this troubled time.
Ray Hair, the President of the American Federation of Musicians, made this determination for us with out our data. We acknowledge that he’s working onerous to guard the rights of the membership, however we as an orchestra are pleased to forgo any fee for the streaming of this charitable occasion, particularly in gentle of the extra $25,00Zero of assist BCEFA supplied to donate on our behalf to the Native 802 Emergency Aid Fund. This beneficiant donation would straight assist the members of Native 802 who’re most in want throughout this disaster. Now greater than ever it’s important to hitch with the opposite members of the humanities group to assist these in want. We implore President Hair to permit the waiver of fee so this broadcast can increase desperately wanted funds for BCEFA and supply a way of pleasure and group that we will all share.
In unity and assist of our group, The members of the orchestraJim Abbott Ann GerschefskiDavid Kuhn Gary SeligsonDaniel Weiss Steve KenyonGreg Riley Tony KadleckShelagh Abate Jason JacksonLori Abbott Laura BontragerRolando Morales-Matos Horace “Junior” Wedderburn
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