From the staff of Local 76-493: "We wish you all a safe and joyous season filled with music, family and friends! Good wishes for a prosperous New Year in 2014."
Special Holiday Office Hours
Closed November 28 + 29 for Thanksgiving.
Closed December 24 – January 1 for Christmas holiday and break.
Regular office hours resume Thursday January 2, 2014.
The Musicians’ Association of Seattle co-hosts a weekly Recovery Support Group meeting with MusiCares. This is a free support group for the Seattle Music Community every Tuesday from 7-8pm. MusiCares and the Musicians’ Association of Seattle are proud to announce this addiction recovery support group for Seattle musicians, touring musicians and others who make their living in music. If you are active in your recovery and interested participating, please come.
Addiction Recovery Support Group for Seattle Music Community
3209 Eastlake Ave E. Seattle, WA 98102
(Parking in the back)
On bus #70, 71, 66
King 5's Evening Magazine tallies up public votes for the Best in Western Washington. We are nominated for best cermony music - VOTE FOR US! Just click on the logo below. Thank you.
In 1997, 5th Avenue Theater musicians, Seattle community and other unions lead successful a strike for fair wages and treatment of the workers. This video documents the labor organizing strategies of the musicians and the labor community.
Friday, August 2, 2013 at 5:06 AM
Special to The Seattle Times
Seattle percussionist Paul Hansen isn’t often seen, but he’s definitely a presence: He’s been in the pit for more than 90 musicals, worked on the soundtrack for “Halo,” composes music and plays in a quartet.
When Paul Hansen goes to work, the tools of his trade typically include timpani, xylophone, bass drum, tubular bells, washboard, thunder sheet, glockenspiel and tambourine.
On occasion, such as performing in the orchestra pit at the 5th Avenue Theatre’s current production of “Pirates of Penzance,” Hansen — one of the top percussionists in Seattle’s music and theater worlds for more than three decades — will add such sonic accents as duck calls, slide whistle and the clang of anvils. For the upcoming film-turned-stage show “Secondhand Lions,” he’ll incorporate Hindu ankle bells and Moroccan qraqeb.
If something makes a noise, Hansen wants to know about it.
“Hand me a bucket of pingpong balls, and I’ll play it,” he says.
“I’ve got aluminum Bundt pans and brass artillery shells I use as bells. I used to go to Boeing Surplus and just hit things.”
Hansen has performed in more than 90 musicals in Seattle, most of them at the 5th, but also at the Paramount (“Wicked”). He’s also an extra hand for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra (last season’s “Turangalîla” and “The Firebird”), and Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra (“Tide Harmonic”).
“At the 5th, I’m my own section leader,” he says. “I’m wholly responsible for how instruments work dramatically. With a symphony, it’s much more collaborative with other percussionists.”
Hansen says flexibility is key to being an occasional player with Seattle Symphony. He recalls filling in for an ailing percussionist and discovering at intermission he’d be playing the sensuous snare drum line in “Bolero.”
“I’d never played ‘Bolero.’ I’m sure that was a new time signature I invented.”
A native Seattleite, Hansen, 52, is the son of the late Edward A. Hansen, a renowned organist and beloved music professor at the University of Puget Sound. Edward was also the off-screen Mr. Music Man for KING 5’s “Wunda Wunda” children’s television show from 1963-71.
“I’d be sitting next to him during the live broadcast,” Hansen says. “At home there would be Beethoven and Brahms, but on the set he’d be accompanying stories and puppet shows with whistles and duck calls.
“I’d watch him and think, wow, that’s a really neat job.”
Hansen turned professional while a University of Washington freshman.
“I had just turned 18 and was doing some of the smaller shows in town. All of a sudden I’m on a Liberace tour bus with guys who had worked with Count Basie and Benny Goodman.”
Hansen played with such talents as Johnny Mathis, Mitzi Gaynor, Burt Bacharach and even Mr. Rogers. He went on the road with the Ice Capades two weeks after marrying his sometimes-collaborator, the filmmaker and theater director Janice Findley.
Hansen records soundtracks for films and video games (“Halo”) and is a co-founder of the Pacific Rims Percussion Quartet, which performed several thrilling concerts of John Cage music last year. But it is his longtime association with the 5th Avenue Theatre of which he seems particularly proud. He cites a 1995 production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies,” starring Maxine Andrews, and the 2002 world premiere of “Hairspray” among favorite memories.
Another 2002 show, “Hair,” was also special.
“The cast and band bonded so closely,” Hansen says. “The musicians were all in costume and becoming characters ourselves, and between the lighting and smoke and haze, it was like a bit of time travel.”
Posted on July 8, 2013 - 7:00 am
Lately it’s been the food workers demanding change, but some activists shake up the civic order another way — through their music.
Fair Trade Music Seattle started a little over a year ago, co-founder Jay Kenney tells CHS. The group founded as a musician advocacy group recently drum-rolled towards a musical win, and will commemorate the changes to Seattle music venues with a Monday night celebration at Volunteer Park running from 5 – 9pm. Cue the cymbal crash.
Kenney says problems started after musicians’ encountered issues at some Seattle music venues load-ins while unloading gear only to return and find a ticket on their car. FTMS has been working to change this through a local music workers union, Seattle’s Department of Transportation, City Council members, and the mayor’s office. Kenney now says that change is “imminent.” The loading dock alterations will effect such areas as Belltown and Capitol Hill and come sometime this summer, Kenney said. “It’s a done deal,” he tells CHS. Now, it’s time to celebrate.
“We’ve had meetings before,” Kenney said, but this informal gathering will be a “bit of a celebration too.” The Monday night event hopes to expand their success and get more musicians in the mix. And, of course, music will be involved. “I’m going to bring my fiddle,” Kenney said.
Please join our Fair Trade Music Seattle members for a picnic and meet and greet.
We’ll gather by the wading pool in Volunteer Park, Seattle. Please bring your own food and beverage along with something to share.
Volunteer Wading Pool is one of the “Big Three” wading pools. It’s a large circular pool, located near the Conservatory and the Seattle Asian Art Museum.
WE HAVE TWO NEW CENTRAL WASHINGTON COUNTIES IN OUR JURISDICTION:
CHELAN & YAKIMA
This means that union work in the cities of Wenatchee, Leavenworth, Chelan, Entiat, Cashmere, Yakima, Selah, Naches, Sunnyside, Zillah etc. will go through our offices.
KITTITAS county was already in our territory and that includes the cities of Cle Elum, Ellensburg, Kittitas, Vantage, Thorp, Ronald, Roslyn & Snoqualmie Pass.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Musicians’ Association of Seattle Celebrates 115 Years Providing Live Musical Entertainment
On Friday, March 1, 2013 the Musicians’ Association of Seattle, Local 76-493 will be celebrating 115 years as affiliates of the American Federation of Musicians and one of the oldest continuously operating businesses in Seattle.
The celebration includes an open house from 4-7 PM at 3209 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, 98102 with live musical entertainment, champagne, cake and vintage photo displays of some of Seattle’s most talented and prolific musicians from the early 1900’s to present day.
The Musicians’ Association of Seattle, a labor union of professional musicians provides live musical entertainment for the Seattle community. Local 76-493 members have been performing in vaudeville, burlesque, silent films, Broadway shows, nightclubs, circuses, radio broadcasts, weddings, parades, symphony, opera, ballet, television & radio commercials, and locally produced children’s television programs for the last 115 years.
The establishment of the Music Performance Trust Fund in 1948 has allowed Seattle AFM members to give thousands of free performances to audiences of all ages and diversity.
Local 76-493 currently represents over 450 professional musicians in Western Washington, including the musicians of the Tacoma Symphony, 5th Ave Theatre, ACT Theatre, Paramount Theatre and Village Theatre.
Free parking available in the back in spots marked “Eastlake Bldg”.
Seattle's first musicians' union, AFM Local 76, dated back to the 1890s. But as ever-greater numbers of African Americans arrived in the young, growing town the musicians among them soon discovered that the union had an unwritten segregation policy.
HistoryLink.org helps us take a look at our complicated history with segregation and how the two separate musicians' unions (Local 76 for whites; Local 493 for blacks) eventually joined.
Read the complete story here: "Negro Musicians' Union," AFM Seattle Local 493 (1918-1958)
The Musicians' Association of Seattle publishes the bi-monthly (7 issues per year) newspaper "Musicland" for our roster of 500 or so professional musicians in Seattle and Western Washington. Local 76-493 members receive a 20% discount on all ads. Please add a 3% service charge if paying by credit card.
Ad space is available in the following sizes and rates:
3" x 2" (business card) $20.00/issue
3" x 4" (quarter page) $50.00/issue
6" x 4.5" (half page) $100.00/issue
Just email us or give us a call for more info or help with your ad. 206-441-7600
Venuology was created to help musicians share information about music venues — alerting them to clubs that don't treat musicians well, and also those that do. With this website, we hope musicians will have an easier time deciding where to perform — and as a result, that venues will feel more pressure to improve pay, sound quality or other problems.
The reviews on this site are written by our users — in other words, musicians! Venue reviews are subjective and you're the best judge of the credibility of each review. Any musician can review a venue he or she has played at — joining Venuology is free and anonymous.
There are over 120 live music venues listed in the Seattle/Puget Sound region with more being added every day.
Venuology is a project of the American Federation of Musicians, a labor union representing over 90,000 musicians of all genres in North America.
Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance IMPACTS Musicians
The ordinance begins on September 1, 2012 and provides paid sick and safe time for employees working within Seattle City limits.
The ordinance sets forth minimum requirements for accrual, use, and carryover of PSST for employees and requires employer notification and tracking of PSST.
Sick Time can be used for personal illness or preventative care and care for a family member’s illness or preventative care.
Musicians who perform work in Seattle are covered by the ordinance including Broadway show musicians working at the Paramount Theatre, 5th Avenue Theatre, and ACT because the Collective Bargaining Agreements do not have comparable benefits. Sick leave benefits will accrue for these musicians.
Dance accompanists working at Cornish College of the Arts have similar benefits already guaranteed in the collective bargaining agreement.
Complete details can be found here: