June 01, 2016

Sign the Petition

Avatar Studios is a valued part of the musical community, but they don't treat their staff with the dignity and respect they deserve. It's been 9 months since Avatar staff overwhelmingly voted to join AFM, but they still do not have a contract. This is unacceptable! Tell Avatar to negotiate now.

January 20, 2016



Help us uphold Cornish College of the Arts reputation for paying artists a fair wage and health care benefits.

• Management does not understand the value we add to the dance department.
• Management proposes to take away our health insurance.
• Every employee deserves a cost of living raise.
• We’re asking for 3.5% per year for 3 years. This is only $9500 in new money for all the Dance Musicians combined. So far, management has refused every proposal made by the Dance Musicians.
• In 2014 Cornish College’s revenue was $32 million; management proposes to balance budgets at the expense of Dance Musicians who make up .034%
of its payroll.

Management denies that Dance Musician wages are too low for us to afford health care insurance. This is a radically altered position. For over 12 years, Cornish has provided medical benefits as vital incentives to attract and retain professional Dance Musicians with decades of experience to further its mission statement. If management refuses to treat artists with respect, they send a dangerous message to the public about the value of an arts degree. The message is that artists don’t deserve a living wage and that is NOT the Cornish way. Tell management that you support fair contracts for happy & healthy Dance Musicians!

Please email or call:

Moira Scott-Payne mpayne@cornish.edu 1-800-726-2787
Nancy Uscher nuscher@cornish.edu 1-800-726-2787
Jeff Riddell jriddell@cornish.edu 1-800-726-2787

What’s a Dance Musician?

A professional musician who specializes in providing music integral to ballet and modern dance classes.

Why is this important?

An experienced, live musician supports dancers in developing and refining essential elements of artistry in dance.

Live music in class offers aspiring professional dancers an opportunity to witness the artistic collaboration between dancer and musician, a central relationship in a career as dancer, choreographer and teacher.


May 19, 2015

Fair Trade Music Day - May 20th

Great News for Seattle musicians. The Seattle City Council voted on Monday, May 18, 9-0 to pass a resolution supporting musicians and Fair Trade Music and proclaim Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 Fair Trade Music Day.


Section 1. The Seattle City Council reaffirms our support for all workers, including musicians, having the right  to negotiate fair contracts establishing equitable relationships and enforceable standards; and

Section 2. The City of Seattle is committed to encouraging musicians and music venues to work together to secure Seattle’s place as a city in which all workers are paid for their labor, and have the ability to assure compliance with labor agreements; and

Section 3. In the City of Seattle, May 20, 2015 is proclaimed as “FAIR TRADE MUSIC DAY.”

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January 16, 2015

More Ways That It Pays To Be Union

written by: Paul Bigman, Organizer Local 76-493 AFM

We all have reasons to belong to the Union: maintaining standards of fair pay and treatment, representation in dealings with an employer, advice and solidarity from other musicians, resources to help with professional development, retirement benefits – the list goes on and on.

But many members don’t realize that we also get negotiated discounts from union-friendly providers and services.

One of the most popular is wireless ‘phone service through AT&T – the only union cell ‘phone provider.  Union members get a 15% discount on AT&T telephones and service.

But there are lots more:    

  • 10-30% discounts on Dell and HP computers
  • 10% discount on Goodyear tires and service at Goodyear-owned stores
  • 20% discount on Telaflora flowers
  • discounts at many health clubs, including 24 Fitness, Bally’s and Curves
  • a substantial discount on subscriptions to Consumer Reports
  • discounts at some theme parks and movie theaters
  • discounts on car rentals, travel condos and other travel services
  • a broad range of consumer services including credit card, mortgage, credit and budget counseling and a credit clinic
  • car-buying service, union-printed checks, discounts on union-made clothing
  • college scholarships for union members and their children

You can get information about your benefits, as well as listings of union-made products, at www.unionplus.org

February 04, 2014



Tell Congress to Support Artists' Pay for Radio Play


DID YOU KNOW? The United States is the only democratic country in the world where artists don’t get paid for radio airplay.

The short list of countries that share the United States’ position on this issue includes Iran, North Korea, China, Vietnam, and Rwanda.

As a result of not paying their artists for radio airplay here in the United States, other democratic countries aren’t paying American artists in their countries.

August 15, 2013

A Thousand People in the Street

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.

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