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April is Jazz Appreciation Month!

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Jazz Appreciation Month 2021: Women’s Impact and Contributions in Jazz

This past year the museum’s jazz program stepped up its efforts in recognizing contributions of women in jazz, from the genre’s earliest development to present successes and challenges. Our work is far from being done and will continue to be an integral part of our ongoing effort as we delve into the rich historical legacy of America’s indigenous art form.

This year, Jazz Appreciation Month will both recognize and explore the historical legacy of pianist, singer, songwriter, storyteller, and civil rights activist Nina Simone. We’ll add historic content to our website and online programming, marked visually by an illustration of Nina Simone on this year’s poster by Duke Ellington School of the Arts sophomore visual arts student Naa Anyele Sowah-de Jesus.

2021 Featured Artist: Nina Simone

 Nina Simone - Symphony Hall, Boston, Mass. - 1969
Nina Simone – Symphony Hall, Boston, Mass. – 1969
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Robert and Greta Houston

 

Woman playing saxophone

Ways to Celebrate JAM

Hold your own JAM event with this handy list of ways to celebrate jazz.

 

White background with black text that says "JAM"Resources

Everything else you might need for your own JAM events – including the JAM logo, and radio announcements.

 

Visit Smithsonian Jazz Website

 

 

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Tommy Ippolito Music Scholarship 2021

To our Music Community:

The Albany Musicians’ Association, Inc. announces the availability of the prestigious Tommy Ippolito Music Scholarship which is awarded to one or two talented instrumentalists and/or vocalists who are pursuing a college education in music (major or minor). THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 31, 2021. An application form is enclosed within. We seek your assistance and that of your music directors in identifying exceptional students who are planning a career in music.

PLEASE DISTRIBUTE THIS APPLICATION FORM TO THE BAND, ORCHESTRA, AND CHOIR DIRECTORS IN YOUR SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL.

Scholarship Form 2021

This Scholarship is named in recognition of Thomas (Tommy) Ippolito, as a tribute to his exceptionally gifted and accomplished musicianship, leadership, and service to Local 14 to promote live music in the Capital Region.

The Tommy Ippolito Scholarship is a merit-based, one-time cash award of $500 (minimum) or $1,000 (maximum) given directly to the recipient(s). Applicants must be high school seniors who have been accepted into an accredited college/university, and who demonstrate (1) satisfactory academic work; (2) outstanding achievement in the areas of musicianship, leadership, and overall dedication to music; and (3) the potential for success in the field of music exhibited by performance achievements on their primary instrument, including voice.

If there are any questions, please contact me at (518) 669-2163. Thank you.

Sincerely,

John Van Voris,
President, Albany Musicians’ Association
Local 14 – American Federation of Musicians
2nd VP, Eastern Conference of Locals

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Congratulations to Albany Symphony on Grammy for Best Classical Instrumental Solo

63rd GRAMMY Awards

THE GRAMMY GOES TO…

David Alan Miller and the Albany Symphony for Best Classical Instrumental Solo .

The win was for violist Richard O’Neill’s solo in Christopher Theofanidis’ “Concerto for Viola and Chamber Orchestra”recording made under the baton of Miller and backed by the Albany Symphony. The recording on the Albany Records label features violin soloist Chee-Yun and viola soloist O’Neill.

Congratulations to David Allen Miller, Richard O’Neill and our Local 14 members of Albany Symphony Orchestra!

This is the sixth nomination for Miller, the fifth for the ASO. In 2019, the recorded performance of composer Michael Torke’s “Sky” received a best classical instrumental solo nomination for violinist Tessa Lark, and a recording of Derek Bermel’s “Migration Series” was nominated for best contemporary classical composition.

 

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Musical Instrument Donation Program

If you have an instrument that you are not using, consider donating it to a student who may not otherwise have an opportunity to own, rent or play one. Here’s how we do it:

Donate an Instrument

 

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Membership Mtg Oct 21, 7 PM

Our next membership meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00. The meeting will held online through gotomeeting.com or, on the telephone if you don’t have a camera or microphone on your computer.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/561602045

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (872) 240-3212

Access Code: 561-602-045

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/561602045

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Transition: Neil C. Brown, Jr. President Emeritus

Dear fellow Local 14 members,

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that Local 14 President Emeritus Neil Brown passed away on Friday, August 7.

Neil was a longtime pianist-member, Secretary/Treasurer, President of Local 14, and when I became President, he graciously volunteered to come back from retirement as Secretary/Treasurer.

On a personal level, I became friends with Neil through playing gigs, but he became a mentor to me when I became vice-president and then president. Besides showing me the ropes in dealing with the AFM, he taught me the importance of leading through consensus, and bringing people with varied backgrounds and opinions to be on the same page.

He will be missed by many. Neil’s obituary can be seen here:

https://www.newcomeralbany.com/Obituary/187781/Neil-Brown-Jr/Albany-NY

In solidarity,

John Van Voris
President of our Albany Musicians’ Association   

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Tommy Ippolito Scholarship Awards 2020

Congratulations to the 2020 Tommy Ippolito Scholarship Awardees!

Sam Hatfield from Burnt Hills/ Ballston Lake High School, a drummer who will be studying Commercial Music/Jazz Studies/Jazz Performance at Belmont University.

Catherine Jantson from Bethlehem High School, a vocalist who will be studying Music Education at Ithaca College.

William Han from Shenendehowa High School, a cellist who will be studying Cello Performance at SMU.

 

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NYT Article: She Just Wanted to Play Bass.

That Life is Gone.

It was always hard making a living as a musician in New York City. The quarantine has made it impossible.

 

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Transition: Scott Bassinson

Dear fellow Local 14 members:

It is with great sadness that I write to you to advise of the passing of longtime Local 14 jazz pianist, Scott Bassinson. Scott was a very talented musician, and a great man. He will be missed. (Obituary).

In solidarity,

John Van Voris
President of our Albany Musicians’ Association

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More Financial Resources

Dear fellow Local 14 members:

I hope this email finds you healthy and well.

Tino Gagliardi is the International Representative

to the AFM from the Eastern Region,

and by the way always a great help to me and all of us.

Tino put together this listing (below) of information

& resources that can help musicians financially through

this tough time. Some of them I had already sent you,

but there are new ones too.

I hope they help.

In solidarity,

John Van Voris
President of our Albany Musicians’ Association
Local 14 – American Federation of Musicians
2nd VP, Eastern Conference of Locals

 

Generally-available resources

 

Music Covid Relief

https://musiccovidrelief.com/?fbclid=IwAR0PLV_cYG7pVx9EOS8U2ehBVZB7sHNp8LBDcQ6lxLuJLFSy96kVpthXQZc

 

Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund

https://equalsound.org/project/corona-relief-fund/

 

Creative Capital List of Arts Resources

https://creative-capital.org/2020/03/13/list-of-arts-resources-during-the-covid-19-outbreak/

 

MusiCares

https://www.grammy.com/musicares

 

US Federal disaster relief

https://www.disasterassistance.gov/get-assistance/forms-of-assistance/4466?fbclid=IwAR3Ct7WFQ2ZBqhS07iZYT5maoRaJC7BWjbpIs3YC1iZIYCeI8CYEUCRbVgM

 

FEMA Unemployment Insurance for non-employees through State UI agencies

www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1528984254955-49515ab3f8eeca0627f777a8abe4347a/DisasterUnemploymentAssistance.pdf

 

Misc. Resources (separate list grouped by genre/location, with some duplication)

https://www.nicolericcardomedia.com/covid-19-resources?fbclid=IwAR0tSwvDMjzV8h1UCqYLL21MZ2FZtKlRWaW9lg_Ui6sWvtEcSIkg_XAitQ0

 

CARES Act webinar (Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld)

https://zoom.us/rec/play/75V7I-2rrmo3GIWSuASDAKJwW9W6evishiRIrPZZmk7gWiYGYAeiZrZEMOGlQnOag6QsyCvlebAZb-_U?continueMode=true&_x_zm_rtaid=fCZV-4QVQAG4StBaA9b6rA.1585753947648.0bec30bcc738cb07455180f6654c60f3&_x_zm_rhtaid=931

 

AFM-specific resources

 

AFM Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund for those diagnosed or quarantined

https://www.afm.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Petrillo-Fund-Application.pdf

 

Posted by SSD, available through afm.org

AFM.org COVID-19 Resources page
https://www.afm.org/covid-19/?link_id=0&can_id=2f3c17ba0c0400fa8cb36b04a35d8ef1&source=email-covid-19-update-12&email_referrer=email_748693&email_subject=covid-19-update

 

Union Plus Hardship Assistance

Mortgage

https://www.unionplus.org/hardship-help/mortgage-assistance

Hardship Help

https://www.unionplus.org/hardship-help/union-plus-hardship-help-benefits

 

Public information resources

 

AFL-CIO COVID-19 Resources
https://u1584542.ct.sendgrid.net/mps2/c/DAE/ni0YAA/t.301/A4F6JL6vR0q1Szrtq6C1jA/h1/bYLVi6t3-2FW1nVWcg-2FMzbnpH0nMGjpUnZAalvH1o-2BxEMB-2F7Sh99VA4YmhhPioceJ7W1xqcFbmu6x-2B6TVFiJ18XkCms7aJQ2ndT9hgcYhH9KDWnxxX1YAHXpri-2FsFYeAlTp3Z-2Fgjagye1kQskA8WY12fyQzinbVde4DXtykRCVl-2BKdoktyXcd0HWeM4UGScqEVU8f7B5KqwzUUTfNJCXq4KzoX9cQ7NJ06stsMs-2FMFB8k-3D/kAs0

 

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Prevention and Treatment 
https://u1584542.ct.sendgrid.net/mps2/c/DAE/ni0YAA/t.301/A4F6JL6vR0q1Szrtq6C1jA/h2/1YXpTJLyDzcgYlh6nZhZs0A6M8-2FvHxLR6fPemZ4MRxFFnSICj3gv-2FQExxxeSfVHDBdJ7-2BuUAwq8lYHfGw7XaY-2FnnQslXv0IgTfw0dBUefK6N7UMohyKFnWNK7zwcclphTU6z5WOpADkoPY8h75GTg-2FvDsIEXAFr9Tr31iFL-2BaqHoppwbExou0aNMiUYru-2F9RoXdXWmSzCS3u-2BLpsVQ3vftPOamGX9Q1eEhweCiwp2tI-3D/ewim

 

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers 
https://u1584542.ct.sendgrid.net/mps2/c/DAE/ni0YAA/t.301/A4F6JL6vR0q1Szrtq6C1jA/h3/gLfiC-2BORwlvX5HliZ-2BrktrtQ3o-2F1mJECMc0hZj1hLvI27Q-2BxeC4WP-2BeLpVtBugikvKiCllP4AaAAynkfIQCMuNmpfGoQp1poMaofLFPnnY2yo5EzBd0qwjln4KQ5pXiE07aniJpBEupwocp19G0XAT3P3jBRX1P2gTjanRpHf8H3Cv-2B7cw2TkNbuLSRtsUECh22Ma-2BgA2u5A94xvZOuKkRiwvnq1ub08PH404PlhM0Df-2BGBxrMmH9BSsxtfsczDeFdhgOY-2F2XbJI4jotIqn6MqsHAye0fdgDlugLnazGzvw-3D/gmeg

 

Occupational Safety & Health Administration 
https://u1584542.ct.sendgrid.net/mps2/c/DAE/ni0YAA/t.301/A4F6JL6vR0q1Szrtq6C1jA/h4/1YXpTJLyDzcgYlh6nZhZs0A6M8-2FvHxLR6fPemZ4MRxHHEyAG3JVGvbhBKuquVD1qvVac8aAOcsT6mXeLnnHv0oOKDuPCOX8ByvNkwFluavTcnKw8EyrPMLEDCXxQKdTce4bxLrTAHBzaVd0tZH9ok0tTgmhu7mG0TiAowlyx2sMzLwDxPJEsZlT45D8XN4DN5nzQ8tR4NWClyliS3sAUCxtbwrjCBdGmutLUkwAuU0s-3D/DKFG

 

Public Health Agency of Canada’s COVID-19 Updates and Resources 
https://u1584542.ct.sendgrid.net/mps2/c/DAE/ni0YAA/t.301/A4F6JL6vR0q1Szrtq6C1jA/h5/2q-2FcO1wL0nM5egmGYAWG85TJlp8I-2BTrob3aRWJ2fpALtJRlhDZilzlJEBRasiHwq5rP84RMtiZl98UuxbeyFC-2BfVIzAhUE4vAAzXNLNH4XQdOuOpYaahSO9LA5yw5t7Xh8RHGXZnyl4zZbIF8Qjif5klvhwDBvrThiv4cRwVrZSML3FI6tSx-2BJ-2BeWxPKP4Q4mwQpfm6ZoXcx-2F9BNCDaRlsl-2Byj1yCl-2BgqtQEzMBEjO38lJjmACCsiTaYiI4JzsnLUEh3x85l3BkprhzBpsh36l-2FMNMF1DOwWW0IYuiwLj3DIB1XKRxractj9h53npjf8/JSyr

 

Public Health Departments in the United States 
https://u1584542.ct.sendgrid.net/mps2/c/DAE/ni0YAA/t.301/A4F6JL6vR0q1Szrtq6C1jA/h6/gLfiC-2BORwlvX5HliZ-2BrktmCUh0HpJcn8x-2FE-2FUPgOFDQOmXxy6GXrE0hM8QbYntoihUI3xgQ-2B1LzUjYIuCE18t5jCJIrs3IG-2BSTtFtB4hniS-2B6JfcYFkGyuG627VRJXqPnOWMq2IceD-2BeyaFyzUuKumyXOTnQebnKGbxARusD10FP-2BpxUUZoWkadGmo2C2SWda3lAUFbmD44LfrmQu2KPauytv70l1TKSiK4xoy-2F0FDTWV1blXXcqNC2XmN5yQjDb-2FoJfshr-2BY6TLhCYCjjidF-2FcoNd6vzgP-2FzWelZHIczY4-3D/dP80

 

World Health Organization 
https://u1584542.ct.sendgrid.net/mps2/c/DAE/ni0YAA/t.301/A4F6JL6vR0q1Szrtq6C1jA/h7/wchnW42zxje2dEKtXYNysPbp4d0EfEUUB-2FzcjMsKArmJM6fUTz0oYKF-2F5UbFYlhDDD1o6sUAkeL4zKVFhs5rk-2BrsuVCG8d4x1oUW5OLlv8v4k-2FvZP2lEdS2o4KUim-2BeOKTxMsUHlNtlVr0CKt3Ay2UGpVNc1gvDfx-2FcOP7lGjcka9rttDE4xMWoNNTU8efaZIoKcXhKoSEkbICckrZ8hcz3wFHMM9TuqsnrdQ7YBmFnHTeldYWiwWK40Cfo3-2FAHYD-2F2AAGKfHIkBppHbxcHD8Q-3D-3D/Z30W

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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