A Major Election Upset At New York City’s Local 802, American Federation of Musicians

Last week, the membership of New York’s Local 802, American Federation of Musicians (AFM) voted in a new leadership team to replace the near decade long tenure by Local President Tino Gagliardi.

At the forefront of the new leadership is the president-elect Adam Krauthamer, who won 1,111 votes, or 67.42 percent of the vote. Full election results are available from the American Arbitration Association, which certified the election process.

Krauthamer, a Broadway musician, is one of the founding members of the grassroots Musicians For Pension Security organization, which according to their website was formed to “search [for] more information about the state of [the American Federation of Musicians & Employers’ Pension Fund (AFM-EPF)] pension and, ultimately, to demand more transparency and accountability from the AFM-EPF Trustees.

The AFM-EPF conflict has been developing for years (history) and the 12/5/2018 edition of the New York Times published an article by Michael Cooper that provides more backstory on how it impacted the election.

Also of interest is the video of the Local 802 Presidential Debate between Gagliardi and Krauthamer that took place on 11/28/2018.

Recorded by a member of Krauthamer’s party and published at their YouTube channel, it provides a rare glimpse into the politics of one of the most influential and largest budget Locals in the country.

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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