Musicians Union Legal Advice
Publications: All members receive the AFM International Musicians Festival and Local 6 Music News. They will keep you updated on union relations, job postings, auditions, events and articles of interest to musicians. Concert performers, part-time teachers and professional musicians can access personal accident insurance, health insurance, travel insurance and car insurance through the musicians` union. If an employment contract is offered to a member of MU or a contract requiring a member to provide personal services, MU will arrange for an employment lawyer to review and provide appropriate advice on the contract. With your registration, you have free access to basic legal services. Union Plus Discount: As a union member, you and your family are entitled to special Union Plus benefits that save you money. From flowers to travel, Wi-Fi to movie tickets, union members and their families save on the products and services they use every day. VLA plays an important role in educating artists, professionals from arts and cultural institutions, lawyers, students, and the public on legal and business issues affecting artistic and creative endeavors. We offer industry-specific courses and workshops as well as basic legal courses on copyright, contracts and non-profit training. All courses are currently delivered online via Zoom and a selection of courses is available upon request. AFM Emergency Travelling Musician Assistance: AFM provides assistance to members on the move through the AFM Touring Musicians Division. If you have submitted the right collective agreements and then become stiff on the street by a club owner, the AFM can help. Call 1-800-ROADGIG.
NYC.gov – Get free legal advice. Legal issues are important for small businesses, but legal conditions and fees can be daunting. The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) can connect you with free personal legal services and help you: Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts is the leading legal aid and education organization dedicated to New York City artists and their arts and cultural organizations. VLA responds to the needs of the arts community for legal services by providing access to free or low-cost legal services. Qualified artists can request legal assistance for all legal matters related to art. In addition, as an AFM member, the following legal benefits are available through Union Plus: – A free initial consultation with a lawyer lasting up to 30 minutes (in person or by phone). – A simple and free review and explanation of the documents. – A follow-up letter or a free phone call if it is likely to resolve a legal issue. – Most ancillary services receive a 30% discount (including hourly rates for lawyers and flat fees for the most common legal cases).
Encore is the largest music network in the UK and the fastest way to book great musicians for concerts. But if you have a question about your personal music business, a dispute between band members, a compensation issue, a copyright issue, or other music issues that are not exclusively related to union appearances, we may be able to give you free legal advice, depending on our current workload. The MU helps and supports me through all the important administrative and legal things that I would sweep under the rug in the hope that it would disappear. When a MU member found his group in a difficult situation, MU`s legal support took a burden off his shoulders. Get quick help with family law, consumer law, property law, wills and trusts, and many other legal matters. Salary ranges: Members participate in setting minimum wage scales and working conditions for all types of musical activities. Union contracts require these scales to be respected and ensure that musicians are not exploited. COVID OPERATIONS: VLA continues to operate virtually during business hours. We do not accept walk-in tours.
Please note that services may be delayed due to remote work. For new legal requests, please submit an online application form via the links below. For all other requests, please email us at email@example.com. Register now to access: referral.unionpluslegal.com/ Free Legal Advice: Local 6 hires legal counsel to advise us and intervene in employee/employer matters and in the general area of labour law as required. Free advice on a non-union issue is also available to members. Requests from all such councils should be addressed to the President or Secretary-Treasurer of the local. For entertainment and copyright matters, members should contact lawyers who specialize in these areas directly. Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) is the leading legal aid and education organization dedicated to New York artists and their arts and cultural organizations.
VLA strives to protect the livelihoods, businesses, and creative works of the artist community through access to dedicated legal representation and targeted educational programs.