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Being a Member of Local 1000, by Timothy Van Egmond

Member Timothy Van Egmond recently shared with us his thoughts on being a member of Local 1000. Read what he had to say here. How about you? What do you get out of being a member of Local 1000? We’d love to share you thoughts. Email the office with your stories and comments!

“To me, being a member of Local 1000 of the Musician’s Union means being part of an organization devoted to serving my needs as a traveling performer and teaching artist.

It puts me in touch with a big network of colleagues and friends for mutual support, with the opportunity to compare notes and get help with problem-solving (such as advice I received about flying with my hammered dulcimer). I’ve also attended a couple Cyber Halls on different topics that have been very helpful.

It gives me access to professional insurance on my instruments and equipment both at home and on the road. It’s really helped me when I needed repair on my dulcimer after it was damaged, and when I needed to replace my stolen laptop computer.

It’s greatly helped my financial security with a pension.

Through the Local, I’ve received grants from the Music Performance Trust Fund for public service gigs at schools, day care centers and senior centers that otherwise couldn’t afford it.

In joining the Local, I joined an innovative organization formed by artists I admire and respect. I’m excited and proud to be part of the same association as them.

As a Union member, I’m supporting and taking part in the labor movement which has done so much for working people. I’m helping carry that history forward in a time when there are a lot of challenges to fairness and justice.”



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