Congratulations to Our Newest:
The TMA Executive Board has the sincere
pleasure to announce that the charter of the DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth Area)
Chapter was granted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013.
Brian Brown has been elected its first
President and Chapter Director for the TMA Executive Board. Congratulations
and welcome to him and to all of the DFW members.
Special thanks to Debbie Brooks, the new
DFW Vice President, for her advocacy of TMA and assistance in forming this
Delegation shows AMAZING SOLIDARITY for
Minneapolis/St. Paul Local 30-73.
Combined with a private donation on behalf of
TMA and one by the TMA Executive Board, a $750 total contribution has been
made to Local 30-73, The Minneapolis/St. Paul Local.
Anyone wishing to make a private donation to
the Local can do so at:
Twin Cities Musicians
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applauds the passage of the FAA Bill that sets a
national policy allowing musical instruments on airplanes
years and 23 short-term extensions, Congress has passed legislation
reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the next
four years. Included in the bill are provisions that create a
uniform national policy regarding musical instruments on airplanes.
Any instrument that can be safely stored in the overhead compartment
or underneath the seat may be brought on board as carry-on luggage.
Additionally, the bill sets standard weight and size requirements
for checked instruments, and permits musicians to purchase a seat
for oversized instruments, such as cellos, that are too delicate to
be checked. Existing law allowed each airline to set their own
policy regarding musical instruments, and size requirements varied
widely for both carry-on and checked baggage. The American
Federation of Musicians (AFM) has been lobbying Congress to enact
such a policy for nearly a decade.
"This is great news for
professional musicians throughout the U.S. and Canada who carry the
tools of our trade (our instruments) aboard commercial aircraft,"
said AFM President Ray Hair. "Ending the confusion over musical
instruments as carry-on baggage has been a top legislative priority
for nearly a decade. I am proud of our Government Relations
Director, Hal Ponder and his assistant Laura Brigandi in our
Washington legislative office for seeing the effort through.
Musicians can now fly in friendlier skies."
reauthorization was passed by the House of Representatives on
Friday, February 3 by a 248-169 vote. It subsequently passed the
Senate on Monday, February 6, 75-20. The President is expected
to sign the bill into law.
AFM Election Results
Changes to the
AFM &Employers’ Pension Fund
in Dallas - Ft. Worth!
2008 AFM Convention Issues:
TMA Emergency Resolution
2007 AFM Convention Issues:
ICSOM "Call to Action"
OCSOM "Call to Action"
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