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Can the Arts Save Detroit?

Leslie Tolf | Posted 07.12.2014 | Detroit
Leslie Tolf

After graduating from the University of Michigan, I became a graphic artist in D.C. Twenty years later, I was involved with the labor movement. At the time, I didn't think that there was a connection between the two, but now I'm quite sure that there is.

Hollywood's Union Musicians Under Siege

The following story was reported by Capital and Main as part of its California Exposé investigative series, and published here in collaboration with ...

A Win-Win Scenario

Michael Kaiser | Posted 07.28.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The current media agreement in force in the United States has severely limited the amount of orchestral music (and opera performances) on public television, radio and the Internet. Most orchestras cannot afford to do any broadcasting anymore.

Broadway Musicians' Union Sounds Off About Recorded Music

Jonathan Handel | Posted 07.16.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

The fur -- and feather boas -- are flying in New York, where the Broadway musicians' union is waging what the New York Times calls "an unusually aggre...

Musicians Play a New (Media) Tune

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

The American Federation of Musicians and the studios signed a new deal... four months ago. But don't feel like we're late to the party -- the deal doesn't seem to have been reported in the press.