Transition: Scott Bassinson

Dear fellow Local 14 members:

It is with great sadness that I write to you to advise of the passing of longtime Local 14 jazz pianist, Scott Bassinson. Scott was a very talented musician, and a great man. He will be missed. (Obituary).

In solidarity,

John Van Voris
President of our Albany Musicians’ Association

More Financial Resources

Dear fellow Local 14 members:

I hope this email finds you healthy and well.

Tino Gagliardi is the International Representative

to the AFM from the Eastern Region,

and by the way always a great help to me and all of us.

Tino put together this listing (below) of information

& resources that can help musicians financially through

this tough time. Some of them I had already sent you,

but there are new ones too.

I hope they help.

In solidarity,

John Van Voris
President of our Albany Musicians’ Association
Local 14 – American Federation of Musicians
2nd VP, Eastern Conference of Locals


Generally-available resources


Music Covid Relief


Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund


Creative Capital List of Arts Resources




US Federal disaster relief


FEMA Unemployment Insurance for non-employees through State UI agencies


Misc. Resources (separate list grouped by genre/location, with some duplication)


CARES Act webinar (Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld)


AFM-specific resources


AFM Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund for those diagnosed or quarantined


Posted by SSD, available through COVID-19 Resources page


Union Plus Hardship Assistance


Hardship Help


Public information resources


AFL-CIO COVID-19 Resources


Center for Disease Control (CDC) Prevention and Treatment


Center for Disease Control (CDC) Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers


Occupational Safety & Health Administration


Public Health Agency of Canada’s COVID-19 Updates and Resources


Public Health Departments in the United States


World Health Organization








Relief and Financial Resources for Working Musicians

We, the musicians of AFM Local 14, continue to hope for the health and safety and economic relief for all.

Please see the following links to resources, including financial, for working musicians.

Coronavirus Resources for Music Creators

COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations

Our deepest appreciation to jazz pianist-composer-educator and Local 802 member Francesca Tanksley for sharing these resources widely.

COVID-19 Resources & Emergency Action

As coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact people around the world and confirmed cases grow throughout North America, health and safety are our top priority. Doing everything possible to limit the spread of COVID-19 is vital, but we understand the disastrous financial impact this will have on many musicians and other working people. AFM is calling for immediate action to provide economic relief including expanding unemployment benefits and an immediate moratorium on evictions, foreclosures, and utility shut-offs.

This is an evolving situation that we are closely monitoring, but in the meanwhile please stay current with national, state/provincial and local public health guidelines. Please visit the links below for more information.


Tommy Ippolito Music Scholarship 2020

To our Music Community:

The Albany Musicians’ Association, Inc. announces the availability of the prestigious Tommy Ippolito Music Scholarship which is awarded to one or two talented instrumentalists and/or vocalists who are pursuing a college education in music (major or minor). THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 31, 2021. An application form is enclosed within. We seek your assistance and that of your music directors in identifying exceptional students who are planning a career in music.


Scholarship Form 2021

This Scholarship is named in recognition of Thomas (Tommy) Ippolito, as a tribute to his exceptionally gifted and accomplished musicianship, leadership, and service to Local 14 to promote live music in the Capital Region.

The Tommy Ippolito Scholarship is a merit-based, one-time cash award of $500 (minimum) or $1,000 (maximum) given directly to the recipient(s). Applicants must be high school seniors who have been accepted into an accredited college/university, and who demonstrate (1) satisfactory academic work; (2) outstanding achievement in the areas of musicianship, leadership, and overall dedication to music; and (3) the potential for success in the field of music exhibited by performance achievements on their primary instrument, including voice.

If there are any questions, please contact me at (518) 669-2163. Thank you.


John Van Voris,
President, Albany Musicians’ Association
Local 14 – American Federation of Musicians
2nd VP, Eastern Conference of Locals

Transition: Jeffrey A. Herschenroder

Dear Fellow Local 14 Members,

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of longtime Albany Symphony and Local 14 member Jeffrey Herchenroder. Please see the link below for an obituary and details on his memorial service.

In solidarity,

John Van Voris
President, Albany Musicians’ Association