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The Eighteenth Annual Theatre Musicians Association
Conference will be held at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada July
Las Vegas was chosen not only because
itís the home of one of TMAís newest Chapters, but also to immediately
follow the closing of the AFM Convention (July 22-25) also held at the
Riviera Hotel. We hope that you consider attending both. Full details for
our Conference are included in the May 2nd issue of the
Bulletin Volume 20, No 3 (MEMBERS ONLY).
Please read the
Pit Bulletin Blast about the
Newest TMA Chapter!
The AFM applauds the passage of the FAA Bill that
consistent 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."
The FAA 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.
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