AFM Local 4 President explains how union musicians are doing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, musicians have struggled due to venues being closed to reduce spread.

American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 4 President Leonard DiCosimo discussed how musicians are faring during the pandemic and how they have been making ends meet until the pandemic is under control on America’s Work Force Union Podcast.

Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on musicians

DiCosimo said that musicians nationwide have taken a hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He said that many have been seen as commodities that have been let go, despite the massive endowments provided to the institutions that employ them.

Additionally, many musicians in markets such as New York City and San Francisco are having to return to their hometowns or relocate to other areas because the cost of living is becoming too much for musicians who are out of work.

DiCosimo is the President of AFM Local 4, representing musicians in Cleveland, Ohio and the surrounding areas.

He said these local musicians have had to change plans after recent COVID-19 spikes in local communities. They came to the decision to cancel plans for Cleveland Orchestra indoor concerts, as many other orchestras are due to the rise in cases.

DiCosimo said he is optimistic that musicians will make it out on the other side and will get back to entertaining and doing what they love.


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