AFM Rep To Testify Before Congress
March 25, 2009 at 10:00 AM (PT)
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA member BRUCE RIDGE is set to testify before the House Committee on Education and Labor’s hearing on The Economic and Employment Impact of the Arts and Music Industry on THURSDAY, MARCH 26th. The chairman of the AFM’s International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians will discuss the importance of the arts and the music industry to the American economy and to show how musicians are affected by the economic downturn.
"I asked Chairman RIDGE to testify before the Committee because of his intimate knowledge of the contribution that AMERICA’s musicians, symphonies and orchestras have on the economy and how working musicians are faring during these troubled times," AFM International Pres. THOMAS F. LEE said. "The AFM is pleased that the CONGRESS is looking at the plight of musicians and the arts as it focuses on predicaments affecting working people everywhere."
"The entertainment industry and the products it produces -- music, films, television shows and literature -- is America’s second largest export," he continued. "A strong entertainment and arts sector is vital for a healthy U.S. economy. In order for the entertainment and arts sector to remain strong, we must ensure those creators of music and art are able to make a living doing so."