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Where to go for a Covid-19 test

In case you need a Covid-19 test, you may be wondering where you can go. Here’s a pretty comprehensive list from the State of Minnesota. As far as we know, if you have health insurance, tests for Covid-19 are supposed to be 100% covered by your health policy. https://mn.gov/covid19/for-minnesotans/if-sick/get-tested.jsp

US Treasury Staff Will Recommend Denying the AFM-EPF’s MPRA Ap

Plan’s Trustees and Actuaries Dispute Treasury Staff’s Conclusions In December 2019, the American Federation of Musicians and Employers’ Pension Fund (AFM-EPF, the Plan) filed an application with the U.S. Treasury Department to reduce benefits under the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act (MPRA) in an attempt to save the Plan and avoid insolvency (running out of money). […]

Returning To Work Safely

AFM members may have already received this in an email from President Ray Hair, but in case you missed it, here are current guidelines for workplace safety issued by the AFM. If you go to the website in the below link, you will see a button to click in order to download a PDF copy […]

Michael Osterholm on COVID-19 and the Arts

Here is an article from MINNPOST, who interviewed Michael Osterholm about COVID-19 and the Arts. A quote from the article: “Osterholm emphasized that air, not the environment (meaning surfaces we touch), plays the key role in transmitting COVID-19. We know that droplets can carry the virus, but it can also be in particles suspended in […]

The Science Behind Playing Wind Instruments and Coronavirus

Here’s a very informative article from WIRED magazine that discusses the science behind playing wind instruments and transmission of the Coronavirus. WIRED Article The article discusses some of the risks involved with playing wind instruments during the COVID-19 crisis. It is definitely worth checking out. Thanks to member Shelley Hanson for forwarding it for inclusion […]

Unemployment Available for ‘Gig Economy’ Workers

From Ray Hair, AFM President, March 27, 2020: Legislation that will extend unemployment benefits to those who rely on contract work and freelance jobs just passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The third Coronavirus (COVID-19) relief package already passed the U.S. Senate and now heads to the president’s desk for his signature. We will share […]