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NYC Council’s Committee on Consumer Affairs Holds Hearing on Freelance Isn’t Free Act; Graphic Artists, Writers, Domestic Workers and more Rally at City Hall in Support of Bill

1.3 Million Freelancers in NYC; Average Lost to Nonpayment Epidemic: $5,968 / year

WHAT: At press conference before NYC Council’s Consumer Affairs Committee hearing, gig workers rally behind bill to stop NYC’s nonpayment epidemic, pass “Freelance Isn’t Free” Act.

WHO: Representatives of NYC’s 1.3 million freelancers, including wage theft victims
Freelancers Union
Council Members Brad Lander, Margaret Chin
Council Member Rafael Espinal, Chair Consumer Affairs Committee.
United Federation of Teachers (UFT)
National Domestic Workers Alliance
Make the Road New York
New York Tech Meetup

WHERE: City Hall Steps

WHEN: Monday, Feb. 29th, at 12pm (Hearing at 1 p.m.)


The “Freelance Isn’t Free” Act (Int. 1017) requires any company who hires a freelance worker to execute a simple written contract, describing the work to be completed, the rate and method of payment, and date when payment is due. Deadbeat companies who refuse to pay, or try to force freelancers to wait months to get paid in full, would have to answer to the City’s Department of Consumer Affairs and face penalties, including double damages, attorney’s fees, and civil penalties. The bill is sponsored by Council member Brad Lander and has 27 co-sponsors.

Here is the RSVP page

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Next Open MFM Meeting This Month!

Date: Monday, January 25, 2016
Location: CA Music Room, 218 E. 25th Street (btw 3rd and 2nd Avenues), New York, NY 10010
Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

The first open MFM meeting of this year will be hosted by president and musician Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi and attended by some of the board members. The purpose of this meeting is to let musicians know that they have a “home” in NY. Make them understand that there’s an organization which is run by their own peers who care for them and understand their needs. And it’s about “US” as a business league which is represented by the MFM.

The meeting’s agenda will be announced next week, but following subject will be discussed:

1. Discuss the MFM’s mission and member code of ethics
2. Present opportunities and benefits for members
3. Discuss the importance of pay for gigs

Attending musicians are welcome to speak out about some of their issues

Every musician who reads or hears about this meeting should show up and find out whether he or she wants to be on board. MFM invites you to become a member, because it’s your home – run and financed by you – and only numbers can only make change in our musicians lives.