Until his election as President of Local 802, Tino Gagliardi was a trumpet player in New York City’s concert, club date and recording fields as well as on Broadway where his work was most recently focused. He was elected to Local 802’s Executive Board in 2003 and took office as President in 2010.
His extensive theater work led to membership on the Broadway Theatre Committee where he was elected to its 2003 contract negotiating team, and became its co-chair in 2004 and its chair in 2007. Tino’s advocacy for theater musicians led to his being one of the authors of the Local 802 Commercial Off-Broadway Area Standards boilerplate contract language.
As an Executive Board member, he served on the Public Relations, Anne Walker Scholarship Fund, Emergency Relief Fund, and Financial Oversight Committees. He completed the Cornell University School for Industrial and Labor Relations certificate program and was actively involved in contract negotiations for Off Broadway and with companies of the League of Resident Theatres.
As a member of the New York chapter of the Recording Musicians Association (RMA-NY), Tino participated in the recent AFM Motion Picture negotiations and helped author language for a new schedule of Local 802’s Limited Pressing Recording Agreement (LPA). This language established improved working conditions for musicians who record Off-Broadway cast albums by integrating key standards of the AFM Sound Recording Agreement into the LPA.
As an officer, Tino is committed to empowering musicians by including them in their negotiations, keeping them informed and welcoming their input in union affairs.