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The AFM Mourns the Loss of EMSD Director Pat Varriale

We are deeply saddened to announce the sudden loss of our esteemed colleague and friend, Pat Varriale, Electronic Media Services Division Director and Assistant to the President, who passed away Friday, May 13.

Pat had been a valued member of our team since he was first hired in October 1974 into what was then known as the recording department by Bob Crothers. Throughout his career with the Federation, Pat worked to improve the lives of musicians throughout the US and Canada. There are hundreds of thousands of musicians who do not know Pat by name, but his work enabled them to receive the money they deserved for their electronic media recordings and performances.

His decades of dedication, diligence, care, determination, and doggedness to protect our members and get them paid was unmatched.

We are indebted to his wife, Patricia, and his son, Nick, who shared Pat with us for nearly 50 years. We are all better for it. We will all miss him more than words can express. 🙏

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