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Tino Gagliardi

Tino Gagliardi, who was elected president of the AFM in 2023, has a long and distinguished career with the union. At Local 802, he served as president and executive director for over 10 years. At the AFM, he served three roles: director of theatre, touring, and booking; international representative to the Eastern Territory; and assistant to the international president. In his performance career, he worked as a professional trumpet player in New York City’s concert, club date, theatre, and recording fields. As president of Local 802, Gagliardi led negotiations for all of the major music contracts in NYC, including Broadway, the Met Opera, New York Philharmonic, NYC Ballet, and many others. He served as an AFM International Executive Board member from 2010 to 2019 and served on the finance, electronic media oversight, and organizing committees. During this time, Gagliardi expanded his union leadership training by attending the New York State AFL-CIO / Cornell Union Leadership Institute. In 2015, Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed him to the New York City Cultural Affairs Plan Citizens’ Advisory Committee. He is also a trustee to the American Federation of Musicians and Employers’ Pension Fund, trustee and co-chair of the AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund, and on the executive board of SoundExchange.