Local 161-710 of the Metropolitan Washington, DC Federation of Musicians announces the beginning of the 2018 application period for our annual scholarship program and the Potter Violins Instrument award.  The application period for both awards begins on April 2nd and ends May 18th of this year. These programs are open to children residing in the Greater Metro DC area and the counties under the local’s territorial jurisdiction.

As many as four $750 scholarships will be given to qualified students, age 8 -18, studying orchestra/band instruments, in need of financial assistance to pay for private lessons. These awards may also be used to help defray tuition costs for summer studies at any music camp.

Potter Violins continues their tradition of offering a violin, viola or cello to an aspiring string player, up to age 16, judged not only on their musical abilities but also their financial needs.  Union affiliation is not a requirement for applicants or their private teachers for either award.  However, the applicant must reside in the jurisdiction of the local, as listed below.

You will find the link for the application and required materials by clicking below.  The entire packet, including all required materials, must be postmarked with the date of the end of the application period.  Feel free to email me with questions regarding these programs.

Scholarship Award Application 2018


Patty Hurd, Program Coordinator


Local 161-710 Jurisdiction: All of the District of Columbia, and all of the following counties in Virginia: Clarke, Warren, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Fairfax, Arlington, Rockingham, Page, Rappahannock, Greene, Madison, Culpeper, Stafford, Orange, King George, Westmoreland, Northumberland, Lancaster, Richmond, the City of Alexandria. All of the following counties in Maryland: Montgomery, Charles, Prince George, St. Mary’s and Calvert.






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FAA Policy re: Musical Instruments on Airplanes

The AFM applauds the passage of the FAA Bill that sets a consistent national policy allowing musical instruments on airplanes

After five years and 23 short-term extensions, Congress has passed legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the next four years. Included in the bill are provisions that create a uniform national policy regarding musical instruments on airplanes. Any instrument that can be safely stored in the overhead compartment or underneath the seat may be brought on board as carry-on luggage. Additionally, the bill sets standard weight and size requirements for checked instruments, and permits musicians to purchase a seat for oversized instruments, such as cellos, that are too delicate to be checked. Existing law allowed each airline to set their own policy regarding musical instruments, and size requirements varied widely for both carry-on and checked baggage. The American Federation of Musicians (AFM) has been lobbying Congress to enact such a policy for nearly a decade.

“This is great news for professional musicians throughout the U.S. and Canada who carry the tools of our trade – our instruments – aboard commercial aircraft,” said AFM President Ray Hair. “Ending the confusion over musical instruments as carry-on baggage has been a top legislative priority for nearly a decade. I am proud of our Government Relations Director, Hal Ponder and his assistant Laura Brigandi in our Washington legislative office for seeing the effort through. Musicians can now fly in friendlier skies.”

The FAA reauthorization was passed by the House of Representatives on Friday, February 3 by a 248-169 vote. It subsequently passed the Senate on Monday, February 6, 75-20. The President is expected to sign the bill into law.

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