President, Nashville Association of Musicians (Local 257, American Federation of Musicians), mid-1980s.
1987 December 31
(1 hour, 15 minutes)
Nashville Association of Musicians president Jay Collins talks about the role of the union in the Nashville music community. Discussion includes the union’s membership status; Nashville’s professional musicians; the role of the union; a description of typical contracts; their outreach to the music community; the issue of race in the union local; services offered by the union to its members; encouraging membership among younger musicians; the demand on musicians to work for free; and their work in the gospel music field.