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Local Music Union to hold fundraiser for Distressed Musicians

Fundraiser will honor local legendary musician Jim Edison

The American Federations of Musicians, Local #3 announced today that it will hold a fundraiser for their distressed member’s fund.  This fund benefits only indigent members that are in dire need of financial assistance.  Local 3 members play a variety of venues and have for years provided professional music for a host of legendary performers gracing our city.  Local 3 is also the bargaining instrument for the world class Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

The fundraiser will honor local legendary musician Jim Edison, who’s Jim Edison Orchestra will perform.  Edison, who was a longtime member and leader of AFM Local #3, passed away on Sept. 22, 2012.

A veteran of the U.S. Army and a graduate of Butler University, Jim Edison founded the Jim Edison Orchestra in 1962.  An educator, trumpet player and talented music arranger and orchestrator, he performed with entertainers in Las Vegas and recorded with Christian performers Sandi Patti and the Gaither Family.  For 23 years, he was the lead trumpeter and music contractor at Starlight Musicals and performed on the Jim Gerrard show as a member of the house band.  Edison taught trumpet at the University of Indianapolis and directed the University’s jazz band in the 1970s and 1980s.  Although a stroke limited his movements in 1997, Jim and his wife, June Edison continued to attend Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra concerts on a regular basis.

“Jim Edison was one of our strongest supporters and our union offered him both support and fellowship throughout his storied career,” said Martin Hodapp, Secretary Treasurer, AFM Local #3.  “It’s fitting that we honor his life by supporting our musicians. Jim was all about bringing  dignity and respect to the music and the musicians of  Local #3.

To learn more about AFM Local #3, please visit www.indymusicians.com