International Musician

Monthly journal providing news and information for professional musicians. Includes legislation updates and audition notices.

Articles from Vol. 106, No. 10, October

Accomplished Mezzo-Soprano Hosts Radio Show
Julie Nesrallah of Local 180 (Ottawa, ON) sang for Jordanian royalty, twice. Due to her Lebanese background, the mezzosoprano wanted to do a recital tour of the Canadian embassies in the Middle East, but when the tour did not happen, Her Royal Highness...
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AFM Regional Resource Meeting Held at Indianapolis Local 3
On August 13, officers representing 14 Midwestern AFM locals and AFM staff representatives gathered in the Local 3 (Indianapolis, IN) rehearsal hall to participate in a Regional Resource Meeting. Before the meeting participating locals were asked what...
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AFM V. American Idol: Million Dollar Settlement for Musicians
The AFM took on American Idol for stripping the orchestra tracks from the vocalist's performance in an attempt to avoid paying musicians their due.The lawsuit filed by the AFM against the producers of American Idol was over reruns of the show's second...
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Bassist/Percussionist Moves Music Career from the '60S to the '90S
Keith Graves laughs when he recalls how he received words of encouragement from a music legend while strumming a few tunes in his high school friend's bedroom. Graves of Local 153 (Santa Cruz, CA) will always remember when Paul Butterfield, blues harmonica...
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Big Changes Are a Must
Anyone who has kept up with the news recently will recognize that our society is facing major problems domestically and internationally. If these issues are not addressed by the next administration and Congress, US citizens are going to suffer for years...
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Breast Cancer Recovery: A Unique Challenge for Musicians
Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed type of cancer in women, and according to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 182,460 new cases will be diagnosed by the end of 2008. Currently, there are more than 10 million breast cancer survivors...
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Covering Your Assets in an Unstable Financial Market
Many musicians are facing the same fears as other investors because of the state of the economy and unstable financial institutions. Whether you're worried the money you earn will not have the same buying power, or the money you already saved is at risk,...
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Do You Need to Play "Crap" to Make a Living as a Professional Musician?
Uh-oh. Did I strike a nerve? Man, I hear it all the time: "I'm not playing that gig," "I'm not going to play that 'crap'," or "Oh man, I don't care what it pays, I'm not playing with those 'crappy' musicians." Or how about: "The young musicians today...
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Good Times
Singer Songwriter Alan Jackson Keeps it Real SimpleALAN JACKSON of Local 257 (Nashville, TN) doesn t try to change the world with his music. He d rather provide an escape from its pressures. And as a songwriter, he tries to nd a happy medium between...
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ICSOM Advocates for Education
Japantown's Hotel Kabuki was the site of the 2008 International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) Conference August 20-23 hosted by the San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Ballet Orchestras. The conference began Tuesday evening with a...
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Pacific Symphony: Embracing the Concept of Strategic Planning
The value of planning ahead was dearly demonstrated by the success of last year's contract negotiations with Pacific Symphony. For more than a year before the contract expiration the Orchestra Committee began collecting information and statistics, which...
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Resources
LENNON AND MCCARTNEY TOGETHER ALONE: A DISCOGRAPHY OF THEIR SOLO WORKTogether Alone tells the stories behind the songs of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, as they struggled to continue their careers as solo artists after The Beatles' split, and to define...
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ROPA Conference: The Power of Publicity
The 2008 Regional Orchestra Players Association (ROPA) Conference in Houston, Texas, began with a warm welcome from the recently acceded ROPA President Carla Lehmeier-Tatum of Local 618 (Albequerque, NM). After ROPA officer reports, AFM President Thomas...
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String Players Expose New Generation to Alternative Styles
When string players, Robert Anderson and Jacob Szekely, both of Local 47 (Los Angeles), met in 2002, they instantly bonded over their common story. Although they are from different parts of the US, both attest to feeling like they grew up living dual...
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Take Note
CHANGESLOCAL 23, SAN ANTONIO, TX-New Secretary Brian PetkovichLOCAL 375-703, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK-New Address: 1330 North Classen, Suite 102; Oklahoma City, OK 73106; Tel: 405-231-2809; Fax: 405-848-3308LOCAL 418, STRAFTORD, ON-Fax: 519-275-2978; Hours:...
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TMA Conference Brings Forth PR Ideas
The 13th Annual Theater Musicians Association (TMA) Conference held in Chicago, Illinois, August 11-12, proved to be vibrant, informative, and well-focused. Many of the issues faced by theater musicians were magnified this year, and as a result, there...
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TMA Discusses Challenges Faced by Theater Musicians
by Vicky Smolik, TMA President and President of Local 2-197 (St. Louis, MO), and B.J. Fullenkamp, TMA Secretary-Treasurer and member of Local 2-197The annual meeting of the TMA Player's Conference was hosted by Chicago's TMA chapter and Local 10-208.TMA...
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Turn around America
While at this writing the IEB is in session and has not endorsed a candidate for president of the US, I have decided to approach the issues which are meaningful to the labor movement. Armed with three days of information from the AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurers...
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Understanding Neighbouring Rights
In the August issue of IM, Secretary-Treasurer Sam Folio reprinted an article from the Reno Gazette-Journal concerning the initiative of the Music-First Coalition and its efforts to obtain what the rest of the world terms "Neighbouring Rights" for musicians...
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Young Saxophonist Takes on the Big Apple
Last year Lynn Ligammari of Local 106-209 (Niagara Falls-Tonawanda, NY) made a move to New York City to continue her dream of being a full-time saxophone player.After spending a year and a half in the city, Ligammari admits that life as a musician in...
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