International Musician

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

Articles from Vol. 106, No. 5, May

AFM Members Honored at Juno Awards
Last month's Juno Awards were a huge hit, garnering the second-highest television ratings in the award show's history and capturing the most viewers of the evening in Toronto, Ontario; Vancouver, British Columbia; and Calgary, Alberta. The two-hour show...
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AFM Representatives Attend FIM Orchestra Conference in Berlin
The International Federation of Musicians (FIM) convened the first international conference of unions representing orchestral musicians in Berlin, Germany, April 5-7. Hosted by the German Orchestra Union (DOV) and ver.di (an independent German trade...
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Calm Your Fears to Enhance Your Performance
The life of a professional musician can be one wrought with stress-auditions, solo performances, and competitive environments can make even the most experienced musicians start to doubt themselves a bit. Fortunately, performance anxiety does not have...
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Deborah Gibson Reaches out to the Next Generation an Electric Future
Twenty years ago, Deborah Gibson of Local 802 (New York City) set a record. In the midst of an already thriving career, the teen pop sensation became the youngest artistat age 17-to reach the top of the Billboard chart with a song she not only performed,...
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Drumming Up Business in San Antonio
Even after more than a decade on the South Texas scene, percussionist Henry Brun of Local 433 (Austin, TX) still thinks of himself as a New Yorker in exile. His East Coast energy combined with awareness of Texas and Tex-Mex culture have helped him make...
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Entrepreneur Turns to Music
Ryan Shea Smith of Local 76-493 (Seattle, WA) never knew he could make a living by playing music. "Music was something I was passionate about but I never knew anyone that was a professional," he says. "It seemed like a dream to do this as a living."Smith,...
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Harry Chanson's AFM Legacy Lives On
Those who are aware of AFM history know that the most notable President of the AFM was James "Jimmy" C. Petrillo. Petrillo led a nationwide strike of the recording industry in the 40s which was finally settled as a result of pressure from the White House...
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Inside the First International Orchestra Conference
Participating in the International Federation of Musicians (FIM) First International Conference on Orchestras in Berlin was indeed historic and profoundly informative. I would draw your attention to the conference's Final Declaration on page seven. As...
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International Federation of Musicians First International Orchestra Conference-Berlin, April 9, 2008 Final Declaration
1) Live Performance in the 21st Century-Audiences* Orchestras worldwide face the challenge of building new audiences for the present and the future.* Therefore they need to develop new tools and new concert formats, which attract audiences of different...
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Money Grows Where Attention Goes
Getting attention for yourself and your band can give you tremendous leverage when competing for work. I wonder, by the time this column prints, how many people will remember Ashley Dupre. She had more than her 15 minutes of fame when the Eliot Spitzer...
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Moss Shows His Passion for the Dramatic
It wasn't a limber voice or stunning guitar skills that launched Jason Moss of Local 47 (Los Angeles) into a career in music. It was a pair of ears and a musical mind that are both equally open, and it's these assets that have led to his success as a...
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Musical Talents Are an In-Demand Commodity
Recently I attended an international conference of symphony musicians. I participated in a panel discussion regarding contract issues. That is, what sort of new things are musicians being asked to provide? What do we have that companies want and are...
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Passing Strange: Off-Beat and on Target
The new musical generating the most buzz on Broadway this season is Passing Strange. The show features a full rock band on stage, and it's been hailed as a mold-breaking entry into the musical form, but don't call Passing Strange a "rock musical." It's...
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Resources
SONG: THE WORLD'S BEST SONGWRITERS ON CREATING THE MUSIC THAT MOVES USFrom American Songwriter magazine comes this compilation of songwriting wisdom from 100 of the biggest names in the business, covering all genres. Song includes interviews with such...
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Response to Flanagan Report
A new study about the economics of symphonic orchestras titled "The Economic Environment of American Symphony Orchestras" has been published. Robert Flanagan, a professor at Stanford University, conducted the research with funding provided by the Andrew...
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The Musician's Guide to Press Relations
The press. You love 'em when they write good things and pay attention to you. You hate 'em when they diss you, or worse, ignore you completely. How do they decide what to write about? Why don't they cover more styles of music? How can you get their attention?Musicians...
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TYRONE MARTIN: Saxophonist Goes Big-Time at Berklee
Tyrone Martin of Local 101-473 (Dayton, OH) is an award-winning saxophonist. He is also a high school sophomore. At the age of eight, Martin's band teacher introduced him to the saxophone. "I've wanted to play ever since," says Martin. Martin now plays...
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Your Back Has Supported You for Years: It's Time to Give It Some Support in Return
Eighty percent of adults suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. This can have a severe detrimental effect on their lives and even force them to give up hobbies or work-one in eight unemployed people blame back pain for their jobless state....
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