International Musician

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

Articles from Vol. 106, No. 6, June

AFM, Future of Music Coalition Team Up
In a partnership with the Washington, DC-based Future of Music Coalition (FMC), the AFM launched a series of information sessions for musicians in upstate New York. These sessions, offered free of charge, featured panelists speaking on marketing, digital...
Alison Sudol Larger Than Lifesize
Overnight transformations are usually the stuff of fairytales. For Alison Sudol of Local 47 (Los Angeles), the sudden success of her musical career seems surprisingly close to those magical, mythical stories. Sudol, the pianist and singer who performs...
Bargaining with CTVglobemedia Delayed
In January I wrote about how the AFM's Canadian Office had applied to the Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal (CAPPRT) to expand our jurisdiction to include, under federal Status of the Artists legislation, all musicians in...
Business Chops: How Much Is Music Worth?
Editor's Note: The article marks the debut of a new quarterly series for IM readers: Business Chops. An AFM member since 1974, author and business consultant John Stiernberg shares his perspectives on business issues and how-to tips for musicians.You...
Chicago Women's Musicians Club Reaches out to Southern Sisters
Chicago and New Orleans both make important claims to the roots of American music: Chicago as home of the blues and New Orleans as the birthplace of jazz. The two cities are more than 900 miles apart, and in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the fate...
Help Bring Justice to the Airwaves
Musicians have known many injustices, but one of the oldest is the way in which corporate radio has built a multi-billion dollar business by broadcasting recorded music, without paying one dime to the performers on those recordings. On any particular...
Inside the Annual Report, or How Did We Do in 2007?
This month as the Secretary-Treasurer, I will concentrate on the Treasurer's part of the duties. We have filed all forms timely and have the years ended December 31, 2007 and 2006 Independent Auditors Report by Salibello & Broder certified public...
Irish Music Inspires a Career Move
Heather Martin Bixler of Local 802 (New York City) had nearly the perfect pedigree for a career in classical music. Trained as a violinist at Indiana University and The Juilliard School, Bixler spent years playing in orchestras and landing substitute...
Lobbying for a Performance Right
Local AFM officers have been instrumental in the ongoing campaign to secure a performance right in sound recording. Recently, Gary Matts, president of AFM Local 10-208 (Chicago, IL), and AFM Director of Government Relations Hal Ponder met with Senator...
Music in Science & Health
Editor's Note: "Music in Science and Health" offers a brief look into current music research, and science or health-related news about the world of music and its many applications.Math RocksScholars have long been fascinated by the connection between...
Piece by Piece, Percussionist Teaches about the Environment
Donald Knaack of Local 351 (Burlington, VT) has performed as "The Junkman" for years, using discarded junk as instruments in a one-man percussion orchestra. The environmental message behind his music-played on instruments made of 100% recycled material-has...
Resources
CREATIVITY FOR LIFE: PRACTICAL ADVICE ON THE ARTIST'S PERSONALITY AND CAREERCreativity Coach Eric Maisel has worked with thousands of creative people, including writers, musicians, and actors, and through his professional practice and his books he has...
Rustici: Bridging Italy and America
Guitarist and composer Corrado Rustici of Local 6 (San Francisco, CA) was once told that every European musician should come to the US and vice versa. Rustici followed that advice and has made his mark in the US. Growing up in Italy, Rustici had difficulty...
Self-Promoting in Nine Easy Steps
I've read where Fortune 500 companies dump 85% or more of their profits back into marketing and advertisements every year. For them, becoming and remaining a household name requires it. Advancing to more new customers requires more and more marketing....
Strong Hands and High Hopes Help Overcome Blindness
After more than 40 years of playing piano and organ, it seems natural than John Vandertuin of Local 467 (Brantford, ON) would possess a pair of nimble hands. But his gift of manual dexterity has also aided him in reading Braille. Vandertuin was born...
Take Note
CHANGE OF OFFICERSLOCAL 308, SANTA BARBARA, CA-New President Herbert "Herb" Fredlund; 22 San Mateo Dr.: Goleta, CA 93117; Tel: 805-968-1137 AND New Secretary June Chanson; 735 Alturas Del Sol; Santa Barbara, CA 93103; Tel: 805-962-3144LOCAL 341, NORRISTOWN,...
Ten Tips for Avoiding the Aches and Pains of Overuse
TO YOUR HEALTHMaybe it's a nagging ache in your thumbs every time you practice at the piano. Perhaps there have been long rehearsals for a important concert, and now you notice stabbing pains in your forearms. Or maybe you find yourself struggling with...
Virginia Symphony Orchestra Finds Growth in Community Outreach
In 2004 the Virginia Symphony Orchestra was at a crossroads. For nearly 20 years, the organization had been operating without a balanced budget. Though an interim director, appointed in 2000, had managed to get the budget in check, a $2 million debt...