International Musician

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

Articles from Vol. 107, No. 7, July

AFM and PftPI Defend the Professional Integrity of Workers across the Nation
Since March 2007, 19 leading organizations have come together as Professionals for the Public Interest: Associations and Unions Defending Professional Integrity (PftPI). The group's common focus is defending professional integrity against external pressures...
AFM Benefits to Meet New Age of Connectivity
After several years of intense planning, creative design, and development the AFM's Information Systems Department is eager to share the fruits of its labor with members. In the coming months the AFM will be unveiling a new membership information system...
AFM Canada Forms Alliances to Push Legislative Goals
We believe that our cultural, political, and economic goals can best be achieved by forming alliances with other groups in the entertainment industry. These include sister labour organizations representing artists, creators, and technicians; performers'...
AFM Charters New Tucson Local
The AFM is pleased to announce that, as of June 1, the newly chartered Tucson Federation of Musicians, Local 33 (Tucson, AZ), comprised of 57 charter members from the Tucson Symphony Orchestra (TSO) and other Tucson area musicians, was added to the AFM's...
Business Chops: Marketing and Sales Are Keys Music Business Success
Who Gets the Work?There are tens of thousands of people active in the music industry in North America. While this includes a wide range of specialties and services, the number points to both risks and opportunities. Even in "our little industry" there...
Canadian Rock Band Veers onto US Charts
The band Veer Union has a pretty impressive musical résumé for being just five years old. Having performed with Seether, Hinder, Rev Theory, Black Stone Cherry, and The Killers, to name a few, they plan to make their way onto US Charts now.In late 2004,...
Delaware Symphony Makes First Recording
The Delaware Symphony Orchestra (DSO) recently recorded two concertos with the Grammy Award winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (LAGQ). The two-day session marks the orchestra's first professional recording. The DSO and LAGQ made the recording with assistance...
Full of Grace
vermont group proves girls don't have to sit pretty behind a pianoGrace Potter and the Nocturnals are trying something new on their summer 2009 tour-no denim on stage. Potter and her bassist Catherine Popper, both of Local 47 (Los Angeles) and the only...
Immigration Advice: Performing in the US and Canada
If you plan on performing outside of your country, you must have all personal identification and travel documents in order, and specifically, ensure you have obtained the appropriate work permits.The AFM assists US and Canadian musicians, and those from...
Immigration : Engagements Aux ÉTats-Unis et Au Canada
Si vous devez travailler à l'extérieur de votre pays de résidence, assurez-vous que tous vos papiers d'identité et documents de voyage sont en ordre et, surtout, veillez à obtenir le permis de travail approprié.La FAM aide les musiciens canadiens, américains...
Managers Walk out of AV-Integrated Media Negotiations: Any Employer Bargaining Initiatives on Media Now Must Go Individually to Federation
Back in November 2007, the Federation-with a negotiating committee composed of members of the ICSOM and ROPA Media Committees and their local officers-entered into negotiations with the symphony, opera and ballet orchestra managers for a successor to...
Orchestrator by Day, Band Leader by Night
TIM DAVIESTim Davies of Local 47 (Los Angeles) has a career arranging, orchestrating, and conducting for television, film, and video games in his "day job," but leading the Tim Davies Big Band is his real passion. Growing up in Brisbane, Australia, he...
Publishing a Different Kind of Classical Literature
The lives of classical musicians are a mystery to the average concertgoer, who sees people onstage with black uniforms and violins. Gerald Elias of Local 104 (Salt Lake City, UT) hopes to shed some light on the unseen parts of the performers' world with...
Radio Host Provides a Home for Musicians
Larry Groce of Local 136 (Charleston, WV) spent a lot of time on the road promoting his 1976 hit "Junk Food Junkie" on TV and radio shows. Groce found there were some things he liked, and some things he didn't like, about the parameters of these shows....
Readers Write Back
I love to hear from readers of this column, no matter if it's negative or positive. I welcome anyone's thoughts, and I am always looking for ways to find more gigs and improve AFM members' music careers. Here are a few reader ideas I recently received:Craig...
Resources
JAZZ PIANO HANDBOOK: ESSENTIAL JAZZ PIANO SKILLS FOR ALL MUSICIANSFor any musician or teacher who needs a working knowledge of jazz piano in just six months, this book is a practical, all-in-one guide. Lessons are presented in linear, logical fashion...
St. Louis Musician with a French Flair Creates a Buzz Overseas
There was something about the voice of Edith Piaf that stuck with Elsie Parker of Local 2-197 (St. Louis, MO) from her childhood until she was 27-years-old. A clarinetist, Parker would check out recordings from the local library to familiarize herself...
Take Note
CHANGESLOCAL 169, MANHATTAN, KS-New Secretary Steve Easterday; 1316 Overlook Dr.; Manhattan, KS 66503; Tel: 785-537-9597LOCAL 193, WAUKESHA, WI-New President Gabe Ceci; 20290 Bartlett Dr.; Brookfield, WI 53045; Tel: 262-784-2402; and New Secretary Nancy...