International Musician

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

Articles from Vol. 108, No. 1, January

AFM Musicians Award Recognition
Gemini Awards: The 24th Annual Gemini Awards, which recognize the best in Canadian Television programming, were held in Calgary, Alberta, November 14 and recognized several AFM members for their contributions to the musical aspect of TV shows.Winners...
AFM's GoPro Hosting Provides an Affordable Home for Your Website
Are you looking for a way to promote your band and music online? The Federation's GoPro Hosting offers a range of web hosting solutions for AFM members. An exclusive benefit of AFM membership, GoPro Hosting offers members space for websites, domain name...
A Year of AFM Accomplishments
One of the great privileges of serving as President of the AFM is the opportunity to work with the terrific departments of the Federation. They house some of the hardest working and most dedicated employees of any labor union today and their achievements...
Behind the Scenes with Frank Sinatra Jr
Frank Sinatra Jr. did a show at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York, a few weeks ago. It's not too far from where I live, so I thought I'd pick up a couple of tickets and catch the performance. It was "Sinatra Sings Sinatra." I've never heard...
Best Wishes to Everyone for a Happy and Prosperous 2010
I hope all of your New Year's gigs went well and that you've already been rebooked for next year. For AFM Canada, 2010 is the year of negotiation. It will be a monumental year totally full of major contract bargaining. Here is a preview:Canadian Film...
Business Chops: New Year's (Business) Resolutions
The year 2009 is history. While some musicians and music companies did well, many would admit that 2009 was tough-expenses up, revenue down, and competition fierce. Gigs were cancelled. Amidst all this, customers wanted more value for less money. As...
Congressional Update
AFM continues to lobby on behalf of a performance right for AM/FM radio play. The musicFIRST Coalition, of which AFM is a member, met with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) in November, at the request of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees,...
Cool Tools
NOT BLOWIN' IN THE WINDAnyone who has performed outside when it's windy knows what a distraction it can be to keep music on the stand. The MusicMaide Music Stand Clip is a simple, hassle-free solution to this problem. Simply slide the transparent clip...
He Could Not Ask for More
Singer-Songwriter Edwin McCain says music gave him his identityEdwin McCain found the perfect spot to watch. Tucked back stage, where no one could see him, he peered out at the audience from between two stage curtains. It was just after the turn of the...
Joe Vitale: Family Business
For the Vitale family, music and AFM membership are a way of life. "My father was a member of the musician's union practically his whole life," says Joe Vitale Sr. of Local 111 (Canton, OH). "Even as a kid during the Depression, he would play the accordion...
Looking Forward to a Busy 2010
As it goes with monthly periodicals, writing this column puts me at the beginning of December, a time when we are firmly ensconced in the bustle of the holiday season. The news of the day vacillates between the top stories of the year and predictions...
Lyric Opera Threatens Strike, Gets New Contract
Having performed without a contract since mid-September and asserting that Lyric management was not bargaining in good faith, members of Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra finally threatened to strike the opening December 5 performance of The Merry Widow,...
Multi-Card Member Rebates
Effective January 1, 2010, members who belonged to three or more Locals throughout 2009 can petition the AFM Secretary-Treasurer for a "rebate equal to the per capita dues received by the Federation" for that member's membership in each AFM Local in...
New Year's Resolution: Get Paid for Your Work
It's New Year's resolutions time. I hope among the resolutions you make, one will be the continuation of your participation with your union, local, and the Federation. By this we are asking that you pay your dues in a timely fashion and assist us in...
Organizing Drive Results in Landslide Victory for Local 301
John Adams was once asked who did the most to promote American independence. His prompt response was, "King George III." Naturally, had the British Monarchy realized early on that the American colonies were not prepared to accept the intolerable treatment...
Regional Resource Meetings Going Strong in 2010
It doesn't seem possible that it's been five years since International Representative Gene Tournour, Labor Organizer Paul McCarthy, International Representative Barbara Owens, and I were gathered together prior to the New England Conference in Newport,...
Resources
CLASSIC ELECTRICS:A VISUAL HISTORY OF GREAT GUITARSSince the 1930s electric guitars have been embedded in our culture as icons of jazz, blues, and rock 'n' roll music. This richly illustrated guide is an exploration of the best solid-body and semi-acoustic...
Revised Notice to Musicians Employed under US Collective Bargaining Agreements
Sections 8(a)(3) and 8(b)(2) of the National Labor Relations Act permit unions in non-right-to-work states to enter into collective bargaining agreements with employers that require employees, as a condition of employment, either to join the union (and...
Savvy Musician Drums Up a Steady Jazz Gig in Toronto
Before each Thursday night gig at the Azure Restaurant and Bar, in the InterContinental Toronto Centre, Dan Bodanis of Local 149 (Toronto, ON) goes to the Black Forest Pastry Shop and picks up a box of gourmet dark chocolate Belgian cookies for the members...
Take Note
CHANGESLOCAL 27, NEW CASTLE, PA-Acting Pres. Gordon Frissora; Acting Secretary Arthur WhiteLOCAL 433, AUSTIN, TX-New President/Sec-Treas. Robert MeyerLOCAL 547, CALGARY, AB-New Tel & Fax: 403-264-6610LOCAL 566, WINDSOR, ON-307-52 Chatham St. W.;...
The Power of Three: Joining Forces to Create One Sensational Guitar Trio
When Pavlo Simtikidis of Local 149 (Toronto, ON) decided to move forward with a lifelong dream of putting together an acoustic guitar trio-like the trio of John McLaughlin of Local 802 (New York City), Al Di Meola, and Paco De Lucia-there was one thing...