International Musician

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

Articles from Vol. 105, No. 7, July

AFM Convention: A Look Inside the Process
Every two years, delegates from AFM Locals gather at the AFM Convention to exercise their right to represent the rank-and-file musicians of their Locals.This democratic process begins in the local when the musicians elect the delegates. The delegates/then...
AFM Convention Takes a Stand on Current Issues Affecting Working Musicians
The more than 300 delegates to the 97th Convention of the AFM passed vital resolutions that call for fair compensation for the use of musicians' recorded work in the US and millions of dollars of foreign performance royalties for the use of their work...
AFM Joins musicFIRST Coalition
The AFM has partnered with individual artists and other music industry organizations committed to fairness in radio to launch the musicFIRST coalition. The coalition aims to correct the U.S. Copyright Act so that performers will be paid when their work...
Cool Tools
TUBE ROCKSWith a vintage design and classic features recalling amps of the late '60s, new all-tube amps from AXL offer tons of output power and tube tone. The AXL Akita Series (AA-AK) have tubes in the pre-amp and power amp, as well as Accutronics reverb,...
Dean Strickland Offers His Hitchhiker's Guide
"Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time," actor and writer Stephen Wright once said. Well, guitarist Dean Strickland of Local 72-147 (Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX) has certainly taken these insightful words to heart, as he hitchhikes hundreds of...
Durawa: A Little Bit of Everything
Blame it on Texas. If Ernie Durawa of Local 433 (Austin, TX) wasn't raised in the Lone Star State, he might never have fallen in love with the many musical genres he adores today."San Antonio is a big melting pot," explains the drummer. "You name it,...
Epstein Has a Flash of Inspiration
Freelance cellist Kari Epstein of Local 20-623 (Denver, CO) is a multifaceted entrepreneur. The professional musician has toured the world as principal cellist of the Montavani Orchestra, and as a member of the Summit of Eight Orchestra in Denver she...
For the Good of Books-Armenti's Fundraiser Helps Small Town Library
What the small town of Westhampton, Massachusetts, lacks in grandeur, it makes up for in beauty, verve, and spirit. Town hayrides and local bake sales are familiar events in this quaint town of nearly 1,600 people.But while the old-fashioned buildings...
Four Symphonies Reach Contract Agreements
May was a productive month for AFM symphony orchestra contract negotiations. On May 23 the Oregon Symphony ratified a two-year agreement that covers the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 seasons.The 2006-2007 agreement calls for a 1% increase in pay, which is...
How to Create a Promotional Pack
You may have chosen music as a career partly because you didn't want to be in business. But music is a business. You're selling a product-you and your music.Every band and musician needs a promotional kit, which should include items such as a demo CD,...
Leaving Office on a Good Note
This is my last column for the International Musician. The Canadian delegates voted in Bill Skolnik at the 97th International Convention. He will assume my current job effective August 1, so I'll be handing over the keys to my office at that time.Bill...
Lights, Camera, Reaction! Kevin Eubanks
Just after talking to International Musician, Kevin Eubanks headed to a taping of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. That day's taping happened to be Leno's 15th anniversary at the helm of the venerable late night variety show, and after announcing that...
News Briefs
Dallas On a RollFor the fourth year in a row, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra closed its fiscal year with a balanced budget. What had been projected as a $700,000 deficit for 2006-2007 was closed with an end-of-season gap fundraising campaign. In addition...
Orchestras Celebrate Jamestown Settlement's 400th
As far as parties go, it doesn't get much bigger than the 400th anniversary of the landing at the Jamestown Settlement in Virginia. America's Anniversary Weekend was celebrated on May 11 to 13, and featured appearances by President George W. Bush, Queen...
Resources
CUT TO THE CHASE: TEMPOS AND TIMINGS FOR FILM AND VIDEO COMPOSERSMastering the techniques of writing precisely timed music is a critical professional compositional skill that is traditionally difficult for students to master. This small handbook by Anne...
Sometimes You Have to Be Different
I had a chance to see the Broadway show Jersey Boys a couple of weeks ago. Its one of the hottest shows on Broadway and highlights the career of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.At the time of the group's break into the big time, nobody knew what they...
Stage Fright: The Role of Unresolved Anger
You've seen it, heard about it, and perhaps experienced it yourself-stage fright, or performance anxiety. Why do some musicians get it and others don't, and why are some self-conscious about talking about it?We live and work in a demanding business....
Successful Convention Turns Spotlight on the Future
The 97th Convention stands as an accomplishment of which all 90,000 members can be proud. As you read this issue of the International Musician you will see that the delegates passed some controversial items, and addressed the issue of diversity head-on....
Take Note
CHANGE OF OFFICERSLOCAL 259, PARKERSBURG, WV-Please send all correspondences to President Hess. Answering service available.Members and officers can access the List of Locals book online at www.afm.org/member/localsbook.htm. Information changes, such...
Ten Questions for Music Entrepreneurs
The days in which the music offered in stores and on the radio was controlled by a handful of large corporations are rapidly receding. Increasingly, working musicians are following their own paths-and hearts-by becoming music entrepreneurs, and reaching...