International Musician

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

Articles from Vol. 106, No. 1, January

15 Things You Can Do to Find More Gigs This Year
If you're a casual date musician looking to keep your calendar full, you might want to do a little soul-searching to examine what it is you are doing to fill those empty dates in the months to come. The beginning of the year is time to remember that...
AFM Hails Legislation to Bring Fairness to Radio
On December 18 the Performance Rights Bill, designed to require large radio stations to fairly compensate musicians for broadcasting their recordings while protecting songwriters and small radio stations, was introduced. The bill is sponsored by Senators...
Congressman Takes the Podium
Concord, New Hampshire, might be a sleepy town during the summer, with state government in recess and many of the state's politicians elsewhere. But the Nevers Band, a Concord-based concert band, still managed to attract a big name, along with a big...
Diagnosing and Treating TMJ Disorders
When working as it should, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which connects the jaw to the side of your head, enables you to sing, talk, chew, and yawn. However, estimates suggest that 5% to 15% of Americans suffer from TMJ disorders. The discomfort...
FCC Holds Final Hearing on Media Consolidation
The last of the six Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) hearings on media consolidation was held in Seattle, Washington, November 9. Despite providing the shortest possible announcement time legally allowed for, more than 1,100 people showed up,...
Flashback
PUBLISHED IN PAST JANUARY ISSUES OF THE INTERNATIONAL MUSICIAN ...80 Years Ago1928Secretary of Labor Davis denounced low-wage employers in his annual report. "The time has passed when any industry or employer who seeks to break down wage scales will...
Global Trips and Mental Journeys
Though he certainly knows his way around a standard 4/4 groove, saxophonist and bandleader Chris Byars of Local 802 (New York City) has found that a lot of world music is much more complex. Byars recently traveled to the Central Asian countries of Tajikistan...
Grateful Nation Gathers Guitars for Troops
A nonprofit partnership to bring musical instruments to US troops serving in Iraq has become a major success for AFM Local 20-623 (Denver, CO). Starting with one military mother's idea and a handful of donated guitars, a community partnership has resulted...
John Brown: Raising the Bar for Bassists
In just a few years, John Brown of Local 500 (Raleigh, NC) has started a miniature musical empire. He's the bassist and bandleader of The John Brown Quintet and the head of the jazz studies program at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, with sidelines...
Michael Orland: Behind the Scenes of American Idol
"If someone said to me, 'Design yourself a dream job,' this would be it," says Michael Orland of Local 47 (Los Angeles). "I just love it."That dream job is pianist, arranger, and associate musical director of American Idol, the runaway mega-hit TV show...
Multi-Card Member Rebates
Effective January 1, 2008, members who belonged to three or more locals throughout 2007 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...
Musicians Hall of Fame Welcomes First Inductees
In June 2006, the Musicians Hall of Fame opened its doors in Nashville, Tennessee. The mission of the museum is to acknowledge and celebrate great musicians for their achievements-regardless of whether they've spent their careers in the spotlight Visitors...
Music in Science & Health
Editor's Note: The International Musician is pleased to announce an addition to our monthly editorial coverage, "Music in Science and Health." These stories will offer a brief look into current music research, health-related music news, and entertaining...
News Briefs
New Touring Fund in PittsburghPittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO), whose musicians are members of Local 60-471, recently received a generous donation to support its international touring efforts. The Hillman Endowment for International Performances,...
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 nonright-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...
Randy Kohrs Is No Slacker
If some people are born to multitask, then Randy Kohrs of Local 257 (Nashville, TN) is one of those people. He is an award-winning and sought-after musician and vocalist who has played with artists that include The Wreckers, Little Big Town, Alabama,...
Ready, Set, Go-Prepared Clinicians Make for Successful Clinics
The most successful clinicians I have witnessed over the years share some common characteristics that place them far and away above the rest. These clinicians know the necessary rules or ingredients for giving (yes, I said giving) a clinic. They selflessly...
Resources
GLOBAL MINSTRELS: VOICES OF WORLD MUSICWorld music is the fastest growing sector of the music market in the US. Musicians from Ry Cooder of Local 47 (Los Angeles) and Paul Simon of Local 802 (New York City) to the Talking Heads have used world music...
Steve Turre: Playing in the Moment
Whether he's taking a solo or blending in with a horn section, whether he's on trombone or something less traditional-like a seashell-for Steve Turre, it's all a product of hard work and an open mind.Steve Turre plays in one of the most famous and powerful...
Take Note
CHANGE OF OFFICERSLOCAL 82-545, BEAVER FALLS, PA-New President Louis Gonzalez; 1307 Rambler Drive; Aliquippa, PA 15001LOCAL 153, SAN JOSE, CA-New President Tony CementsLOCAL 655, MIAMI, FL-New President Dan SatterwhiteLOCAL 660, STATE COLLEGE, PA-New...
Testimony of Bruce Fife, President of AFM Local 99 (Portland, OR)
Chairman, commissioners, citizens,For us, this is about radio and the simple question is, "Is radio programming more accessible, more diverse, and of higher quality now than before the last round of consolidation?"The obvious answer, unless you don't...
The International Musician-The Face of the Union
As you pick up this month's International Musician you'll notice that it's thicker-with eight additional pages-and glossy. AFM members deserve as fine a publication as this office can produce. Hopefully, it will be a resource that all musicians find...
The New Year Brings New Opportunities, Agreements
Happy new year to all! May 2008 be your most prosperous and joyful year ever!As optimistically predicted in the last issue of IM, the AFM in Canada has received, in a letter dated December 10, official notice from the Canadian Artists and Producers Professional...
Union Plus Helps Musicians Cut Healthcare Costs
Like many working musicians, Matt Richards, a jazz guitarist and member of Local 341 (Philadelphia, PA), hasn't always been able to afford family health insurance. As a father, good healthcare was a constant concern. When he signed up for the AFM Union...
US Workers Honor International Human Rights Day
December 10 marked the anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Workers' rights are an integral component of that declaration, which reads in part, "everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly...