International Musician

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

Articles from Vol. 106, No. 3, March

Alanis Disentangled
In 1995, Canadian singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette of Local 47 (Los Angeles) released Jagged Little Pill, and the album quickly grew into a phenomenon. Its chart-topping first single, "You Oughta Know," became an anthem for women scorned and struck...
Classical Pianist Plays with a Conscience
Réa Beaumont of Local 149 (Toronto, ON) wants to make a difference. With a background in classical concert piano, she also has an interest in contemporary classical music, often called "new music." On her latest album, A Shrinking Planet, Beaumont's...
Federation Musicians Earn Armfuls of Awards at the 50th Grammy Awards
Federation members strode into the spotlight all night at the 50th Grammy Awards, held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles February 10. Musicians from coast to coast took home awards-below is a list of union winners broken into their Grammy Award categories....
Fernando Jones: Keeping the Blues Red Hot
Chicago, Illinois, became a center for the blues in the '40s and '50s after many famous musicians migrated from the South. On today's blues scene, one native son of the city is keeping the traditions alive. Guitarist Fernando Jones of Local 10-208 (Chicago,...
Gottfried Drums His Message Home
Rob Gottfried of Local 802 (New York City) grew up in a home filled with communication, support, and most of all, music. His father, Murry, was a highly regarded alto saxophonist who encouraged his son to nurture his passion for the drums. That encouragement...
Learn Some Secrets of Self-Promotion
Talent can take you far in the music business, but not quite as far as an effective promotional campaign. For many working musicians, that promotion is a one-person show, and both time and money are of the essence. To really get the most out of your...
Lori Andrews Redefines the Harp's Role
Lori Andrews of Local 47 (Los Angeles) calls jazz "the music I was destined to play," though her instrument of choice-the harp-is more common to symphony halls than jazz dubs. Andrews chose the path of a "jazz harpist," and she hopes the title inspires...
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.Music Technology Gives Disabled Students a VoiceBecause music therapy...
New Members Explore AFM Benefits
The newly redesigned AFM website (www. afm.org) has attracted more than 100 new members already. By having an attractive website that is functional and user-friendly, and by placing the word "join" prominently on the front page we are gaining members...
New Mexico Symphony Blooms like a Flower in the Desert
The natural beauty of the state of New Mexico is widely known, with rugged mountains and deserts that have made it a burgeoning location for shooting Hollywood films. In Albuquerque, the state's largest city, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra (NMSO)...
News Briefs
Columbus Musicians United Against CutbacksFollowing the Columbus Symphony Orchestra management's announcement of the intention to reduce drastically the number of full-time positions and the number of weeks in the orchestra's season, the musicians of...
Preparing Your Body for Your Musical Career: A Neuro-Musculoskeletal Look at Wellness
The big race day is approaching; you've been running in preparation for six months. You are in peak performance. Your body is glistening, pristine, and ready for the big event. You've been watching your diet, and eating the finest foods in preparation....
Resources
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE MUSIC BUSINESSFor 15 years All You Need to Know About the Music Business has been regarded as a comprehensive guide to the industry. This completely revised and updated 6th edition leads novices, and experienced professionals,...
Still Trying to Level the Playing Field
Just before Christmas there was great hope that there would be some relief to the daunting process facing Canadian musicians who need to cross the border to perform. The bureaucracy and the various forms and papers can take from 95 to 125 days to process....
Storytelling through Music
Since starting in music, Dominic Cifarelli of Local 406 (Montreal, PQ) has had metal on his mind. "As soon as my guitar teacher introduced me to [the music of] Extreme, Steve Vai (Local 47), and Van Halen (Local 47), I decided that I was going to be...
Take Note
CHANGES OF OFFICERSLOCAL 196, CHAMPAIGN, IL-New President Erwin J. HoffmanLOCAL 660, STATE COLLEGE, PA-New President Chris LeeLOCAL 553, SASKATOON, SK-New President Cam McConnellMembers and officers can access the List of Locals book online at www.afm.org/member/localsbook.htm....
The Benefits of Your AFM Membership
Are you taking full advantage of the many benefits afforded to you as an AFM member? That union card might carry a lot more weight than you think.Every day, the AFM fights for its members. Whether it's negotiating contracts, establishing fair pay scales,...
Uncover New Rules for Getting Gigs
Man, have times changed for professional musicians. Big bands for the most part are a thing of the past. Many of the clubs that book bands on a regular basis are getting scarce. "Pay to play" is rampant, and DJs compete for work where only bands competed...
Young Violinist Rises in the Ranks
When Julianne Lee of Local 9-535 (Boston, MA) won a spot in the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) violin section in 2006, she joined as its youngest member-22 years old-and was, in fact, one of the youngest people ever to join BSO. Less than two years...
Your Union in Action: AFM Ramps Up Its Legislative Efforts for 2008
The AFM's legislative clout continues to grow in Washington, DC. This year, we have an opportunity to pass bills greatly advantageous to AFM members in the US and Canada.One notable bill is HR 4789/S 2500, the Performance Rights Act. If it becomes law,...