International Musician

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

Articles from Vol. 108, No. 7, July

AFM Convention Takes a Stand on Issues Affecting Working Musicians
The delegates to the 98th AFM Convention passed a host of resolutions designed to improve the lives and livelihood of member musicians. Following are some highlights.Funding for the Arts in the US-The convention called for increased government funding...
AFM Honors Diversity Within
The 98th AFM convention took time to recognize differences among union musicians, whether it is the many varied instruments, genres, ages, or ethnicities represented, or the varied abilities and disabilities they may have. Created in 2005, the AFM Diversity...
Business Chops: When Targeting Clients, Narrow the Focus to Generate New Business
Here's a common scenario. You promote yourself or your band, via your website, e-mail blasts, and Twitter. You hand out business cards at all your gigs, giving each person a few spares to share with iamfly and friends. Occasionally someone will call...
Career Built from Lifelong Learning
If you were a musician in a high school band, playing gigs in your local town, you most likely thought you were on your way to bright lights and big paychecks.Rob Goldsmith of Local 369 (Las Vegas, NV) was never one of those naïve 18-year-old guitarists,...
Charleston Symphony Rejects Temporary Contract
Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) musicians rejected a one-year interim agreement proposed by management May 14, which was intended to keep the cash-strapped orchestra operating through the 2010-2011 season. The symphony's 2009-2010 season was abruptly...
Convention Committees Assist Delegates
Over the course of this year's convention, 12 committees convened to ensure representation of a variety of issues important to the AFM and its members. The groups worked diligently to prepare committee reports, which detail the last three years' progress...
Cool Tools
MOBILE MIDILine 6's Midi Mobilizer is the first ever MIDI interface for Apple's iPhone and iPod touch. To set it up, simply plug the MIDI Mobilizer into your iPhone's nine-pin connector, download the free app, and connect to any MIDI instrument with...
Delegates Elect New International Executive Board at the 98th Convention
As the 98th AFM Convention came to a close in Las Vegas, the Federation's leadership has some fresh faces among its executive officers, with the election of AFM International President Ray Hair and International Vice President Bruce Fife. International...
Frank Vignola Creates Unique Instrumental Presentations
Though his first love is classic jazz, to pigeonhole guitar virtuoso Frank Vignola of Locals 802 (New York City) and 809 (Middleton, NY) as strictly a curator of that style is to severely underestimate his musical scope. He has managed to find his own...
From Rent to Owning Her Sound Melanie Durrant
BACK WHEN LIVE MUSIC COULD STILL BE HEARD NIGHTLY AT RESTAURANTS AND CLUBS, A SIX-YEAR-OLD GIRL TAGS ALONG TO A GIG AT A SUPPER CLUB WITH HER MOTHER, A SINGER. THE GIRL'S JOB IS TO ANNOUNCE HER MOM'S BAND TO THE AUDIENCE, WHICH SHE DOES BY IMITATING...
How Niche Musicians Can Find Niche Work
I don't often run feedback letters I receive in this column, but last month I received one that really started me thinking. It came from Nick Puin of Local 4 (Cleveland, OH). He wrote:I have been reading your column for years in the International Musician...
Innovation Inspired through Collaboration
Last February, the group ETHEL, who are all members of Local 802 (New York City), appeared as the house band at the TED Conference. TED is an annual event held in Long Beach, California, that brings together some of the most fascinating thinkers and...
Invocation for the Federation's Next Three Years
I was inspired by the invocation delivered to the convention by Zen Center of Las Vegas Abbot and Local 369 Secretary-Treasurer Thom Pastor, which opened the 98th AFM Convention. I would like to share his thought-provoking words with all AFM members.We...
Irish Composer Enters the Realm of Video Games
When a young talent moves to Hollywood, they are usually looking for fame and fortune under the lights of the big screen. However, when composer and conductor Eimear Noone of Local 47 (Los Angeles) moved from her homeland of Ireland in 2005, she was...
LimeWire Found Liable for Copyright Infringements
Thirteen major record labels, backed by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), claim that peer-to-peer file sharing service LimeWire should pay more than $1 billion in damages for copyright violations. The RIAA initially sued LimeWire...
Local 47 Offers Free Orchestration Classes to Members
One of the best ways to attract new AFM members is to provide more benefits and services within the cost of their annual dues. Local 47 (Los Angeles), to that end, is reaching out and offering orchestration courses to all members in good standing, free...
Philipsek Releases 31st Solo Album
For many musicians, the calling to become an artist comes early in life. Reynold Philipsek of Local 536 (St. Cloud, MN) is no exception. In fact, at age 14, he was probably one of the youngest musicians to join the AFM. Forty-two years later, he still...
Prominent DJ Transforms to Singer/Songwriter
Thirteen years into her career as an electronica disc jockey, Barbara Bonfiglio of Local 406 (Montreal, PQ) stopped spinning records and picked up a microphone as a lead singer, keyboardist, and back-up guitarist with her band, Misstress Barbara with...
Reflecting on Nine Years of Proud Service
I joined the AFM in Springfield, Ohio, when I was 16 because I wanted to belong to an organization that represented professional musicians. When I left home to attend college I joined Local 1 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Filing contracts was part of my regular...
Resources
DRUMSTICK CONTROL: A REALISTIC APPROACH TO SNARE DRUM TECHNIQUE APPLIED TO THE DRUM SETJeff Moore of Local 389 (Orlando, FL) designed this snare drum method book for drum set players of all levels, beginner to advanced. The book uses a step-by-step process...
Students Present Benefit Concert for Honolulu Musicians
Several top music students in the Honolulu community presented a benefit recital to support the musicians of the bankrupt Honolulu Symphony. Many of these students had been winners of the symphony's annual concerto competition and had had the opportunity...