International Musician

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

Articles from Vol. 109, No. 8, August

2011 Symphonic Player Conference Schedule
ROPA ConferenceAugust 2-4, 2011 in Portland, METhe ROPA Board will host an open forum with constituencies of the AFM and ROPA. Panel discussions will highlight the relationship of the local and the orchestra committee and the story of the orchestra turnaround...
Controlling Runaway Health Care Costs
Runaway health care costs are making already high medical insurance costs increasingly unaffordable. Even orchestras with healthy balance sheets are trying to hold the line on annual double-digit increases, and those with financial difficulties are often...
Convergence: The Beauty of the IMA Agreement
Convergence-what does it mean? The basic definition is the coming together of two or more distinct entities. One way the media world defines convergence is in the combining of two or more technologies into a single device. Examples are mobile phones...
Finding Beauty Working with Other Musicians
Music keeps us young, and Pearl Harwood of Local 105 (Spokane, WA) has had a lifetime of music. She began banging on the piano keys as a baby in the 1920s. Harwood was welcomed into the world during the uplifted spirit of the US between World Wars, and...
Four Ways to Increase Business with Public Relations
You are a business. The music and entertainment industry is a very cool business, but it is business, nonetheless. You need to be mindful of this when promoting yourself and your band. The best part about public relations is that it costs fractions of...
Grievance and Arbitration: Tools for Building Relationships
NOTE: This article should not be construed as legal advice. If you have a legal question, you should consult an attorney.With the headlines splashed with dire news about orchestra managements seeking concessions from their players, attempting to avoid...
Having a "Plan B" Makes Practical and Strategic Sense
We have all seen far too many cases where symphonic boards of directors and their management have had convenient amnesia when it comes to remembering their fiduciary and ethical responsibilities to provide their community with a quality orchestra. The...
I See What You're Saying: Interpreting Body Language
It's summertime ... and the negotiations are still serious business. During negotiations it is important to be able to communicate on many different levels. Nonverbal communication can be a useful (and interesting) way to gain additional insight and...
LCC/PCC Conference Covers Theater Musicians Association (TMA) Issues
The 16th Annual 2011 Theater Musicians Association Conference will be held in Dearborn, Michigan, at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn from August 15 through August 16. Visit the TMA website (www.afm-tma.org) for more information.Last month, I attended the...
Looking Back on Two Years as SSD Director
As of August 1, I return to my previous position as contract negotiator for the AFM Symphonic Services Division (SSD). The two and one-half years I have served as director have been even busier than usual for the SSD staff. I cannot begin to convey the...
NLRB Affirms AFM Jurisdiction to Bargain over Symphonic Media
A three-judge panel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has affirmed that the Musical Arts Association (MAA), which runs The Cleveland Orchestra, violated federal labor law by refusing to bargain with the AFM regarding terms and conditions of...
Pierre Herbineaux's GOT TALENT
Growing up in Charleroi, Belgium, Pierre Herbineaux of Local 33 (Tucson, AZ) studied violin at the Academy of Music Jean Charlier in Monceau-sur-Sambre. Some might call it fate, however, when his mother gave him a diatonic harmonica for summers at Boy...
Presenting United Front through Better Communication
Traditionally, this time of year is when many symphony orchestras go on tour. Some have domestic tours, while others travel to Europe, South America, or Asia. Also, many participate in summer festivals or summer residencies. Most of these tours are covered...
Resources
ELEMENTS: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO IMPROVING YOUR DRUMSET VOCABULARYElements is a comprehensive system to improve your drumming vocabulary. After presenting the Elements, which are simple one-beat variations of basic 16th-note and triplet rhythms, you...
Stringing Together Musical Successes
Picture yourself playing the violin at a concert on sand dunes. No, this is not a mirage; this is the stage for Airi Yoshioka of Local 802 (New York City) at a concert in the Gobi Desert, Mongolia, in 2002. In her description of the experience, she details,...
Symphony Orchestras: Surviving and Even Thriving
In May, WQXR, a public radio station based out of New York City, broadcast a roundtable discussion titled "American Orchestras: Endangered Species?" There is no doubt that the past year-even the past few years-have been difficult for many orchestras....
Take Note
CHANGESLOCAL 215, KINGSTON, NY-Effective April 16, 2011. Local 215, Kingston, NY is no longer active. Its territory and membership has been reassigned to Local 238-291, Poughkeepsie, NY.LOCAL 297, WICHITA, KS-New Address Secretary's King: 1330 East 1st...
Top 10 Movie Box Office. It's All AFM
So far, this has been a very good summer for movies recorded under AFM contracts. All 10 of the top grossing motion pictures in the US and Canada for the weekend beginning July 8 were recorded under AFM contracts, according to industry resource The Numbers...
Under Joann Falletta's Direction, the Beat Goes On
JoAnn Falletta keeps a diary of poems, all about inspirational moments in her professional life. Most have to do with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra (VSO) and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO), where Falletta has been music director since 1991 and...
Using Social Media to Gain Public Support
Getting the best contract renewal possible from a management that's determined to slash costs is a difficult enterprise that should involve a public dimension. When a board of trustees (or commercial ownership) isolates itself behind a determined management,...