International Musician

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

Articles from Vol. 110, No. 1, January

Agnes McConaughy: A Musical Marvel
Communities far and wide treasure their local legends. Epitomizing the energetic, charismatic, passionate music performer and educator, Agnes (Welshko) McConaughy of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, is one such icon. Her unique performance experiences during...
Announcing the Lew & Lenny Legacy Fund
In 2005, the board of directors of Live Music Awareness, a charitable organization with ties to Local 677 (Honolulu, HI), the Musicians' Association of Hawaii, created the Lew Waldeck Fund. The objective of this fund was to promote and fund the kinds...
Anti-Piracy Legislation Closer to Passage
Congress is moving forward on the two "rogue sites" bills, the PROTECT IP Act (S. 968) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261) in the House, which both target foreign websites dedicated to copyright infringement. Senate Majority Leader...
Boston Musicians' Campaign to Promote Live Music for Rockettes Plays On
The Rockettes dance company serves as an annual indicator that the holiday season has arrived, and many families attend shows at the Wang Theater in Boston for the kind of live entertainment that can't be found at home or in movie theaters. But the Boston...
Business Chops: How Do I Find Time to Do the Planning?
It's 2012, a new year and a chance to reflect. To say that things are changing in the music industry is an understatement. For many of us, one New Year's resolution is to do strategic planning. But planning is also something that is easy to put off....
Charness Builds Electrifying Career
In March 2011, New York Knicks fans stood up from their seats in Madison Square Garden as a young woman, clad completely in black, walked to the center of the basketball court and pressed a bright pink electric violin to her neck. Following a four-year...
Craig Pilo: DRUMMER LOOKS FOR VARIETY IN PROJECTS
Craig Pilo of Local 47 (Los Angeles) was born into a family of drummers. Both his father and grandfather played, and while he had already taken some lessons, the night he saw Buddy Rich perform solidified his choice to continue with the instrument for...
Do Not Accept Work from Louisville Orchestra, Inc
Musicians of the Louisville Orchestra have been engaged in a lengthy negotiation with their management. The board repeatedly threatened to replace them with other musicians, and after a final ultimatum, began recruiting replacement musicians. In November,...
Lionsgate Plays "Hunger Game" with AFM Musicians
Last month, I was informed that a major US independent film studio had finished principal photography on a big budget film, that was also planned with three sequels, and with a companion album release of songs by major artists "inspired" by the movie....
Potpourri from December 2011
I must congratulate Antoinette Follett, managing editor, and the staff of the International Musician, as the magazine was recognized by the International Labor Communications Association (ILCA) with the third award for Best Publication Design. This honor...
Resources
MODERN LIVE SOUND: A HANDS-ON, STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO MIXING FOR TODAY'S SOUND SYSTEMS [DVD]Whether you are mixing sound for a small local club, touring for the first time with your band, or considering a career as a sound engineer, this video will get...
Seeking Pension for Club Musicians
For many years Local 802 (New York City) has been grappling with the longstanding injustice of jazz musicians unable to take advantage of the AFM's pension plan. Of these musicians, most of whom have been loyal AFM members down through the years, few...
Sonic Lucidity
Mastodon Tramples into New Territory with The HunterConcept albums and sprawling, complex song structures have been somewhat of a trademark for progressive metal act Mastodon. Which is why, with the release of its stripped-down, fifth studio album, The...
Take Note
CHANGESLOCAL 148, ATLANTA, GA-New Secretary Christina Caterino; Email: caterino@mac.com, Contact info remains the same.LOCAL 374, CONCORD, NH-New President Priscilla Giles and New Secretary Jock Irvine, Contact info remains the same.LOCAL 547, CALGARY,...
Union Must Listen to Musicians to Stay Relevant
I was browsing through the newsletter of one of the three locals to which I belong, and I couldn't help but notice the long column of names of expelled members. I was shocked to find folks on there that previously were solid members. These are active...
Violinist and Composer Blends Pop, Ethnic, Classical, Jazz, and More
As a child, David Balakrishnan of Local 424 (Richmond, CA) started playing violin because of his mother. As a teen, he started playing rock music on violin because of Jimi Hendrix."What I could tell from Jimi Hendrix was he turned up his amp real loud...
Wisconsin Union Members Honor Veterans through Music
For Nick Contorno of Locals 8 (Milwaukee, WI) and 193 (Waukesha, WI), participating in the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight is both a humbling and fulfilling experience. "What other country in the world would honor their veterans the way we do?" he asks...
Young Musicians Should Know Importance of Union
All around the country, International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) members have been doing what they can to actively support the musicians of the Louisville Orchestra in their ongoing struggles. Many are peripherally aware of what...