International Musician

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

Articles from Vol. 108, No. 4, April

AFM Canada Attends Annual Canadian Music Week
Canadian Music Week (CMW) ran March 11-13 this year. CMW is all about bringing the Canadian music industry together. It's a place to discuss and showcase what's/who's big in the industry today and what will be hot tomorrow. This year's CMW seminars seemed...
AFM Canadian Musicians Honoured at ECMA Awards
Several Canadian AFM Musicians took home awards at the Annual East Coast Music Association Awards in Sydney, Cape Breton. Presented by the East Coast Music Association (ECMA), the 22nd annual awards ceremony took place March 7, at the end of the ECMA...
AFM EP Fund Board Takes Action to Preserve Cash Flow
Immediately following the most recent meeting of the Board of Trustees of the AFM Employers' Pension Fund, on February 24, the Board announced anticipated changes to certain retirement benefits as required under the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA)....
AFM SXSW Showcase Draws a Crowd
At the recent South by Southwest (SXSW) Music and Media Conference held March 12-21 in Austin, Texas, the AFM manned a booth in the Austin Convention Center and hosted a showcase of AFM bands. The largest music festival in North America, held in a city...
Are You a "Savvy" Musician?
Webster's New World College Dictionary defines the word "savvy" as "shrewd or discerning." I know a lot of savvy musicians. Bassist Tony Levin of Local 802 (New York City) immediately comes to mind. He has one of the longest running blogs on the Internet....
Business Chops: Promotion in the World of Social Media
Promotion is an essential part of your integrated sales and marketing strategy. If you've been following these articles over the past two years, you will recall how marketing and sales work together to drive your revenue, brand awareness, and competitive...
Columbus Symphony Orchestra Revises Current Contract
Columbus Symphony Orchestra musicians, in an effort to keep the orchestra afloat, agreed to contract revisions, which will save the orchestra more than $1 million between this season and next. In mid-February, management had warned that, without the...
Cool Tools
CLASSY CASIOCasio's Celviano, models AP-620, AP-420, and AP-220, are perfectly suited for beginning to proficient musicians. With Tri-Sensor scaled hammer action, 128-note polyphony, and superior dynamic range, these digitals give the performance and...
"Eclectic Celtic" Brought to Life in Canada
Singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist Loreena McKennitt of Local 418 (Stratford, ON) credits her childhood music teacher for being the "spark" that inspired her love of music. She grew up in a small town in Manitoba, Canada, and admits that there was...
Friedman Conducts Monumental Performance
On April 19, the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest will make history by performing Gustav Mahler's "Symphony of a Thousand" (Symphony No. 8 in E[musical flat] Major) at Chicago's Symphony Center in celebration of Mahler's 150th birthday. "Even the...
Joan Watson: It Pays to Be Goal-Oriented
We all know the counselor and therapist stereotypes-the confession couch, the nods and murmurs of agreement, and the constant question, "How does that make you feel?"Joan Watson of Local 149 (Toronto, ON) isn't a certified therapist, but more of a personal...
Message of Gratitude from Honolulu
On behalf of all the Honolulu Symphony musicians, we would like to express our gratitude to all the ICSOM and ROPA orchestras, locals, and individual musicians who have stepped forward with donations and good wishes for us. The overwhelming response...
Offers Tips for Surviving Nashville
BRENT MASONFirst call session guitarist Brent Mason offers some hard earned, valuable advice from his time in the Guitar Town trenches.Like many budding musicians in their late teens and early 20s, Mason of Local 257 (Nashville, TN) was a Guitar Town...
Preparing to Welcome Members at the 98th AFM Convention
Last week we had AFM staff members from the US and Canada at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin meeting thousands of musicians from around the world.The AFM's booth was key for interaction with members, and potential members, as they sauntered through...
Resources
THE STUDIO MUSICIAN'S HANDBOOKThis guide will help you begin a career as a studio musician, or become a better one, by covering all aspects of the job, including getting hired and paid, required skills, gear, and session etiquette. You will also find...
Shredding Strings
Violin Superstar Rachel Barton Pine Introduces Metalheads to MozartHere, Rachel Barton Pine presents the image of a polished and proper classical violinist, and most of the time, that's exactly what she is. On a typical day in the life of the 35-year-old...
Sweet Crystal, Holding Strong for Almost 40 Years
Marq Speck of Local 784 (Pontiac, MI) has been part of both the AFM and Sweet Crystal, a progressive Christian rock band, for more than 30 years. Though the group, composed of Speck on keys and vocals; Bill Blatter of Local 784, on guitar and vocals;...
Take Note
CHANGESLOCAL 85-133, SCHENECTADY, NY-Secretary David J. Ciucevich, Jr.; Tel/Fax: 518-280-6794.LOCAL 204-373, NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ-Secretary Joseph Stanko; Contact info remains the same.LOCAL 281, PLYMOUTH, MA-Secretary Besegai, Tel: 781-585-2692LOCAL 259,...
Thrives on Self Promotion
JEFFERY STRAKERA Craigslist ad seeking actors dressed in carnival getup was all singer-songwriter and pianist Jeffery Straker of Local 446 (Regina, SK) needed to get his quirky music video, "Hypnotized," off the ground. Coming up with the idea of a "back...