International Musician

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

Articles from Vol. 109, No. 1, January

AFM Falls on Hard Times ... You Can Help
The AFM has been in existence since 1896, but it will be a struggle to make it to 2012. In order for us to continue as a viable entertainment union, it is a necessity that you pay your dues to your local in a timely manner. In that this is the members'...
Business Chops: Does Your Brand Generate Referrals
More and better gigs-that's what every musician is looking for. In today's brand-conscious world, we know that word of mouth (referral generation) is the best form of advertising. If your brand stands for value and professionalism, you are more likely...
Cool Tools
TUNE TO THE SUNEliminate the need for battery power to tune your instrument with Tascam's TS-1C solar powered tuner. Clip it to the side of your gig bag or backpack to expose the solar cells to the sun, and using the internal mike or quarter-inch guitar...
Detroit Symphony Orchestra Strike Continues
The strike by the musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), which began October 4, reached the 10-week mark in mid-December. DSO members walked off the job when management imposed an offer including 33% pay cuts and deeper salary cuts for new...
Larry Lelli and Million Dollar Quartet
Playing on Broadway is not in my area of expertise. I admire anyone who can handle the challenge of getting this lucrative type of work and keeping it going for any length of time. Drummer Larry Lelli of Local 802 (New York City) seems to be an expert...
Louisville Orchestra Musicians Dispute Bankruptcy Filing
On December 3, Louisville Orchestra (LO) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and sought permission to break the collective bargaining agreement with its musicians. The orchestra has claimed increasing financial difficulties over the past several...
Marianas Trench Hits the Road for US Tour
Vancouver band Marianas Trench has made a name for itself in Canada. The pop-punk foursome of bassist Mike Ayley, drummer Ian Casselman, guitarist Matt Webb, and vocalist and frontman Josh Ramsay, all members of Local 145 (Vancouver, BC), demanded attention...
Much Legislative Progress Made in the 111th Congress
The AFM Office of Government Relations has worked hard over the past two years to get legislation passed that addresses the issues affecting musicians. The AFM has been able to achieve a number of victories in the 111th Congress:* Health care reform...
Multi-Card Member Rebates
Effective January 1, 2011, members who belonged to three or more Locals throughout 2010 can petition the AFM Secretary-Treasurer for a "rebate equal to the per capita dues received by the Federation" for that member's membership in each AFM Local in...
Musicians Are Necessary
We're living in a time that very well may be looked back upon as another benchmark in history. "Interesting times" is being repeated everywhere. We've been through interesting times before, and for the most part, made it through. Whether you perform...
Petercsak Finds Joy in Drumming, Teaching
Percussionist James J. Petercsak had his first taste of the music business at age five-at his kindergarten graduation. "It was my first drum solo; I sang and played-a real one-man show," the Local 802 (New York City) and Local 204-373 (New Brunswick,...
Playing in the Spaces Between
Peter Erskine returns to fundamentalsPeter Erskine of Local 47 (Los Angeles) is one of the most skilled and sensitive drummers you are likely to hear in any genre. His style pays strict attention to the fundamentals-safeguarding the core of the music,...
Resolution and Reconciliation with Recording Musicians
Today, as I write this column in midDecember 2010, the running feud between the Federation and an important segment of our membership has come to an end. The Professional Musicians Guild (PMG), an organization that sprang up in Los Angeles in early 2007...
Resources
LOUIE BELLSON: THE MUSICAL DRUMMER [DVD]Louie Bellson, one of the greatest jazz and big band drummers of all time, was also known as a leading educator and clinician. This entertaining and instructional DVD features Bellson at his best-leading an all-star...
Revised Notice to Musicians Employed under US Collective Bargaining Agreements
Sections 8(a)(3) and 8(b)(2) of the National Labor Relations Act permit unions in non-right-to-work states to enter into collective bargaining agreements with employers that require employees, as a condition of employment, either to join the union (and...
RMA Conference Endorses Recording Musicians' Fee
The Recording Musicians Association (RMA) held its General Conference this past November, graciously hosted by Local 802 in New York City. RMA Delegates were joined by AFM President Ray Hair, Secretary-Treasurer Sam Folio, International Vice President...
South Florida Symphony: Perils of Playing without a Union Contract
The South Florida Symphony Orchestra (SFS) received a favorable review from the website South Florida Classical Review on October 8. A portion of that review observed that "Many orchestras can't afford to put enough string players on stage, ending up...
Take Note
CHANGESLOCAL 40-543, BALTIMORE, MD-New Secretary Mary PlaineLOCAL 153, SAN JOSE, CA-New President: Beth Zare; Vice President: Forrest Byram; Secretary: David Borough; Treasurer: Cheryl FippenLOCAL 204-373, NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ-Interim President: Jay Shanman;...
Variety Is Key to Success
Musician Kevin McKendree of Local 257 (Nashville, TN) has been playing music for nearly his whole life. Although no one in his family was a professional musician, they were all musical. His grandfather and father taught him to play piano when he was...