International Musician

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

Articles from Vol. 105, No. 3, March

A Fine Balance: Student Musicians and Professional Gigs
A youth symphony in Spokane, Washington, "contracts" its student musicians to provide musical services free to benefit for-profit promoters at a national sports event. A youth symphony in Colorado Springs, Colorado, sends students out to perform for...
AFM Reinstates Local Audits
The last few months have been pretty hectic with locals' problems. It has come as a complete surprise that in our small community of musicians we have what appears to be some officers who are less than honest.A few years ago, the AFM decided in its wisdom...
A New Congress Equals New Opportunities
On Election Day, November 2006, Democrats gained a Congressional majority. With this shift in power comes an array of legislative issues that did not arise in 12 years of Republican House control, most notably labor legislation. Below are issues that...
Artists Give Back through AEC
The 5th annual Artist Empowerment Coalition (AEC) Grammy Luncheon was held on the day of the awards show. It was a zealous effort to compete with the Grammys in that many of the attendees were nominees and certain to attend the Early Grammys and Grammys.What...
Ask Joe: Some Secrets about Online Promotion and Marketing
I'm sure you've looked at promotions on iTunes, Urge, Napster, et al, and wondered, do those work? Does this increase sales? You bet.There is an army of folks endlessly promoting music-music editors, ex-DJ's, publishers, and so on. On the label side...
Conducting Symphonic Business in a Freelance Environment
SSD Southern California SymposiumLife for freelance symphonic musicians in large metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles is hectic enough. When a freelance symphonic musician chooses to serve on an orchestra committee, his or her busy schedule of gigs,...
Convention Notice: Rules for Resolutions
The 97th Convention of the American Federation of Musicians will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, beginning Monday, June 18, and concluding Wednesday, June 20.The Riviera Hotel will serve as both the official headquarters and the site of the convention's...
Five Sound System Mistakes Club Musicians Make
Most engagements musicians play these days require some sort of sound system to amplify vocals, instruments, or both. Some musicians can afford to hire a professional sound company to transport and operate the equipment. If you're one of them, congratulations;...
From the President
Labor Advisory Role Will Strengthen Our CauseHistorically, the AFM has been able to tackle many issues on its own. In today's world, however, the reality is that issues have become more complex and require collaboration with other groups, such as other...
Grammy Awards
Federation Musicians Win Big at the 49th Grammy AwardsIt was a big night for the Federation at the 49th Grammy Awards, held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 11.Musicians from locals large and small won awards-below is a list of union...
How Brain Hierarchy Impacts Injury Prevention
Imagine that, quite unexpectedly, a friend throws you a ball. Without thinking, your dominant hand will automatically pop up to catch it. The likelihood of you using your other hand is quite infinitesimal. You have just witnessed brain hierarchy at work.Through...
Howe Honors the Heckelphone
How does one convince the orchestras of America to honor composers' wishes? This is the question facing the members of the North American Heckelphone Players' Association. While listeners assume that the pieces they hear are played in accordance with...
Making Music Work for Streisand
It was his first time on tour with a musical performer, but Greg Jamrok of Local 47 (Los Angeles) had nothing but positive anecdotes and glowing memories from his experience touring with Barbra Streisand.JoAnn Kane Music Services, the company Jamrok...
Manna Minds a Successful Career
In 2006, vocalist Maria Manna of Local 247 (Victoria, BC) released her CD, Between the Sheets. A self-taught singer with a lyrical voice, Manna adds her own stylings to jazz tracks "Bye Bye Blackbird" and "Feel Like Making Love," and she has spent the...
Mourn & More: KITTIE PUTS ITS TUMULTUOUS PAST TO REST, GIVING LIFE TO NEW OPPORTUNITIES
Yesterday is dead. And Canadian rock band Kittie offers up a melodic eulogy to the mistakes and lessons of days gone by on their just-released album, Funeral for Yesterday. A few short years ago, the all-female band nearly wrote its own obituary, having...
News Briefs
Symphony Bill Clears HurdleThe Hawaii House Tourism & Culture Committee approved a bill to unlock millions of dollars in funds for the Honolulu Symphony. The Hawaii Legislature last year approved a $4 million matching grant for the Honolulu Symphony,...
Renovation Leads to Music Revival
Don't say there's nothing to do in Ronceverte, West Virginia. Other people in this mountain area may settle in for the evening, but for the folks at the American Heritage Music Hall, things are just getting started. At a renovated skating rink near the...
Resources
CLASSICAL MUSIC, WHY BOTHER? HEARING THE WORLD OF CULTURE THROUGH A COMPOSER'S CONTEMPORARY EARSClassical Music, Why Bother? Answers the age-old question of how to bring new audiences to contemporary art. Author Joshua Fineberg challenges both the creators...
Steels Some Summer
PANIGMAEven in the summer, Upstate New York would never be confused with the tropics. Yet steel-drum band Panigma gives their audience a taste of the islands regardless of the season, allowing listeners to think about sand dunes, not snowdrifts; and...
The Music Code of Ethics
An agreement defining the jurisdictions of music educators and professional musiciansMusic educators and professional musicians alike are committed to the importance of music as an essential component in the social and cultural fiber of our country....
There's Gold in Those Corporate Gigs
Corporate gigs can pay serious money, but sometimes going after them can be a trick. I recently received a letter from Aaron Chapman of Local 145 (Vancouver, BC). He has a great take on how to get this type of work, and I wanted to share some of his...