International Musician

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

Articles from Vol. 106, No. 2, February

AFL-CIO Urges Voters to Make a 2008 Healthcare Resolution
How's this for a New Year's resolution? This year, you can resolve to join an army of one million activists to put healthcare at the top of the 2008 agenda. You can enlist in the fight for secure, high-quality healthcare, and help to encourage others...
A Helping Hand in the City of Angels
As an epicenter of the entertainment industry, Los Angeles presents countless opportunities for recording artists, studio musicians, composers, and arrangers to launch their careers. But outside of the Hollywood studios, not all of L.A.'s young people...
Breaking Down Musical Barriers
FRANK PERRIPlaywright George Bernard Shaw once said that England and America are two countries separated by a common language. The same can be said for musicians and dancers-both use music, movement, and an inner creativity to express themselves, but...
Canadian Levy Extension Appeal Moves Forward
As reported in the December issue of the IM, the Copyright Board of Canada (CBC) approved a levy extension in July that allowed for an additional retail charge of up to $75 on digital audio recorders, including MP3 players. The extension relates to a...
Grammys on, AFM Persuades WGA to Pull Threatened Pickets
The Recording Academy's 50th Anniversary Grammy Awards broadcast will go on as planned February 10, thanks to the intervention of AFM President Thomas Lee. CBS and John Cossette Productions-the show's producers-are both on the Writers Guild of America's...
Hear the Music: A Guide to Hearing Loss Prevention
"The ear is an amazing organ that causes one to suspect that evolution had music and musicians in mind," writes Dr. Marshall Chasin in his book Hear the Music: Hearing Loss Prevention for Musicians. The two most common causes of inner ear hearing loss...
Heath Built a Fan Base from the Bottom Up
Jason Heath of Locals 8 (Milwaukee, WI) and 10-208 (Chicago, IL) has been a fixture of the online classical community since launching his website, doublebassblog.org, in 2003. In November 2007, he added another online writing venture with the site Arts...
It's Tax Time in the US: How Should I File?
As tax season approaches, the time is right to examine the intricacies of filing taxes as a professional musician in the US. Whether you are an employee, an independent contractor, a performing artist, or have worked under a combination of categories...
Lockout Ends in Jacksonville
On Monday January 14th the musicians of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra (JSO) played what was to be the last benefit concert of the lockout. It was a lovely, cool evening at the church of St. Paul's By-The-Sea, the fifth such neighborhood venue to...
Looking Forward: Seeking a New Direction in 2008
It seems like only yesterday that 15,000 working family voters crowded into Chicago's Soldier Field. They were there to ask questions, and to hear what the seven major Democratic presidential candidates had to say about jobs, healthcare, workers' rights,...
Moving South & Making Waves
AUGIE HAASHaving grown up in the Midwest and being deeply involved in music at college in Chicago, Augie Haas of Local 655 (Miami, FL) was surprised by the vibrant jazz scene in Miami when he relocated there for graduate school. He's since become immersed...
Multi-Card Member Rebates
Effective January 1, 2008, members who belonged to three or more locals throughout 2007 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...
Music in Science & Health
Editor's Note: "Music in Science and Health" offers a brief look into current music research, and science or health-related news about the world of music and its many applications.Discovering Harmony in Music and LanguageThere is growing evidence that...
News Briefs
Honolulu Symphony Bounces BackAfter a shortfall kept orchestra musicians from being paid, donations totaling more than $450,000 have helped the Honolulu Symphony get back on its feet. The Symphony's 65 full-time musicians, all members of Local 677 (Honolulu,...
On the Performance Rights Trail
Lyle Lovett possesses one of the most distinctive voices in American music. His grainy, impassioned singing enhances every style of music he's played during his eclectic career, and it cuts through even in the expansive arrangements he writes for his...
Remembering Oscar Peterson: Proud Member of the AFM
"When I was just starting out back in the '40s, the Montreal union made it possible for me to earn a decent living. There were certain rules the union would not back down on, and the nightclubs had to adhere to them. Some nightclubs were actually trying...
Resources
HOW TO HAVE YOUR HIT SONG PUBLISHEDThis updated step-by-step guide by long-time publisher and writer Jay Warner is for songwriters who have never had a song published, as well as those who are already successful. Warner clearly explains topics such as...
Stare Changes Roles during Rise to the Top
Studies in Germany, England, France, Russia, and Finland-plus Chicago and Los Angeles-have added up to what trombonist and conductor Ward Stare of Local 10-208 (Chicago, IL) calls "an extreme a la carte education," but thanks to connections with the...
Take Note
CHANGE OF OFFICERSSOUTHERN CONFERENCE-New Pres. Lovie Smith-Schenk,609 Chenevert, Houston,TX 77003;Tel:713-236-8676; Fax: 713-236-8671LOCAL 12, SACRAMENTO, CA-New Pres. Larry Gardner; New Secretary Maryll GoldsmithLOCAL 24, AKRON, OH-New Pres. Robert...
Welcome to My World
From time to time I hear comments asking what I do and how much time I spend in the office. So, I decided to take you along and give you an insider's look into last month. When I talk of office time one has to understand that there is the New York office,...
WGA Agrees Not to Picket Grammy Awards Show
After weeks of unsuccessful negotiations, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) called a strike on November 5, 2007 against producers and employers represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. At that time I expressed AFM's support...
WGA Reaches Interim Agreements, DGA Makes Deal
Showing it is more than willing to sign on the dotted line when the terms are fair, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) has reached a number of interim agreements with production companies that have resulted in a return to work for both writers and nonwriting...
You Are Who Your Friends Are
The other day I had breakfast with a few local musicians who I get together with once in a while. I've known them for years and they are all decent players. I was wondering how much work they had coming up, how last year's work was in relation to previous...