International Musician

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

Articles from Vol. 108, No. 5, May

AFM Convention: A Democracy in Action
Next month, from June 21 to June 24, the AFM will hold its convention in Las Vegas.If you have ever been to an AFM Convention, then you will know that it is one of the great examples of democracy in action. The delegates are elected by the local's membership...
AFM Musicians & Composers Receive Recognition for Video Game Recordings
At the recent Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, the world's largest professionals-only game industry event, AFM musicians were recognized for their recordings and compositions during the 8th annual Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.)...
AFM Musicians Hit the High Score in Video Game Recordings
Video games have come a long way from the simplified soundtracks of Mario Bros., Sonic the Hedgehog, Street Fighter, and the days of 8-bit, 16-bit, and primitive synthesizer tunes. With immense technological advancements in video game graphics there...
AFM Rallies during Broadcaster's Convention
While wealthy broadcasters met in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the National Association of Broadcasters convention, the AFM and musicFIRST organized local Las Vegas musicians and union representatives to come together and rally for musicians' fair compensation...
Baltimore Musicians Vote to Accept New Contract
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) musicians agreed to the terms of a new three-year contract in late March. Musicians will see a wage freeze-continuing the current 17% pay cut-next season, including two furlough weeks. They will take an additional 11%...
Charleston Symphony's Music Put on Pause
Faced with depleted cash flow, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) board of directors voted March 25 to suspend operations for the indefinite future. On March 28, Board President Ted Legasey informed the press, as well as the negotiating committee,...
Cool Tools
SHINY HAPPY FLUTEThe Trevor James Virtuoso VF flute has a deep and colorful timbre, as well as a wide tonal range, which compliments varied playing styles. The headjoint, body, and footjoint tube are all made of 925 silver, and the flute features a silver-plated,...
Copying Levy Statute Must Be Updated
The private copying levy has distributed more than $180 million to thousands and thousands of composers, musicians, and other rights holders. It is a significant, reliable, and guaranteed form of compensation to our members. The levy is largely assessed...
Flashback
PUBLISHED IN PAST MAY ISSUES OF THE INTERNATIONAL MUSICIAN ...70 Years Ago1940The Supreme Court of the US, in a decision concurred by all members except one, declared an Alabama statute enacted in 1923 regulating picketing as unconstitutional. The court...
GoPro Tunes Phase One Launch Announced
The Federation is pleased to announce the much anticipated phase one launch of GoPro Tunes. GoPro Tunes builds and expands upon the success of GoPro Music, GoPro Lessons and GoPro Hosting.GoPro Tunes provides an online outlet for AFM members to distribute...
Local 1000 Comments on WV Mine Disaster
On behalf of the membership of American Federation of Musicians Local 1000 (Nongeographic), I want to extend our condolences to the families of the miners lost in the disaster at the Upper Big Branch (UBB) Mine in Montcoal, West Virginia. The 29 miners...
Longy Faculty Union Fights Administration's Unilateral Decisions
On March 5, the faculty members of the Longy School of Music were informed that they would each soon receive a letter indicating whether or not they would continue to hold their teaching positions during the 2010-2011 school year. They were told that...
Luthier Shares a Lifetime of Learning
As an instrument maker, restorer, repairer, and performer from AFM Local 400 (Hartford, CT), Charles Magby has been around the block. He shares his ideas on how to buy an instrument, run a business, and improve craftsmanship by developing perspectives...
Mads Tolling: A Jazz Violin Import
The word "hybrid" has become more popular in the age of electric cars, with innovations that balance effectiveness and efficiency revealed every day. These machines take the best of both worlds, merging what is necessary with what is good. Jazz violinist,...
Mann Brothers Find Their Way Home
People often sing the praises of music's healing powers. For David Mann of Local 802 (New York City) and his brother Ned, that's an important bit of faith to hold on to. Ned Mann worked frequently as a bassist in New York City and was a member of Local...
Moonglow Wows at Governors Ball
On March 7th, the Moonglow Orchestra, a jazz orchestra consisting solely of female musicians, gave its debut at the Governors Ball in Los Angeles. The Governors Ball was the official celebration that followed the 82nd Academy Awards telecast, hosted...
Promoting Safety through Solidarity
I am at a funeral home in my birthplace, Clarksburg, West Virginia, as this issue goes to press. I am here for the saddest of reasons-services for my mother who lived to almost 87 years of age. As I make the preparations for the services, I am struck...
Resources
THE WORLDS OF JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACHThough one of the most widely known and admired composers, Johann Sebastian Bach spent nearly his entire life in one small area of Germany that spanned less than 100 miles. In Bach's time, that region boasted a remarkably...
Robert Cronquist Says the Best Is Yet to Come
When Conductor Robert Cronquist of Local 4 (Cleveland, OH) starts something, he sticks with it. That's been true of just about every facet of his career, starting with his introduction to the AFM more than 60 years ago. "I've been an AFM member since...
Successful Networking 101
You're a musician and you're in the entertainment business. Being in the entertainment business means you're also in the "people" business. The more people who you know (or the more people who know you), the more success you will have getting work as...
Takes Harmonica beyond the Blues
ROBERT BONFIGLIOHarmonica player Robert Bonfiglio of Local 802 (New York City) performs a broad repertoire on harmonica, from Sonny Boy Williamson covers to classical harmonica pieces with orchestras throughout the world.But, who inspired Bonfiglio to...
Tooting His Own Horn
LARRY ZALKIND'S PERFORMING CAREER TAKES HIM, AND THE TROMBONE HE HELPED DEVELOP, ALL OVER THE WEST COAST AND BEYOND.A popular trombone joke asks (all in fun, of course!): "What kind of calendar does a trombonist use for his gigs?" with the punch line:...
Virginia Klassen Recalls a Four-Decade Career
At 95, Virginia Klassen of Local 6 (San Francisco, CA) is as feisty as ever. Over her long career, she performed locally and internationally. She played with both the San Francisco Opera and Symphony in the 1930s and 1940s. She also performed in the...
Your Creative Work Should Keep Making Money for You
With mobile technologies and connection speeds expanding almost daily, it's clear that the future of the music experience is going to be much different than its past. When I signed my first record deal in 1971 (I'm still hard at work on my second album),...