International Musician

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

Articles from Vol. 109, No. 9, September

A Choice between Self and Solidarity
Last month, I attended the annual meetings of the Regional Orchestra Players' Association (ROPA), the Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians (OCSM), the Theater Musicians Association (TMA), the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians...
AFM Members Support Striking Conn-Selmer Instrument Makers
Workers at Conn-Selmer's Eastlake, Ohio, brass instrument plant went on strike July 26. The members of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2359 had been working without a contract since February, when their contract expired and they were unable to reach...
Bargaining in Bankruptcy
We are witnessing the collision of two venerated bodies of federal law-the right of workers to bargain collectively with their employers, and the right of a financially distressed organization to seek debt relief and a fresh start. In the past 20 months,...
Bringing Back Musicians to Play the Music Forward
What goes around, comes around, goes the old saying, and it serves as both a karmic warning and an inspiration to follow the Golden Rule. It's the reason why we care for the elderly and the sick, why we teach, tell stories, and live in communities. It's...
Falling Headlong into New York City
In the early spring of 1993, Kent Tritle of Local 802 (New York City) oversaw the installation of the largest mechanical action pipe organ in the tri-state area in New York City's Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, where he has been director of music ministries...
FMC Calls on Musicians to Participate in Revenue Stream Project
The Future of Music Coalition (FMC) has launched the Artist Revenue Stream Project to assess how musicians' revenue streams are changing today's music landscape. The organization is calling on musicians to participate in several ways.In order to gather...
Making Music in the Moment
Living out childhood dreams is not something everyone has a chance to do. Drummer Lynn Williams of Local 257 (Nashville, TN), however, didn't wait long to begin making his dreams a reality. Getting an early start in music in Amarillo, Texas, his love...
Matthew Davidson: Louisiana's Rising Star
Thirteen-year-old Matthew Davidson of Local 116 (Shreveport, LA) remembers feeling completely beside himself as he stood upon the stage of the city's Municipal Memorial Auditorium last September. "Lots of famous musicians got their big break on "The...
Melanie Mason: Inspired by Music's Next Generation
Looking back, Melanie Mason of Local 160 (Springfield, OH) can still remember the first time she felt the full power of music. As a young adult at a summer camp in Ohio, Mason was introduced to Beethoven's 7th Symphony when a friend played it on the...
Michael Martin Murphey Stays True to His Cowboy Roots
Most would call a four-decade music career impressive in and of itself, but for Michael Martin Murphey of Local 433 (Austin, TX), there is much more to come. Murphey began his professional career in the music industry in 1960s. Surprisingly, he says...
More Than a Blues Frontman
In 2005, renowned singer/songwriter and Local 47 (Los Angeles) member Randy Newman tapped the shoulder of the harmonica player of the house band at The Kennedy Center and requested that he join him on stage to accompany Newman in a song. The awestruck...
Resources
DRUM AEROBICS: A 52-WEEK, ONE-EXERCISE-PER-DAY WORKOUT PROGRAM FOR IMPROVING DRUM TECHNIQUEThe drum set is one of the few instruments where the brain controls all four limbs working in tandem, which explains the physical and mental health benefits of...
"Scheduling" Your Musical Instruments Is the Best Protection
A message from Liberty Mutual InsuranceYou've got a lot of stuff. Have you thought about what it's worth? Take a look around your place. How long did it take you to save up for your laptop? The flat-screen TV? Your mountain bike? And what about the rest-furniture,...
Take Note
CHANGESLOCAL 336, BURLINGTON, NJ-New Acting Pres/Sec James PotterLOCAL 424, RICHMOND, CA-Secretary Sasaki; 5531 Alameda Ave.; Richmond, CA 94804; Tel: 510-758-3011LOCAL 482, PORTSMOUTH, OH-Effective August 1, 2011, the charter of Local 482 (Portsmouth,...
Touring to Success
Touring is instrumental in bringing your act to the next level, and it is your chance to show everyone what you can do. Nothing helps to build a devoted fan base quicker than an amazing live show. The impact a successful touring plan has on marketing,...