International Musician

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

Articles from Vol. 105, No. 11, November

AFM Organizes Aid for West Coast Disaster
As of this writing there is a disaster on the West Coast of the US. Close to one million people have been evacuated from their homes as several fires burn out of control. More than 2,000 homes have been destroyed and no doubt billions of dollars have...
A Force with Four Strings
Notable women in jazz have stood out as singers, and sometimes as pianists. Cynthia Sayer of Local 132-314 (Ithaca, NY) has made her mark in the jazz world in an almost unheard of way, playing the music she loves on banjo. Her latest CD, Attractions,...
Allentown Pays Tribute to Longtime Conductor
On September 23, a big event at Allentown Symphony Hall was more than just a gala concert. Members of the Lehigh Valley musical community gathered to honor Vince Suppan of Local 45 (Allentown, PA), conductor of the Catasauqua Band. Suppan joined the...
Bandleader Berger Swings for the Stars
Between leading the group Sultans of Swing, arranging and orchestrating jazz charts, and teaching at the Juilliard School of Music, David Berger of Local 802 (New York City) almost seems too busy to breathe. But during his band's recent performance at...
Bringing Order to Crossing the Border
Sometimes as Federation and local officers we get so caught up in our jobs that we forget that some of the things we are instigating affect you, the working member. We are so convinced of the justice of our cause, and the investigations we are pursuing,...
Broadway Stagehands Vote to Authorize Strike
The International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and the League of American Theaters and Producers have come to a standstill after more than two months of negotiation. Though a deadline for discussions was originally set for September...
Celiac Disease and Poor Nutrition Could Be at the Root of Chronic Pain
The longevity of a musician's career depends on his or her health. Chronic pain, muscle weakness, and other debilitating physical problems can be extremely frightening, especially as performance ability suffers. Many musicians find relief through physical...
Cool Tools
RELIABLE ROCKINGThe new Trailblazer drum set from Rogers is a perfect fit for both midlevel players and working drummers who seek a solid, reliable kit. High-quality and expandable, it includes suspension mounts on the tom-toms and durable heavy-duty...
FCC Holds Hearing to Discuss Effects of Media Consolidation
On September 20, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held a hearing in Chicago as part of its ongoing series to determine the impact of recent rule changes on media ownership. The hearings examine the public's reaction to all issues of media...
Flashback
PUBLISHED IN PAST NOVEMBER ISSUES OF THE INTERNATIONAL MUSICIAN ...80 Years Ago1927The IM cautioned that group insurance plays into the employer's hand by changing the employer and employee relationship. Employers were being offered policies that insured...
How Professionals Handle Price Objections
As union musicians we want to make at least scale, or maybe a lot more. We also don't want to lose any work and still make decent money. Unfortunately, many times we have to compete with weekend DJs spinning CDs or non-union bands whose last job was...
Lafayette String Quartet
CHEMISTRY LESSONSTwenty years with the same lineup-that's an, accomplishment that few groups of any kind, can claim.A string quartet, with the amount of concentration and dedication required from its members, might seem to invite a higher rate of attrition....
Nashville Local, Reality TV Producers Reach Impasse
The September IM ran a short news story about Local 257's struggle to get the producers of the reality TV series Nashville to agree to fair compensation for musicians hired to appear on the program. At the time that the story went to press, negotiations...
New Opportunities with All Media Guide
If you've purchased music online recently, you've probably noticed that many online retailers are now providing customers with a wealth of information, including artist bios, music samples, album reviews, and photos. All of this goes a long way toward...
News Briefs
Minnesota Makes GainsA new five-year agreement for the Minnesota Orchestra will help to keep the salaries of its players, members of Local 30-73 (Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN), among the top echelon of American orchestras. Biannual increases in minimum weekly...
Reaching out to Members and Locals with Expansion of GoPro Services
In its quest to expand its membership services, the AFM will launch a new service this month called GoPro Hosting. Website hosting is simply the business of housing, serving, and maintaining files for one or more websites. This service will provide members...
Recording Artists Dismiss Proposed NAB Hearings
Recently, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) asked the House Committee on the Judiciary's Subcommittee on the Internet and Intellectual Property to hold a series of hearings that would address "the relationship between performers and their...
Resources
THE MARTIN BOOK: A COMPLETE HISTORY OF MARTIN GUITARSFor more than 170 years C.F. Martin & Co. has produced some of the finest flat-top acoustic guitars, and its designs have influenced almost every other manufacturer. The Martin Book tells the colorful...
Take Note
CHANGE OF OFFICERSLOCAL 23, SAN ANTONIO, TX- New Secretary Juan P. Rios; Phone: 210-227-3582LOCAL 298, NIAGARA FALLS, ON-New President Dan Kozar; New Secretary Ron Alexander; 4709 Queen St.; Niagara Falls, ON L2E 2L9LOCAL 368, RENO, NV-New Secretary...
Union Leader Shines Light on Farm Workers' Struggles
Baldemar Velasquez of Local 1000 (Nongeographic) grew up quickly, working long hours in hot fields as the son of migrant farm workers. He describes the work as drudgery-a "twilight zone of hopelessness" in which workers are mistreated, underpaid, stolen...
We're Not the New Kid on the Block
"I think a life in music is a life beautifully spent ..."-Legendary tenor, Luciano Pavarotti, who died September 6, 2007.Taking the sentiment of Pavarotti one step further and paraphrasing it for the Music Performance Fund (MPF), we think almost 60 years...