International Musician

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

Articles from Vol. 107, No. 5, May

AFM Is in the Game!
The G.A.N.G. (Game Audio Network Guild) Awards took place in San Francisco, March 26, 2009 during the GDC (Game Developers Conference), the most noteworthy video game event of the year. The AFM was honored with a Diamond Sponsorship Award by G.A.N.G....
A Trailblazer in TV Scoring
Nan Schwartz of Local 47 (Los Angeles) is a bit of a trailblazer for other female composers. Her life has taken her from early years of singing professionally, to a career in television production, then scoring for television series and films and arranging....
Balanced Life Inspires Music
Sherry Winston of Local 802 (New York City) never intended to play the flute-it was an accident. In junior high school, Winston was one of the children selected to play an instrument. Teachers lined up the students alphabetically to pick their instruments....
CBC/Radio Canada Faces Huge Budget Shortfall
CBC/Radio Canada is in trouble. I mean financial trouble. Due to the recession the government has refused bridge financing and consequently the CBC is once again implementing cuts. Here are the details:* The budget shortfall is $171 million.* Around...
Country Music Awards Honor AFM Members
The 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards were held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, in early April where several AFM members received top awards for their contribution to the country music genre. The star-studded ceremony was broadcast live...
Creative Community Spells out Their Position on Intellectual Property
Below is a letter from the creativity community to the President emphasizing the importance of promoting and protecting creativity and copyright.April 20, 2009The Honorable Barack ObamaOffice of the PresidentThe White House1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.Washington,...
Defined by Passion, Not Disability
For a violinist in his mid-twenties, Adrian Anantawan of Local 149 (Toronto) has an impressive résumé. He recently completed his master's in performance at Yale University, made his solo debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at age 21, and has been...
Don't Get Stuck in the Past
Probably a week doesn't go by that someone doesn't reminisce about the old days. I hear: "Boy, things were great back then. I remember when there were a dozen jazz joints in town, all hiring musicians,'' "I remember when big bands could get all the work...
Fiddler Travels to the Beat of His Own Drum
Casey Driessen of Local 257 (Nashville, TN) can be characterized as unconventional. Pretty much everything about him, from his fiery red hair down to his red shoes, is a little different. His quirks even extend into his playing style. Driessen plays...
Gary Gibson: A Man with a Steel Pan Plan
Gary Gibson of Local 76-493 (Seattle, WA) hopes that one day the steel pan will be more accepted in music, especially for symphonic compositions. He recently won first prize in two out of three categories in the first-ever international Symphony &...
Protests against Canned Music Bring Musicians to the Streets
More than 150 Texas union musicians recendy demonstrated in Fort Worth against the Texas Ballet Theater (TBT) for its use of prerecorded music from China. The musicians were joined by other union members from as far away as Boston, along with local non-AFM...
Resources
CHORAL MUSIC IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURYThe 19th Century is one of the most important eras in choral music history. In the book Choral Music in the Nineteenth Century author Nick Strimple of Local 47 (Los Angeles) explores an extraordinary range of sacred...
Saxophone Colossus SONNY ROLLiNS on Why He Hasn't Hit His Peak Yet
The year was 1930 and Harlem was a Mecca of jazz. Duke Ellington and his orchestra were coming to the end of their residency at the Cotton Club at Lenox and West 142nd, tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins was experimenting with improvisation that would...
Search Engine Optimization for Musician Websites
Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of organizing the content of a website in a way that will be most easily understood and indexed by search engines. If you do it right, you will be closer to the top of the list when strangers search for...
Stringed Migration: Cellist Balances Travel and Family
Kristina Reiko Cooper of Local 802 (New York City) speaks reverently of her first encounter with the cello. "I fell in love with the sound," she says. "I became enamored with the idea of playing this gorgeous instrument with a big, lush sound." Cooper...
SXSW Draws Musicians to Austin
The South by Southwest (SXSW) Music and Media Conference held in mid-March drew musicians from through the US, Canada, and the world to Austin, Texas. It's the largest music festival in North America, bringing emerging musicians to the city's already...
Take Note
CHANGESLOCAL 166, MADISON, WI-NEW WEBSITE ADDRESS: WWW.AFM166.ORGLOCAL 784, PONTIAC, MI-New President Fred R. Breitenbucher and New Secretary Judy Ann Breitenbucher; Mailing address for both: 24248 Lauren; Warren, MI 48089; Tel: 586-777-9328Members and...
Testimony on Impact of the Arts and Music Industry Hearing (March 26, 2009)
Good morning, Chairman Miller, Ranking Member McKeon and members of the Committee. My name is Bruce Ridge. I am Chairman of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians, or ICSOM, which is a conference of the American Federation of Musicians,...
There Is Always Room for Improvement
As AFM members, we're accustomed to receiving this glossy tabloid magazine in our mailboxes at the beginning of each month. Since its debut more than 100 years ago, each issue of the International Musician covers developments and victories for musicians...
Today's AFM: Online and Proactive
Over the last few years, an advancement in technology known as Web 2.0 has changed the way the world communicates. As a result of this development a new breed of websites has taken the musical community by storm and created new possibilities in video/music,...
Update on Performance Rights Campaign and the AFM's Fly-In
The AFM's campaign to secure passage of the Performance Rights Act (H.R. 848 in the House of Representatives and S. 379 in the Senate) continues to build momentum. The legislation will require AM/FM radio stations to pay a royalty to performers each...
Veteran Musician Serenades Manhattan
In midtown Manhattan, it is easy to get lost amid the enormous crowds and the bright lights of Broadway. But peek inside the Edison Hotel's Rum House after 9:30 p.m. and you will find a world away from the bustling traffic and loud noise of the city....
Wisconsin Musicians Receive "Final" Offer
Musicians of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra (WCO), members of Local 166 (Madison, WI), were given a "last, best, and final" offer from management March 23, in what has now been roughly a year of negotiations. In October, musicians went on strike after...