International Musician

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

Articles from Vol. 105, No. 4, April

A Handy Guide to Hand Care
Editor's Note: This article uses research from a variety of medical sources. The AFM does not endorse the medical advice given in this article and urges working musicians to seek professional medical advice when dealing with physical complaints.Practically...
A Proactive Plan for Recruitment and Retention
The Federation has taken an important step toward a bright future-it has approved and begun to implement a plan for aggressive recruitment and retention.This action flows from recent conversations and recommendations from local officers, members of the...
Be Sure Your Local Is Represented at the Convention
At the last AFM convention there were more than 50 locals not represented. This is a great disservice to members. We only have a convention every two years, and the AFM picks up the hotel and per diem for one delegate from each local. This means, of...
Do You Go without Protection?
Ask JoeDRM this, DRM that. There's all this talk about how to protect the music labels, yet, no one is talking about how musicians can protect rights to their own content and be part of the world of music reporting and charting.Traditionally, each physical,...
Economic Indicators Tell Sad Tale
While Wall Street fixates on the up-and-down stock market, economic indicators that make or break the financial well-being of working people appear to be stuck in a definite bear market.Although the Dow plummeting more than 400 points in early March...
Hensold Hangs out on the Funny Branch
For the past 25 years, Dick Hensold of Local 30-73 (St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN), has been playing some of the world's rarest and most specialized instruments.A professional freelance musician, he performs the folk music of Scotland, Ireland, and Northumberland...
Is Just Getting Started
She's been performing and captivating audiences since the age of three, has opened for big-name celebrities, and often tours with country music artists-and she doesn't even have her driver's license. This is the résumé of 15-year-old Leah Durelle of...
News Briefs
Grant Helps BSO Cuts Subscription PriceBaltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is set to reduce the average subscription cost to classical and pops programs by 40%. New and current subscribers to the BSO's 2007-2008 season, the inaugural season of music director...
Resources
THE SERIOUS JAZZ PRACTICE BOOK FOR ALL INSTRUMENTSThe Serious Jazz Practice Book provides a unique and comprehensive plan for mastering the basic building blocks of jazz, on any instrument. Step-by-step exercises dissect diatonic, pentatonic, chromatic,...
San Diego Hits Home Run with Power Player Cards
Attendees at the Jacobs' Masterworks series at the San Diego Symphony this season might be greeted by an orchestra musician and handed what looks like a baseball trading card, reports the San Diego Union Tribune.Called "Power Player" cards, they contain...
Sharing Music, Saving Lives
South Africa has seen radical transformation in the past two decades, becoming a free and open democracy on a continent where democratic governments are not always standard. The country still faces serious challenges, however. Perhaps the greatest of...
Snapp's Lessons Really Pop
A child's mind is a terrible thing to waste, so the saying goes, and in an effort to not leave any child behind, school systems are moving toward centralized curriculums and standards.But what room does the educational emphasis on test scores and measurable...
Some Tips on Planning a Tour
Harold Galper of Local 802 (New York City) shares many practical tips with musicians in his book The Touring Musician: A Small-Business Approach to Booking Your Band on the Road (Alfred Publishing, 2007). Here are some of his booking and touring tips.As...
Southwest Florida Musicians Win Right to Bargain
In a resounding victory for Local 427-721 (Tampa Bay, FL), musicians of the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (SWFLSO), based in Fort Myers, Florida, voted to be represented by the American Federation of Musicians for the purpose of collective bargaining.The...
Taking a Look in the Mirror
I received a nice letter recently from MUCM Robert C. Snider, National Tour Director of The United States Navy Band and member of Local 161-710 (Washington, DC).He wrote: "Dear Bob, Just finished reading Getting More Gigs ... very, very enjoyable! Lot's...
The Cat's out of the Bag on Diversity
Last month's cover feature of the Canadian metal band Kittie generated the most feedback the IM has received in a while. I'd like to share some of this correspondence, both pro and con, in this month's column.Like many young bands-going back to golden...
Voyaging beyond the Classical
GREGORY T.S. WALKER'S ELECTRIFYING APPROACH TO CLASSICAL MUSIC HAS BEEN ACCLAIMED IN THE COURSE OF PERFORMANCES THROUGHOUT HIS HOME STATE OF COLORADO, THE US, AND ABROAD. BUT HIS INADVERTENT INSPIRATION CAME FROM A TRADITIONAL VIOLIN TEACHER AT INDIANA...