International Musician

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

Articles from Vol. 109, No. 10, October

AFM Symphonic Player Conferences: 156 Orchestras Strong
Since AFM President Ray Hair's announcement of my appointment as director of the AFM Symphonic Services Division (SSD), I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of goodwill and best wishes that I have received from so many of you. I thank you all for...
An Audiovisual Treaty Would Be a Huge Step Forward
In late September, I will travel to Geneva, Switzerland, to attend a General Assembly meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in support of that organization's copyright committee recommendation to convene a full Diplomatic Conference...
Business Chops: Building Your Team
What happens when you get so busy that you don't have time to do the management work yourself? Are you ready for an agent or manager? It may be time to focus on the creative and performance aspects of your job and have someone else handle the business.Three...
Classical Violist Values His Audience
Audience members may not contribute to the heavy work that Daniel Avshalomov of Local 802 (New York City) puts into learning a classical piece, but he says that they can be vitally important to the quality of his playing during a performance.The American...
Copyright 101 for Musicians
It is critical for working musicians to have a basic understanding of copyright law to maximize the potential economic value of their music and to avoid infringing the rights of other musicians. Here are some basic principles of US copyright law that...
Copyright Ownership Issue Heats Up
Congressman John Conyers Jr. (D-MI) has spoken out in favor of a revision to the US copyright law to make clear that recording artists-who traditionally transferred the copyright in their recordings to a record label-can reclaim ownership of those copyrights...
Developing Music outside the Comfort Zone
"I've always had a passion for music; like a lot of children, I would sing with a hairbrush," laughs Local 293 (Hamilton, ON) member Victoria Boland of her early start in music. But for her, it was more than just a game. By age six, she was singing and...
FAA Reauthorization Likely Postponed until 2012
Negotiations between the House and the Senate have stalled once again on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill, which contains a provision that would establish a uniform national policy regarding musical instruments on airplanes....
Garcia: Jazz Playing Chicagoan of the Year
Brazilian guitarist and vocalist Paulinho Garcia of Local 10-208 (Chicago, IL) admits that one of his flaws as a performer has always been his unwillingness to practice. That was, until one day, when he was hired to perform in a noisy venue, packed full...
Getting High on Life
With my many travels across the US and Canada, I can't help but notice all the extremely talented and hard-working musicians we represent. In today's world, many of them feel the brunt of the decision makers. I, along with all your elected officers,...
ICSOM Conference: Packed with Information and Activity
In 2009, Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians and Local 5 (Detroit, MI) offered to host the 2011 conference of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM), which was held August 17-20, at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn. These wonderful...
Local 8 Members Celebrate Labor Day with MASH
Milwaukee's Musicians, Actors, and Stagehands coalition (MASH) participated in the local Labor Day parade on September 5, providing music and entertainment for the holiday. The parade was part of Laborfest, an annual celebration of the labor movement....
OCSM Celebrates Milestones and Advocacy as a New President Steps In
This year's Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians (OCSM) Conference, held in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, was dedicated to the AFM Symphonic Services Division (SSD), in recognition of the almost 30 years of support to musicians from the...
Resources
ESSENTIAL GROOVES FOR WRITING, PERFORMING, AND PRODUCING CONTEMPORARY MUSICEssential Grooves is designed to be used by a wide range of musicians, in a number of different ways. The book and accompanying CD and DVD contain scores, mixed audio tracks,...
ROPA Conference Provides Learning Opportunity
The 27th Annual Regional Orchestra Players Association (ROPA) Conference convened during August in Portland, Maine. The RO PA board offers its sincere appreciation to conference hosts Portland Symphony Orchestra musicians, Local 9-535 (Boston, MA), Local...
Sax Player Encourages Individuality, Challenging Oneself
Saxophonist Quintin Gerard Wilson, "The Fnkysax Player" of Local 174-496 (New Orleans, LA), recently experienced one of the most traumatic events that can happen to an instrumentalist.While updating his studio in preparation for his new album in March...
Take Note
CHANGESTHEATER MUSICIANS ASSOCIATION (TMA)-New President Tom Mendel; 2920 West Eastwood Ave.; Chicago, IL 60625; Tel: 773-588-3776; Email: president@afm-tma.orgNew Secretary Leo Murphy; 656 West Randolph St., Suite 2W; Chicago, IL 60661; Tel: 312-782-0063...
TMA Conference Highlights PR Campaigns and Strategies
The 16th Annual Theatre Musicians Association (TMA) Conference was held at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn, Michigan, August 15-16. The Detroit area was chosen as a sign of solidarity with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.TMA President Vicky Smolik, TMA...
TMA Shows Support for Hyatt Workers on Strike
Allen Biggs, Theater Musicians Association (TMA) Northern California director and member of Local 6 (San Francisco, CA), lent his time and support to striking Hyatt workers in San Francisco Monday, September 13."They were only actively striking until...
Unionists Mark Labor Day with Tweets, Pickets, Picnics, and Rallies
Vice President Joe Biden spoke at a Cincinnati, Ohio, Labor Day rally where he told working families that the union movement is in a fight for its life, with the other side determined to take away our right to exist. He says unions are the only nongovernmental...
Zelig of the Trumpet
BRASS MASTER RANDY BRECKER BALANCES FAMILY LIFE AND HIS LOVE FOR CREATING MUSICWHEN YOUR CAREER SPANS SEVERAL DECADES, LIKE THAT OF RANDY BRECKER OF LOCAL 802 (NEW YORK CITY), DIVERSITY HELPS KEEP THINGS FRESH. SOME CITIES AND COMMUNITIES ARE RIFE WITH...