International Musician

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

Articles from Vol. 109, No. 7, July

A Tale of Two Bassists
Julia Adamy of Local 802 (New York City) grew up with many musical influences. But unlike many of her classmates, Adamy wasn't into Brittany Spears. She preferred listening to artists like Pino Palladino of Local 47 (Los Angeles), Dave Holland and Lionel...
David Smith: Jazz Moves Quickly
Nestled quietly in the middle of nowhere, a tiny Scandinavian village of Fjaltring, Denmark, presented a sharp contrast to the boisterous and bustling New York City scene where trumpet player David Smith is accustomed to performing."It was the last place...
DEL McCoury
High Lonesome Legend Hails to the ChiefDel McCoury of Local 257 (Nashville, TN) lives in Hendersonville, Tennessee, just north of Nashville. He answered the phone with a voice as sunny as the weather outside his southern home, and as soon as he could,...
Harry Chanson Music Scholarship Fund
The Harry Chanson Music Scholarship Fund began as a memorial to a loyal AFM supporter. What started as a $200 contribution in memory of Harry Chanson upon his April 2008 death, grew to $41,000, thanks to the generosity of his friends and admirers. In...
Is Your Brand Message on Target?
In order to leverage specifiers (returning clients and agents) and influencers (prior clients or audience members) you must constantly stay in touch with your whole community. After all, anyone can potentially send you a referral. What do you say when...
Jason Taylor Keeps It Real and Alive in NYC
Jason Taylor of Local 802 (New York City) is on a mission. It is not every day that you come across someone whose true ambition is simply to inspire people with music. Taylor's objective is just that.As an expert in the vibraphone, Taylor looks to press...
Joan Jeanrenaud: From Kronos to Solos
Four hours after playing in a neoprene suit, cellist Joan Jeanrenaud took a pitchfork, raised it above her head, and started to smash her custom-made cello into pieces. During the Vancouver performance, audience members were in awe as the music literally...
LCC-PCC Meetings Promote Communication
Representatives from the Locals' Conferences Council (LCC) and the Players' Conferences Council (PCC) held meetings with the AFM International Executive Board June 5 in Las Vegas. The meetings provided an opportunity for officers from the various geographical...
Philadelphia Orchestra Releases Strategic Plan
The Philadelphia Orchestra has completed a new strategic plan outlining artistic changes and broad fundraising goals. Most significantly, the strategic plan calls for a 15% cut to both the subscription concert season and the artistic budget. In place...
Resources
MUSIC MARKETING: PRESS, PROMOTION, DISTRIBUTION, AND RETAILA guide to the most effective marketing strategies available to musicians, this book employs the most up-to-date marketing changes and opportunities of the digital age. Its multifaceted approach...
Take Note
CHANGESAFM CANADIAN OFFICE-Effective July 15, 2011, new address: Canadian Federation of Musicians; 150 Ferrand Dr., Ste. 202; Toronto, ON M3C 3E5; Tel and Fax remains the same.LOCAL 16, Newark, NJ-Effective June 4, 2011, the IEB has placed the local...
The Symphonic Orchestra: Through the Looking Glass
As I pondered writing this article I thought about what I would title this piece. Unfortunately my contemplation led me to sarcasm and over?-used phrases such as "Don't Get Me Started" and "Really?"These titles capture the frustration I have realized...
Tips to Stay Healthy on Tour/En Tournée et En Forme
Nothing strikes fear in a touring musician like the thought of getting ill while out on the road. Whether your next trip is a state-wide bus tour or a multi-country European tour, the very nature of travel exposes you to new germs, at a time when stress...
Treme Brings Awareness to New Orleans Musicians
AFM members who are following the HBO drama Treme, may have been sur-? prised to see the union flag and "AFM Local 174-496" stamped on a music stand in a couple scenes from the second season. Those scenes were filmed right in the local's rehearsal space....
US Immigration Processing Updates
Contracts and Itineraries Required for ToursApproximately two months ago US Immigration implemented a new requirement to the work evidence portion of the P-2 Visa petition. It is now required on all multiple venue tours that both signed contracts/agreements...
When Spider Webs Unite They Can Tie Up a Lion
What do musicians of all types and genres have in common? Our job is to make music to the best of our ability. It's easy to look at our diversity and decide our differences separate us-different business models. But look a little deeper, and essentially...
World of Experiences Shape Jazz Trumpet Career
It was in Chicago, Illinois, a place where the cultures have collided throughout history, that jazz trumpeter Derrick Gardner, now of Local 802 (New York City), discovered his love of jazz. He has since realized the international gratitude, love, and...