International Musician

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

Articles from Vol. 110, No. 4, April

A New Vision for a Financially Stable AFM
For the first time since I have been secretary-treasurer, the Federation has not had to borrow funds due to cash flow problems. As a matter of fact the Federation experienced a modest excess of revenues over expenses. This is of note, in that in the...
Building a Fund for Musicians in Need
Musicians have a great reputation for rallying in support of one another when disaster strikes. Just take a look at the Nashville Musicians Association Flood Relief Fund, which was set up by members of Local 257 to aid those affected by catastrophic...
Capital vs. Labor: Activism Drives a Better Bargain
This month, let's look at why promoting activism in the workplace can result in better local and international agreements that, in turn, will improve our members' lives.Going back to 1896, when the AFM was formed, we, along with the other AFL unions...
Communication Is a Two-Way Street
Communication, outreach, and a sense of shared responsibility are essential to the success of the AFM, both locally and nationally. As the largest arts union in the world, we have a duty to promote respect for musicians and their work, and give our members...
Educating Our Community on the Meaning of Union
Last month the ROPA Executive Board gathered for their mid-year meeting in Denver, Colorado. Thankfully we arrived one day after their season's big snow storm. The board met for two days where we continued planning for the 2012 Conference, which will...
Feedback
AFM Comments on FCC Broadcast Ownership RulesThe AFM, along with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and the Recording Academy, recently filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in response to their...
Five Tips for Choosing the Right Domain Name
Domain name selection is a crucial part of your band's marketing and business strategy. An effective domain name has the potential to drive traffic to the site, help you develop a following, and increase your bookings. They take the place of overly complicated...
Good Performance Is Worth a Sacrifice
Many musicians have busy schedules that don't leave much time for anything else. Oboists are among the busiest, as many of them spend hours crafting their own reeds on top of the normal regimen of practice and performance. For Fatma Daglar of Local 161-710...
Jazz Drummer Fuses Her Life and Music
Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington of Local 47 (Los Angeles) says that staying current has been a staple of her musical growth. That belief came to fruition on her most recent album, The Mosaic Project, which features an all-female cast of singers and artists...
Jazz Guitarist Finds Way to Combine Two Loves in Life
While many musicians struggle to balance their family life with the demands of being a musician, jazz guitarist Chuck Loeb of Local 802 (New York City) seems to have found the magic formula.As a child, Loeb's family encouraged his musical endeavors,...
Jazz Pianist Reflects on the Changing Music Scene
Larry Vuckovich of Local 6 (San Francisco, CA) is nostalgic for a past America when jazz was at its height. He believes that media played a large role in why jazz music disappeared from pop culture."In the '50s and '60s all major networks had jazz specials,"...
Kristin Turo: Managing Her Own Career
It's a Saturday night and Central New Yorkers are packing into pubs to escape the rain and unwind from their busy lives. A young woman sits alone on a stool in the center of the crowd, surrounded by a pair of speakers, a microphone stand, and a mixer,...
Local 4 Music Fund Receives Grant
At its February 6 meeting, the distribution committee of the Kulas Foundation awarded a grant of $25,000 to the Local 4 (Cleveland, OH) Music Fund for the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra Residency at Cleveland's The Breen Center for Performing Arts. The...
Musicians, Stagehands Thank Workers in Austin
The "back-stage" workers who make a festival like South by Southwest (SXSW) hum were in the front stages of the state labor federation's thoughts as veteran musicians and stagehands joined to promote a "Work Connects Us All" message at a news conference...
Napa Valley Symphony Suspends Operations
On March 1, the board of the Napa Valley Symphony (NVS) voted to suspend operations for the foreseeable future and lay off its four-person staff. The orchestra found itself on rocky financial footing when its largest donor, Donald Carr, was killed in...
News & Notes
AFL-CIO Revamps WebsiteIn March, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler announced the launch of a completely redesigned aflcio.org website, blog, and action center. Two new sections of the website highlight the innovations union members and unions are...
Orlando Musicians Reach New Agreement with Disney World
Local 389 (Orlando, FL) recently reached a new, favorable six-year agreement with Disney World, which employs approximately 400 of the local's members, 110 of which are regular employees (roughly 80 full-time and 30 working two days per week)."We were...
Ray Chew at the Helm
FROM MUSICIAN TO PRODUCERLike many musicians, Ray Chew of Local 802 (New York City) attributes his love for music to the exposure he had as a child, and the inspiration he received from his parents. "My father played piano and used to sit me on his knee...
Resources
MAKING MUSIC WITH MOBILE DEVICESMost of us use mobile devices on a daily basis for communication, information, and listening to music, but have you thought about using your mobile device for making music? Now, with the help of a growing number of mobile...
Take Note
CHANGESEFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2012-Local 106-209, Niagara Falls-Tonawanda, NY has been approved for a merger with Local 97, Lockport, NY. Following the merger, the Local will be identified as Local 97-106, Niagara Falls-Tonawanda-Lockport, NY-Greater Niagara...