International Musician

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

Articles from Vol. 107, No. 2, February

$2 Drive and Friends of AFM
The New Year is a month old and so far it has been an eventful one. We inaugurated President Barack Obama and swore-in the 111th Congress. These events serve to focus AFM's attention on all that is pending before Congress. Last month in this column,...
AFM Announces $2 Political Fundraising Drive
The American Federation of Musicians is launching a $2 drive to fund the AFM's political action committee (PAC) Legislative Action Fund (formerly TEMPO). The goal of the drive is to raise $2, or more, from every US Federation member. Two dollars may...
American Federation of Musicians Launches Friends of AFM
The American Federation of Musicians is launching an associate organization, Friends of AFM. Friends of AFM is an organization for American, non-AFM members who are interested in the Federation and policies affecting musicians, or for those people who...
A US Musician's Guide to Tax Season
Tax season is here again, and that means musicians must turn their attention from counting bars to counting earnings. Freelance musicians should be especially aware this time of year. An independent musician's tax return can be somewhat complicated because...
CCPR Film Agreement Most Common in Canada
The negotiations for both the Motion Picture Agreement and the Television Film Agreement are approaching. They will be taking place in Los Angeles during the final week of February.I attended the last two negotiations in my capacity as Executive Director...
Cellist Reaches Musical Destination
Life member of Local 47 (Los Angeles) Ray Kelley's career has spanned more than five decades, playing in orchestras, recording television commercials and records, and touring the world. Kelley is currently principal cellist for the long-running television...
Cool Tools
GIBSON'S ON FIREThe new Dark Fire from Gibson comes in the classic Les Paul form with Chameleon Tone Technology plus second generation Robot Guitar Technology to make what Gibson calls the most advanced guitar system ever developed. Dark Fire Limited...
Detroit Drummer Gets into the Groove
It was a trip to Antigua that sealed the deal for drummer Barbara Teeter, a member of Local 5 (Detroit, MI). Playing the banjo as a nine-year-old in Shelby Township, Michigan, Teeter always thought she was a natural drummer, slapping the skin of the...
Donors Help Symphonies in Difficult Economic Climate
Michigan's music is not immune to the state's slumping economy, but the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) managed to end 2008 with a $512,000 shortfall, a small deficit compared to its $31.5 million budget. Last minute gifts of $2 million from reliable...
Flashback
PUBLISHED IN PAST FEBRUARY ISSUES OF THE INTERNATIONAL MUSICIAN...70 Years Ago1939In the meetings of the IEB an action was taken by the board to urge all band and orchestras, whenever possible, to close their programs with "The Star Spangled Banner"...
Folk Musical Duo Is a Gem in Nebraska's Arts Scene
Harmonica player David Seay of Local 70-558 (Omaha, NE) first noticed his future wife Debby Greenblatt, violinist and fiddle player, also of Local 70-558, when she auditioned for a bluegrass band he was in almost 30 years ago. "She blew us away," says...
George Garzone: A Chromatic Triad Approach to Improv
Saxophonist and music educator George Garzone of Local 9-535 (Boston, MA), was first introduced to music by his uncle Rocco Spada, who taught Garzone to play woodwind instruments in the back of his pizza shop."He [Spada] kind of instilled in us a 'family...
Know Thine Enemies: Hearing Loss and Focal Dystonia
Professional musicians are no strangers to aches and pains. Just like athletes, musicians use their bodies on a daily basis and are susceptible to injury.Most of the health problems musicians have related to playing come from interactions with their...
Leading from the Bottom
Tubists are a rare breed-dedicating themselves to mastering a large, ungainly instrument-and tuba positions with orchestras are even rarer. No matter the ensemble, there's usually only one. From his earliest days as a musician, Richard White of Local...
Miking for Success
Microphones are often neglected when it comes to preparing for a live performance. As a professional musician it's important to get the best possible sound out of your instrument. One big factor that can hinder your on-stage sound is feedback from poor...
Multi-Card Member Rebates
Effective January 1, 2009, members who belonged to three or more Locals throughout 2008 can petition the AFM Secretary-Treasurer for a "rebate equal to the per capita dues received by the Federation" for that member's membership in each AFM Local in...
Neo-Hagglers Coming out of the Woodwork
Recently USA Today ran an article on "neo-hagglers." These are the people who never before negotiated or argued over price, but because of the stock market, the economy, and people cutting back, are starting to "haggle" on just about everything they...
President Obama: Working with Labor in America
President Barack Obama's term of office is underway. Well, let me inform the musicians that I think we are in for an administration that will support labor's positions and involve organized labor in some of the decision-making.To support my contention...
Resources
THIS BUSINESS OF MUSICThe latest two books in the This Business of Music series from Billboard Books are This Business of Urban Music: A Practical Guide to Achieving Success in the Industry, from Gospel to Funk to R&B and Hip-Hop and This Business...
Take Note
CHANGESLOCAL 17, ERIE, PA-New President Ronald Stitt, New Secretary William FairgravesLOCAL 23, SAN ANTONIO, TX-New President Mark RubinsteinLOCAL 116, SHREVEPORT, LA-New President Conrad Lindsey, New Secretary Christopher McCaaLOCAL 123, RICHMOND, VA-New...
Welcome: Chuckle Brothers
Violinist and member of Local 180 (Ottawa, ON), Brian Boychuk, spent almost his whole music career at the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. But in the past several years, his other career as the mastermind behind the popular cartoon, Chuckle...