International Musician

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

Articles from Vol. 110, No. 6, June

AFM-EPF Settles with Philadelphia Orchestra
At the end of April, the American Federation of Musicians Employers Pension Fund (AFM-EPF) settled its case against The Philadelphia Orchestra. The AFM-EPF and The Philadelphia Orchestra had been in contention since the orchestra withdrew from the pension...
CBC Strapped with Massive Cuts
Harper's hapless hellions struck again with massive cuts to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's (CBC) budget. The public broadcaster is a favourite whipping boy of the government, which has the distorted vision that financial support is a waste of...
Chameleonic Classicist
ALTHOUGH SHE HAS A MASTER'S DEGREE IN CLASSICAL PERFORMANCE, VIOLINIST NINA DI GREGORIO OF LOCAL 369 (LAS VEGAS, NV) HAS SPENT THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS PLUGGED IN WITH BELLA ELECTRIC STRINGS, THE QUARTET SHE FORMED, WHICH IS HEAVILY INFLUENCED BY ROCK...
Changing Channels-From Pamphlet B to Network Television
I am pleased to announce that the Federation has reached an agreement with the Broadway League for a successor Pamphlet B contract that establishes wages and conditions of employment for musicians working on the road in touring theatrical musical productions....
Cool Tools
YO MAMAHA!The Yamaha Arius YDP-141 88-key digital piano features a graded hammer action keyboard and comes with a bench that's ideal for beginning students and experienced players alike. Dual Voice capability lets you play two different instrument sounds...
Deficit Erased with Fiscal Restraints
The AFM's annual audit is complete and the annual report is in draft form. It is of note that the AFM was in a deficit position for the last several years to the tune of $3 million. We were cash poor and borrowed from the Relocation Fund requiring the...
Denton Music Festival Puts the AFM Front and Center
In 1985, AFM President Ray Hair, who was then serving as president of Local 72-147 (Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX), launched Denton Jazzfest to provide an opportunity for freelance members of the local to showcase their talents. With assistance from the Music...
Every Gig Is a Union Gig
One of the benefits of our union structure is that, while I have my role in the governance of the Federation, I also continue to be a local officer with my hands in the day-to-day running of a local. The obvious advantage of that relationship is that...
How Can I Optimize My Team's Special Skills? Deciding What to Delegate and to Whom
Previously I've written about delegation of tasks in your music business. Beyond the concept of affordability (yes, you need to pay people), there's the idea of best fit for the job. Who has the right skills and experience? What is the best use of my...
Hungarian Violinist Promotes Cultural Fusion
Hungarian violinist Katalin Viszmeg of Local 400 (Hartford-New Haven, CT) earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in Budapest at the Franz Liszt Music Academy. But, she says her talents have flourished since moving to the US to attend The Hartt School...
ICSOM Celebrates Golden Anniversary
As orches- tral musicians across the country prepare to celebrate the 50th anni- versary of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) this August, the occasion provides an opportunity to look back to see how far we have come,...
Jazz Guitarist Shares Improv Knowledge
David Stryker of Local 802 (New York City) grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, listening to his sister's Beatles records and playing guitar. His interest in jazz music came about after he performed at the local union owned music hall."I went in and I was a pretty...
Jean Packard: More Than 70 Years of at the Keys
Local 198-457 (Providence, RI) member Jean Packard has been playing piano since age five, and now, more than 70 years later, she has yet to stop. Her music career began with a high school band in Culver City, California. Her band director saw to it that...
Louisville Orchestra Agrees on New Contract
After a difficult 20 months of negotiations, Louisville Orchestra musicians and management have at last reached a one-year contract agreement. In late April, the two sides announced that the new contract would cover 57 musicians for a 30-week season...
May Day Protests from Coast to Coast
A number of AFM locals participated in May Day-a massive day of action for labor unions, immigrant rights groups, and Occupy Wall St. In New York City, AFM President Ray Hair, Recording Vice President John O'Connor, and Secretary-Treasurer Sam Folio...
New Mexico Philharmonic Concludes First Season
The New Mexico Philharmonic emerged after the bankruptcy announcement of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra last spring. The philharmonic first performed in May 2011 at a benefit concert hosted by the Mayor of Albuquerque, and officially began its 2011-2012...
Performance Rights Campaign Presses On
Although the Performance Rights Act (PRA) was not introduced in this Congress, the campaign for royalties from AM/FM radio play continues behind the scenes. With the current chair of the House Judiciary Committee strongly influenced by the National Association...
Portland Opera Singer Ready to Branch out on His Own
Eric Stern of Local 99 (Portland, OR) wears many artistic hats-vocalist, accordionist, pianist, and composer. He got his first taste of music at a young age. His parents were part owners of a Philadelphia record store, so Stern was surrounded by music...
Resources
EXPLORING LATIN PIANO: SOUTH AMERICAN, CUBAN, AND SPANISH RHYTHMS FOR THE INTERMEDIATE PIANISTExploring Latin Piano is a collaboration between two of the UK's top pianist/educators and provides a detailed introduction to the rhythmic music of Latin America...
Skywalker Symphony Orchestra Triumphs at Game Audio Network Guild Awards
The Game Audio Network Guild (GANG) awarded prizes in a number of categories at their recent awards show at the Game Developers Conference (GDC), held annually in San Francisco. The largest event of its kind, the GDC attracted a record-breaking 22,500...
Take Note
CHANGESLOCAL 5, DETROIT, MI-New President George TroiaLOCAL 25, TERRE HAUTE, IN-New President James N. Chesterson; 2211 N. Burgan Ct.; Terre Haute, IN 47803; Res: 812-877-9228 Email: James.Chesterson@frontier.comLOCAL 125, NORFOLK, VA-New Interim President...