International Musician

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

Articles from Vol. 110, No. 11, November

AFM Activism Steps into High Gear
I suspect that 2012 will be remembered as a turning point in the history of professional musicians. The AFM showed new leadership in intellectual property rights; there are new SRLA revenues from recording musicians for everbody's pensions, as well as...
All-Star Orchestra: Collaboration with an Educational Purpose
In 2011, when Gerard Schwarz stepped down after 26 years conducting the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the plan wasn't to walk off quietly into retirement with an occasional guest conducting gig. His new goal was to put together a dream orchestra with an...
Citizens United Pushes Its Union Busting Agenda
"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country... Corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow. The money power of the country will endeavor...
Concessions Diminish Artistic Quality
The barrage of orchestra bankruptcies in 2011 has given way to the "dictated" negotiation of 2012. Some orchestra boards and managements have decided that, unless musicians yield utterly and completely to their demands, concert halls will go silent as...
Cool Tools
WHEN THE LIGHTS GO DOWN ...Many times brighter than incandescent music lights, the battery-operated Brio from Aria Lights can last for 3.5 hours at full brightness or 15 hours at half brightness. A built-in full- range dimmer allows musicians to reduce...
Do You Dare to Be Different?
I was talking to a pal from Local 78 (Syracuse, NY) the other day who is a career guitar player. For probably 50 years he has done nothing else. He remarked that to be a huge success today, you have to be radically different. I agree. The music industry...
FIM Affirms "No Collection without Distribution"
On October 1, AFM Vice President from Canada Alan Willaert, Secretary-Treasurer Sam Folio, and Executive Officers Tino Gagliardi and Vince Trombetta, and I traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to attend the 20th Congress of the International Federation...
FIM Congress Endorses "No Collection without Distribution"
20th International Federation of Musicians (FIM) Congress was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 3-5. I was fortunate to be able to attend, along with AFM President Ray Hair, Secretary-Treasurer Sam Folio, and Executive Board members Tino Gagliardi...
IRFA Unfair to Musicians, AFM Takes Action
The President s message in the September IM addressed a recent threat to artists' performance royalties, the so-called Internet Radio Fairness Act (IRFA), H.R. 6480 and S. 3609, introduced by Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Senator Ron Wyden...
James Tatum and the Legacy of Jazz Music
Founded in Detroit, Michigan, in 1987, the James Tatum Foundation for the Arts, Inc., was developed to provide talented youth with a means to explore their talents and interests in the arts. The volunteer-run foundation gathers funds for scholarships...
Know When to Say "Yes" & "No"
"Yes" and "no" are the most important words that you will ever say. These are the two words that determine your destiny in life.One thing I have lived by in my many years as a player, composer, and teacher is: stay out of other people's business so you...
Membership Keeps Foreign Collective Rights Money Flowing for Musicians
I was honored to be a delegate to the FIM congress in Argentina last month. (See AFM President Ray Hair's column, page 2, for more information on our delegation.) The primary purpose of our attendance was to validate the principle of "no collection without...
Minnesota and St. Paul Contracts Expire; Musicians Locked Out
Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra have been locked out since October 1, when their previous contract expired. Without official notice, management ceased payments, benefits, and health insurance. Six weeks of concerts-through November 25-have been...
Resources
HIP LICKS FOR SAXOPHONEHip Licks for Saxophone from Local 10-208 (Chicago, IL) member Greg Fishman functions like a dictionary of 168 licks in 12 keys. "This book involved many years of research and development, and it is designed to help saxophonists...
Take Note
Unfair List Policy & ProceduresTo make the AFM's International Unfair List an even more effective way to support musicians during primary labor disputes, the International Executive Board revised the policy and procedures for placing and maintaining...
The QUEEN of BLUE GRASS Rhonda Vincent
When and under what circumstances did you first become a member of Local 257 and how has the union helped your career?I originally joined in 1985. I did this show called You Can Be a Star on the Nashville Network and Jim Ed Brown, the host, said, "We're...