Magazine article International Musician

The International Musician-The Face of the Union

Magazine article International Musician

The International Musician-The Face of the Union

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As you pick up this month's International Musician you'll notice that it's thicker-with eight additional pages-and glossy. AFM members deserve as fine a publication as this office can produce. Hopefully, it will be a resource that all musicians find a necessity each month.

Other IM enhancements for 2008 include more member profiles in the Upbeat section and an extended Working Musician section with the addition of health and science news related to music. I am hoping for more improvements such as periodic Latino musicians' articles in Spanish and articles printed for French-Canadian musicians.

Soon we will start listing new CDs from members, including notes and cover photos. Submission procedures are being worked out. As this section of the IM develops, we hope to accommodate individual tunes and possibly sell the same.

There is no doubt that working classical musicians find the IM a highlight of their month as they pick it up the and turn to the back and read the audition notices. Now how can we serve other musicians in the same way? I hope we can have just as many job offers from all genres in the IM and become to the musician what Backstage is to the actor.

As I pondered ways to improve the IM, I found myself looking at past issues. Recently, a local inquired about the trust agreement and this caused me to look at the January 1949 issue. It gave me a chance to think about how the music industry and IM have changed, and yet how our mission remains the same.

In 1949, subscription price for members was 30 cents per year and for nonmembers one dollar per year. …

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