Magazine article International Musician

New Answers for Old Questions

Magazine article International Musician

New Answers for Old Questions

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Welcome to the July 2014 edition of International Musician! In addition to being my first article for this esteemed publication, the July IM also marks the return of more regular coverage of the Electronic Media Services Division (EMSD) in the publication. From our cover feature on Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) member, bassist, and recording and touring musician extraordinaire Nathan East, to this series of articles about all things EMSD, we hope to give you a sense of what is happening in the world of recorded music here at the AFM.

Since joining the EMSD staff in January 2014, I have spent a tremendous amount of time with AFM members, elected leaders, and the Federations professional staff in order to learn more about our work, our struggles, and the opportunities for future success. In addition to studying contracts and sitting in on numerous negotiations, I have taken the time to think strategically about how to create more opportunities for our members to work under AFM contracts. That is usually my first thought in the morning and the last one in my head as I go to bed at night.

In these first six months, I have had countless conversations with AFM musicians, union leaders and staff, contractors, composers, songwriters, agents, studio managers, other labor leaders, music execs, the AFM's music industry partners, and most importantly, our customers-the employers who pay us to make great music. Most of those talks have included some variation of these five questions, and I ask people to be very direct:

* What are the AFM and EMSD doing right? …

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