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Classified Audition Advertising Policy

All audition ads from US or Canadian symphony orchestras to be printed in the International Musician must be covered by an AFM collective bargaining agreement.

Auditions are advertised monthly in the International Musician. As a service to members, they are also posted on the website.

Orchestra management must submit the ad information and contract size to the International Musician office by the 10th of the month prior to the month to be published (i.e., June 10 for the July issue). The IM will e-mail back a formatted proof of how the ad will appear when published.

All symphonic audition ads must be approved by the AFM local that has jurisdiction over the orchestra. It is the responsibility of the orchestra to then forward the formatted ad to their AFM local president/secretary-treasurer for approval. If there are any issues/problems with the position advertised or the language in the ad, it’s up to the local officers and the orchestra management to resolve the conflict before the ad will be published in the International Musician.

The IM must receive confirmation/approval from the AFM local that the ad is approved prior to its publication (military, training/educational, and foreign orchestras are exempt from this approval policy).

Any audition deposit, meant to ensure a candidate’s appearance at an audition, must be fully refundable upon the candidates’ appearance or timely cancellation. The website has an Audition Date Scheduler feature to help orchestra management avoid scheduling conflicts with other orchestras. Please contact AFM Symphonic Services Division Contract Administrator, Communications and Data Coordinator Laurence Hofmann at to gain access.

The International Musician will do its best to accommodate ads submitted after a given deadline as long as there is space available. If you have any questions regarding deadlines or availability of space, contact

All advertisements are subject to acceptance by the publisher. The publisher will not accept advertisements that are illegal, discriminatory, defamatory, or an infringement on a third party’s rights. The International Musician has the right to refuse or edit any ad copy deemed inappropriate or offensive.