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Focus on AFM Symphonic Services


by Jay Blumenthal, AFM Symphonic Services Division Director

jay blumenthalThis month’s symphonic issue of the International Musician contains a broad range of articles that I believe will be of interest to the entire membership. Our cover story features Weston Sprott, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra trombonist. Sprott’s interests include work as an artist/clinician, educator, and advocate for music education.

Article contributions by the AFM Symphonic Services Division (SSD) staff and counsel include:

SSD Counsel Rochelle Skolnick’s “Why the AFM? Collective Action Across the Generations” reminds us that hard-fought gains over 50 years can be easily lost unless we educate the new generation of musicians about the power of collective action. Negotiator Nathan Kahn reflects on his years as a musician and union activist in “A 40-Year Union Perspective: My Final Offer.” “Keep Your Voice Strong—Keep Your Voice Focused,” by Negotiator Chris Durham, explains how orchestra committees should express the voice of the rank and file.

Contract Administrator/Communications and Data Coordinator Laurence Hofmann’s article details the new features of the online Symphonic Wage Charts. “Revenue Sharing in Symphonic Media Agreements—Know When Are You Owed Money?” by Director of Symphonic Electronic Media Debbie Newmark explains how revenue sharing should work. International Representative and Negotiator Barbara Owens discusses the importance of face-to-face communications in the age of technology in “Face Time or Screen Time?” Negotiator Todd Jelen writes on the importance of locals receiving information from employers to ensure proper contract maintainance and payments in “Freedom of Information … Act!” SSD Canada Director Bernard LeBlanc and Associate Directors Christine Little Ardagh and Steve Mosher co-wrote an article about how Canadian orchestras reach out to broader audiences. I hope you enjoy reading these articles.

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