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How Yoga Practice Can Enhance Your Music Making

Editor’s Note: Always check with a physician before beginning a new physical activity, especially if you have an existing injury or are experiencing pain. According to certified Kripalu yoga instructor Mia Olson, author of Musician’s Yoga: A Guide to Practice, Performance, and Inspiration (Berklee Press, 2009), there are many ways that musicians can benefit from […]

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A Handy Guide to Hand Care

Editor’s Note: This article uses research from a variety of medical sources. The AFM does not endorse the advice given in this article and urges working musicians to seek professional medical advice when dealing with physical complaints. Practically all musicians use their hands to play, yet despite the importance of the appendages to the working […]

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Black Keys T-Shirts Support Little League

Akron, Ohio, natives and AFM Local 24 (Akron, OH) members Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney of The Black Keys remain loyal to their roots. Recalling how Little League was a positive influence in their childhoods, the duo first sponsored a team last year, the West Akron Orioles, who had “The Black Keys” printed on their […]

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Local 257 Members Top Billboard’s List of Money-Makers

Billboard’s listing of highest paid musicians in 2013 ranked Taylor Swift of Local 257 (Nashville, TN) in the top spot earning $39,699,576, followed by Local 257 member Kenny Chesney who earned $32,956,240 this year. The results were based on data from Nielsen SoundScan and Broad Data Systems, Boxscore stats, and include sales and spins on […]

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Believing in the Mission

As the Minnesota Orchestra returns to work, I am filled with the hope that this year will bring some semblance of normalcy to the symphonic world. If there is anything positive to have come out of the tragic and unprecedented events in Minnesota, it has to be the incredible solidarity and resolve demonstrated by the […]

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Frank Potenza: Freelance “Jazzer” Passes Tribute to His Hero

Pete Seeger: Singer, Songwriter, Citizen Passes His Hammer Down

Joe Burcaw: Bassist Has Passion for Teaching

Musicians and Insomnia, What’s Keeping You Up?

Sleep can affect every aspect of a musician’s performance, yet the lifestyle of professional musicians often leaves them prone to insomnia, both acute and chronic. According to the National Sleep Foundation’s (NSF) Insomnia Research Center, insomnia is difficulty falling asleep or staying a sleep. Acute insomnia is brief, often due to a temporary circumstance, and […]

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Kings of Leon Create Nostalgic Super 8 Video

Kings of Leon’s latest video for their tune “Temple,” features footage in and around Music City shot on a 8mm camera to give it a blurry, nostalgic look. It also features the children of the Followill brothers, all members of Local 257 (Nashville, TN) who make-up the group. The video is a complete family affair […]

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