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Articles, International Musician, Robert Baird, Traveling Musician

A Guide to Easy Border Crossing

Crossing a border to work in a foreign country can be nerve-wracking if you are not prepared. With preparation, you can ensure easy border crossing while on tour.

2017 Touring Show Update

The touring show season has begun and thus we have a 2017 traveling show update of the new productions that are premiering and starting their season.

Elvis Live In Concert Celebrates the Career of Elvis with a Live Symphony Orchestra

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, Elvis Live in Concert a tour of Elvis performing with a live studio orchestra, was made.

Finding Renewed Purpose Following a Summer of Change

The last six months have been a very busy time for me. In addition to the work of running a mid-sized local and my duties as AFM International Vice President, the AFM initiated its new Officer Training program that I worked with others to create.

Musicians Return to the Bandstand, The Circus Is Back in Town

The Big Apple Circus band musicians return to their bandstand with an improved three-year AFM contract negotiated by Local 802 (New York City).

Traveling by Air? Know the Rules and Your Rights

Traveling by air? After years of negotiating, the AFM saw the implementation of standard rules regarding musical instruments on airlines. Know the rules and your rights.

Countering the Shrinking Pit with Education

This past summer, AFM conferences decided that the key, as with most things, is education. We must continue to educate in countering the shrinking pit.

Don’t Quit Your Day Job

The campaign to get musicians paid for showcasing at the BreakOut West festival in Edmonton this year spawned three weeks’ worth of radio interviews, print, and online media coverage, as well as social media jousting, and effectively polarized two viewpoints.

Musicians Come Together to Aid Union Brothers and Sisters

By early October, the AFM’s Hurricane Relief Fund had begun to release funds to help members affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, who were referred by their locals

Orchestra Steps Up to Heal the Island

Nearly one month after damage from Hurricane Maria left 10% to 15% of Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra members homeless, the orchestra began a series of free concerts to help heal the island’s people. The orchestra’s musicians are members of Local 555 (San Juan, PR).