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Audition Advertising Info

The International Musician features audition advertisements in the International Musician magazine.  All audition ads from US or Canadian symphony orchestras in the International Musician must be covered by an AFM collective bargaining agreement.

Ad categories include Auditions, Help Wanted, Training/Educational, Festivals, Military Bands, and Foreign Orchestras.

Click here for full Audition Advertising Policy.

All audition ads now include a hyperlink in our digital issue and will be included in our online searchable database for AFM members at at no additional charge.

Advertising Deadlines

The IM 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

Ads must be reserved the month prior to the publish date (i.e., June for the July issue).
After the ad copy is received, the IM will e-mail back a formatted proof of how the ad will appear when published.

Classified Advertising Pricing:

Effective January 1, 2023, Classified Audition Ads: $138 per column inch. All audition ads now include a hyperlink in our digital issue and will be included in our online searchable database for AFM members at at no additional charge. Full color and spot color are available for an additional 25%.

The minimum size available is 1 column (1.6 inches) x 1″.

Typesetting charges: Alterations or copy changes that need to be made after the ad has been approved will be made at a flat fee of $25. Logos can be included in an ad design for no additional fee.

Design Specs:

Accepted File Format: JPG, PDF, TIF, PNG, EPS, or Word

Column Widths:

1 column = 1.6″
2 columns = 3.4″
3 columns = 5.2″
4 columns = 7.0″
5 columns = 8.8″

AFM members may also place line classified advertising by the word at: Line Classified.

For classified ad assistance, e-mail or call 315-422-0900 x2.

Notice: 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. All ads must be consistent with union values. 

All advertisers must agree to indemnify and hold harmless the IM and the AFM in the event an ad accepted for publication is later found to have violated requirements established by law.

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