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Get Published in New Releases


The New Releases section of your International Musician magazine recognizes the latest recording projects from AFM members in good standing. We invite you to submit your next project to be listed here. In order to qualify, your project must be covered under an AFM agreement. For more information on how to make sure your indie or studio project is covered under an AFM agreement, please contact AFM Electronic Media Services Division. For US projects contact Director Pat Varriale: (212) 869-1330 (X234 or X233) / and for Canadian projects contact Electronic Media Supervisor Daniel Calabrese: 1 (800) 463-6333 X224 or

For projects involving symphony, opera, ballet, or chamber orchestras with collective bargaining agreements, please contact AFM Director of Symphonic Electronic Media Debbie Newmark at (917) 229-0225 or

To submit a recording, please send the following:

  1. Name of the recording
  2. Brief description (or press release) of the project
  3. Optional artwork (high-resolution album cover or artist photo)
Please send press release and high-resolution album art separately to

Please send these submissions directly to the IM editor Jason Emerson at and please put “member recording” in the subject line. Once we have verified that the work is signatory to an AFM agreement, we will schedule it to be listed in New Releases. We hope this will create interest and recognition for your work among your peers.

Questions? Contact Jason Emerson by email or call (315) 422-4488 x113.