A Matter Of Representation

Hot off the heels of the personality vs. process post a few days ago that examined the current conflict between the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) and its player conferences, the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) went public with a list of objections against the current AFM leadership. The material includes numerous references to the gap between revenue originating from orchestra musicians via work dues (the player conferences) and the services provided by the AFM…

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Diving Head First Into Union Politics

Although this blog is designed to focus on issues related to orchestra management, every now and then it takes a road less traveled. Today, we’re taking a sharp left onto the side streets of internal politics within the American Federation of Musicians (AFM), the union which represents the majority of professional orchestra musicians… This week witnessed the 97th AFM convention and events from this year’s conference will have a significant impact …

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