Portland, OR Musicians' Resources

Musician Resources

Pianist and jazz educator Hal Galper has written the definitive book: The Touring Musician: a Small Business Approach to Booking Your Band on the Road. Comprehensive information about Hal's book, and reviews of it by musicians, can be found by clicking on the book's cover.

Every musician needs a good tax accountant. Michael Davidson's A & E Tax Service specializes in helping musician and artists with their taxes and accounting. A & E Tax Service is located in the Oregon National Building; 610 SW Alder, Suite 410 Portland, OR 97205; phone number (503) 228-0962 or 1-800-808-3204, fax number (503) 228-0755. Email michael@aetaxservice.com

If you're having trouble at the gig, call your union, The American Federated Musicians of United States and Canada and if that does not work call your attorney Bernie. A search for your local union is available. If you live in Portland, contact the AFM Local 99, telephone (503) 235-8791.

Another helpful music reference source is for musician composers is Kohn On Music Licensing hosted by the authors of The Art of Music Licensing, the best book available on music licensing.

The Music and Audio Connection has assorted links to numerous music organizations.

The International Association For Jazz Education is one of the most respected organizations for the professional jazz musician.

Canadian musicians in Vancouver, B.C., may want to access the Vancouver Musicians' Association, Local 145 AFM for legal resources and a directory to help protect their intellectual property rights.

Fellow Portlander Jim Corcoran heads up New Land Jazz. Its stated aim is to "bond the community of jazz musicians, educators,fans, and music business professionals through innovative products and services, and shared passion." LetJim help you develop and enhance the business side of your music career.

Musicians promoting their own music may also want to check out the European Jazz Network which claims to be a non-profit association of musicians, promoters, associations and artistic directors promoting jazz music in Europe. The European Jazz Network claims to be the first such organization operating in the electric domain (since 1987) which makes this a must see web site. See this sites comprehensive listing of record labels.

A extensive overall music resource link is located at Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar including including Sites For Composers and Sites By Composers.

Ragtime Press Music Links is a general resource for musicians performing in all genres.

Jazz Composers may want to check the The Jazz Composers Collective to explore ideas with other composers.

Jeff Mallett's Songwriter Page is another comprehensive resource site for composers, although not geared to jazz composers specifically.

Help and resources for local Portland composer/musicians, may be obtained from The Portland Songwriters Association.

The Silent Way's Resources for Musicians has many valuable tips for musicians' use of computers, and the internet, for the promotion of their art.

Techie musicians who produce their own albums should examine DRT Mastering's FAQ for an overall guide and resource to album mastering.

Techie musicians may also be interested in the Home Recording Rights Coalition a group committed to fighting the good fight against restrictions on home taping and resulting issues of censorship.

This must be a first. The Music Industry's Human Rights Association claims to be an activist group focused on defending the rights of musicians.

The American Music Center is a Non-profit center dedicated to preserving concert music and jazz scores by U.S. composers.

For information about, and help with, musician related injuries, contact my friend Professor Nick Quarrier who helps oversee Performing Arts Medicine at Ithaca College. Nick is also director of Health and Performance Institute For Musicians held at Ithaca College in beautiful Ithaca, New York.

You also may want to check Musicians and Injuries for more info about this topic.

Although out of print, Saxophone students in need of help should try Master Class Productions Jazz Tutor CD Rom - Vol. I for assistance from alto great Phil Woods. Look for it on eBay.

The Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library of Harvard University is a starting place for any music scholar in need of information and offers a wide array of resources and links.

Caris Music Services, owned and operated by Caris Liebman, wife of saxophonist Dave Liebman, presents a full catalog of fine European (educational) jazz publications.

Although not necessarily devoted to jazz musicians, the Musicians' Assistance Site offers archives chock full of useful information about tour support, record labels, various sample contracts, and other needs of musicians.

Last but not least, check The JazzWeek Charts to determine whether your, or your favorite musician's CD, is getting radio airplay.

Although a trade association, The National Association of Recording Industry Professionals web site is worth viewing, with its information and links to industry activities and individuals.

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