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Classifieds: Supplement Your Income While Playing Casual Dates

Wouldn’t it be great if there were musician classifieds for every job available? Maybe you're looking for extra income, or a change of venue while still being a musician. Maybe constant travel is getting you down, or you're not getting as many gigs as you'd like. There are a lot of things you can do in the music business, but they don’t appear readily for a musician in the classifieds.

If you don't want to make a complete career change, getting affiliated with your local music dealer or even a national music store chain might be the way to go.

There are a ton of opportunities currently for teachers, salespeople, and technicians. There is work available for band instrument repair people and clinicians. Right now, many national chains are expanding, and some of the salaries are quite good. Many companies are AFM friendly. The ones that respect AFM members as serious professional musicians also pay decent money. Don't sell yourself short if you are looking to work with a music retailer, even if it's just part time. Don’t just wait for something to appear in musician classifieds. Go ahead and take the initiative.

If you're a brass or woodwind player, right now there are several major companies looking for help. At the top of the list is the American Music Group (AMG), a chain of band instrument stores. Quite a few of their executives are AFM members. AMG offers excellent benefits: many people make well over 50K, and they are looking for competent, motivated salespeople and technicians. For info, you can e-mail Linda Delporte at ldelporte@amgltd.com.

If you are a keyboard player, you might try the Biasco Piano Company. Some of their salespeople make over 100K, and they have stores in Minnesota, Illinois, Ohio, the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida. You can e-mail John Biasco at
Biasco@biascopiano.com. Trying to reach him on the phone will be a lesson in futility so try the e-mail approach. Also, it is unlikely you will see their positions listed in musician classifieds.

There are plenty of full-line music stores who are constantly looking for help, and pay decently. Sam Ash Music has advertised in the International Musician musician classifieds and they are good people. The late Sam Ash was an AFM member and supported the union constantly. They also have stores around the country. You can e-mail them at samashgq@aol.com . Be specific as to what you are looking for.

Brook Mays Music is now in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Last year they had 30 stores. This year they are at 66 and growing. They are constantly adding stores, and Ron Raup who is vice president in charge of acquisitions stated that they will be adding more people to their staff in all parts of the country. Check out their web site at www.brookmays.com. Joe Dixon is the vice president of human resources. His fax number is (972) 263-5164. Joe's e-mail address is joedixon@brookmays.com .

When you contact these people (or even a local music dealer) be specific as to what type of work you are looking for. If you only want to teach, let that be known. If you have a talent for band instrument repair, let them know how much time you will have available, and how much time you need to play gigs. If sales are your interest or strength, let them know your demo skills, and exactly what you are looking for.
There's a wide variety of jobs for musicians available at retail music stores all over the country. And there might be store owners or managers who are members of your local who could help you along the way. One of the best advantages to being a union member is the networking it provides, even at retail. Take advantage of it.

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