WAMA News - 04-15-2011

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WAMA News - 04-15-2011

Postby askmike » Mon Jul 25, 2011 10:59 pm

National & International Music News

31 Grammy categories slashed;
New voting rules revealed

Updated: Apr 07, 2011 1:35 PM EDT
By Joyce Eng,
http://e2ma.net/go/7031599139/208530141 ... s-revealed

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has overhauled the Grammy Awards, reducing the number of categories by 31. In its first overhaul in its 53-year history, NARAS trimmed the categories from 109 to 78."

BMI Pacts with Sonys Qriocity Streaming Service

http://e2ma.net/go/7031599139/208530141 ... try/551226

"BMI is continuing its long-standing commitment to building the market for digital music by announcing a partnership with Sonys multi-platform streaming digital music service Music Unlimited powered by QriocityTM. With the agreement, Music Unlimited can stream the more-than 6.5 million musical compositions in the BMI repertoire."

NYU, Songwriters Hall of Fame Launch Masters Session Series

April 8, 2011
http://e2ma.net/go/7031599139/208530141 ... try/551199

"Robert Rowe, director of music and performing arts professions at New York University's The Steinhardt School of Education, Culture, and Human Development, and Jimmy Webb, chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF), have jointly announced that the two institutions will collaborate to create The Songwriters Hall of Fame Master Sessions at NYU. The inaugural Master Session will take place June 14, 2011."

World-Renowned Creators, Political Leaders and Key Industry Players
to Convene at World Copyright Summit in Brussels

http://e2ma.net/go/7031599139/208530141 ... px?id=1480

"Paris, February 23, 2011 Today, CISAC (the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers) announced the main programme topics and speakers for the third World Copyright Summit - 7 & 8 June 2011, Brussels. World famous creators, rights organisations, music and books publishers, TV and film producers, policy makers, media and content providers, ISPs and telecom operators, hardware manufacturers, legal and technology experts, will meet to exchange ideas and debate about the future of intellectual property and creative content (music, books, movies, pictures,) in the digital environment."

First Group Copyright Infringement Insurance Policy Created for Songwriters/Composers
Published: 2/1/2011
http://e2ma.net/go/7031599139/208530141 ... px?id=1449

Nashville, Tennessee (January 2011) "The first-of-its-kind Group Copyright Infringement Insurance Policy for songwriters, artist-songwriters, composers and self-published songwriters throughout the U.S. and internationally is now being offered by the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and Frost Specialty Inc. This unique group insurance plan will dramatically reduce the cost of infringement-insurance premiums while establishing lower available coverage limits."

Future Of Music Coalition Strongly Opposes House Efforts To Repeal Open Internet Order
http://e2ma.net/go/7031599139/208530141 ... _nb=140891

"Future of Music Coalition (FMC), a national non-profit research, education and advocacy organization for musicians, strongly opposes a resolution set for a vote in the House of Representatives that would eliminate the FCC's ability to preserve the internet as an open marketplace for creativity and commerce."

Recording Industry Honors Corker at Grammys On The Hill Awards Wednesday
updated 4/12/2011 7:45:46 AM ET 2011-04-12T11:45:46
http://e2ma.net/go/7031599139/208530141 ... hville_tn/

Nashville, Tenn. "The organization behind the Grammy Awards will honor U.S. Sen. Bob Corker on Wednesday. Corker is among the honorees at the 10th Annual Grammys on the Hill Awards, which will be held at the Liaison Capitol Hill hotel in Washington, D.C. The Tennessee Republican is being recognized for his suppor tof the music industry. Corker was an original co-sponsor of the Performance Rights Act, which would make sure that artists are paid when their songs are played on the radio. He has also supported a measure aimed at preventing digital piracy. "

YouTube Launches Live Streaming Page
April 08, 2011
http://e2ma.net/go/7031599139/208530141 ... 3652.story
By George Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter

"YouTube, the video site owned by Google, on Friday unveiled a page highlighting live programming and said users have asked for more live streams." http://www.youtube.com/live

Google Defends Commitment to Copyright At Congressional Hearing Despite Doubts
April 07, 2011
http://e2ma.net/go/7031599139/208530141 ... 1412.story
By Antony Bruno, Denver

"Digital piracy took center stage again yesterday, when the House Judiciary Intellectual Property Subcommittee held the second part of a two-part hearing entitled "Promoting Investment and Protecting Commerce Online: Legitimate Sites v. Parasites, Part II."
http://e2ma.net/go/7031599139/208530141 ... 62011.html

Copyright Alliance Applauds Congressional Leadership
For Efforts Combating Digital Theft

http://e2ma.net/go/7031599139/208530141 ... _nb=140908

"Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars joined voices from across the business and labor communities and across all intellectual property industries in supporting congressional leaders for their attention to the growing problem of digital theft."

Music Publishers Support Congressional Call For Enforcement Tools To Combat Digital Theft
http://e2ma.net/go/7031599139/208530141 ... _nb=140723

"The National Music Publishers' Association supported calls by congressional leaders for legislative tools to help law enforcement combat criminal activity online."

How Germany Overtook The U.K. To Become Europe's Largest Music Market
April 11, 2011
http://e2ma.net/go/7031599139/208530141 ... 1812.story
By Richard Smirke, London and Wolfgang Spahr, Munich

"Having long played second fiddle to the United Kingdom, Germany now ranks as the largest music market in Europe, according to international music trade body IFPI."

What Are Young Active Consumers of Digital Music Worth?
April 11, 2011
http://e2ma.net/go/7031599139/208530141 ... 5682.story
By Glenn Peoples, Nashville

"A new Nielsen report, produced in collaboration with MIDEM 2011, shows young consumers are especially active in purchasing downloads, streaming music and acquiring mobile apps. But it doesn't help answer the important question: How much are they worth? "The Hyper-Fragmented World of Music" does a good job in representing the fragmentation. No single monetizable channel is being used by more than 60% of the global online audience. Fifty-seven percent of global online respondents have watched a music video on a computer in the last three months while 17% of them have purchased a music download."

Seeing an active downtown inspires Richmond contingent
http://e2ma.net/go/7031599139/208530141 ... ar-962430/
Richmond Times-Dispatch, 4/10/11

"Austin's East Sixth Street in downtown is a vibrant strip of pubs, restaurants, and shops. Here, music fills the air before sunset as a testament to the city that 20 years ago proclaimed itself the 'Live Music Capital of the World.' Richmond civic leaders who visited this Texas city last week...found that Austin has a vision that has led to a thriving downtown where people live, work, and play."

Local Notes

Hazel Dickens will be presented with the Washington Monument Award by the DC Bluegrass Union at the 2011 DC Bluegrass Festival, in honor of her many contributions to bluegrass music in a recording and film carerr spanning more than fifty years.

Hotspur will open for Grammy Award winners Train and Bruno Mars on the main stage for the Preakness InfieldFEST concert on Saturday, May 21 in the Pimlico Race Course public Infield prior to the running of the $1 million Preakness® Stakes.

In Layman Terms, a family band consisting of 10-year-old daughter Logan, lead singer/bass player, 13-year-old Cole, singer/guitarist, and Sandy (mom) who plays drums, has had articles about them in The Connection, Layman Terms, and in The Falls Church News Press, More Layman Terms.

The Crimestoppers have an article in the Falls Church Patch, Crimestoppers.

The WAMA Pages

WAMA will be publishing the printed version of the Membership Directory, which also includes press and radio contact information. The deadline for inclusion in the 2011-2012 WAMA Pages is April 29th.

Consider having an ad! The WAMA Pages is a great way to advertise. Every WAMA member will be mailed a copy, and every new member through 2012 will receive a copy. For ad rates, go to WAMA Rates. And for more information, email WAMA.

Video Views

Mike Surratt & the ECB "live" video on youtube.
Bei Mir Bist Du Schon
http://e2ma.net/go/7031599139/208530141 ... Vq2q_dis8E
Jay Schlossberg has provided all the local shooting on the unfinished David Bromberg documentary. As a fund-raising effort to complete it, they are offering a chance to win a D-16 Martin Guitar signed by David Bromberg. For a movie trailer and more info on the Martin giveaway,
David Bromberg.

Workshops, Camps

2011 Blues Week at Augusta Heritage Center
July 17 - 22
at Davis and Elkins College, Elkins, West Virginia
More Info: www.augustaheritage.com

Call by Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation for Group Registration:
As in past years, the AEBHF is organizing a group registration for Blues week. The group price is $390 - representing a $50 reduction from $440, plus room and board. Deadline for registering through AEBHF: Saturday May 28th, call Jim Lande (Evening) 703-521-0006 or email Lande_family@verizon.net For more info: Blues Group

The Piedmont Guitar Practice Sessions: with Gina DeSimone
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
at Archie's Barbershop, 4701 Queensbury Rd. in Riverdale, MD
$5 charge per session free for kids & college students.
No need to make reservations and by all means, stay for the Saturday jam.

Gina DeSimone runs the Barbershops one room schoolhouse of Piedmont Blues, a style where the thumb alternates with the fingers. Among the local masters of the style were John Jackson and John Cephas, as well as Archie Edwards himself. The thumb picks out a rhythmic bass pattern and the fingers play a syncopated melody on the treble strings.These weekly practice sessions are geared for beginners through intermediate players, and are for people who want to practice in a relaxed, friendly environment.

SAW Workshop with Spook Handy
Sun. May 15th
1 - 4 pm
in Annandale, VA
Cost: $30 SAW members, $35 WAMA/BSA/NSAI members, $40 non-members
For more info and to register: SAW Workshops
Must register in advance by midnight, Friday, May 13th

Spook Handy presents two workshops in one - one hour of Simple Measures for Drastic Guitar Improvement and two hours of "Secrets of Songwriting." Bring your guitar. Presented by the Songwriters' Association of Washington.

Selected Events

Second Annual DC Bluegrass Festival
Saturday, April 16th
1 - 9 pm
at Langley High School, 6520 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA
Tickets: $10-under 18; $25-evening only (7-9)
$30-DC Bluegrass Union Member, $35-Non-Member
Tickets At The Door or www.dcbu.org

Performing: Claire Lynch Band, The Gibson Brothers, Robin & Linda Williams and Their Fine Group, Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa, Gold Heart, Chester River Runoff. With workhops, lots of jamming.

Kick Cancer Fundraiser
Sun. April 17th
2 pm
at McGinty's Public House, 911 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Entry: minimum $15 donation
Info: www.dcblues.org/kick-cancer

Helping breast/liver/leukemia cancer honorees, part of our musical community, in memory of Bob Felesky and Chris Kirsch and Teri Gerson. Performancers: Bad Influence, Patty Reese, Wicked Jezabel, Mary Shaver Band with the Eva Cassidy musicians, The Nighthawks with Nadine Rae, Tribute to Bobby with White Loafer, Allstar Cameo Jam with special guests including Linwood Taylor, John Bell, Mike Wescott and many more. Along with raffle, prizes and dancing.

Rocknoceros: American Cancer Society Springtime Benefit Show
Sat. April 23rd
11 am
at Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA
For tickets: www.jamminjava.com

Ultimate MC Challenge III
Saturday April 23rd
10:00 PM
at Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave E Vienna, VA
$10 Cover Charge Starts at 9 PM

16 of the illest MCs in The DMV goin head to head for prestige and prizes including: $300 Cash, 10 Hours of Studio Time at Satnam Studios, a 3-song set at an upcoming BeTaRaZ event, and more. $25 Registration Fee, To Sign Up for Battle , simply call us at 1-888-586-1117 or email Faraz@BetaRaz.com. Music by DJ RBI, hosted by Dre All Day in the Paint, with performance by Sketch & J-Scrilla.

2nd Annual Loudon Bluegrass Festival
Sat. May 7
at 4-H Fairgrounds, Loudoun County, VA
$18 admission, $8 for 7-13 year olds, Free for 6 & under
$5 refund for all Pickin Competition contestants (given after playing)
Tickets & info at www.bluegrassloudoun.com

Featuring: Nothin Fancy and Della Mae. With Fiddle, Flatpicking, Banjo and Mandolin Competitions with cash prizes; workshops; all day Jam Sessions; tastings by local wineries. Benefitting local scholarships and clean water projects through Dulles International Airport Rotary Club.

Studio News

Bad Influence is in the studio working on the next CD. The project is being recorded at House of Jams studio in Beltsville, MD and will be mixed by Timm Biery at The Barn in Nashville, TN. This CD will feature the lineup of Bob Mallardi on bass/vox, Roger Edsall on harp/vox, Michael Tash on guitar and David Thaler on the drums. They expect a mid-summer release.

Holly Montgomery is in the studio producing a 3-song EP for the family band, In Layman Terms. They are recording at both Cue Studios and Wincanton Court Studios, and the project is due for release in the Summer of 2011.

OnlineSongMasters.Com is a recording studio available online, launched by Jim and Patti Mason. This is not synthesizer or midi; it's real people playing real instruments. The internet simply functions as an interface between the OnlineSongMasters.Com staff and their clients.

New Releases

Shane Gamble releases a new self-titled album,"Shane Gamble," and celebrates with his band at two shows: on April 23rd at 9 pm at IOTA, and April 30th at 9:30 pm at Champion Billiards, Frederick, MD. www.shanegamble.com

Mahbood Len Seligman releases his new CD, "Head Over Heels," at a CD release concert on Sat. April 30th at 7:30 pm at Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, MD. Tickets: $15. He'll be joined by Carey Creed, Wendy Lanxner and Bill Jenkins. Benefiting the 9/11 Unity Walk. www.mahbood.com

Ray Jozwiak, composer and pianist, has a new release, "Another Shot," only available through digital distribution at: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/rayjozwiak.

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