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National Music News
Foursquare Partners with Songkick For Live Music Check-Ins
August 18, 2011
By Alec Bojalad, N.Y.
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry ... square-par
"Foursquare, the popular social networking site that allows users to broadcast their current location to friends, has announced partnerships with Songkick, ESPN and MovieTickets.com to help users further narrow down their current locations.
The partnership with Songkick will allow Foursquare to access major concerts from Songkick's database. For Foursquare's music fans this means being able to identify a particular concert as their current location instead of just the concert venue with the new "Events" feature."
Elaborate Outdoor Concerts Amp Up Safety Concerns, Calls For Regulation
August 18, 2011
By Sophia Tareen, Associated Press
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry ... or-concert
"When thunderstorms slammed New York's Central Park before this summer's highly anticipated Black Eyed Peas concert, officials made the rare decision to call off the event. Tens of thousands of fans were livid, but safety experts praise the decision for bucking the industry's aversion to such last-minute cancellations.
As the multi-billion-dollar outdoor concert business has evolved from little more than shows under a canopied stage to productions featuring up to 20 tons of lighting and video equipment, experts point to the Indiana State Fair's fatal stage collapse and several similar accidents as evidence of the necessity for caution - and regulation."
Village People Singer's Copyright Fight Could Change Music Industry
August 18, 2011
By Eriq Gardner, THR
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry ... llage-peop
In what may be the beginning of a major shake-up in the music industry, Victor Willis, the original lead singer of the Village People, has filed paperwork to regain control over his share of the copyright credit for 32 of the band's songs, including the hit "Y.M.C.A.."
Onesheet Goes Public, Signs Up Over 10,000 Artists
August 16, 2011
By Glenn Peoples, Nashville
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry ... 7722.story
"Onesheet, the new service that allows artists to create a web presence in just a few minutes, has exited its private beta mode and is now open to the public. Over 10,000 artists have already signed up to use the service, including major label artists like Paramore , Mat Kearny and Owl City."
National Music Publishers' Assoc. Resolves Copyright Lawsuit With YouTube
August 17, 2011
By Ed Christman, New York
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry ... ic-publish
The National Music Publishers' Association has resolved its copyright infringement lawsuit with YouTube, although details are not yet being made available. According to an announcement from the NMPA, thanks to the resolution, "music publishers will have the opportunity to enter into a license agreement with YouTube and receive royalties from YouTube for musical works in videos posted on the site."
Why Most Music Apps Fail
August 17, 2011
By Kyle Bylin, Los Angeles
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry ... 9222.story
"If I love a music app, it's the kiss of death," says one music fanatic turned top-level digital music executive, who asked to remain anonymous. "No normal person will use it." In other words, if a music fanatic finds a "music problem" interesting enough to solve, it doesn't mean that the solution will be a workable business, or that anyone beyond a few other music fanatics has this problem to begin with. And yet, new music apps get released every week. Many make a huge splash, become the talk of technology blogs and are never heard from again. The truth is that most music apps fail -- fail to live up to their initial hype, fail to generate profit, and fail to become "the next Pandora."
Sixteen Renowned Recording Artists Release "Raise Your Voice!,"
A Free Album In Support Of Public Broadcasting
"New York City public radio station WFUV (90.7 FM, wfuv.org) has partnered with 170 Million Americans for Public Broadcasting and ANTI- Records to promote the release of Raise Your Voice!, a 16-track compilation of music from ANTI- artists being offered as a free download to advocates for public broadcasting. Anyone who signs up to join the campaign can download the compilation -- available for a limited time only -- by visiting RYVoice.org. Supporters will also have the opportunity to share Raise Your Voice! with their friends and social networks."
Eric Scott composed a song called "Runnin" for an independent film called "Tracks." The song just won "Best Original Song in Film" at the Long Island International Film Expo in New York. They were competing against 116 films from around the world. The movie "Tracks" also won Best Film at the Virginia Film Festival in Richmond.
Chuck Brown, the Godfather of Go-Go, is the star of Thomas Sayers Ellis' series of photographs, "(Un)Lock It: the Percussive People in the Go-Go Pocket" about the current history of Go-Go, that opened earlier this month at the Gallery at Vivid Solutions. On Saturday, Aug. 20, Ellis, a former Go-Go percussionist, will conduct a short interview with Brown, who will then sign photographs which will be available for sale. 1 to 3 p.m., Free.
Darkest Hour had their concert at 9:30 Club reviewed by the Washington Post.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/cli ... #pagebreak
Andy Budd's latest CD, “Ragtop Monterey,” was on the Americana Terrestrial Chart for 17 weeks reaching a high position of 40. It has been on the internet Folk Charts with 2 songs reaching the top ten; and #37 Cashbox Magazine Chart in March. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/andybudd3
Executive Director Shannon Emamali has left the DC Chapter of NARAS. Interim director will be Wendi Cherry, Senior Project Manager.
Marginal Man has gotten back together for a reunion show at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St NW, WDC at Sat. Aug. 20 at 8:30 p.m, with Strike Anywhere and Damnation A.D. $15
Doug Bowles Kickstarter
Doug Bowles needs support for a recording with his SingCo Rhythm Orchestra of his collection of arrangements of the Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawks. Visit http://www.dougbowles.com for links to his Kickstarter fundraising page, as well as sample videos, including “The Nighthawk Blues” and “Got a Great Big Date with a Little Bitty Girl I Love.”
Beatles Online Film Short Backs U.K.'s Music Matters Anti-Piracy Campaign
August 18, 2011
By Associated Press
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry ... 9562.story
"The Beatles are up for the fight against pirates. The estate of iconic British band has pledged its support for the anti-piracy campaign Music Matters by sanctioning a special animated short film set to their recordings. The Beatles' songs provide the soundtrack for the film's central character, who uses music to mark the milestones in his life. The film - which is available online - aims to encourage people not to fileshare music so artists can get paid for their work."
Billboard Pro's D.I.Y. 50 Indie Labels (Part I)
August 15, 2011
By Jenn Pelly
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry ... 7562.story
"Trying to get signed? Universal and Sony laugh you out the door? In Billboard's second-annual DIY Manual, we listed 20 great indie labels along with strategies on how best to pitch them. Here, Billboard Pro extends the list to include fifty American indie labels covering a wider swath of music genres from pop to Latin to house and more (in no particular order)."
Billboard Pro's D.I.Y. 50 Indie Labels (Part II)
August 15, 2011
By Pier Harrison & Jenn Pelly
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry ... 7692.story
"This is part II of our 50 Best Indie Labels in America piece."
Frédéric Yonnet's Reed My Lips Harmonica Workshop
Sun. August 21
4 - 6 pm
at Middle C Music Store, 4530 Wisconsin Ave, NW, WDC
Workshop seats are limited, reserve your space by calling 202-244-7326
Whether you’re a beginner or a performer, here's a chance to get personal instructions from one of the most skilled and innovative harmonica players in the world. The workshop is a fast-paced, 2-hour, hands-on session that will challenge all ages and levels. Yonnet’s preferred harmonicas, Seydel Harmonicas, are available at Middle C.
Acoustic Blues Guitar Workshop
with J.P. Reali
Sat. Sept. 3
2 - 3 pm
at the D.C Blues Festival at Carter Barron Amphitheater, 16th ST & Colorado Ave NW, WDC
It will be on the John Cephas stage near the box office. More info about the festival at http://www.dcblues.org.
Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest:
Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property
August 25 - 27
at American University Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Ave., NW. WDC, Room 603
Deadline to register: August 23
The Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest will bring together scholars, policymakers, and policy advocates to discuss and deliberate about opportunities for constructing a positive policy and research agenda.
The opening session will begin at 1pm August 25 with a public discussion about the changing technological and policy landscape that affects creative and innovative activities. It will be in plenary session and will be open to the public and webcast live and on demand. Prior to the opening, international experts will hold a public press event to release two draft reports commissioned by the EU Parliamentary Greens on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), and to analyze the public interest impact of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. [To register, go the pull down menu under the “Event Information” subtitle, select the Global Congress event and fill out the rest of the form.]
2011 International Songwriting Competition (ISC)
For information and enter, go to http://www.songwritingcompetition.com
Tom Waits, Tori Amos, Ozzy Osbourne, My Morning Jacket, Jeff Beck, McCoy Tyner, Duran Duran, And Kelly Clarkson join Music Industry Executives as judges to select 2011 ISC winners. Now accepting entries for the 2011 competition, ISC gives away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes (shared among the 68 winners) including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash and $20,000 in prizes. Open to all levels of songwriters, ISC offers 22 categories that include all genres of popular music.
3rd Annual P.A.S.S. Contest
WAMA is sponsoring the P.A.S.S. contest to help artists receive the training and
recognition to take their music to the next professional level. From the eligible
entries, three artists (either individuals or bands) will be awarded a Prize Package
of Services by a panel of judges.
The Deadline to submit is midnight, September 30, 2011.
For more info and to submit click http://wamadc.com/wama/passRules.html
Jazz duos and trios needed
for Bethesda Row Arts Festival, October 15 -16. Please email electronic press kits or urls to Caldwell Gray at firstname.lastname@example.org
American Folklife Center Seeking New Director
Dr. Peggy A. Bulger, the director of the American Folklife Center (AFC), is retiring from federal service on December 31, 2011. The Library of Congress is seeking a new AFC director. The application period, which has just opened, will close on September 15, 2011. This is a senior level federal position of national prominence, and the Library is seeking a leader in folklife, ethnomusicology, and related cultural fields, as well as an experienced and successful administrator. Interested candidates can view information about this vacancy on the Library of Congress website
http://www.loc.gov/hr/employment/index. ... n.showJobs
or on the USAjobs website. http://jobview.usajobs.gov/getjob.aspx? ... ol=2357704
Wolf Trap Discount for WAMA Members
Wolf Trap Foundation is giving WAMA Members a 10% discount off in-house seats for these concerts:
An Evening with Paul Anka, Thurs. Aug. 18, 2011 at 8 pm - use the code DIANA when you purchase tickets online
http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketP ... id=6972592
Judy Collins with special guest Shawn Mullins, Thurs. Sept. 8, 2011 at 8 pm - use the code WILDFLOWERS when you purchase tickets online http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketP ... id=7010538
Eddie From Ohio with Martin Sexton, Fri. Sept. 9, 2011 at 8 pm - use the code OLDDOMINION when you purchase tickets online
http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketP ... id=7010539
The Official 75th Birthday Party for Chuck Brown
hosted by Bootsy Collins
Sat. Aug. 27
at the 9:30 Club, 815 V ST NW, WDC
“The Godfather of Go Go,” Chuck Brown is the undisputed sole founder and creator Go-Go music, a hypnotically danceable genre deeply rooted in funk and soul that he developed in the early 70’s , and the only form of expressive culture to originate in the District of Columbia. Foreshadowing rap and many of the major popular R& B styles of the past three decades, Chuck's signature style earned him a place in American musical royalty.
The MLK Memorial Dedication Party
and Katrina Fundraiser
Sun. Aug. 28
7 pm doors
at the 9:30 Club, 815 V ST NW, WDC
Featuring: Biz Markie as DJ, and performers: Rashida Jolley, Laelo Hood, Substantial and Awthentik, and others.
On the evening of August 28th the Hip Hop Caucus is hosting a party to celebrate the life and legacy Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the day that the National MLK Monument is dedicated on the National Mall. Funds raised from the event will support the 6th annual Hurricane Katrina Commemoration March and Rally the next day in New Orleans, which takes place every year on the anniversary of the levees breaking in New Orleans.
Frédéric Yonnet has a new album, "Reed My Lips," and a CD release concert on Fri. Aug. 19 and Sat. Aug. 20 at Blues Alley. 8 and 10 p.m. sets. $25 + $12.50 minimum/surcharge. http://www.fredyonnet.com
Walé released a new mixtape yesterday, “The Eleven One Eleven Theory,” even crashing Hulkshare, the Web site that hosted the free download. City Paper has that
Paul Pfau and the Dimestore Band will be releasing their new album, "Seven," on Fri. Sept. 2 at the Rock and Roll Hotel, 1353 H Street, NE, Washington, DC at 8 pm doors, $12. http://www.funkyrockandroll.com
Brian Settles has recorded his debut album, "Secret Handshake," with his band, Central Union. Artist-in-Residence at Bohemian Caverns, he'll have a CD release concert there on Sun. Aug 21, 7 and 9 p.m. sets. $12 adv/$15 door. And he has an interview at Dcist.
http://dcist.com/2011/07/dcist_intervie ... ettles.php
WAMA News compiled by Mike Schreibman and Loralyn Coles