WAMA News - December 28, 2013

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WAMA News - December 28, 2013

Postby askmike » Tue Dec 31, 2013 5:22 pm

Have a Happy 2014 from WAMA!

Wishing you a prosperous and rewarding New Year wherever your musical endeavors take you.

The end of 2013 finds WAMA preparing for the 28th Annual Wammies Award Show. The official ballot will be sent out in January. We hope that you will join us on Sun. Feb. 16th at The State Theatre in Falls Church, VA as we celebrate the accomplishments of our wonderful Washington area music scene.

At this crucial time in our fiscal year, please give what you can to support WAMA with your tax-deductible gifts. Thanks to all of you who have renewed your membership, been a newsletter Sponsor, or made charitable contributions to sustain and grow WAMAs programs. We couldn't do it without you.

Please click DONATE to help out, or mail a check to WAMA, 6263 Occoquan Forest Dr., Manassas, VA 20112.

National & International Music News

Quiet As Kept, Women Dominated Country Music In 2013

December 26, 2013
By Neda Ulaby
http://www.npr.org/2013/12/26/257362793 ... ic-in-2013

"...Big-city critics love these female country singers, but they're not selling especially well. In fact, says Rosen, except for a few huge solo acts named Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift, women are basically marginalized on the country charts right now...If there's an upside, Rosen says, it's that female country musicians don't face the same pressure to follow a rigid Nashville template..."

BMI And The Little Fella
Joe Reinartz

"Venue operators from the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. to The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco have sent a letter to BMI, objecting to what they believe is a licensing policy that is unfair to smaller venues."

Carlos Santana Finds Homeless Ex-Bandmate
Thanks to Local News Story
http://gawker.com/carlos-santana-finds- ... socialflow

"It started with a local news piece about illegal dumping in east Oakland, and ended with the reunion of two musical greats: Carlos Santana and his former Blues Band drummer Marcus "The Magnificent" Malone."

How Iron Maiden Is Using Music Piracy Data to Drive Ticket Sales
December 27, 2013
By Kevin Rutherford
http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/n ... cket-sales

"Many artists might try to quash piracy of their music to the best of their ability. Iron Maiden is using it to potentially get ahead. The British metal outfit has teamed up with an analytic company to determine where its music is being pirated from -- and then plotting tour dates in the most lucrative areas."

Pandora Ruling Has Far-Reaching Implications
For U.S. Publishing Industry

December 23, 2013
By Ed Christman
http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/n ... publishing

"...But the Federal Judge's ruling has far-reaching implications beyond whether Pandora will be fully licensed or not by Jan. 1. The bigger question is what happens to the music publishing industry..."

Amazon's Best-Selling Music of 2013 Varies By Format
December 27, 2013
By Eliot Van Buskirk
http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/n ... ic-of-2013

"...For starters it's interesting that most of the all-time top sellers are relatively recent. Music sales might have been declining overall, but not where the top hits on Amazon are concerned...Since the dawn of time, sales of compact discs on Amazon have favored female artists with a focus on vocal performance..."

Local Notes

Tommy Keene
was interviewed by Alex Green for Caught in the Carousel, who wrote: "There’s no one around whose songs have such muscle and crunch as Tommy Keene."
http://caughtinthecarousel.com/every-ti ... mmy-keene/

If Kid Pan Alley can raise just $7,345 more by the end of the year, they will receive a matching grant of $17,500. www.kidpanalley.org
To donate. https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/websc ... 1ab7e9fe63

The Best D.C. Music of 2013
Dec. 23, 2013
The Washington City Paper's overview of the 2013 DC music scene.
http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blog ... c-of-2013/

The Jazzies: D.C.’s Best Jazz in 2013
Dec. 26, 2013
By Michael J. West
"It's been a year of up-and-down swoops for D.C. jazz. But even in its tough spots, our local scene finds occasion to show its best sides."
http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blog ... z-in-2013/

Video Views

Frank Turner
"Untitled Tribute for Josh Burdette"
http://dcist.com/2013/12/video_frank_tu ... _new_t.php

According to this dcist article by Matt Cohen, "...Frank Turner has written this beautiful, heartbreaking song for the 9:30 Club's Josh Burdette, who died of an apparent suicide back in September."


American Music Abroad
Deadline for applications is January 6, 2014.

American Music Abroad (AMA), a cultural exchange program that uses music as a means to engage audiences worldwide, has opened the application round for the 2014-15 season. Bands and ensembles are encouraged to apply at americanvoices.org/ama/apply/application. AMA is a partnership between American Voices and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Ensembles from any characteristically American musical genres are welcome to apply, including, but not limited to: Blues, Bluegrass, Cajun, Country, Folk, Latin, Native American, Gospel, Hip Hop/Urban, Indie Rock, Jazz, Punk, R&B and Zydeco. Ensembles will be selected for artistic quality, a strong education and interactive component, and a dedication to cultural engagement.


Music For Life, an after school music program that provides instruments and lessons for at-risk youth, is offering three different Alternative Gifts for the holidays. A gift of $15 provides an electronic tuner and new strings for a graduating student. $35 provides an acoustic guitar or Djembe drum for a new student. $50 equips a new student with a guitar, gig bag, strap, picks and music book. Please go to www.gngnca.org for details. Or email skip.chaples@gngnca.org.

Selected Events

The DC Blues Society Annual New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance
December 31, 2013
7:00 pm – 12:30 am
at the American Legion Post 268, 11225 Fern Street, Wheaton MD
$35 advance ($30 DCBS members), $40 at the door ($35 DCBS members)
Buy tickets at www.dcblues.org

Performers: The Hardway Connection
The Party includes a traditional Southern style dinner, party favors, champagne toast at midnight and exceptionally reasonable cash bar.

New Releases

00genesis has a single, “Live Ur Fantasy,” reviewed by the Washington City Paper.

WAMA News compiled by Mike Schreibman and Loralyn Coles


News presented in this newsletter is for informational purposes only,
and does not necessarily constitute an endorsement.

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