WAMA News - January 4, 2014

The most recent email newsletters.

WAMA News - January 4, 2014

Postby askmike » Tue Jan 07, 2014 12:52 pm

National & International Music News

Ruling in SESAC-Radio Music License Committee Lawsuit
Cuts Both Ways

December 30, 2013
By Ed Christman
http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/n ... ee-lawsuit

"The Radio Music License Committee last week lost a skirmish in its lawsuit against SESAC when the judge hearing the case denied the RLMC's request to impose an injunction stopping the performance right organization from raising its rates while the lawsuit is ongoing. But other aspects of the judge's ruling indicates that the RMLC may be winning the war in the early going."

Outrage at JFK as Customs men smash a musician’s instruments
December 31, 2013
by Norman Lebrecht
http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/ ... lutes.html

"Boujemaa Razgui, a flute virtuoso who lives in New York and works with many US ensembles, was returning to base over the holiday when Customs officials at Kennedy Airport asked to see his instruments. Bourjemaa carries a variety of flutes of varying ethnicity, each made by himself over years for specific types of ancient and modern performance...At JFK, the officials removed and smashed each and every one of his instruments."

'Our Soul Music Is Mariachi Music': Houston's Mexican Mass
January 03, 2014
By John Burnett
http://www.npr.org/2014/01/03/259389094 ... xican-mass

"It's a musical tradition found in Mexican-American enclaves mostly in southwestern U.S. cities. The mariachi Mass brings an ensemble of garishly dressed folk musicians — with their guitars, trumpets and violins — right down to the front of the church, where they play liturgical music as part of the Order of Mass. Some Catholics can't imagine celebrating the Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe on Dec. 12 without a mariachi Mass."

A2IM's Third Annual Libera Awards Announced,
Accepting Nominations

December 27, 2013
http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/n ... ominations

A2IM, the American Association of Independent Music, is now accepting nominations for the 2014 A2IM Libera Awards (The "Libbys"), celebrating the successes of independent artists and labels in the only awards show voted on solely by the independent community...The deadline for submitting nominations is Sunday, February 16th."

Grammy Voter Guide

http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/n ... guide-2014

The list of nominations, behind the scenes look, and various articles.

Local Notes

Monument are playing their last show Sat. 1/4 at The Lab, 1819 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, Va. Also on the bill are Monument side-project Shat Shorts, Foxing (from Missouri), Mike Bell and The Movies (from Pennsylvania), and D.C.'s The Fordists. Starts at 6 p.m.

The 30th Mid-Atlantic Song Contest announces the Winners of the 2013 contest, and there's a lot of local songwriters who've been given awards. View the full list at www.saw.org

Dcist weighs in with their "Best Of 2013: Our Favorite Local Albums Of The Year."
http://dcist.com/2013/12/dcist_staff_li ... _local.php

Homestage DC is a new website "trying to nurture the already-blossoming house-show scene DC...(their) aim is to make great things happen outside the traditional venue spaces, including music, art, film, and salon-style discussion." www.homestage.us

"Robbers hold up State Theatre after New Year's Eve bash."
http://wtop.com/120/3534232/Falls-Churc ... nue-robbed

Video Views

Several Videos hosted on the Washington City Paper
http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blog ... t-is-dope/

Pat Is Dope vs. Danny Brown (interview)
Asheru's "Clay Davis"
Wale's video for The Gifted's "Heaven's Afternoon."

Online Resources

7 Things Every Opening Act Should Do

By Kosah Dillz
http://hypebot.com/hypebot/2013/12/7-th ... ld-do.html

"Dear opening act. Dear support act. Your job is more than just open and support."

Why do musicians always feel disappointed about their career?
January 2, 2014
By Tommy Darker
http://www.musicthinktank.com/blog/why- ... areer.html

"... I quickly came down to 6 main reasons of failure, which you’ll definitely relate with (if you’re a musician)."

How Making ‘Fast Progress’ Might Keep You From Becoming A Great Guitarist
By Tom Hess

"...The majority of guitar players unconsciously ruin their potential for improvement by learning ‘too fast’ in some areas of their playing and ‘too slow’ in other areas. This causes their playing to become unbalanced and they end up losing control of their ability to move forward to become better players."

The Top 7 Guitar Teaching Questions You Shouldn’t Be Asking

By Tom Hess
http://www.musesmuse.com/col-tomhess-7g ... tions.html

"Are you ready to become a more successful guitar teacher but struggle to solve many problems that seem to be holding you back? Truth is, this happens to all guitar teachers. In order to move forward and develop a flouring guitar teaching business you must continually ask the ‘right’ questions that will promote growth and prosperity."

How To Get More Views On YouTube
By Katonah Coster
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2013/12/ ... utube.html

"Not surprisingly, artists and music brands have lately come to view YouTube network as one of the most critical pieces of their digital marketing strategies. Not only is video content one of the most valuable tools available for increasing engagement and building an artist’s brand, but it has also proven capable of breaking new acts (just look at Psy and Justin Bieiber) in the rare event that a video goes viral."

Earning From Your Music Part 2
- Recording Christmas & Holiday Based Songs

December 30, 2013
By Shaun Letang
http://www.musicthinktank.com/blog/earn ... day-b.html

"...these kind of songs bring a consistent and reliable income for many musicians. Both mainstream musicians and independent artists are taking advantage of this, so if you’re not, read on to find out why you really should be."


The Ben Allison Band Master Class
January 11, 2014
4-6 PM
Strathmore Mansion, Education Room 402
Free, but registration required. Please reserve tickets by clicking the link below.
http://www.strathmore.org/eventstickets ... p?id=10198

Come watch as jazz master Ben Allison goes deep bass with local jazz ensembles, demonstrating both composition and improvisation. Learn how the process of music writing can guide the approach to improvisation and personal style.

Common Ground on the Shore
Jan. 18-20, 2014
on the campus of Chincoteague Bay Field Station of the Marine Science Consortium, Wallops Island, VA
Registration closes Jan. 8

A special 3-day with workshops in banjo, guitar, fiddle, bodhran, singing, and photography; old-time and Celtic sessions in old-time; Big Song Swap; evening concerts; exploring the Island, and more. Personalized instruction; intimate class-size; opportunities to jam and converse with your instructors.

Jazz Vocal Intensive: Scat Singing 201
Presented by Strathmore
Sat. Jan. 25, 2014
10 am - 3 pm
at the Mansion
$75/$67.50 Stars
Register at http://www.strathmore.org/eventstickets ... p?id=10204

This more-advanced course in scat develops the ear, increases jazz vocabulary, and introduces the scales used in improvisation. Instructor Connaitre Miller shows how to apply scatting in a typical jazz set and how to adapt it for different jazz styles.

So You Think You Can’t Sing: Harmony Edition

Presented by Strathmore
Mon. Jan. 27, 2014
7:30 -9:30 pm
at the Mansion
$140/$126 Stars
Register at
http://www.strathmore.org/eventstickets ... p?id=10207

Singing in harmony isn’t as hard as you think, as these enjoyable, skill-building sessions will show you. Choral instructor John Horman shows you how to identify and build harmony with other singers, creating a full-bodied sound and a marvelous sense of accomplishment.


Tom Tom Founders Festival

Deadline for submissions: Jun. 10, 2014

On 12/30, they extended the deadline for submissions by two weeks in an effort to get more DC and Virginia bands on the roster. It's four free days of music, art, and innovation in Charlottesville, VA. Last year they had 390 musicians and over 70 concerts in 30+ venues. They plan to do that again this April 10 - 13. Application at tomtomfest.com/playTTFF

Selected Events

Millennium Stage in January


Free performances daily at 6 p.m.

Luce Unplugged

Sun. Jan. 5
talk at 1:30 pm, music at 2 pm
at Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, The Smithsonian American Art Museum
http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/even ... 253D665302

The Smithsonian American Art Museum's local concert series starts the new year with Alison Carney performing.

New Releases

Oddisee has a new single, "Invisible Walls." Listen on the Washington City Paper website.
http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blog ... t-is-dope/

Yung Gleesh
released his new 16-track mixtape, "Your Favorite Rapper's Favorite Rapper." Also mentioned on the Washington City Paper's website.
http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blog ... t-is-dope/

Upcoming WAMA Events

28th Wammies Award Ceremony
Sun. February 16, 2014
at the State Theatre, Falls Church, VA
Save the date!

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.
Site Admin
Posts: 420
Joined: Thu Jun 19, 2003 9:11 pm
Location: Washington DC

Return to WAMA Mini News

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest