WAMA News - March 13, 2014

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WAMA News - March 13, 2014

Postby askmike » Sat Apr 26, 2014 4:12 pm

28th Wammies Photos

Here's a link to the Wammies photos taken by Linda Parker.

National & International Music News

Carlos Vives, Espinoza Paz, Roberto Tapia Top Honorees
at BMI Latin Music Awards
March 12, 2014
By Leila Cobo
BMI Latin

"Espinoza Paz and Roberto Tapia, two regional Mexican stars who have also emerged as critically acclaimed and commercially successful composers, were the top winners at BMI’s 21st annual Latin Music Awards, taking home BMI Latin Songwriter of the Year and BMI Latin Song of the Year awards, respectively."

Kevin Arnold Launches OpenAura Image Distribution Company
for Artists
February 26, 2014
By Alex Pham
Image Distr.

"... OpenAura, a San Francisco company that wants artists to make money from their digital identity by distributing official photos, artwork and other visual content to a growing array of music services, apps and music-related websites."

David Byrne, Marc Ribot, Chris Ruen Lead Rally
For Radio to Pay Performance Royalties
February 26, 2014
By William Gruger

"...The crux of the issue: The United States is one of only several countries (including “Iran and North Korea”) where artists don’t receive a performance royalty when their song is played on terrestrial radio. While songwriters receive airplay royalties, musicians who perform on a song and artists who popularize a song originally written by somebody else...have never been compensated in the U.S."

New Legislation Seeks to Modernize Copyright Act to Benefit Songwriters
February 25, 2014
By Ed Christman
Modernize Copyright

"A member of Congress has introduced legislation this morning aimed at ensuring that the Copyright Royalty Board also consider fair market value when setting songwriter mechanical royalty rates for digital services. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), a member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, carrying the name the Songwriter Equity Act."

Ross On Radio: An R&B Comeback, Almost
February 26, 2014
By Sean Ross

Sobczuk wrote, "There was a real R&B drought on top 40 for the better part of 2013, which doesn't make any sense after the big successes of 'Blurred Lines' and 'Get Lucky.'" After the worst stretch for R&B since the early '80s, he felt, "things really seem to be turning around with the breakout successes of Jason Derulo's 'Talk Dirty,' Pharrell Williams' 'Happy,' Kid Ink's 'Show Me' and Aloe Blacc's 'The Man.'"

Songcoin Wants to Be Music’s Alternative Currency
February 26, 2014
By Eliot Van Buskirk

"The music business is about to get its own alternative currency, called Songcoin.

The alternative currency phenomenon is real, as weird as that might feel to those of us who would never consider shelling out cash for points to buy special pixels for that Farmville game we never really got around to playing. Bitcoin, despite the issues mentioned below, shows that alternative currencies can become quite real to certain people, which can then make them real enough in general, causing them to take on a value of their own outside the traditional financial system."

De La Soul Gives Away Catalog, Highlights Challenges of Sample Licensing
February 17, 2014
De La Soul

"...this giveaway comes with a complicated backstory, one marked by deep frustration with the state of sample clearances. In particular, De La Soul are emblematic of challenges facing artists in an environment of corporate mergers and major label ownership."

Gamble and Huff to Be Honored at Songwriters Hall
February 25, 2014

"Writing duo Gamble and Huff will receive the Johnny Mercer award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony. The organization announced Tuesday that Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff will be honored with the top prize June 12 in New York City. Elton John and Bernie Taupin earned the honor last year."

'Music Was Our Food': Alice Herz-Sommer,
Oldest-Known Holocaust Survivor, Dies
February 24, 2014

"...Herz-Sommer, her husband and her son were sent from Prague in 1943 to a concentration camp in the Czech city of Terezin - Theresienstadt in German - where inmates were allowed to stage concerts in which she frequently starred..."These concerts, the people are sitting there, old people, desolated and ill, and they came to the concerts and this music was for them our food. Music was our food. Through making music we were kept alive," she once recalled."

City of Seattle creates priority parking for musicians
Mar. 10
By Josh Kerns
Hip Parking

"It's tough enough making a go of it as a musician in Seattle, but the city of Seattle is taking new steps to at least make it easier to get to their gear in and out of their gigs with the launch of a new musicians priority parking program. Five popular venues around the city are taking part in the pilot program. The city is modifying nearby load and unload zones with branded signs reading 'Priority Musicians Loading & Unloading'. "

Local Notes

D.C. rapper SmCity used to curate the Indie Life concert series at U Street Music Hall, which allowed local rappers to open for nationally established MCs. These days, he and Allia (formerly known as Harmony Muzik) curate yearly Indie Life showcases at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

Green Tea is now Greenteasoul.

Focus Music in Rockville has a new home, Ted's 355 Diner, 895 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD.

Photos taken by Linda Parker
Photography from "The Beatles: Love Songs Tribute" at the Hamilton on Valentines Day, 2014.

Video Views

Game of Thrones Mixtape Promo

HBO hired a bunch of rappers, hip-hop aritsts, and Latin-music artists to create songs about (Game of Thrones) for a mixtape, the Wall Street Journal reports. The mixtape, Catch the Throne, drops Friday and features, among other artists, D.C.'s own Wale.

Online Resources

How Understanding Publishing Can Help
Independent Artists Make Money
March 10, 2014
By Larry Mills

"...Lots of people in this business don’t understand it. Friends of mine at labels and management companies don’t understand it, independent artists don’t understand it and as more music consumption services come online, it is becoming more valuable to get the whole picture... I do want to take this opportunity to dive a little deeper into the way publishing works on YouTube..."

Cyber PR’s 2014 SXSW Survival Guide
March 10, 2014
By Ariel Hyatt
SXSW Guide

"...some tips on how to successfully navigate through the most overwhelming music conference of them all."

4 Amazing Mobile Apps for Musicians and Composers
March 4, 2014
By Mackenzie Carlin
4 Apps

"...A 2013 survey from “Artist Revenue Streams” indicates that nearly half of today’s musicians feel comfortable with the idea of producing or recording music through internet sites and mobile apps, while an even greater share of artists are willing to promote their work and connect with fans in such a technologically savvy manner. The secret, of course, is finding an application that will streamline the process without negatively impacting the quality of your work."

Why no one is seeing your Facebook posts
February 27, 2014
By Brad
Your Posts

"Ever feel like the posts you make from your band’s page on Facebook get largely ignored? Yeah, me too. And while I’m sure that’s partly true (for me, at least), the real reason is that most of your fans aren’t even getting the chance to ignore your posts, because they never see them in the first place."

Seven Ways to Get a Little Bit Closer to Your Fans
February 26, 2014
By James Hill
Get Closer

"This isn’t new information: People will like you if you make them feel special. INTIMACY, therefore, is one of the key ingredients in creating loyal followers and Superfans. How do you do this if you can’t give each one a gift or a hug?"


Michael Peter Smith Songwriter's Workshop
Weds. Mar. 19
1-4 pm
at a private residence in Reston, VA
To register:

Michael will lecture and demo using his own songs as examples. This will not be a workshop to discuss or demo the work of others. Instruments are not required. However, he is willing to work individually in one hour sessions on request. Coffee, tea and Water will be offered with light snacks.

Business, Beats & Inspiration: Tourology 101
Presented by The Recording Academy Washington DC Chapter
Sat. Mar. 29
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
at The Atlas, 1333 H St. NE, WDC
$10 members, $50 non-members

Bringing together some of the industry’s leading voices on topics of touring including venues and booking, building momentum to sustain multiple dates, engaging fans, roles of managers and agents, and legal issues. This event will present essential information for every live performance artist, looking to spend more time on the road, and for every manager and publicist working to keep them there.

Jazz Piano 101 & 102
with Fred Hughes
Sun. Mar. 30
Noon - 2:30 pm Jazz Piano 101
3 - 5:30 pm Jazz Piano 102
at 49 West, Annapolis, MD
For details and registration see www.indepthjazz.com or call 410-295-6691

Jazz and classical musician and educator Fred Hughes leads a practical workshop on jazz piano. There will be two class sections that serve beginners and intermediates. Join us if you're a singer wanting to accompany yourself or an instrumentalist who wants to improve. Understand jazz harmony and learn to perform and memorize the chords a jazz pianist must know. You'll be playing chords, bass lines and melodies on the piano in no time.

Open Mic: A Conversation with David Bromberg
Mon. Mar. 31
noon - 1 pm
at Whittall pavilion, Ground Fl, Thomas Jefferson Building, LOC American Folklife Center, WDC

David Bromberg, the renowned multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, violin authority, and storyteller, launches the American Folklife Center’s new interview series, "Open Mic: Conversations About Tradition and Inspiration." Bromberg’s genre-defying performance style and eclectic repertoire make him a great example of an outstanding artist who draws upon both tradition and personal creativity to captivate contemporary audiences. His second and equally successful career as a luthier (violin maker) and musical instrument expert will also be an important part of the conversation.

"Gillacamp" Guitar Workshops with Richard Gilewitz
Sat. April 5
noon - 3 pm
at HMT, 7010 Westmoreland Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912
$30 per session or $75 for all 3
Contact HMT to register at workshops@hmtrad.com or 301-270-9090

Session 1 (12:00 noon-12:50 pm) - Basics of Fingerpicking and a 12-Bar Blues
Session 2 (1:00-1:50 pm) - Simple Tunes for Beginners and Beyond
Session 3 (2:00-2:50 pm) -- Exploration of Open C Tuning with Two Tunes

"The Heart of the Song"
Songwriting Workshop with Tret Fure
Sun. Mar. 23
2 - 5 pm
in Lanham, MD
$45, 10 person max.
To register, email Julie at jumccullough@verizon.net

We will explore the heart of the song and the song of your heart by working collaboratively and individually. Drawing from the right side of your brain, we will explore creativity, doing a series of writing exercises that are fun, inventive and spirited. You don't need to be a musician to take this class. Bring a writing journal, a rhyming dictionary (if you have one), and your instrument.


2nd Takoma Porch
Sat. May 17

Showcasing forty music acts on twenty porches (give or take a few). Write Mary Ann Ryan at takomaporch@gmail.com with your interest in performing or hosting.

2014 National Anthem Auditions

Perform the National Anthem at a 2014 Nationals game. You may now submit demos through the following process:

•Email an mp3 or YouTube link of you performing the National Anthem to Anthem@nationals.com
•Mail a DVD or CD of you performing the National Anthem to:
Nationals Park, c/o Anthem Inquiries, 1500 S. Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003
The first 50 people to submit their resume and a recent photo to Anthem@nationals.com will be invited to audition this Saturday at Nationals Park. Singers should put "2014 Live Anthem Auditions" in the subject line.

The National Anthem is open to all soloists, groups and instrumentalists. All material becomes the property of the Washington Nationals upon arrival. Due to the number of demos received you will only be contacted if you are selected.

PMN Song of the Month

People’s Music Network (PMN), an organization that has been promoting music for progressive social change since 1977, invites songwriters to submit an original song at no cost to a new project that launches May 1, 2014 (May Day) called, “PMN Song of the Month.” PMN designates each month with a theme related to a specific social justice topic where people are fighting for a better world. The topic for May 2014 is the “financial crisis” and the deadline for submissions for May via their website is April 5, 2014. In June, the topic will be “The Environment.” In July, it will be “Prisons.”

The songwriter whose song is selected will be given a modest award of $100 cash. PMN will promote the song by asking partner organizations to publish the selected song on their website, featuring live performances of the song at events, and by encouraging PMN members to learn and sing the song.

1st Annual LEAF Singer-Songwriter Contest
Presented by NewSong
$20 for one song, $35 for two songs, $45 for three songs.
Enter online at www.newsong-music.com/LEAF

The contest has begun accepting online mp3 submissions, and the final deadline to enter is Monday, April 7. Judges will select 7 finalists from the online submissions, who will then be invited to perform in the live performance finals that the Spring LEAF Festival on Saturday, May 10, 2014.

Selected Events

Third Annual Blues Week Reunion
March 14 and 15
For schedule of events, locations & tickets go to acousticblues.com

Events include Welcome Party, Harmonica Workshop with Annie Raines, Barbershop Jam, Concert and Dance with Paul Rishell and Annie Raines, and openers Gina Desimone & Pat Quinn.

4th Annual Washington Women in Jazz Festival
March 15-22
For schedule & locations: www.washingtonwomeninjazz.com

Presenting female jazz talent at various venues in DC.

First Annual DC "Stands For The Troops" Benefit
Sat. Mar. 22
at Lisner Auditorium, WDC
Tickets: $125 VIP, $62, $35

Performing: Bacon Brothers Band (headliners) with Jenny Pacanowski, The Bucky Pizzarelli & Ed Laub Guitar Duo, Buskin & Batteau and Tom Prasada-Rao. And former SNL comic Jim Breuer.

Tickets can be purchased at: Lisner Auditorium Box Office, 730 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20052, PH 202-994-6800 (Tuesday-Friday 2pm-6pm) or at Lisner Online; and at The House of Musical Traditions, 7010 Westmoreland Ave. Takoma Park, Md. 20912, phone 301-270-9090 or at the Institute of Musical Traditions. www.imtfolk.org.

A BandHouse Gigs Tribute to George Harrison
Sun. April 6
5:30 pm
at The Hamilton Live, WDC
For information visit http://bandhousegigs.com
Purchase tickets here: www.ticketfly.com

An all-star lineup performs the music of George Harrison. Since both shows at Wolf Trap are sold out, they added a third show at The Hamilton.

2nd Annual TMOTTGoGo Honors
Mar. 27
7 pm
at the Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW, WDC
Go Go Awards

Honoring funky Ned, Ju-Ju, Sweet Cherie, Donnell floyd, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Jason Lewis. Hosted by GoGo Michelle

Performing: All 4 U, Bootsy Vegas, Divas DC Cream of the Crop, Dynasty, Obsession

New Releases

U.S. Royalty has released a vinyl version of the band's second album, "Blue Sunshine."

His Dream Of Lions just released an EP. www.facebook.com/HisDreamOfLions

Just Another Scene released an album, "A Secret To Share." www.facebook.com/justanotherscene

Reset Rewind has released an EP, "Happy Now?" www.reverbnation.com/ResetRewind

Former DC band, Spottiswoode & His Enemies will release their sixth studio recording, English Dream" on April 15. spottiswoode.com

Final Curtain

Nan Hillman
piano teacher, dies at 80

"Nan Hillman, who gave private piano lessons at her home in Silver Spring since the mid-1970s, died Feb. 27...Mrs. Hillman was a member and monitor with the Washington Music Teachers Association and chaired many of the association’s piano competitions, including the Viola Hartman Piano Performance Awards in Washington and the Tselentis Bach Competition.

In the 1960s, she fought for the desegregation of the old Tivoli Theatre in Frederick, Md., and was involved with a tutoring program for children of migrant workers." from Washington Post Obituary

Jerry "Zeke" Zanders

East Coast radio and music veteran Zeke Zanders who passed away recently. Zeke’s career path included stops at WHUR, Al & The Kidd, Atlantic Records, MCA Records, and more.

Remembering Paul Hawkins, pioneering DC percussionist, bandleader and dancer-City Paper Obit

An excerpt:
" A life-long D.C. resident, Hawkins was involved in the D.C. music scene from the 1950s—when he was winning dance contests at Turner’s Arena—through decades of drumming with Latin dance music and jazz ensembles into this century. In the early 1960s he became the first African-American dance instructor at Arthur Murray Dance Studios. Although Hawkins never released an album as a leader, he played congas on Ramsey Lewis' Ramsey Lewis at the Bohemian Caverns, sat in live locally with Dizzy Gillespie and Tito Puente, and played countless gigs with his own bands. He regularly played for school audiences and in D.C.'s summer in the parks series."

WAMA News compiled by Mike Schreibman and Loralyn Coles


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