WAMA News - March 21, 2014

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WAMA News - March 21, 2014

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National & International Music News

Copyright Office Opens Up for Comments Ahead of Overhaul
March 18, 2014
By Ed Christman

"As part of the U.S. Congress' current review of U.S. copyright law, the U.S. copyright office has sent out a notice and a request for public comment in an attempt to evaluate the effectiveness of existing methods of licensing music in the digital age and to evaluate potential revisions.

Comments are due May 16, 2014..."

Streaming Made Up One-Fifth of U.S. Recorded Music Revenue in 2013
March 18, 2014
By Alex Pham

"Streaming music revenue in the U.S. grew 39% in 2013, generating $1.4 billion in revenue and making up more than one-fifth of the recorded music industry's business, up from just 15% in 2012, according to figures released Tuesday by the Recording Industry Association of America."

Rate Court Judge Rules Pandora Will Pay ASCAP
March 14, 2014
By Ed Christman

"In what is being viewed as a defeat for songwriters, the ASCAP/Pandora rate court judge has decided that Pandora will pay the performance rights organization a rate of 1.85% of annual revenue."

RIAA spars with Google (again) over DMCA takedown system
March 17th, 2014
By Stuart Dredge

"You may wish to sit down for this morning’s bombshell: a music industry body thinks Google could do more in response to piracy takedown notices. Let us know if you need any smelling salts to recover from the shock.

Yes, the RIAA and Google are at loggerheads again over the DMCA takedowns system, with both providing evidence to a House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing last week on possible changes to the system."

Has SXSW Sold-Out, Lost Sight of Its Mission?
march 16, 2014
By Chris Talbott

"...As South By Southwest shuttered its 28th year Sunday, participants debated the growing corporate influence on the conference. Critics say SXSW has evolved past its core mission: to help new bands get discovered. Instead, they say, the media focus has shifted to already-established stars..."

IFPI Music Report 2014
March 18, 2014
By Richard Smirke

"Global Recorded Music Revenues Fall 4%, Streaming and Subs Hit $1 Billion"

Local Notes

Maryland songwriter Michelle Lockey won the grand prize in Session II in the folk category in the John Lennon Song Contest. The song that won was written with her Co-writer Paul Otten. Together they are the band TinFeathers. They will go head to head in a voting contest against the Session I winner to continue on to the Lennon awards and to compete on Song of the year. For more on TinFeathers visit www.michellelockey.com/tinfeathers.html

28th Wammie Nominee CD
WAMA and House Studio DC have assembled the 28th Wammie Nomination CD for this years Wammies, which is now available online. Tip of the Burg All receipts go to WAMA.
Video Views

Phil Adé’s remix of Pharrell’s "Happy"

View this review in the Washington City Paper.

Ex Hex
"Hot and Cold"

Features a cameo by Ian Svenonius. See it at this link on the Washington City Paper website.

All-Female Barbershop Quartet From Towson University Sing
"Happy Together"

"Girls Quartet" (GQ), an all-female barbershop quartet from Baltimore, Maryland, sings the medley "Something Tells Me I'm Into Something Good" and "Happy Together". They made their debut at the 2012 Harmony Sweepstakes where they took home first place.

Online Resources

Social Media Secrets for Indie Musicians
March 17, 2014
By Dave Kusek
5 Secrets

"Today, social media is the cornerstone of your music career. It’s what lets you stay in touch with your fans and easily notify them with exciting news. With all the social media guides out there, you’d think no one remembers one of the key behavioral aspects to being human – socializing. I know, it’s hard to find a balance between social and promotional – afterall, you still need to sell your show or record. Here’s 5 secrets to help you find that social media balance."

How to Use House Concerts to Create Career-Sustaining Superfans
March 17, 2014
By Shannon Curtis

"There’s a buzzword I see popping up a lot lately in articles about how to become a career artist: superfans. The idea is that if you have a subset of your fans who will support everything you do – buy every album you release, go to all your shows, buy all your merch – then you can build a sustainable career with the support of these hyper-dedicated fans.

As someone who has made a career as an independent artist, I have found no better way to build a collection of superfans than partnering with existing fans to put on deeply connective concerts in their homes."

15 Very Quick and Simple Things You Can Do to
Help Your Music Career
March 13, 2014
By Sari Delmar
15 Quick

"Quick. Simple. And they make a huge impact. What’s not to love?"


"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

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.

Maryland Summer Jazz Camp

June 7 - Brazilian Jazz Workshop
July 12 - Music Theory Clinic
July 23-25 Three Day Adult Jazz Camp 5

The 2014 faculty: Helen Sung (Piano), Jimmy Haslip (Bass), Kenny Rittenhouse (Trumpet), Jeff Antoniuk (Saxophone), Peter Fraize (Saxophone), Jim McFalls (Trombone), Marty Morrison (Drums), Donato Soviero (Guitar)

Family & Military Discounts. Early Bird Tuition Discount until May 1. Ask about H.S. Scholarships & College Internships. If you have any questions about registration, contact Artistic Director Jeff Antoniuk at 410-295-6691.

2014 DCBU Bluegrass Camp
June 29 - July 4
at McDaniel College, Westminster, MD

With Tony Trischka - Banjo, Dudley and Sally Connell - Singing; Jon Glik - Fiddle, Cathy Fink - Clawhammer Banjo; Marcy Marxer - Guitar, Mark Schatz - Bass, Roland White - Mandolin

Held in cooperation with Common Ground on the Hill


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.

Selected Events

Travis Jackson Memorial Fund Benefit
Thurs. Mar. 20
8 pm
at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St NW, WDC
$10 donation
Travis Jackson

Performers: Thee Lolitas and End Crimes will be bookended by DJs Baby Alcatraz and Mad Squirrel of Party Lights, and Collin Barth of Thee Lolitas

Washington's punk community was rocked by the January death of Travis Jackson, the head of Windian Records and the drummer for the Points. Jackson, who worked in construction, was struck by a car on the Suitland Parkway. He was 34 and left behind a wife and 1-year-old son. A planned Feb. 13 benefit for Jackson’s family at the Black Cat was snowed out, but musicians and DJs are coming together again.

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 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.

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

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

2014 Washington Area Folk Harp Society's Annual Concert
Sat. April 5
7:30 pm
at Knox Presbyterian Church in Falls Church, VA
Tickets at the door: $15, $10 for students & seniors

This year’s theme is The Harp Goes For Baroque, featuring Early Music Specialist, harpist Constance Whiteside, along with the Heatherwood Harp Ensemble with Director Barbra Bailey Bradley, and the Harp Happy! Ensemble. Music from various aspects of the Baroque Period will be spotlighted by the performers. Donna Bowers Bennett and Marci Meredith – the WAFHS Scholarship winners in 2013 - will warm up the audience in the pre-concert concert.

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

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.

New Releases

The Bumper Jacksons have a new album, "Sweet Mama, Sweet Daddy, Come In." They have CD release shows on Mar. 21 at Creative Alliance, Baltimore and on Mar. 30 at 6th & I Historic Synagogue, WDC. www.bumperjacksons.com

Black Masala has released their first studio album, "Black Masala," and it was reviewed in the Washington Post.
Black Masala

The Caribbean have released a new album, "Moon Sickness," which was reviewed in the Washington City Paper. Moon Sickness

Bo Jankans has released a new EP, "Motormouth," produced by J-Scrilla, that was reviewed in the Washington City Paper. Motormouth

Fat Trel has two new tracks, "In My Bag Featuring Wale" and "Or Nahhh." Listen to both at Fat Trel

WAMA News compiled by Mike Schreibman and Loralyn Coles


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