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BMI Head Del Bryant to be Presented with Visionary Leadership
Award at Songwriters Hall of Fame
April 28, 2014
By Roy Trakin

"BMI President Del Bryant will become only the second individual honored with the Visionary Leadership Award at the 45th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Dinner, Thursday, June 12 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York."

Music That Burns, Literally
By Robert Krulwich
April 23, 2014
Hot Danish

"Those speakers in your living room, sitting there, like dull hunks of furniture? What if instead of just playing music, they became a pair of fire-spewing dragons? You'd play a tune, and the pulsing sound waves, usually invisible, would become bursts (or absences) of flame."

Pet Sounds: The NPR Music Critter Quiz
Apirl 22, 2014
By Tom Huizenga

"...From tooting tunes on actual animal horns and bones, to musical portraits of creatures large and small, performers and composers of all stripes have included critters in their creations. In this puzzler, you must identify the creature depicted in the music."

Record Store Day Retailers Report Big Spikes, Best-Ever Sales
April 24, 2014
By Ed Christman

"In a week when overall U.S. album sales were down 2.2% over the same week in 2013, the independent record store sector collectively rode the Record Store Day sales bonanza to an 11.2% gain, according to Nielsen SoundScan."

The Blanket 'Problem':
Balancing the Needs of Songwriters with New Forms of Radio
April 21, 2014
By Casey Rae
Custom Stations

"...New forms of broadcasting have emerged that allow listeners to customize “stations” to their individual tastes, facilitating discovery and opening up new revenue streams. The amount of compensation and the way rates are determined, however, have recently sparked intense debate. Congress is currently grappling with these issues, and there’s understandable concern in the artist community over where the evolving situation is heading."

‘Wicked’ Composer Stephen Schwartz Joins Fight Against Sheet Music Piracy
April 22, 2014

"...The award-winning composer of the Broadway smash, "Wicked," wants people to know that it's stealing. "You wouldn't walk into a music store and walk out with a piece of music under your arm. So why would it be acceptable to do it online," Schwartz told the Associated Press Monday at an anti-piracy awareness event hosted by the Dramatists Guild."

Indies Band Together to Challenge Major Distribution Model
April 21, 2014
By Reggie Ugwu
Indie Challenge

"A powerful collective of five independent labels is ratcheting up the tug-of-war between indies and major-label-owned distribution companies with a new agreement that allows its members to keep their digital distribution rights."

Country Hall of Fame Doubles in Size, Readies New Class of Inductees
April 21, 2014
By Chuck Dauphin
Country Hall Expands

"Last week's Grand Opening ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame was celebrated in the fashion that one might expect in Nashville – with a lot of music from some of the city’s heaviest hitters. The Hall, which has been located in its’ downtown location since 2001, commemorated a 210,000-square-foot expansion, which more than doubles its’ size."

Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards to Return to NYC, Co-Hosted by MC Roxanne Shanté
April 21, 2014
Hip Hop Hall

"The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards induction ceremony and concert television show returns to New York for a taping in midtown Manhattan on May 19."

Dylan’s ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ Heads To Auction
Thursday 5/1/14
Dylan's Doodle

"...Sotheby’s is offering a working draft of the finished song in Dylan’s own hand for an estimated $1 million to $2 million...The draft is written in pencil on four sheets of hotel letterhead stationery with revisions, additions, notes and doodles: a hat, a bird, an animal with antlers. The stationery comes from the Roger Smith hotel in Washington, D.C."

Colorado Symphony links up with pot industry
Tues 4/29/14
By Donna Bryson

"Saying it's bring your own weed, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra will play a series of fundraising concerts sponsored by the state's burgeoning pot industry. Symphony CEO Jerome Kern told The Associated Press that the move was part of efforts to reach a broader audience."

Why the music industry is trying—and failing—to crush Pandora
April 21, 2014
By John McDuling

"...Before we go any further, a quick explanation of how the mind-bendingly complex world of music royalties actually work is required."

Tom Petty on ASCAP Honor, Songwriting, Jimmy Fallon Send-Up
April 21, 2014
Petty Honor

"Forty years of practice has made songwriting harder, not easier, for Tom Petty."

New York 'Seeger Fest' to Honor Pete Seeger
April 30, 2014
Seeger Fest

"Seeger's grandson Kitama Cahill-Jackson said Wednesday the free Seeger Fest will run July 17-21 and will celebrate the lives of the famous singer and his late wife, Toshi Seeger."

Elton John Sets Up Frankie Knuckles Charity Fund
Apr 21, 2014
By Lisa White
Elton John

"After the tragic and sudden death of House music pioneer Frankie Knuckles last month, the Elton John AIDS Foundation announced they are creating the Frankie Knuckles Fund to help charities working with men at high risk of HIV in Africa, as well as African communities in the U.K. and the U.S."

South Korea Shipwreck:
Entertainment Industry Halts Amid Rescue Efforts
April 17,2014
By Lee Hyo-won

"Festivals, album releases and liquor commercials are called off as 278 people go missing at sea."

The eight tribes of vinyl collector
18 April 2014
By Jim Connolly
Vinyl Tribes

"Music lovers and vinyl enthusiasts are gathering for the UK's seventh annual Record Store Day on Saturday. Despite many predictions of the demise of vinyl, it has never looked like disappearing. But who's still buying? Here are eight groups that are still shopping for vinyl."

Steel guitar makes Hawaii think twice on ukulele
Monday 4/28/14
By Sam Eifling
No Ukes

"Sorry, ukulele. Hawaii won't spurn the steel guitar to sound its love for you. Bills in the state Legislature that would've declared the friendly little guitar the official instrument of Hawaii both died near the end of the legislative session. The measures easily passed the Senate and House earlier this year, but with differences that meant more debate. That's when steel guitar players stepped in, setting up a showdown between the state icons."

Jazz Fest Builds On Its Roots After Humble Start
April 24, 2014
Fest Roots

"Jazz clarinetist Orange Kellin remembers playing the first New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 1970, when small crowds turned out to see a handful of performances."

Live Nation, Yahoo Announce Daily Live Stream Concert Partnership
April 28, 2014
By Andrew Hampp
Live Stream

"Live Nation and Yahoo will live-stream 365 concerts over a 12-month period set to begin later this summer, the two companies announced Monday (April 28) during Yahoo’s “Newfront” presentation to advertisers at New York’s Lincoln Center. The program seeks to answer a question that Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino has wrestled with when live-streaming the company’s 60,000 concerts a year – 'how can we do this at scale, and efficiently'?"

No RESPECT: Pandora Stops Paying Aretha Franklin
And Other Artists Royalties While CEO Rakes in 29 Million Dollars
April 30, 2014 http://thetrichordist.com/2014/04/30/no ... n-dollars/

"...The latest legal gimmick from Pandora relies on the fact that sound reordings made before 1972 are covered by a patchwork of state law and not federal law. Pandora’s highly questionable interpretation is that it doesn’t have to pay royalties to performers like Aretha Franklin on these songs."

Spotify's Top 10 Most Viral & Streamed Tracks
April 22, 2014
Top Tunes

"The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday April 14, to Sunday April 20, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify."

Local Notes

Tom Carrico is now Talent Buyer at Bethesda Blues and Jazz

Tamara Wellons is doing Pop-up performances, six hours of continuous half hour performances throughout local beauty, health care and barber shops on Sat. May. 3. This pop-up performance series, Beauty Built on Love, is meant to spread the concepts of “embracing love, celebrating each other, and being confident in who you are." Find out more at www.tamarawellonsmusic.com/

Strathmore will be managing and booking concerts at a new music venue, AMP, in North Bethesda, MD. New Venue

The 21st Century Consort’s collaboration with the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum is the subject of a Washington Post article.

The National Zoo teamed up with a rock band to release Disappearing Tiger record. "The song was lathe-cut onto 400 custom polycarbonate records designed to degrade after a certain amount of plays. With no other copies in existence, the 400 participants are tasked with digitizing and sharing the song through their social channels with the hashtag #EndangeredSong." also Sumatran Tiger

Record Store Day Washington, D.C.: Smash!, Crooked Beat, Red Onion Billboard article Record Store

Washington Ghosts: Former Record Stores of Dupont Circle Record Store Ghosts

Film & Video Views

Kris Bowers
"The History Of Jazz Piano"

"YouTube and videos which condense an entire canon into minutes have seemed made for each other. Except here it's not just some dude who can shake it, but pianist Kris Bowers, a Thelonious Monk Competition winner and highly sought-after young gun. Here, alongside YouTube history veterans CDZA, he provides an overview of jazz piano styles from the late 1800s to the present day."

"Why Speed Matters:
Getting the Band Back Together"

"...Musicians will tell you that the lag on the so-called digital superhighway makes band practice over the Web seem more like sitting on the Santa Monica Freeway in rush hour...Here's how one old-school rock group, Patriarch, made it work using new school optical fiber."

Earth, Wind and Fire's Philip Bailey
"Current Music Business"

"Earth, Wind and Fire's Philip Bailey talks to Bloomberg about the current state of the music business from an artist's perspective."

Online Resources

5 Things They Don't Tell You About Being A Booking Agent
April 24, 2014
By Dylan Lott
5 Things

"You can read all the articles you want (even from us), and talk to every agent under the sun, but you will not really understand what it is like to be a booking agent until you actually do it."

How To Get Gigs That Make You Money!
April 23, 2014
By Shaun Letang
Show Me

"...not all gigs have the same earning potential as each other. Some gig types have a few revenue sources you can tap into, while others tend to be hard to make money from. So today I’ll give examples of which gigs you should and shouldn’t get booked for if your main aim is to make money from them."

Artist Development: Musicians Are Now in Control
April 28, 2014
By Steve Rennie

"...The truth is while major labels and their scouts are scouring the Web looking for signs of life, the truly committed indie artists are scouring the Web looking for ways to do the dirty, but important, work of artist development on their own. And the good news is that there is a growing number of sites and tools to help with booking tours, making music, and making videos. Here are a few of the good ones I would be looking at, if I were them."

5 Money Management Tips for Indie Musicians
April 29, 2014
By Dave Kusek
5 Tips

"There are many articles out there telling indie musicians about all the cool ways they can make money in today’s music industry. However, all that money that you could potentially make probably won’t equate to very much if you don’t have an understanding of personal finance and budgeting. Without a sense of finance you could see your hard-earned cash going down the drain as a result of impulse buys, unstructured saving, and over-spending for your projects and tours."


Joe Newberry Clawhammer Banjo Workshop
Sat. May 3
10:00 am
in Springfield, VA
Phone: 571-201-4711, Email: littlelizajane@cox.net
Tickets: $60

Workshop tuition includes house concert, RSVP to Lisa to register and for location


Lomax Fellowship Deadline Extended to May 15

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress invites qualified scholars to apply for a post-doctoral fellowship for advanced research based on the Alan Lomax Collection. The Lomax Collection is a major collection of ethnographic field audio recordings, motion pictures, photographs, manuscripts, correspondence and other materials from the United States, England, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and the Caribbean. Lomax (1915-2002) was one of the greatest documenters of traditional culture during the twentieth century.

The North East Regional Folk Alliance Showcases
Formal Showcase Deadline: May 27th 11:59pm
Quad Showcase Deadline: June 25 11:59pm

NERFA is now accepting applications for both it's formal and quad showcase opportunities. Showcases are held on Friday and Saturday night of the conference with 7 Formal slots and 20 Quad slots per night. The conference dates are Thursday Nov.13th through Sunday Nov. 16th, 2014 at the Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonkson NY. Apply directly though www.NERFA.org.

Call for Submissions for an Anthology Celebrating the Life and Work of Bill Morrissey

This book will be edited by Bill-friends and New England writers Bruce Pratt and Suzanne Strempek Shea.

Singer, songwriter, novelist, outdoorsman, raconteur, family member, friend - Bill Morrissey was many things to the many people he touchedin his life. They'd like to know just who he was to you. Submit your essay to be considered for a proposed anthology that will illustrate the innumerable sides of a man who left us far too soon, and left us with so much. Whether you know him from high school, or the high stool, whether you are a friend who shared a stage with him or a fan who shared his love of small towns on the river, tell us your Bill story. Nonfiction submissions of up to 5,000 words (no minimum) should be sent in Word format by August 1 to bp.manuscripts (at) gmail dot.com. Include a cover letter with full contact information and a brief description of your connection to Bill. Contract will follow acceptance.


I'm a professional singer in need of a pianist who know an can play his own arrangements of pops standards like "Funny Valentine," "Where or When," etc for me to sing with. Must have excellent transposition skills. Pls email me at drlauramann2@gmail.com
Many thanks! Laura Mann
Selected Events

Funk Parade Block Party
Fri. May 2
4 - 9 pm
at the African American Civil War Museum, 1925 Vermont Ave NW, WDC
Free, but a suggested $10 donation includes one beer

Performers: Black Masala, Sir Joe Quarterman, Jahsonic (DJ Set)

The event will serve as the official kick-off to DC's Funk Parade the following day and night, and benefit both the African American Civil War Museum and ONE DC. Features talks from local historians and storytellers; the screening of the trailer for the upcoming documentary "Black Broadway on U," which tells the story of the neighborhood from 1910 to the 1950s; and a display of art on the One Love Massive's One Love Bus.

The D.C. Funk Parade
Sat. May 3
on U Street, WDC

"From noon to 5 p.m., the stretch of U Street between Ninth and 16th streets NW will become a hive of activity with rappers, jazz ensembles, percussion bands, DJs, a P-Funk guitar jam, dance performances, lion and dragon dancers, graffiti artists and a special family area. The parade itself starts at 5 p.m. at Vermont and U...Participants include the Ballou Marching Band, dragon dancers and the Afro-Brazilian Batala percussion band..Finally, there are free concerts and events happening at clubs all over U Street on Saturday night. Among the highlights: Legendary go-go band E.U. will have crowds doin' "Da Butt" at U Street Music Hall, where they'll be joined by local reggae favorites Nappy Riddem, and head to DC9 for the dynamic combination of local Afrobeat band Elikeh and Black Masala's brassy gypsy funk."

Civil War Songs & Letters
Sat. May 3
8 pm
at The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St, Alexandria, VA
$10 at the door & in advance

Dead Men's Hollow plays songs of the Civil War; actors from Guillotine Theatre read letters and diary entries from soldiers and civilians from both sides of America's epic conflict. Writers include Generals Pickett, Forrest and Lee, a black soldier to his enslaved daughters, and Alexandrians Isabel Emerson and Anne S. Frobel.

May Revels
Sun. May 4
noon - 5 pm
at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD

Four continuous stages of traditional music and dance, festive processions, children’s crafts and games, mummers plays, sing-alongs, and even a May Pole Dance. Ring in spring with Washington Revels as they present May Revels, a free family festival.

Blue Note at 75
May 4 - May 11
at the Kennedy Center, WDC
For a complete schedule, go to www.kennedy-center.org/bluenote

The Kennedy Center and several other Washington venues will launch an ambitious celebration of all things Blue Note, including films, lectures, a Library of Congress panel discussion, a photography exhibition and no fewer than 10 concerts. Washington Post article

New Releases

Owen Danoff has released his debut album, "Twelve Stories," and has a CD Release concert at Jammin' Java on Sun. May 4. www.owendanoff.com

Lynn Hollyfield has a new CD, "In the Balance," with guests Marcy Marxer, Brian Simms, Steve Wolf, Carey Creed, Grace Griffith & Mary Gordon Hall, Kristen Jones, Dave Abe and Jimmy Brink. Produced by Marco Delmar of Recording Arts. www.lynnhollyfield.com

Future Islands has a new album, "singles," a review on dcist, and a sold out show at the 9:30 Club. They also had a spot on Letterman. future_islands

MARS 4-TET has released their freshman CD, "The Blind Watchmaker," on Summit Records. They have a CD release concert on Tues. May 6 at Blues Alley, WDC. www.mars4tet.com

WAMA News compiled by Mike Schreibman and Loralyn Coles


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