WAMA News - May 9, 3014

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WAMA News - May 9, 3014

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National & International Music News

Two New Breakthroughs Aim at Easy Music Publishing Solutions
May 01, 2014
By Roy Trakin

"...Technology is once again helping the music industry eliminate the middle man, with new online ways to facilitate game/app music licensing and the solution of termination/reversion issues."

'Lost' Mendelssohn song re-discovered
6 May 2014

"A song written by German composer Mendelssohn has had its first public hearing since it went missing 140 years ago. Mendelssohn wrote the privately commissioned piece, titled The Heart of Man is Like a Mine, in 1842."

Thetford Forest wildlife 'performs' Living Symphonies' premier
5 May 2014
By Martin Barber
Natural Symphonies

"...Living Symphonies is the culmination of a two-year project by composers Daniel Jones and James Bulley that aims to reach "thousands of people who might never otherwise be involved in the arts" by turning four forests across England into natural orchestras...Each of the 80 or so species detailed in the survey have been given a unique set of "musical motifs" which portrays their characteristics and behaviours over a 24-hour period.

The motifs, featuring more than 120 instruments, are then "plugged in" to the 3D survey of the forest and "played" by it responding in real-time to the time of day and the weather."

'Ultra LP' Version Of Jack White's New Album Has Some Crazy Surprises
May 06, 2014
By Robin Hilton

"...three playback speeds, a floating hologram, tracks hidden under the labels and plenty more technological tweaks to the 70-year old format."

Latin Recording Academy Launches Latin Grammy
Cultural Foundation
May 08, 2014
By Justino Aguila
Latin Culture

"...The Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation will bring more awareness and appreciation to contributions within Latin music and its creators through scholarships, fellowships, grants and educational programs."

Charlotte’s Reflection Sound Closes, Early R.E.M. Recording Studio
May 07, 2014
By Paul Bonanos
Studio Closing

"The past decade has been difficult for many recording studios, as they’ve struggled to compete against do-it-yourself home production amid broader changes in the music business. The latest studio to give up the ghost appears to be Reflection Sound in Charlotte, NC, where R.E.M. recorded in its early days and legends such as Whitney Houston and Robert Plant took the mic."

Beatles Rickenbacker guitar coming to auction

"A guitar owned by George Harrison is heading to auction along with other Beatles and rock memorabilia. The Julien's Auctions sale is May 17 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan. The 1962 Rickenbacker 425 is estimated to bring up to $600,000."

When Lyrics Get Posted Online, Who Gets Paid?
May 09, 2014
By Zoe Chace

"...David Lowery, frontman and songwriter for Cracker and Camper van Beethoven, is waging war on the sites he believes make money off song lyrics but don't pay the songwriter...The National Music Publishers Association seized upon this list, and announced that it would be sending take-down notices to every single name."

Michael Jackson’s Xscape: Albums from beyond the grave
9 May 2014
By Greg Kot

"Michael Jackson’s Xscape is the latest in a long line of posthumous pop releases – but often these are just shoddy cash-in campaigns..."


Local Notes

Happy Birthday to Trouble Funk's Big Tony at the 9:30 Club with The Foo Fighters. WTOP Review and Washington Post article

Jason Moran will become the Kennedy Center's artistic director for Jazz.

Ian Svenonius was interviewed about his career by the Washington Post, including news about his current band, Chain & the Gang. Ian

>From the WAMA Office

2014 Registery Opens

Register Artists and/or Product for consideration by the WAMA membership for the 29th Annual Wammies to be held In February 2015 Click here.


Film & Video Views

Wye Oak

A single from their new album, "Shriek," it's a dcist song of the day.

Brendan Biondi
"Song My Dog Wrote"

Brendan and his girlfriend "volunteered to train a Hero Dog, which would eventually be paired with a disabled or injured vet." Out of that came this song, which "is available on iTunes and proceeds help injured and disabled veterans."


A five-year-old girl from Alexandria, Va. who was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2013 starred in her own music video, thanks to the Make-A-Wish foundation and many volunteers.

Punk the Capital

"...a new film in the works that chronicles D.C.'s punk scene, is hoping to screen sometime in 2015...promises to focus on the oft-overlooked early period between 1976 and 1985, with bands like The Slickee Boys, Urban Verbs, and Teen Idles...D.C. scene expat Dave Grohl is supposedly making his own documentary on legendary recording studio Inner Ear and the D.C. punk scene for HBO. More: 'Punk the Capital' relives D.C. punk, hardcore days

Mary Ramos
"How to Get Attention of Music supervisors"

"...In this conversation, recorded at Sync Summit Paris 2014, Mary shares specifics about working in the sync licensing industry these days and provides practical advice on getting noticed by music supervisors."


Online Resources

10 Things You Need to Know About Placing Music on TV and in Films
April 25, 2014
By Jason Blume
10 Things

"... movies and TV shows need songs in all of these genres—and more, as well as music that sounds as if it’s from various decades. It’s hard to think of any style that isn’t used in television shows and films—and if the music is right, it doesn’t matter how old you are, where you live, or what you look like."

Bands: How to Properly Use a Landing Page on Your Website
May 6, 2014
By Dave Cool

"...add an intro or “splash” page to your website. When used properly as a landing page for your visitors, they can be an effective marketing tool for your music. However, intro pages can easily be misused, which can hurt your site traffic, fan engagement, and your sales."

5 Steps to an Amazing Band Website
May 5, 2014
By Dave Kusek
5 Steps

"By now I’m sure you understand the importance of having a website for your music. However, a sloppy, hastily thrown together website may actually be hurting your brand more than not having one at all. I’m sure you’ve all visited a website that was unorganized, out of date, or unprofessional looking and clicked off without even giving the content a chance. You don’t want that happening to your website!"

Create An Album Preview Video Using YouTube Annotations
By Ben Markowitz

"So you’ve got a new album coming out and you want to give fans a taste of what to expect. Try creating an album preview video and uploading it to your YouTube channel! We’ll walk you through how to set this up."

Got A New Band? You'll Need An Internal Band Contract
By Wallace E. J. Collins III, Esq.

"Over the years there have been many lawsuits between and among the members of various musical bands. These lawsuits have concerned everything from disputes over the distribution of money to the right of departing members to use (or not to use) the band name in connection with ongoing endeavors. In most cases, it would have been better to be safe than sorry, and get the understandings of the band members in writing when everyone was in agreement just so all the parties remember what they agreed to at the start."

Selling Yourself: The Art of the Killer Bio (Part II)
April 25, 2014
By Rebecca Apostoli
Bio 2

"...Language is a tool, like any other, and one that you can use to convince potential supporters of your value. If you can tell your story in a way that engages and triggers the emotional centers of the brain, you are much more likely to get a “yes” when it comes to critical career-building opportunities."

Promotion & Publicity
(from Coalition Music’s Artist Entrepreneur Program)
April 25, 2014

"Getting your band noticed can seem like a daunting if not impossible task. Promoting your art and getting publicity are things you know you should be doing but it can be hard to know where to start. Fortunately, we’ve broken it down for you into four distinct sections: Image, Radio, Publicists and the One Sheet."

Does radio play still matter?
(Seven industry insiders weigh in)
April 17, 2013
By Chris Robley

"For decades, radio ruled the music world...Fast-forward umteen years and the standard model for getting your music played on commercial radio isn’t all that different. What HAS changed is our listening habits."

How to work with stage fright, not fight against it
April 30, 2014
By Emma Back

"...Being frightened onstage is completely natural. Next to intimacy with another, the stage is the most vulnerable place to be... especially when we are performing our original music. When we resist our fear, it grows stronger. When we try to work on it, get over it, it grows stronger. But, when we learn to work with our fear, we can have the freedom we long for and feel confident, powerful and connected every time we are onstage."

Make your shows shine with these simple EQ tricks
May 7, 2014
By Alex Andrews

"... As a musician, you’re going to see some form of EQ on virtually every soundboard and amp you play through. This is fantastic, because if you spend a bit of time developing your EQ skills, you’ll suddenly be able to bring a lot more control to your sound—no matter what venue you’re playing in."

How to use bonus tracks to sell more albums
May 5, 2014
By Chris Robley

"Why you should release two versions of your album, one for streaming and one for purchase"

80 Things Every Music Fan Can Agree On
May 8, 2014
By Andy Langer
80 Things

"...Reports on the death of music are greatly exaggerated. Music will always be more than sales figures. Spreadsheets don't reflect the music that lives on subway platforms. Or music that's played at a second line jazz funeral in New Orleans. Also not quantifiable: the song you never want to hear again because it reminds you of her. A chart will never reflect that moment when a four-year-old asks his father from the backseat to play "Yellow Submarine" again. And music is most certainly, unequivocally, more substantial than ones and zeroes, even if that's how it's delivered to us these days."



Beatles Chord Solos for Ukulele with Stuart Fuchs
Sat. May 10
noon - 2 pm
at Seeker's Church: 276 Carroll St. NW Washington DC
register at workshops@hmtrad.com or 301-270-9090

In this workshop, Stuart "Stukulele" Fuchs will share his own easy arrangements of Beatles songs set to Chord Melody style. The beauty of Stuart's arrangements are that they can be played by Ukulele beginners, and at the same time offer challenges for intermediate as well as advanced Ukulele players. Participants in this workshop will join together in a Ukulele orchestra of classic Beatles tunes.

Professional Development for Musicians
Sat., May 17
9:30 AM to 3 PM
at Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD
four seminars each at $18 for a total of $72.
More details at: www.strathmore.org

9:30 AM: DIY Public Relations, with Amamda Sweet
10:45 AM: Legal Guide to Writing and Releasing Your Recordings, with John Simson
12:45 PM: Launching Your CD, with Ken Avis
2:00 PM: Your Catalog, Your Publishing, and the Rest of Your Life, with Charlie Barnett

Steve James Blues Guitar Workshop
"Blues/Roots Fingerstyle Guitar in Drop D Tuning"
Saturday May 17th
11:00am to 1:00pm
at Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop, 4701 Queensbury Road, Riverdale Park, MD
15 participants max
For reservation contact info@acousticblues.com

This handy variation on standard guitar tuning involves lowering the 6th string from E to D and really opens the guitar up for playing in D. The workshop will start with a demo of some cool arrangements, two of which will be detailed in the "hands on" portion of the session. Bring guitar, accessories, notebook (some tab supplied). Slow/fast demos of the music for portable sound recorders are part of the program (but not all of it!).

Artist in Residence Education Workshop with Elijah Balbed:
Listen to Jazz & Improve Your Life
Presented by Strathmore
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Free, but tickets required www.strathmore.org

Elijah will conduct one educational workshop in the form of a jazz "listening session". A panel of 5 artists, including Elijah and former AIR mentor Nasar Abadey, will each bring in a few recordings that they feel are seminal to the history of jazz, or that his influenced them personally or emotionally. After listening, the audience will be open to questions and/or discussion with the artists about how listening to jazz affects us and why these recordings were so influential.

Jazz Vocal Intensive:
Using Improvisation to Create Song-Interpretation
Sat. May 31
10 am - 3 pm
at Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, MD

George Gershwin said life is like jazz: “It’s better when you improvise.” This class led by Connaitre Miller will help you create unique interpretation of jazz standards. You’ll learn lyric interpretation, melodic and rhythmic alterations and stylistic tweaks in an in-depth class. Includes a rhythm section in the afternoon.

"The Music of Mississippi John Hurt" Guitar Workshop
with Scott Ainslie
Sat. May 31
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
at Archie's Blues Barbershop, 4701 Queensbury Road, Riverdale Park, MD
For reservation contact info@acousticblues.com

In this class we’ll explore Hurt’s repertoire while focusing on his right and left hand techniques with a special eye to establishing the right/picking hand muscle patterns necessary to maintain a steady alternating bass while developing independence on the high strings to play melodies. If you have Hurt tune in mind that you'd love to see, send me a list and we'll cover as many of them as we can during the workshop. Scott Ainslie ainslie@musician.org


NERFA & SERFA Regional One-Day Conference
Showcase Application Deadline: May 31

The Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) and Southeast Regional Folk Alliance (SERFA) will hold the event at Unity of Charlottesville in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, September 6, 2014. Ten artists/acts will be selected by a panel of judges (comprised of presenters and a folk DJ) to each perform 15-minute slots in the late afternoon through the early evening. Notification of those selected to showcase their talents will be made by the end of June. Only the first 75 showcase applicants will be considered. Registration forms and online showcase applications are posted in the Regional One-Day Conferences menu that appears on the left side of www.nerfa.org.

Call for Proposal and Proposal Form
Deadline: Fri. June 27

The Atlas Performing Arts Center announces its sixth annual festival that unites collaborative artists from DC and beyond with richly diverse audiences to expand what we share through the arts. By presenting imaginative intersections of theatre, dance, music, film & video, opera, visual art, and spoken word that offer new perspectives on contemporary culture, we break boundaries, deepen dialogue, and create connection in our intimate performance spaces, festive lobby, and café. For details www.jotform.us

U.S. Indie Labels Invited To Submit To UK Independent Music Awards
Deadline May 30, 2014

To qualify, the artists or projects must have had UK releases. There is an entry fee. Entry forms and info are at www.musicindie.com

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

Loudoun Bluegrass Festival
Sat. May 10
Featuring: Sierra Hull, Bud's Collective, Patuxent Partners, The Cabin Raiders
17558 Dry Mill Rd Leesburg, VA 20175, Leesburg, VA
Phone: 703-999-8695
Time: 10:00AM-10:00PM, Tickets: $15 in advance

Full day of festival, jams, workshops, barn dance, jams, new mandolin raffles, etc. Cash prizes for contest winners.
Tom Gray Bass Workshop at Noon.

Masters of the Hammered Dulcimer
Saturday, May 10
8 PM
at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224

Masters of the hammered dulcimer come together for a night of rollicking Old-Time, Celtic, and Bluegrass music. Ken Kolodner, Walt Michael and Maggie Sansone, with Brad Kolodner, Alex Mitchell and Alex Laquement

Endangered Tiger Concert
Mon. May 12
6:30 - 7:15 pm
at the National Zoo, Band Shell at Lion/Tiger Hill WDC

Featuring the band Portugal. The Man to draw attention to the dwindling number of about 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild.

30th Mid-Atlantic Song Contest Winner's Showcase at IMT
Sat. May 17
7:30 pm
at Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. NW, WDC
Tickets: $12-$18
Purchase at www.imtfolk.org

Performers: Andrea Pais (BMI Songwriter Award, Gold & Silver- Pop), Kipyn Martin (Director's Choice Award, Gold - Open), Tom Dews (Silver-vocal Jazz/Blues)

The Institute of Musical Traditions and the Songwriters' Association of Washington (SAW) team up to present Gold and Silver award winning songs from some of the winners of the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC).

Songwriters who purchase a ticket will receive $5 off their first song submission to the 31st MASC, which starts up June 1st.

The Ann Rabson Memorial Boogie-Woogie Showcase
Sun, May 25
4 to 8 p.m.
at the Colonial Tavern, Fredericksburg, VA
Tickets are available online at annrabson.brownpapertickets.com.

Performers: Daryl Davis, Roddy Barnes, Bob Margolin, and Rabson’s former bandmates in Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women, Gaye Adegbalola and Andra Faye.

Proceeds from the event will benefit blues music education, including the Ann Rabson Scholarship Fund at the Pinetop Perkins Foundation in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

The Jazz Samba Project - Bringing Bossa Nova to the United States
Saturday, May 31 – Sunday, June 15
at the Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, MD
Admission Free

Free Opening Reception on Sat., May 31, 2 - 4PM. Radio broadcaster Felix Grant was a familiar voice to Washington, D.C. listeners for nearly 50 years. His early interest in Brazilian culture and music played a pivotal role in introducing bossa nova to the United States. This multimedia exhibit includes photographs, concert programs and awards, as well as interviews of prominent artists such as João Gilberto, Leny Andrade, Sergio Mendes and Dorival Caymmi. Together they provide a glimpse into Brazilian music of this period and its explosive impact on the American jazz scene.

New Releases

Protect-U has their first proper album, "Free USA," and reviews on NPR www.npr.org and in the Washington City Paper. www.washingtoncitypaper.com

The Swing Set with Alex Cook has a new CD, "Casino Music," featuring members of the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra. www.digtheswingset.com

Wye Oak has released their 4th album, "Shriek." Both it and their concert at the 9:30 Club were reviewed in the Washington Post. www.washingtonpost.com

Reginald Cyntje has released his 3rd album, "Elements of Life." Reviewed by the Washington City Paper. www.washingtoncitypaper.com

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WAMA News compiled by Mike Schreibman and Loralyn Coles

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