WAMA News - July 18 2014

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WAMA News - July 18 2014

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National & International Music News

Why Can't You Ever Shut Up During A Concert?
July 10, 2014
By John Del Signore
Shut Up

"...Inattentive listening at concerts has been a crisis in America since at least the Vietnam era, when rock music birthed a new kind of live music experience...The level of idle chatter at shows has gotten so out of hand that it seems like most people have simply accepted it..."

Drone-Shot Music Videos Attracting Attention and Driving Chart Positions
By Clyde Smith

"Drones are being adopted in all sorts of areas to sometimes literally give a new look at things. Which means they eventually will show up in music videos."

The Lincoln Center to stream Seeger memorial concert
Tues. 7/15/2014

"...a weekend memorial concert for Pete Seeger and his wife Toshi (TOH'-shee)...will be held Sunday at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park. It will feature artists and speakers who had a close personal relationship with the Seegers. They include Judy Collins, Harry Belafonte, Dar Williams, Peter Yarrow, Holly Near and Tom Chapin." www.seegerfest.org

Catalog Titles Take a Greater Share of Album Sales
July 14, 2014
By Glenn Peoples

"People are still buying albums -- millions of them each week -- but new releases are accounting for a smaller percentage of those sales."

Independent music labels sign fair deal streaming pact
17 July 2014
Streaming Deal

"More than 750 independent music labels worldwide have formed a pact to seek fair treatment for artists signing deals with streaming services. The declaration by the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) is a bid to protect musicians from poor returns for the digital distribution of their work."

John Kerry’s guitar diplomacy: A critical review
By Sarah Larimer
July 10

"Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday showcased his guitar-playing talent, holding a lunchtime jam session during talks with officials in Beijing." WAMA Editor Note - Michael Bard of Trio Caliente is John Kerry's guitar teacher.


Local Notes

Steve Kiviat got the scoop for the City Paper on why the National Park Service schedules for Fort Dupont and Carter Barron are starting late, are short and contain few big names. Scoop

Girls Rock! camp had an article about this year's two week camp in the Washington Post. girls-rock-camp

Brad Linde has a new bass free ensemble, "Team Players."

"Verizon Center, in Northwest D.C., and the Patriot Center, in Fairfax, Virginia, each ranked in the top 20 for their respective categories" for highest-grossing venues. highest-grossing

Film & Video Views

Respect All Music

A campaign to ensure fair pay for artists who recorded their music before 1972.


Online Resources

The H.E.A.R. Survival Guide
Free copy
Download at Oasis

"This guide, written by Kathy Peck, Executive Director for H.E.A.R (Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers), offers tips on how to determine your risk factor, how to prevent hearing damage, and how to help heal damage that has already been done."

16-Point Band Website Assessment Checklist
July 16, 2014
By Dave Cool

"When reviewing websites for musicians, we generally break down the reviews into 3 categories: Design, Organization & Navigation, Content"

6 Artists Who Are Amazing At Twitter – And What You Can Learn From Them
July 7, 2014
By Shawn Wilson

"... it’s true that tweeting is easy, but using Twitter as an effective tool to engage with your fan base and build your career - is hard. Lucky for you, there are a few musical artists who have Twitter figured out so why not learn from them and see what you can apply to your own future tweets."

What They Really Mean: The Musician's Guide to Industry Speak
July 14, 2014
By Sari Delmar

"...Sometimes you might not get any responses. But when when you do, they are seemingly cryptic. As a fellow industry person, trust me when I say we aren’t trying to make you rip your eyes out. We are talking in industry speak."

Clear Channel’s ‘On the Verge’ program helped make Iggy Azalea a star.
Here’s how it works.
July 15, 2014
By Emily Yahr

"It’s harder than ever these days for a new singer to break into the music industry. But things just got a little easier for a lucky few: Those who land a coveted spot in the iHeartRadio “On the Verge” program run by Clear Channel...When an artist’s song is named “On the Verge,” all of the company’s radio stations are required to play that song at least 150 times."

This Is Why People Aren't Watching Your Videos
By Aaron Ford

"...I hear you: "But I'm on YouTube and I'm not getting any views!" Here are five of the most common reasons why your YouTube videos may be getting ignored..."

Your Album Release Campaign Timeline
By Jason Baxter

"One of the first things I learned when I began my career as a publicist was what the typical timeline for an album campaign is – in other words, the specific order of events from the moment an album is ready to be announced until its release. Not all publicists adhere to a campaign of identical length. Some prefer to work more compressed, fast-paced timelines, whereas others like to space things out to gradually build anticipation and momentum."

8 Tips On How To Get On European Tour
By Kosha Dillz

"...I am currently in Amsterdam realizing that I am playing shows out here that people only seem to dream of. The crowds are big. The crowds are small. People buy merch. I'm making money. I am learning more about what to do better."

The Artists Declaration of Independence: Johnny's Story
By Jamie Leger

Part 1.
Part 2. Part 3.

"In as few as the last several years the Modern Music Industry has reached a foundational maturation level that has truly opened the door to a transformative and very exciting practical reality for Artists."



Murphy Method Women’s Banjo Camp
July 18-20
at Courtyard Marriott, Winchester, VA
Tuition: $650 (Includes lodging and breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday)

Instructors: Murphy and Casey Henry. All levels, however you will get much more out of the camp if you at least know how to put on your picks, tune your banjo with an electronic tuner, play a few rolls (oh yeah, you need to know what a “roll” is!), and make a C chord.

Teaching Guitar Workshop Level I & II
July 21-25
8:30 am
at 1806 Robert Fulton Dr, Reston, VA

$549 – Includes 3 graduate credits, a letter stating clock hours, and a certificate of completion.
$379 – Includes a letter stating clock hours and a certificate of completion.
$299 – (Open to Alumni repeating a course) Includes a letter stating clock hours and a certificate of completion.

There are no additional materials fees. First-time attendees will receive a free guitar. All attendees will receive (A LOT!!! of) method books and guitar accessories. If you’re attending Level II or repeating a course, great!....but please bring your own guitar.

The Teaching Guitar Workshops are professional development courses for teaching school music.

WALA Trademark "Basics" Workshop
Weds. July 23, 2014
7 pm
at Finnegan, 901 New York Ave NW , Washington, DC
Free WALA members, $30 non-members

What exactly are trademarks? What is their function? How can you use your trademark? What’s the difference between a registered and unregistered trademark? What is a service mark? Can you register a sound, smell, color? Come to this session and bring your questions.

Jazz Weekend Workshop
Aug 1-3
at Levine DC - Upton St NW Campus, WDC

Gives amateur and aspiring jazz musicians an opportunity to expand their jazz experience under the guidance of Levine's expert jazz faculty. Led by Noah Getz and Pepe Gonzalez, the workshop includes small and large group jam sessions, level-specific jazz instructional sessions, and an end-of-weekend concert. Open to adult jazz musicians of all levels and to all instruments, including vocalists. Piano, drum set, and amplifiers are provided. No prior experience playing jazz is required, though students should have basic music-reading skills.

Fierce! a girls’ songwriting workshop with Nila Kay
Sat. Aug. 9
1:15 - 3:15 pm
at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St, SE, Washington DC
to register call CHAW at: 202-547-6839

For girls ages 11-13. This workshop is meant to inspire and give girls a constructive and creative way to release and talk about their emotions in a fun, supportive environment. As a result, they will learn songwriting skills, increase their confidence and feel inspired to “find their song” in whichever art-form their heart eventually settles on. By the end of the workshop the girls will have a song that they have written together as a group, and they will also have the inspiration and foundation to continue songwriting in their own time. Each girl also gets a copy of a recording of the song (which will be recorded during the workshop) by e-mail, and a goody bag to take home. No instruments or previous musical training necessary.

All That Jazz Camp
Aug. 11-15
Ages 11-18
Levine - MD Campus, Strathmore Campus, MD

Under the guidance of Levine's expert jazz faculty led by Lyle Link, camp participants learn and apply the basics of jazz improvisation, repertoire, theory and history, while participating in coached ensembles and jam sessions. Culminating in a performance for family and friends on the last day, this camp provides students with an ideal training ground to develop or sharpen the skills needed to participate in a high school or Levine jazz ensemble.


Selected Events

Grace Griffith Tribute Concert & CD Release
Sun. July 20
7:30 pm
at The Birchmere,

Featuring: Grace Griffith, Tom Paxton, Lisa Moscatiello, Marcy Marxer, Cathy Fink, Debi Smith, Al Petteway, Zan McLeod, Lenny Williams, Chris Biondo, Jim Robeson, Carey Creed, Lynn Hollyfield, Chris Noyes, Christina Muir, Dave Abe, Randy Barrett, With Love

Funds from this concert will provide therapies for Grace.

Everybody Loves Him: A Tribute and Benefit For John Jennings
Sun. July 20
6 – 10 pm
at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisc. Ave., Bethesda, MD
Tickets can be purchased at:

Performers: Eddie From Ohio, The Patty Reese Band, Jon Carroll, Pete Kennedy, Margot MacDonald, Luke Brindley, Scott Kurt, the Mary Ann Redmond Band, Doris Justis and Sean McGhee, and others.

The audience will hear songs and bands from John’s long musical history. All proceeds will go directly to John to help with his health issues. The title of the show is from one of John’s songs: Everybody Loves Me.


New Releases

Sweet Cherie Mitchell has released a new single, "Can't Let Go." Available at www.nimbitmusic.com/sweetcherie

Oasis Ad

Final Curtain

Ernie Lancaster

Dick Bangham shared a link via DonationTo.

For the past two months, fans, friends and fellow musicians have rallied with an ongoing show of love and support for Ernie and his family while they faced overwhelming odds. This evening, July 17, 2014, he passed away at his home in Mount Dora, Florida with his wife Gael, son Ethan, daughter in law Kera and grandson Evan all by his side.

Gifted musician, producer and composer Ernie Lancaster has for decades performed and recorded with a long list of remarkable artists including Root Boy Slim, Rufus Thomas, Ace Moreland, Kenny Neal, Lucky Peterson, Noble “Thin Man” Watts, Alex Taylor, Razzy Bailey, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, the JB Horns and most recently Victor Wainwright. He has also recorded two solo albums – “Ernestly” and “Lightnin’ Alley”- with a third solo effort in the works.

Photo - Bob Thames

WAMA News compiled by Mike Schreibman and Loralyn Coles

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