WAMA News - August 29 2014

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WAMA News - August 29 2014

Postby askmike » Wed May 06, 2015 4:52 pm

WAMA's September Workshop

You Can Be A Gig Magnet & Attract Great Gigs
A WAMA Workshop hosted by Ruthie Logsdon
Sat. September 20
at Electric Maid, 286 Carroll St., NW, Washington, DC 20012
noon - 2 pm
There is NO admission fee, but donations will be collected on behalf of WAMA on a pay what you can basis. ALL proceeds will benefit the Washington Area Music Association.
To reserve your space, contact Ruthie@attractgreatgigs.com

Ruthie Logsdon, a Musician's Coach of Gig Magnet, www.AttractGreatGigs.com, will be sharing everything she knows about how to attract great gigs. This is for musicians in all stages of success. You should attend if you want more gigs, you have gigs but need higher paying gigs, or you want promoters calling you for the gigs.

Here are just some of the red hot topics:
How to turn ONE gig into THREE gigs
How to get into larger venues
Stop chasing unsatisfying gigs and start attracting the gigs you want
Bonus topic: How to sell more CDs at your shows

National & International Music News

2014 Is the Best Year for Stadium Concerts in 20 Years
August 22, 2014
By Ray Waddell
Stadium Shows

"...It’s a conclusion that major acts are reaching in surprising numbers. According to Boxscore, this is the best year for stadium shows in two decades. Live Nation, the world’s largest concert promoter, will produce 72 stadium shows...before the year is out, and other promoters will push that number close to 100. That’s the most since 1994..."

Step Inside Bristol's Newly-Opened Birthplace of
Country Music Museum
August 21, 2014
By Chuck Dauphin

"Long before Nashville became established as a recording center for country music, there were a few historic sessions that took place outside of Music City. Perhaps the most important took place about 300 miles to the east in Bristol, TN. Bristol is celebrating its role in the history of country music with the opening of the new Birthplace of Country Music Museum in the downtown portion of the city, which sits on the Tennessee-Virginia border."

SoundExchange Royalty Payouts Rise Again, Is Poised for Another Record Year
August 21, 2014
By Glenn Peoples

"SoundExchange paid out $161 million to performing artists and rights holders in the second quarter, an 8-percent increase from the same period last year. The number of royalty recipients -- both performing artists and record labels -- increased 34 percent to 22,343."

NFL Reportedly Wants Artists to Pay to Play
the Super Bowl Halftime Show
August 21, 2014
By Hilary Lewis
Play to Play

"...Rihanna, Katy Perry and Coldplay are the three candidates for the Super Bowl gig, The Wall Street Journal reported. And some of those artists' camps were asked if they would be willing to make a financial contribution to the league, perhaps part of their post-Super Bowl tour income, in exchange for performing..."

Not Just Hype: Latinos Spend More on Music
August 26, 2014
By Leila Cobo
Hispanic Spending

"Marketers are always talking about music being a “passion point” for Hispanics. Now, hard research shows the hype is true -- and measurable."

Music helps you focus on your own thoughts, but only if you like it
August 28, 2014
By Rachel Feltman
Focus Focus

"When we listen to music we enjoy, it makes us feel different. Truly beloved songs inspire a different state of mind than the average pretty background noise. A study published Thursday in Scientific Reports pinpoints the changes in neurological activity behind that experience."


Local Notes

Chuck Brown's posthumous album, "Beautiful Life," was reviewed by Steve Kiviat in the Washington City Paper.

"Kevin Spacey will take time out from filming the third season of the Netflix hit series to show off his vocal talents at a one-night-only gala concert Sept. 29 at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. The concert will benefit scholarships and grants for emerging artists." WTOP article.

Alex W. Young won his case against Metro's ban on accepting tips near stations.



How to Release Your Album Successfully
(Even If You Don't Have a Record Label)
August 27, 2014
by Janelle Rogers

"...Over my 20 years in the music industry I’ve seen bands and even record labels make the same mistakes which ultimately prevent their record from standing a chance for success. In order for people to hear your music and increase the chances your album or EP release will be a success, you need to create a solid plan before you release the record."

5 Ways To Promote Your Music Teaching Business
August 26, 2014
By Martyn Croston

"...You can be a good teacher, and pick up referrals over time, but if you want to earn a full-time income and find students more quickly, you need to understand the business aspects of music teaching."

Can Music Careers Be Jumpstarted On Vine?
By Clyde Smith
From the jump

"Vine's an interesting phenomenon. The 6 second limit on video length seems to inspire creative acts that may not translate into longer formats but it does create a proxy for measuring first glance marketability."

Start Building Your Music Career By Focusing On Regional And
Niche Music Publications
By Jamie Ludwig
Scratch the niche

"...obsessing over and chasing after big-name media rather than adopting a comprehensive plan across various types of outlets can actually undermine your career goals. For the majority of early-stage music artists, regional and niche publications are equally, if not more, essential than the majors when it comes to positioning oneself for long term sustainability in an increasingly competitive market."

5 things every musician should know about copyright
July 30, 2014
By Chris Robley
Copyright stuff

"Copyright law tends to get thrown under the bus in favor of more interesting topics like marketing and social media, but it’s actually one of the most important things to understand as an indie musician."

7 ways to increase your YouTube views
August 8, 2014
By Chris Robley
More Tube Views

"When you share a YouTube video on Twitter, on Facebook, in an email newsletter, or on your blog, you’re hoping to reach your existing fanbase — and that’s great — but it’s not doing much for you in terms of getting your music heard by a brand new audience."

What You Need To Know About Music License Agreements Before Signing
August 18, 2014
By Alex Ploegsma
License stuff

"With synchronization becoming an increasingly important revenue stream for musicians, it’s vital that artists understand how these agreements work – and more importantly, how they can maximize their benefits."



World Village Music & Dance Camp
Aug. 29 - Sept. 1
at Timber Ridge Camp, High View, WV

Spyros Koliavasilis (Greek instrumental ensemble & vocal workshop)
Karpouzi Trio (Greek band)
Ethel Raim (Croatian Slavonic & Yiddish singing)
Lyuti Chushki (Bulgarian band, ensemble, instrumental & vocal workshops)
Loretta Kelley (Scandinavian music & ensemble)
Julia Borland-Ferneborg (Swedish fiddling)

The Rise & Times of Charlie Parker
Sat. Aug. 30
1 - 3 pm
at Jazz Night in Southwest, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 401 I St SW, WDC
Charlie Parker

Presented by Rusty Hassan, this special program focuses on the life and music of the great originator of bebop, the amazing Charlie Parker. We trace his life from his musical origins in Kansas City through Chicago and New York to the world stage. His life ended tragically at age 35 but in that short time he left a legacy that makes us wonder still. Includes lunch & door prizes.

The 78 Project: Documenting Historic Sound in the Contemporary World
American Folklife Center’s Benjamin Botkin Lecture Series
Fri. Sept. 5
2 - 4:30 pm
at Mumford Room, 6th Floor, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, WDC
78 Project

Attendees will get to see 78 rpm records cut on a 1930s Presto Disc Cutter before their very eyes, as the performers sing, play, and speak. Since August 2011, Alex Steyermark and Lavinia Jones Wright, The 78 Project’s creators, have been traveling across the United States, recording contemporary musicians on a 1930s Presto disc recorder, and filming their journey for an ongoing web series and a recently completed feature film. During this event they will screen the film, The 78 Project Movie, answer questions about the project and their experiences, and demonstrate their process as they cut a record and film the recording live with special guest musicians from the Library of Congress.


NERFA/SERFA One Day Music Conference
Sat. Sept. 6
in Charlotesville, VA

The Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) and Southeast Regional Folk Alliance (SERFA) co-present a one-day conference. The day will feature workshops, panel discussions, networking, and a 10-act juried showcase. Registration for the day is $50 and includes all activities as well as lunch and snacks. An online conference registration form may be found in the drop-down menu on the left side of the NERFA website www.nerfa.org.

Play Gloria Estefan on Broadway

According to WTOP, "Producers of "On Your Feet!" said Monday they will offer performers around the world a chance to audition for all the roles in the Broadway-bound cast by submitting audition videos online. There also will be two open casting calls -- at Pearl Studios in New York City on Sept. 9 and at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami on Sept. 21." Find out more at: www.OnYourFeetMusical.com

Auditions for the Irish Christmas Revels
September 5-7
Children & Teen Auditions, Grades 3-5 and 9-12

Strong performers sought for Washington Revels 32nd annual Christmas Revels production. The 2014 Christmas Revels transports us to the Emerald Isle in the mid-1800’s for the warmth and community of an Irish Christmas.


Selected Events

Chris Grier Memorial Concert
Fri. Aug. 29
8 pm
at the Velvet Lounge, WDC
Chris Grier

Performers: Kohoutek, Rat Bastard, Layne Garrett; Max Ochs and Insect Factory

Chris Grier died suddenly in July, but "his friend and most recent musical collaborator Scott Verrastro (of the experimental noise act Kohoutek and the former DIY venue 611 Florida) will host a local memorial to Grier that will include, naturally, plenty of the music that defined his life."

26th annual DC Blues Festival
Sat. Aug. 30
noon - 7:30 pm
at Carter Barron Amphitheater, Rock Creek Park, WDC

Performers include Shakura S'Aida, the Selwyn Birchwood Band, Eddie Turner, Shirleta Settles and Friends, The Hardway Connection, the Stacy Brooks Band, and AEBHF Ensemble (Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation). Presented by the D.C. Blues Society. With workshops at the John Cephas Workshop Stage.

Global Acoustic Guitar Project DC
Thurs. Sept. 4
7:30 pm
at Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F Street NE, WDC

Performers: Zach Parkman, Suzanne Brindamour, Lea, Juels Bland, Harris Face, David Potts-Dupre, Wendy Lanxner, Andres Salguero, Annette Wasilik, and Rachel Levitin.

In May The Acoustic Guitar Project sent a recorder and acoustic guitar to DC. Washington, DC is the 7th city in company with Moscow, Port-au-Prince, Bogota, Berlin, Chicago, Asheville, Detroit & Boston, to name a few. Now, ten area singer-songwriters have completed the song challenge, posted their recordings to the AGP site and each will perform their song and an additional original. The talent was chosen with the help of Busy Graham.

24th Annual Rosslyn Jazz Festival
Sat. Sept. 6
1 - 7 pm
at Rosslyn's Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA
Rosslyn Jazz

Performers: Corey Wallace DUBtet, Ghost Train Orchestra, Red Baraat, Rebirth Brass Band


Potter's House Story Wall is seeking photos, items. When Potter's House re-opens this fall, they want to creatively re-tell the 54 year history of The Potter's House and it's missions. One of the ways is through a story wall composed of archival photographs, articles, and organizational documents. Tentatively titled Around Our Tables: The Story of The Potter's House, this permanent exhibit is made possible by a DC Community Heritage Project grant from the Humanities Council of Washington, DC. They are particularly interested in items from the period of 1960-1985. Pictures don't need to be exclusively of The Potter's House - they just need to have a meaningful connection. Please contact tim@pottershousedc.org or 202.232.5483 if you have items you would like to share. Vocalist looking for Musicians to make up a band for recording and live shows. 3-4 pieces, Rock, R&B, World Music. Contact Stanley Durbin at Honestman Productions Inc. 301-349-4029, (Currently not performing) Do you tour overseas? If you'd like a professional translator to ensure accurate language in both the foreign and English contract versions, thus avoiding costly misunderstandings, contact SAW member Eileen Bernstein: 410-440-5267 or peakandvalleymusic@gmail.com. Eileen has extensive background translating legal documents and proofreading other translators' work.
New Releases

Mark Meadows has released his second album, "Somethin' Good." He has a CD release concert on Sept. 5 at Jazz Night in Southwest, WDC. www.markgmeadows.com

Diamond District released a new single from their upcoming album "March on Washington," out on Oct. 14. It was reviewed in the Washington City Paper.

Reginald Cyntje will debut a new set of compositions on Friday and Saturday at Bohemian Caverns, along with his latest ensemble, Spiritual Awakening, which includes Herman Burney, Christie Dashiell,Brian Settles and Victor Provost. www.reginaldcyntje.com

Danny Knicely has a new release, "Waltz for Aimee," on Sept. 1 with Wyatt Rice and Mark Schatz. Recorded by Les Thompson. The CD release concert is Sept. 4 at Waterford Old School, Waterford, VA. http://www.dannyknicely.com/

Lulu's Fate debut EP, "The Blackest Crow," will be released Sept. 7th at the Takoma Park Folk Festival. www.facebook.com/lulusfate

Annabeth McNamara has released her project, "Surprise." She was a House Studio DC Grant recipient. itunes.apple.com

Andrew Aylward has released his as-yet-untitled debut album. One song, "Self Destruct," has been reviewed by the Washington City Paper.

Sarmust has a new single, "Edison," that was reviewed on the WAMU 88.5 Bandwidth.

Young Summer (Bobbie Allen) has released her debut album, "Siren," and it was reviewed in the Washington City Paper.

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