WAMA News - October 17 2014

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WAMA News - October 17 2014

Postby askmike » Wed May 06, 2015 5:17 pm

WAMA Office News

Deadline: Midnight, Friday October 31

The 29th Wammies Nomination Ballot is where WAMA members nominate who they want to see on the official 29th Wammies Ballot.

You can check out the Artist & Product Registry, for an glimpse of the accomplishments of some of our local musicians. However, an artist does not have to be listed on the Artist & Product Registry to be nominated, nor does being listed guarantee a place on the Nomination Ballot.

Enter your nominations for this year's Wammies by midnight on Friday, October 31, click Nominate.

You can nominate artists who are not WAMA members, but you do need to be a current WAMA member in order for your ballot to count. Not a current member? Join or renew HERE.

WAMA Product Registry Still Accepting Artists

The end of the this year's 29th Wammies Eligibility Period was September 30, 2014. The Eligibility Period started October 1, 2013. Register your accomplishments, including new CDs, at the WAMA Artist and Product Registry.

National & International Music News

Nashville's folk rock era is topic of new exhibit
By Kristin M. Hall
Nashville Rocks

"...Nashville's rock period is the subject of the next exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, called "Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City," which opens in March 2015."

Are ASCAP, BMI Obsolete?
#1 Music Publisher Sony/ATV Preparing To Exit
By Bruce Houghton
PROs Passe?

"...Sony/ATV, arguably the world's #1 publishing company, seems to think so, and is preparing to pull out of both before the end of the year, according to reports surfacing yesterday. Sony/ATV head Martin Bandier had told members in July that he was considering such a move as a way to open direct negotiations with digital and broadcast outlets. But now it appears all but certain."

Musicians, Labels Save Money Using Tax Credits
To Finance Recordings
By Bobby Owsinski
Using the Taxman

"Increasingly, music producers are looking for State tax credits before embarking on a project. While this has been a big part of television and movie production for some time, music is now seeing the light in how cost-effective it could be to go somewhere besides Los Angeles and New York to make a new record."

SiriusXM Loses Another Big Round
In Battle To Get Heritage Artists Paid Fairly
By Bruce Hoghton
Round 2

"SiriusXM has lost another round in their battle to not pay royalties on music recorded prior to 1972. This time, in a lawsuit brought by the RIAA on behalf of member labels, another California judge, who had previously signaled she would side with SiriusXM, concurred with a recent ruling in that class-action suit brought by The Turtles' Flo & Eddie that heritage artists musty be paid."


Local Notes

George Washington University has opened up a "D.C. Vernacular Music Archive," which includes the local punk, go-go, folk and bluegrass scenes. DC Music Archive

Ian MacKaye and Henry Rollins stopped by the Smithsonian Folkways office for an archives tour with Jeff Place. See the photo here Smithsonian Visit

Edward O'Connell is one of the Northeast Regional Round Finalists of the 2014 Newsong Contest.

Brian Wilber Grundstrom has 26 minutes of his music in the documentary "Arc of Light: A Protrait of Anna Campbell Bliss," which has been airing on PBS stations around the country. Listen to an excerpt.

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer have a Kickstarter campaign for their new CD "Dancin In The Kitchen: songs for ALL families" at Cathy & Marcy.

Jesse Palidofsky has a 30-day campaign on Indiegogo to support his new release, "Dancing Toward the Light." A donor is offering a 1:1 matching contribution for every dollar donated between now and midnight on Oct. 17. Jesse

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Video Views

"Salad Days"

The "Salad Days" documentary film has added a third show on Sun. Dec. 21, after tickets to the two originally scheduled shows sold out within hours. WTOP article

"Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways"

HBO is celebrating the Friday premiere of documentary series "Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways" with a live-streaming concert on Facebook. The eight-part series, directed by Foo Fighters frontman (and WAMA Hall of Famer) Dave Grohl, premieres Friday, Oct. 17 at 11 p.m. ET. Billboard Mag

Online Resources

Getting Gigs, Pt. 2: The Hunt For Bookings
By Yannick Ilunga
Gigs Part 2

"...you have to decide whether you want to carry out the actual gig search yourself or you want to outsource it to a booking agent. This article focuses on the first option: getting gigs as a Do-It-Yourself musician."

How To Turn Your Fans Into Superfans
By Hugh McIntyre

"...Superfans might not be as plentiful as those who simply like some of your music, but they're worth their weight in gold. They're the ones who don’t hesitate to spend a month’s rent for a VIP experience or purchase every T-shirt in your online store. Last year, Nielsen concluded that while only 14 percent of fans in the music industry are "superfans" of an artist, they're responsible for 34 percent of music-related purchases."

How To Put On A Profitable Virtual Concert
By Matt Thomas
Virtual Concert

"...A virtual concert is basically a show you broadcast online, allowing people to tune in from anywhere by mobile device or computer. It’s as easy as opening up your laptop and performing from your own home. Music fans around the globe can tune into the live show, pay for tickets, give tips, buy merch and chat with you, all in real time...Below is a guide to help you create the best experience for fans and cash in at the same time..."

Score a License: What Music Supervisors are Looking For
October 13, 2014
By Dave Kusek
License Score

"There has been a great deal of buzz about music licensing in recent years, and with good reason! Compared to other revenue streams, licensing can have potentially big payouts for indie musicians. It’s also a pretty confusing aspect of the music industry. Just how exactly do songs get on those TV shows? The conductors behind those licenses are music supervisors."

Does Your Band Need A Movement Coach?
By Clyde Smith
Stage Moves

"Kevin Andrews is a Nashville-based choreographer and movement coach who works with country musicians on their stage presence in addition to such activities as choreographing music videos. He's focusing in on a specific niche but what he's doing is a good example of what a lot of solo acts and bands need. Some artists have difficulty adjusting to the stage imagining that somehow just "being themselves" will make them look "natural." But the stage is anything but a natural place and a movement coach might be just the thing you need."

Grimes Shares Tips On Being The Boss Of Your Music
And Your Music Business
By Clyde Smith
Who's The Boss?

"Like a lot of artists, Grimes has learned about business on the job. She's also young and female which can create challenges especially when people assume those facts tell them something important about her ability to take care of business. Though the artistic/entrepreneurial journey never really ends, Grimes has reached a point where she has some important lessons to share about being the boss of your own music and your music business."

13 Tips to Make Co-Writing Fun and Productive
Sept 30, 2014
By Christiana Usenza
13 Tips

"...Most often, collaboration is where the magic happens. Some of the best songs in modern music history have come from co-writers like Lennon and McCartney, Jagger and Richards, and Bacharach and David. However, if you're not prepared to work with someone else – or if you're not working with the right kind of co-writer – you might find that the process isn't nearly as fun or productive as you hoped it would be. So what can you do to make sure your co-write is a success? Here are 13 tips you should keep in mind every single time you sit down to write with someone..."

4 Things You Need to Know Before Heading to the Studio
Without a Producer
Oct 1, 2014
By Dylan Welsh
4 Things

"More than ever before, independent artists on limited budgets are heading into high-end studios. How do they afford it? Often by sacrificing a producer. For those with the vision and know-how, this is a great use of resources. All too often, however, artists acting as producers spend too much time decison-making and aren't able to focus on the music-making. If you're planning to forgo a producer, use these four key pieces of information to immensely improve the end result."



Getting Your Music Heard in Nashville
with Steve Block
Sat. Oct. 18
$35 NSAI, WAMA, SAW, other songwriting organization members/ $40 non-members
Sign up by Oct. 7 for a $5 discount
RSVP to NSAI coordinator, Eileen Bernstein at

Steve represents a variety of songs from many publishing companies and songwriters all around the world, pitching them for artists and projects based in Nashville, TN. Do you: •Have an idea about where you want your song to go and need help getting there?

Want the opportunity to get your music into the hands of top industry publishers and artists?
Need advice on how to make it in this business where the song speaks for itself?
Want to find someone who can represent your songs in Nashville?

Steve will address these questions, and offer SONG EVALUATIONS

If you plan to attend and if you'd like to have Steve evaluate your song at the workshop, or if you'd like to sign up for private one-on-one consultations on Oct. 19 & 20, email Eileen.

World on a String Cross-cultural
Master Musician Workshops and Concert
Sat. Oct. 25
Workshops 12:30-5:30
at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania SE, WDC(Eastern Market Metro)
Concert 7:30 Concert at Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 201 4th Street SE, WDC
Full details, online registration, and a scholarship request form at www.freydashands.org/woas

An opportunity to explore rhythm, improvisation, and repertoire with Appalachian fiddler Alan Jabbour, Irish flute/guitar master Josh Dukes, Grammy® nominees Christylez Bacon, Loretta Kelley, and Dawn Avery, award-winning gospel/blues/jazz vocalist and pianist Eric Byrd, and more.

For beginner to advanced, age 7-adult, all instruments/vocals welcome.

Valerie Turner and Ben Turner Workshops
Sat. Oct. 25
10 am - 12 pm
at Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation, 4701 Queensbury Rd, Riverdale MD
see below for cost for each, or $30 for both
Register for the workshop by emailing info@acousticblues.com.

Valerie will be teaching blues guitar workshop geared toward an intermediate/advanced audience, and focus on songs in the Piedmont style of fingerpicking with some emphasis on pieces Valerie learned from John Cephas. The time for the workshop is 10am to 12pm with a cost of $25.

Ben Turner's workshop will be a rhythm workshop featuring the Washboard. and geared toward beginners. Learn how to put together all the tools you need for your washboard and time for this will be from 12pm to 1pm. Cost of this workshop is $10.

Bob Frank: Songwriting Workshops
Sat. Oct. 25 from 1 - 4 pm
Sun. Oct. 26 from 3 - 6 pm
at Surge Community Church, 19988 Kirby Rd., McLean, VA
$50, limited to 20-20
RSVP to Judy Oppenheim: programs@fsgw.org

With a concert on Fri. Oct 24 at 8 pm also at the Surge, general admission is $20; free to FSGW members; half price to SAW members.

Bob Franke has taught songwriting at festivals and music camps, including Pinewoods, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Kerrville Festival, Swannanoa Gathering, and many more. His workshops are intense and “have inspired songwriters ...to tap more deeply into this power and take responsibility for it as artists. The first session involves a lecture cataloguing resources for songwriters, followed by short interviews that result in individual songwriting assignments. The participants respond to these assignments and bring their first drafts the next day. The second session involves a compassionate and specific group critique of the first draft with suggestions for revision. Bob provides a safe environment in which to take risks and enjoy (or return to) beginnerhood.”

Third Annual Peter Jaszi
Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property
with Professor William Fisher -
CopyrightX: Lessons from Networked Legal Education
Thurs. Oct. 30
5:45pm Registration, 6 pm Lecture, 7:15pm Reception
at Room 603, American University Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Ave NW, WDC
For more info, registration, and live webcast go to:

Professor William Fisher will discuss his experiences in designing and teaching CopyrightX, a unique course that combines a traditional law school course with affiliated courses in other countries and an online course open to the public to provide instruction about copyright systems around the world.

African Drumming & the Roots of Jazz
an Indepth Workshop
Sun. Nov. 9
1 - 5:30 pm
at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville, MD
Tuition: $160 adults, $120 aditors
50% off for spouse or children attending with you

All musicians and vocalists can benefit from connecting to the rhythms that fuel jazz, rock, gospel, funk and Latin styles. Drumming sessions will be divided into two levels, no experience is necessary. Drums will be provided.

WAMA Workshop: A Day at the Library of Congress
(including the Copyright Office)
Weds. Nov. 12
10:30 am to 4 pm, with time afterwards for individual research at The Library of Congress, WDC
$20 WAMA members; $25 SAW, BSA, NSAI members; $30 non-members
(includes a donation to the American Folklife Center)
Advance Registration Required
To Register, click LOC

With host, Jennifer Cutting, Folklife Specialist, American Folklife Center (and multiple Wammie Winner)

The early Rolling Stones and Cream covered traditional American blues songs. Early Bob Dylan was hugely influenced by Woody Guthrie. Where can you go to discover hidden musical gems from our Blues, Old-Time, Ballad, and other folk traditions that no one else is performing, or archival material to inspire your own songwriting? Right here in DC at the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress.

Unsure how to copyright your own songs and CDs? We'll stop at the Copyright Information Office for a detailed presentation on how to get your work protected.

Need to look up the sheet music for an old jazz standard or Broadway song? Well stop at the Performing Arts Reading Room to find out how. You'll get your own official Library of Congress Reader ID Card, along with tips on how to use LC’s vast resources. One thing’s for sure... You'll leave even smarter than when you came!



Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Award
Application deadline: December 5, 2014

With a grand prize of $10,000 to a talented songwriter from Maryland, Washington, D.C. or Virginia. There is also a Young Songwriter category for applicants who are 17 or younger for which there is a $2,500 prize. There will be multiple rounds of judging for the competition. A jury of esteemed judges will select the semi-finalists. The Grand Prize Jury will then review the semi-finalists’ submissions and select the finalists who will each perform two of their original songs at the live performance on March 6, 2015. The Grand Prize Jury will select the first Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Award winner and winning Young Songwriter during the live performance. Each applicant must submit three original songs, a maximum of 4 minutes per song. Applicants under 17 must submit two original songs. All musical genres are accepted and each song must include lyrics.

Selected Events

Pete Seeger Tribute Concert & CultureWorks Collective Benefit
Sun. Oct. 19
6:30 pm
at The Hamilton, 600 14th St, NW, WDC
$18 general admission; $22.50 seated

Performers: Josh White, Jr., Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Emma's Revolution, The U-Liners

To celebrate the progressive movement and the causes that Pete gave so much to Joe Uehlein is hosting a musical tribute to Pete, donating concert proceeds to the CultureWorks Collective (CWC), an organization Pete help found. www.voices4sustainability.org

The Circus Life Festival
Sun. Oct. 19
11 am - 7 pm
at the Winery at Bull Run, Centreville, Va
$15 adv/$20 door
www.wineryatbullrun.com www.facebook.com

Performers: The Pietasters, The Woodshedders, Black Masala, Justin Trawick and the Common Good, The New Polution, the Ultimate Beck Cover Band, Erin & the Wildfire, DJ Sam Snow, and more

Fall A Cappella Showcase
Sat. Oct. 25
7:30 pm
at First Congregational UCC, 945 G ST NW, WDC
Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door
A Cappella

Featuring DC Word of Mouth, On A Sensual Note, and the GW Sirens

9th Annual Squeaky Wheel Tour
Oct. 25
1:30 - 5 pm
at Gypsy Sally's, 3401 K St, WDC
free, but donations are encouraged
All donations go to the Gina Foundation

Performers(in order of appearance): Jannel Rap (the founder of GINA), Virago, Annette Wasilik, Carey Colvin, David A. Alberding, Michael Sheppard, Ruthie Logsdon & Greg Hardin, Patty Reese

The Squeaky Wheel Tour is an annual, internationally acclaimed concert series created by the Gina for Missing Persons Foundation , which raises awareness for the staggering number of people who vanish every year. During the events performers spotlight specific missing persons in the event area, giving details of the events leading up to the disappearance. Attendees may take a flyer to post throughout their community. A more extensive list of those waiting to be found in your area is at www.411GINA.org.

Second Annual Capital Maritime Music Fest
Sat. Nov. 1
1 - 9 pm
at Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC
Free ($20 donation appreciated)

Featuring John Roberts, Battlefield Band members Alan Reid and Rob Van Sante, Phil Wiggins, the Navy Sea Chanters, Washington Revels Maritime Voices, Jennifer Cutting and Steve Winick, and Calico Jenny. There will also be a workshops in hornpipe dancing, banjo, chantey singing, along with children’s activities, nautical art projects, and more.


New Releases

Steve Fidyk has released a new album, "Heads Up!" www.stevefidyk.com

Lisa Engelken returns to the DC area with a new release, "Little Warrior," and a CD release concert at Bethesda Blues & Jazz on Oct. 22. accompanying her are Eli Staples, Jeff Reed, Tim Leahey, Michael J. Harris, Janine Wilson, and Sandra Bishop. www.lisaengelken.com

Joy Buttons will drop their latest EP, "Other," with a release concert at Paperhaus on Fri. Oct. 17. They'll be joined by Loud Boyz, The Kickback, The Black Sparks, and Pinkwash. joybuttons.bandcamp.com

The Effects have a release show for their limited edition cassette tape single, "Blister b/w Old Soul" at Comet Ping Pong on Sat. Oct. 18. With openers, Openers More Humans and Lies About. theeffects.bandcamp.com/releases

Former DC area musician Tim Biery has a new solo album, "Here To Now." Available at timmbiery.bandcamp.com/.

Laura Byrne and Rose Flanagan have released their debut duo recording "Forget Me Not, Traditional Irish Fiddle and Flute." They have a CD Release concert on Oct 24 at Creative Alliance, with Billy McComiskey, Eamon O'Leary and Brendan Dolan. www.creativealliance.org

Dcist's "Listen To This" reviews these new songs.
Ex Hex's "How You Got That Girl" from their new record "Rip"
The Funk Ark's title track from their third album "Man Is A Monster"
Hemlines' new four-track demo.

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WAMA News compiled by Mike Schreibman and Loralyn Coles

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