WAMA News - October 30 2014

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WAMA News - October 30 2014

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29th Wammies Nomination Ballot
- One More Day to Nominate!

Deadline: Midnight, Friday October 31

The 29th Wammies Nomination Ballot is where WAMA members vote on 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.

To 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.

29th Annual Wammies Award Show
Sunday, February 15, 2015
at the State Theatre, Falls Church, VA

Save the date for the biggest celebration in town of the local music scene.

National & International Music News

The Ryman Auditorium -- Country's Hallowed Home
-- Kicks Off a $14 Million Facelift
October 27, 2014
By Katy Lindenmuth

"...The renovation -- scheduled to be completed by June 2015 -- began Oct. 1 with the temporary removal of its statue of steamboat magnate Thomas G. Ryman, who built the venue in 1892."

Who Sang It First?
Mockingbirds And Musicians Cover Each Other In New Orleans
October 23, 2014
By Eve Abrams

"In certain New Orleans music scenes, there is a special sound — a signal — that lets players know it's time to pick up their instruments and strike up the band...The four-note phrase, however, doesn't belong to musicians alone. Another common New Orleans species, the mockingbird, also produces the call."


Local Notes

Honky Tonk Confidential with Bob Scheiffer opened for Bernadette Peters and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at the Sing for Cure Gala. TCU review. gala-highlights

Rosanna Ruscetti becomes the first Director of Cultural Programming at Washington, D.C.’s Lincoln Theatre. Lincoln Programming

Maimouna Youssef launches her 1st Kickstarter to complete her sophomore studio album. The Kickstarter campaign ends Oct. 31. Kicking

Dave Grohl comes home — highlights from the D.C. episode of “Sonic Highways” Washington Post blog dave-grohl

The 2014 Future of Music Policy Summit was held in DC. Here's a report on the panels and topics discussed at the yearly policy summit.


How to Book Your Own Gigs
october 27, 2014
By Dave Kusek

"Every musician has to start out booking their own gigs, but, as you’ve probably realized, this is a lot easier said than done. After all, there are so many musicians and bands competing for very limited performance spots. For promoters, it’s a game of risk management - they want to book bands they know will fill the room - so getting the spot as a new band can be very tricky. There are, however, some things you could be doing that can help you..."

How To Sign Up For Pandora Amp Free Artist Analytics Platform
By Bruce Houghton
Pandora Analytics

"Last week Pandora opened up its long anticipated analytics platform, Pandora AMP, to all artists and managers. The free service provides a detailed view of the audiences of 125,000+ artists on the online radio service."

A Guide to Getting Gigs (Part 2 of 3):
How to Look for Gigs
October 8, 2014
By Yannick Ilunga

"...Are you dreaming of performing at a venue in your town? Then stop sitting on your hands and take action! The best way to get a feeling of what the club is about and what kind of acts its promoter(s) are interested in is to physically go there."

A Guide to Getting Gigs (Part 3):
How to Promote Your Shows
October 28, 2014
By Yannick Ilunga

"...This post is all about what you should think about and do, once your show dates have been confirmed."

Guide to Music Crowdfunding - Part 1: Fans with Benefits
By Bryan Kim

"... I want to start with a higher level discussion of what to expect from a campaign: the good, the bad, the ugly... and most importantly, the surprising, long term benefits."

Top 3 Reasons Why You're Not Getting the Gig
oct. 27, 2014
By Jhoni Jackson

"Not getting a gig you're pining over can be incredibly frustrating. It's especially disheartening when you can't figure out why you've been turned down, whether you never received a response or simply got a blunt nope. Like record label execs, promoters and venue owners don't always have time to explain their logic. Even fewer have the time or desire to coach you through a better chance of scoring a show. Instead of getting angry or giving up, instances of rejection should invigorate your independent spirit. Get proactive by studying these three reasons you might be denied a gig. Employ your DIY initiative in learning from them – and keep trying."



Sat. Nov. 1
at Chuck Levin's
11151 Veirs Mill Rd., Wheaton, MD 20902

Four Workshops and chance to trade in old microphone gear:

Audio for Video/DLSR – Making videos has never been easier, but getting great audio for these videos is another story. The experts from Sennheiser will provide you with the tips and tricks on different microphones like shotguns and lavs, wireless systems, and micing techniques for movies, interviews and more.
Live Mic Techniques - The pros on top of the line microphones will be demonstrating proper mic technique for a variety of different situations. Vocals, Guitars, drums, amps, acoustic instruments and any other live applications you might have.
Studio Mic Techniques – Being in the studio is all about capturing the best performance, but you need to make sure you capture it the right way! The experts from Sennheiser and Neumann will be on hand to discuss proper placement and use of various microphones in studio applications.
Miking the Presenter – Pastors, Rabbis, Presenters, Group Leaders, all are miked up at one point or another and it is always different and never easy! There is a wide variety of microphones for these situations and it can be difficult to select the appropriate one. The experts from Sennheiser will provide applications and techniques for getting your voice heard in the best way possible.

Road Trip: The Studio Circuit
Sat. Nov. 1
noon - 4:30 pm
starts at Omega Recording Studio, 5609 Fishers Ln, Rockville, MD, with visits to District Company Records, and Airshow Mastering
Advance tickets: $25 Recording Academy members, $50 non-members
call Recording Academy Washington, D.C. Chapter office at 202.662.1341 for ticket information and payment.

This event will provide members with an intimate look at local recording studios while providing “crash course” style learning on subjects relevant to the studio. Members will board a coach bus and be transported to select studios where they will receive introductions to each studio, be able to view the equipment and technology at each studio, and may have demonstrations on the equipment. Final stop back at Omega Recording Studio for lunch and mastering workshop presented by iZotope.

Keeping the Arts Legal and in Compliance!
Mon. Nov. 3
9 am - 3 pm
at Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 702 8th Street, NW, WDC
Coffee Networking/Lunch
Registration Required
CultureCapital & WALA Members $25, Non-Members - $40
Lunch is included

John D. Mason, Copyright Counselors and Mason Literary
Mary Jo Shacklefordis, CEO and President of Exselleration, LLC
G. Steven Hartong, CPA/ABV, Bormel, Grice & Huyett
Sharon Weinberg Nokesis, Counsel to the Exempt Organizations Group at Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered.

Copyright and Trademark for content on the web;
Best Practices for Hiring and Dismissing Staff;
The difference between consultants and contractual workers;
New Laws for not-for-profits that ALL Arts Administrators need to know; and,
Steps to preparing for an efficient and painless audit.

For Arts Administrators and individual artists who want to stay up-to-date with business and legal changes in the field. Learn more about CultueCapital at: culturecapital.org

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!

Matuto: Instrument Making Workshop
Sat. Nov. 15
10 am
at Black Rock Center for the Arts, Main Lobby, 12901
Free, but reservations required

Learn to make Brazilian Percussion instruments out of everyday materials in this interactive workshop with renowned Brazilian percussionist, Ze Mauricio of Matuto.


2nd Annual National Cherry Blossom Festival
Sing Into Spring Competition
Hopeful artists can submit a :30 second YouTube video for consideration through
Friday, November 14, 2014
To enter: www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org

The competition, open to all residents of DC, Maryland and Virginia, will highlight outstanding local talent in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Solo and group vocalists will be selected to audition live before a panel of industry judges. Winning acts will have the chance to perform for a Parade audience of more than 150,000 spectators as well as a television audience. Artists can submit a :30 second YouTube video for consideration through Friday, November 14, 2014. Submissions will be accepted online only. Up to 20 singers will be selected to audition live for a panel of celebrity judges in January, 2015. At the finalist event, up to 4 winning soloists and/or vocal groups will be chosen to perform in the largest spectator event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

American Music Abroad: Promoting Cultural Diplomacy Through Music
deadline for applications is January 9, 2015

American Music Abroad (AMA)’s application round for the 2014-15 season is now open. Bands and ensembles are encouraged to apply at http://amvoices.org/ama/apply. American Music Abroad is designed to communicate America’s rich musical contributions and diverse culture to the global music scene. Each year, approximately ten ensembles are selected to embark on month-long, multi-country tours, where they will engage with international audiences through public concerts, interactive performances with local musicians, lecture demonstrations, workshops, jam sessions and media interviews. Ensembles from any characteristically American musical genres, including, but not limited to Blues, Bluegrass, Cajun, Country, Folk, Latin, Native American, Gospel, Hip Hop/Urban, Indie Rock, Jazz, Punk, R&B and Zydeco are welcome to apply. Ensembles will be selected for artistic quality, a strong education and interactive component, and a dedication to cultural engagement. To learn more about AMA visit americanvoices.org/ama.

Folk Alliance International Official Showcase
Deadline: November 4, 2014

Each year Folk Alliance International selects artists to perform 20-45 minute showcases during the annual conference. At the 2014 conference, more than 250 artists from all over the world showcased for over 2300 delegates, including 1000 industry professionals and presenters. Find our how to apply at www.folkalliance.org


Reverb, a WAMA award-winning a cappella vocal group, seeks a Social Media Director to develop and maintain our website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. Pay negotiable. Email reverbmusic@Hotmail.com


Selected Events

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 greatly 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.

The 50th Anniversary of The Big Broadcast
on WAMU 88.5 American University Radio
Sun. Nov. 2
3 pm
at Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St NW, WDC
$30, 12 and under $15, GW students $25.50

Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of WAMU 88.5's The Big Broadcast with longtime host, Ed Walker. The celebration will feature both a classical and original old time radio show performed by the Metropolitan Washington Old Time Radio Club. Rob Bamberger, host of WAMU's Hot Jazz Saturday Night, will interview Ed to discuss the history of the show and give attendees a behind the scenes look of the historic show.

NOVA Annandale Symphony Orchestra and Reunion Music Society
with Northern Virginia Chorale and NOVA Annandale Chorale
20th Anniversary Concert
Fri. Nov. 7
8 pm
at the Schlesinger Center, 4915 East Campus Dr, Alexandria, VA

7th Annual College Park Blues Festival
Sat. Nov. 8
6 - 11:30 pm
at the Ritchie Coliseum, 4533 Rossborough Lane, College Park MD

Performers: Jackie Scott & The Housewreckers, The DC Blues Society Band, DCBS Battle of the Bands winner - The Mojo Priests, M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio

This fundraising event, jointly sponsored by the College Park Recreation Board and The DC Blues Society, will help send The Mojo Priests, winner of the DC Blues Society’s Annual Battle of the Bands to the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN.


New Releases

Roomrunner and Jail Solidarity, both on local label Accidental Guest, have new releases. https://www.facebook.com/rmrnnr

Karen Ashbrook and Paul Oorts have released a new CD, "KA/PO In Concert." Their CD release concert will be at Carroll Café @ Seekers Church, WDC on Fri. Nov. 14. karenashbrook.com

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Final Curtain

Michelle “Chel’e P." Perry

“She commanded the stage. She made you look at her and pay attention.” That’s WKYS’s evening Go-Go Crank Session DJ Big John talking about seeing D.C. born-and-raised singer/actress Michelle “Chel’e P." Perry in June 2013 at the Howard Theatre in the gospel drama My Father’s Keeper. Chel’e P., the self-proclaimed "Queen of Go-Go Soul" died Tuesday, Oct. 14, at age 42 from lung cancer, as first reported by Take Me Out To The Go-go. A lifelong musician, Chel’e became best-known for her singing in a number of go-go bands from 2006 to 2012, as well as for the 2012 song “Where Da Party At,” which received attention from local radio and club DJs.

Chel’e grew up in Congress Park, where her parents enrolled her in violin lessons at age 7 and soon had her learning how to read and write sheet music. Her mother, Vernell Garey, got her into the D.C. Youth Orchestra, but soon, Chel’e had other musical goals. “By the time she got to be 12, that’s when she liked to sing. I just thought it was a phase she was going through like all typical teenagers," Garey says. "But as the years went on I saw she was really serious about it. She would do all kinds of talent shows all over the city.” Garey says that Chel’e’s middle-school music and math teacher George Parker, a former member of the soul group Special Delivery, helped hone her vocal chops. By high school, she was checking out Rare Essence and others on the go-go scene.

From Steve Kiviat's Washington City Paper Blogpost

WAMA News compiled by Mike Schreibman and Loralyn Coles

News presented in this newsletter is for informational purposes only,
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