WAMA News - November 16 2014

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WAMA News - November 16 2014

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National & International Music News

Wisconsin studies music and memory program
Friday 10/31/2014
By Carrie Antlfinger

"Mike Knutson taught himself to play the harmonica as a child, and the 96-year-old sang with his family for most of his life. Even now, as he suffers from dementia, music is an important part of his life thanks to a study looking at the impact of a nationwide music program aimed at helping dementia patients."

What's At Stake for the Music Business
in the 2014 Mid-Term Elections?
November 03, 2014
By Glenn Peoples

"...Over the next two years, Congress could decide if pre-1972 recordings get a digital performance right, determine if record labels get a performance right at terrestrial radio, and review the Department of Justice's rules for ASCAP and BMI. In addition, there will be continued efforts toward a major copyright update."

How the Upcoming Change in Digital Royalty Rates Will Alter How We All Listen
october 31, 2014
By Glenn Peoples

"It's not hyperbole to say the future of digital music in the U.S. -- or at least a great part of it -- rides on the outcome of the webcasting royalty rate proceedings now underway. What services like Pandora and iHeartRadio pay to stream music is directly related to the financial health of webcasters as well as the digital revenues earned by record labels whose music they stream."

The 'Open Internet' May End Up a Semi-Open Internet
october 31, 2014
By Andrew Flanagan

"The FCC is reportedly closing in on an unsurprisingly convoluted solution to its 'Open Internet' proceedings around how to treat broadband data transmissions in the U.S. The debate generated a record 3.7 million comments from the public, most against the idea of letting certain types of traffic be prioritized over others."

ASCAP, BMI and SESAC Force Local Coffee Shop
To Shut Down Live Music
Weds. Oct. 29, 2014
By Ari Herstand

"Maria Antonowisch and Jon Bennett aren’t your typical venue owners. The majority of the money they make on their concerts they donate to charities. Pictured above is them handing a check of their concert proceeds to the Backstoppers, an organization that helps the families of fallen police officers and firefighters."

NYU's Stream-Tech Music Conference Teaches,
Explains & Tries Not to Ruffle Feathers
November 07, 2014
By Harley Brown

Spain Passes Much-Debated 'Google Tax'
Intellectual Property Law
October 30, 2014
By Pamela Rolfe

"After more than a year in the works, Spain passed on Thursday (Oct. 30) its Intellectual Property Law, with its hotly debated, so-called Google tax that allows for fines on aggregators that show snippets of content without paying for it."


Local Notes

"The Choral Arts Society inaugurated its 50th-anniversary season Sunday afternoon at the Kennedy Center with a performance of Bach’s mighty Mass in B Minor, conducted by artistic director Scott Tucker." And it was reviewed in the Washington Post.

Conrad Tao, Andrew Balio, and conductor Hannu Lintuboth, all in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, were highlighted in a Washington Post article about the BSO performance at Strathmore.



4 Tips for Creating Shareable, Watchable Video Content
By Lisa Occhino

"These days on the internet, it’s all about content. Companies pay big bucks to people who craft everything from blogs to tweets and Facebook posts; forward-thinking brands even shell out thousands for Vine videos and fun Instagram photos...But as content’s importance grows, it’s looking like video is going to become the most important and most viewed. Creating great video content can be fun, but tricky. Here are four good tips to follow as you start crafting your clips."

The Musician's Guide to Snapchat
By Keidra Chaney

"...Photo messaging platform Snapchat, founded in 2011, is a particularly hot platform for younger-skewing music audiences and genres like EDM. Unlike photo and short form video sharing apps like Instagram and Vine, a message on Snapchat is only meant to exist on a user’s phone for a short period of time, and disappears after four to 10 seconds."

How to Plan Your Own Tour: Using the Internet and Your Fans
By Angela Webber

"...Collected below is basically every possible thing I thought of when I thought about tour planning. It may or may not help others, depending on what you want to know. Any advice is most likely to apply to bands with an existing online audience."

Promoters Promote & Musicians Invite
November 5, 2014
By Mark Knight

"Sometimes it’s important to take a step back and remind ourselves what we want from live music...In this article Mark critically examines the way grassroots live music is promoted. Mark identifies the roles of the key stakeholders and suggests how they could work together more effectively in the future."

Understanding and Getting the Most out of the Artist/Manager Relationship November 6
By Sari Delmar
artist/manager relationship

"It is easy to forget as a busy artist or manager the large and very important differences that make artists artists and industry industry. We work together closely every day, but to truly maximize the greatness of this partnership it’s important we all keep in mind the very real differences."

The Taylor Swift Factor
November 11, 2014
By Jana Pochop
Swift Factor

"... I think that Taylor encapsulated everything I try to preach about when I meet with musician clients...connect with your fan base far beyond that of a “I am an artist buy this music because I made it” mentality. It’s old and uninspiring. Create your army that will go to bat for you, spread the word for you, share in your victories with you...that is a fan base that will keep returning as long as you stay true to your art."



Strum For the Holidays: a Ukulele Workshop with Maureen Andary
Sat. Dec. 6
Two sessions: 12:00-1:30 pm and 2:00-3:30 pm
at HMT's lessons studio, 7010 Westmoreland Ave., Takoma Park, MD
$25 per session

Contact House of Musical Traditions to register at workshops@hmtrad.com or 301-270-9090 hmtrad.com/lessons/workshops.html

Deck the halls with ukuleles. We're going to learn how to play holiday tunes so you can spread the ukulele joy at your holiday parties this winter. Repertoire suggestions will be taken via email before the workshop. We'll also have discussions about arrangement, and figure out what strums and picking techniques we'd like to learn and how they work into each piece. This class is designed for players who can already play three or four chords. We will learn lots of sing-alongs as well as one instrumental. Space is limited.



Musician Wanted as Minister of Music & Worship Leader

Epiphany United Methodist Church, Vienna, VA are searching for a Minster of Music/Worship Leader to lead their music ministry and to actively engage in their regular church services. This is a part time position, offering an opportunity to plan the church music program, perform and lead a variety of Christian music, and participate in the conduct of Sunday services. For more information contact: Chuck Rushing, Chair, Staff Parish Committee, 703-242-2563, ecrushing@aol.com

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.


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

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Selected Events

“It’s All Good” Benefit Concert for John Jennings 11/16 & 11/17
7:30 pm
at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD
$50 - $150
11/16 tickets
11/17 tickets

An evening with Mary Chapin Carpenter, Tift Merritt, John Gorka, Don Dixon and Marti Jones, Robin & Linda Williams, and Francis Collins to benefit John Jennings. The special concerts will feature intimate performances by musical colleagues and friends of the longtime producer, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and Washington, DC-area resident. Proceeds from the concerts will go toward Jennings as he continues treatment for metastatic kidney cancer.

Politics & Art
Weds. Nov. 19
6 - 9 pm
at the John A. Wilson Building, WDC
To RSVP, email marsarts@washingtonperformingarts.org.
Due to the Wilson Building’s security, please bring your I.D. to the event for check-in purposes.

Join Washington Performing Arts for an evening of politics and art devoted to the performing arts scene of Washington, D.C. Come and network with local/national elected officials, local musicians, dancers, and other performance artists. If you are a performer, they invite you to bring your instrument to help them celebrate D.C.’s unique performing arts culture.


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WAMA News compiled by Mike Schreibman and Loralyn Coles

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