WAMA News - November 21 2014

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WAMA News - November 21 2014

Postby askmike » Wed May 06, 2015 5:24 pm

WAMA Thank You

WAMA thanks the Library of Congress Folklife Center, the Copyright Office, and especially Jennifer Cutting for putting together a wonderful workshop for WAMA on Weds. Nov. 12.

(left) WAMA members listen as Jennifer Cutting explains the symbolism in the Jefferson Building. (right) WAMA members check out the original hand-written note for "MY Favorite Things."

"What a lovely informative workshop! All that beauty and places to research inside the Library of Congress and I had never really seen it before...I just would like to encourage you to have more. I took a day off from work and I do not regret it at all. The different group leaders were well informed and I gleaned much. The building tour added so much to the experience." Dawn Vesco

29th Wammies Nomination Ballot

Thanks to all who submitted their votes!

Unfortunately, many of the votes had to be disqualified because only one artist/group/recording was entered in a category, and two different names were required. We don't like having to make so many disqualifications, but the rule was created to serve a higher purpose of getting a broad inclusive view of the entire DC music scene.

National & International Music News

#Bedstock Exclusive: Musicians Go Under Covers
for Online Festival Benefiting Kids With Cancer
November 13, 2014
By Harley Brown

"...On Dec. 2, otherwise known as "Giving Tuesday" to counteract the mass consumption of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, MyMusicRx.org will launch #Bedstock, an online music festival."

Billy Joel's career in songwriting honoured in Washington DC
20 November 2014

"Musician Billy Joel has received the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at a gala in Washington DC, honouring his life's work in songwriting."

New York Judge Delivers Another SiriusXM Setback
in Turtles Lawsuit
November 15, 2014
By Eriq Gardner

"For the third time in as many months, SiriusXM has been rocked with a court ruling over the issue of pre-1972 sound recordings. This time, a ruling comes in New York, a sign that the satellite radio broadcaster's liability won't be limited to California — the scene of earlier losses — plus bad news for Pandora and terrestrial radio operators."

Stevie Wonder, Garth Brooks, Billy Joel and More Honored
at ASCAP's Centennial Awards Gala
November 18, 2014

"...The ASCAP Centennial Awards on Monday night honored the musical icons - including Joan Baez and Stephen Sondheim -- at a gala in New York City."

Berklee Announces New Online Music Degrees
November 19, 2014

"The Berklee College of Music has announced a new slate of online degree programs, including two in music creation, cementing its status as the first accredited non-profit music institution to offer Bachelor degrees on the web. Online students will soon be able to enter programs focusing on Electronic Music Production and Composition for Visual Media, along with a degree for Music Studies."

Small Businesses in U.K. Say They're Confused
About Music Copyrights
November 14, 2014
By Marc Schneider

"Confusing fees and an apparent lack of transparency on the part of music-focused copyright collection agencies in the United Kingdom have small business there looking for change."

Cyndi Lauper Calls on Tony Awards to Reinstate
Axed Sound Design Category
November 14, 2014
By Mark Kennedy

"...The decision to drop the honors for Best Sound Design of a Play and Best Sound Design of a Musical was made in June by the Tony Awards Administration Committee, and it set off outrage among some theater professionals."


Local Notes

The Big Cheese has a Kickstarter campaign to raise $6,000 for their album “Live Culture” with three music videos. Their crowdfunding campaign ends on December 8. BigCheeseKickStarter

Video Views

Steve Albini's epic keynote address at
Melbourne's Face the Music conference
in which he essentially laid out the case that the internet has cleaned up much of the music biz's waste



Why You Should Be Using Instagram as a Musician
(And All Its Dirty Secrets)
November 19, 2014
By Joe Marson

"...Here’s the first counterintuitive rule. Increasing your fan base via Instagram is 20% about having 20 to 30 great pictures and 80% searching hashtags."

5 Things That Smart Musicians Do Every Day
By Dylan Welsh

"The sheer number of tasks that need to be completed on any given day can overwhelm anybody involved in music professionally. In today's industry, most musicians end up wearing many different hats in order to make ends meet. Everywhere you go, independent artists have to not only write and perform the music, but record it, market it, book shows, and do their own press. Getting organized is essential to avoid getting bogged down by tasks and overwhelmed to the point of stagnation."

How to Connect With Influencers When You Have
Zero Music Industry Contacts
By Cortney Harding

"...But for artists who are just starting out and can’t shell out the big fees that firms like theAudience charge, reaching influencers can feel like an impossible task. Don’t despair, though – here's how you can connect with the person who might give you your big break."

Why It's Crucial to Declutter Your Band's Digital Presence
By Tyler Allen

"...While it's natural to hop onto new and trending outlets, it can actually be detrimental to your overall online image. Here are three insights in cleaning up your band's virtual junk online."

4 Important Details That Should Never Be Left Out
of Your Performance Contract
Nov 14, 2014
By Barry Heyman and Chris Tuthill

"A performance agreement is a deal that you, the performing artist, strike with a promoter or venue owner (also known as the purchaser). While you can have a verbal agreement, a written agreement – even in an email – containing the essential terms may help avoid potential conflict or getting screwed over by the purchaser, and may prove to be more helpful in enforcing the agreement."

8 Things You're Forgetting to Do on Show Day
Nov. 7, 2014
by Ari Herstand

"I meet (and play with) too many musicians who don't want to get to the venue early enough. Some like to arrive shortly before they need to play, others slightly before doors, and still others feel they're being responsible by allowing the bare minimum amount of time they believe they'll need to load in, set up, and soundcheck before start time or doors. Until you have a tour manager, you'll need to designate pre- and post-show duties within the band. These jobs cannot be overlooked."

Metadata 101 for Musicians:
What the Experts Said at FMC ’14
Nov. 11, 2014
By Mike Petillo

"...Music metadata is the information attached to a musical work. The most common examples are specific codes such as ISRCs and UPCs, but in a general sense, metadata includes the wealth of info that lives alongside a release as it travels across the Web."

Miss SF Music Tech?
Session Recordings Now Available on Soundcloud
By Laura Schneider

"Last week's SF Music Tech Summit was crammed with expertly curated sessions, industry acclaimed panelists, and inspired attendees that cultivated contemplative conversation. If you weren't able to make the conference or were torn between two sessions occurring simultaneously, you can make up for lost time by streaming the conference sessions on the SF Music Tech Soundcloud."



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 HMT to register at workshops@hmtrad.com or 301-270-9090

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.

Chuck Brown & the Go-Go Movement Through the Lens of Photographer chip Py
SSTCi's Film & Lecture Series
Thurs. Dec. 11
6 pm
at Silver Spring civic Building
Confirm your space at rsvp@silverspringtowncenter.com.

A special behind-the-scenes visual journey of this DC icon and the music and culture he created. Along with these rarely seen photos, of the legendary Chuck Brown and the Go-Go scene, Chip will also share the more intimate backstage stories of his experience. Immediately followed by SSTCi's Winter Potluck Mixer.


Studio News

Airshow Takoma Park

Pro Sound News featured a nice profile last week on Takoma Park's Randy LeRoy about some of his favorite mastering gear as well as his work on former New Grass Revival singer and bassist John Cowan's latest solo release "Sixty" which came out recently on Compass Records. Randy worked hand in hand with producer John McFee (The Doobie Brothers) to put the finishing touches on the album, which features guest stars like Leon Russell, Alison Krauss, Huey Lewis, Jim Messina, Sam Bush and Rodney Crowell. Randy LeRoy



Hazel Dickens Song Contest
Deadline: Jan. 1, 2015
For submission guidelines:: www.dcbu.org/songcontest.htm

The first-place winner will be invited to perform his or her song on the main stage at the DC Bluegrass Festival, Feb. 28, 2015in Vienna, VA. All proceeds from the Hazel Dickens Song Contest go to the DC Bluegrass Union, a 501(c)3 nonprofit membership organization with a mission to promote bluegrass music in the greater Washington region through education and performance.

DCBU 2015 Mid-Atlantic Bluegrass Band Contest
Deadline: Feb. 6th, 2015
For submission guidelines:

The competition is from 7 pm-10 pm at the 5th DC Bluegrass Festival on Friday, February 27, 2015.

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 Advertising
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Selected Events

Benefit for Girls Rock!
Sat. Nov. 22
9 pm
at the Black Cat Mainstage, 1811 14th St.NW, WDC

Performers: Drop Electric, Young Rapids and Cigarette

FSGW Joins International Pete Seeger Commemoration
Concert in memory of Pete Seeger
Sat. Nov. 22
8 - 10 pm
at Knox Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 7416
Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, VA
Free for FSGW members (donation requested)/$15.00 for non-members/$10 for students
Tickets at the door or online at spookhandy.bpt.me/

Singer-Songwriter Spook Handy vows to bring his concert honoring the late folk music icon, Pete Seeger, to all 50 U.S. states, all 13 Canadian provinces and territories, all 21 New Jersey counties, and as many other countries around the world as possible by Pete's 97th birthday on May 3, 2016.

21st Night of 100 ELVISes
Sat. Dec. 6
at The Hunt Valley Inn, 245 Shawan Rd, Hunt Valey MD
tickets in advance are $25.00 for the matinee and $35.00 for the evening show

For the list of performers and ticket outlets, www.nightof100elvises.com

The 20th Jewish Folk Arts Festival
pre-Festival Chanukah Concert Dedicated to Human Rights
Sat. Dec. 6
8 pm
at Temple Beth Ami Congregation, 14330 Travilah Road, Rockville, MD

Performers at the Festival include The Kol Chayim Orchestra, Rak Shalom, Kol Haruach, Kolot HaLev Choir, New Klezmer Quintet, Music Pilgrim Trio, Machaya, SONiA (of disappear fear), Ein Lanu Z’man and Lox n’ Vodka.

With 17 workshops. A portion of proceeds will support Immigrant Rights organizations and Physicians for Human Rights - Israel.


New Releases

Jason Mogavero, one-half of Jack on Fire, has compiled a new charity compilation, "Sounds Like Love." "The compilation benefits the World Missions Extension Center, a small church in Bloomingdale run by Dr. Joann Perkins...The church aims their charitable actions towards improving the lives of those in the inner city, with a particular focus on youth." Read more in this Dcist article.

Dave Chappell has a new CD, "Back On Track," that was Mastered by Charlie Pilzer at Airshow. He'll be performing on Sat. Nov. 22 at Avalon Theater, Easton, MD. www.guitardavechappell.com

Black Clouds just released "Dreamcation." They'll be joined by The Deadmen, Tereu Tereu at the Black Cat Mainstage on Fri. Nov. 21. www.blackcatdc.com/shows/black-clouds.html

Steven Gellman will be having his album release concert for the "Songs of Winter’s Cheer" at Jammin Java on Sun. Dec. 7. www.hiddenpoet.com/press.html.

The Walking Sticks have a release show for their "Pop Dreams" EP on Sat. Nov. 22 at the Rock & Roll Hotel, WDC. www.rockandrollhoteldc.com

Big Hush has an EP release show for "Wholes," at Babe City, WDC with Chris Forsyth, Anthony Pirog Trio and Golden Triangle on Sat. Nov. 22. www.facebook.com/events

Congo Sanchez released his debut album, Dealin' With This, on San Diego-based Herb Records. Dcist review: dcist.com/2014/11/review_congo_sanchez_dealin_with_th.php

Practically Einstein has released a new EP, "Love + Hate," and just finished their tour overseas. www.practicallyeinstein.com

Al Petteway and Amy White (former DC natives) have a CD release concert for Al's “Mountain Guitar: A Musical Portrait of the Appalachian Mountains” at the Institute of Musical Traditions on Sat. Nov. 22. www.alandamy.com

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WAMA News compiled by Mike Schreibman and Loralyn Coles

News presented in this newsletter is for informational purposes only,
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