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WAMA News - December 12 2014

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National & International Music News

In wake of Spotify pullout, music industry debates streaming
By Kristin M. Hall

"From board rooms in Japan to songwriter's rooms in Nashville, a debate is brewing in music industry circles about the financial and creative value of streaming music, even as its popularity and impact skyrocket."

The Orchard Dumps SoundExchange,
Goes Direct To SiriusXM For Royalties
By Bruce Houghton
Going Direct

"Once only available to major players, direct deals with digital broadcasters and services are starting to trickle down into the music indie sector. The latest defection from SoundExchange is indie music and film distributor The Orchard, who announced the move in a letter to its artists and labels."

Judge Rules Against Pandora in Licensing Fight
November 24, 2014
By Ed Christman

"Pandora's effort to get BMI rate court Judge Louis L. Stanton to rule that the digital service has a "license-in-effect" with the performance right society has failed, with the Judge ruling last Friday (Nov. 21) against the Oakland, Calif.-based company."

New Report on Global A&R Illustrates Some Less-Than-Rosy
Facts of the Business
December 02, 2014
By Glenn Peoples
Investing in Music

"Last week the IFPI, the global trade organization representing record labels, released its A&R report titled "Investing in Music." A follow-up to the 2012 edition, the latest A&R report details the $4.3 billion record labels spent globally on A&R -- down from $4.5 billion in 2011 -- in the name of finding, pursuing, signing, recording and marketing artists."

Round Hill and BMG, In a Rare Move,
Sue Internet Service Provider for Copyright Infringement
December 02, 2014
By Andrew Flanagan

"A complaint filed in a Virginia court last week on the eve of Thanksgiving vacation (Nov. 26) finds BMG Rights Management and Round Hill Music accusing internet service provider Cox for copyright infringement. The case is unique, being one of the first times that a service provider has been accused of not being protected by the "Safe Harbor" provision of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act."

Kanye West, Usher to Receive BET Honors
December 10, 2014

"...Usher will receive the Musical Arts Award for his two-decade career; Phylicia Rashad will receive the Theatrical Arts Award. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art and former president of Spelman College, will receive the Education Award...The BET Honors will be taped Jan. 24 in Washington and will air Feb. 23. Ticket sales will benefit the National CARES Mentoring Program."

Jay Z Has Lawsuit Over One-Syllable Sample Run Out of Town
December 09, 2014
By Eriq Gardner

"When it comes to unlicensed samples, New York federal judge Lewis Kaplan has limits. On Monday, he dismissed TufAmerica's lawsuit claiming that Jay Z and his record companies violated copyright by sampling an "oh" on the song "Run This Town,"...Yes, that's right. One syllable...Judge Kaplan writes that every case is fact specific and not every copying of a part of another artists work is infringement."


Local Notes

Travis Morrison from Dismemberment Plan was interviewed by Dcist.

Listen Local First D.C. has issued "A Music Policy Guide For The Bowser Administration," according to Dcist. policy_guide

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Video Views

Remy Munasifi
"All About That Paste"

"Clarendon resident, Arab-American comedian and minor internet celebrity Remy Munasifi has released a new music video. This time around, the “Arlington Rap” star is parodying the pop hit “All About That Bass” with “All About That Paste,” a tribute to his love of hummus."

Lindsey Pollak
"Carrot Clarinet"

On stage, Linsey Pollak turns a carrot into a clarinet using an electic drill, a carrot, and a saxophone mouthpiece, and plays it all in a matter of 5 minutes.



Should Musicians Fake It 'Til They Make It?
Dec. 1, 2014
By Tyler Allen
Fake it

"...there are ways to be authentic while still being successful and being seen. Think of your EPK and marketing like a job interview. You want to get the job, whether it's a gig, record deal, or licensing partnership. Just as you wouldn't lie on your resume, you shouldn't embellish your band's work either, and just as an employer would be frustrated when their new hire shows up unable to do the work he or she ensured they could, your producer, venue owner, or music supervisor will also be disappointed."

14 Ways to Make Money From One Song
Dec. 2, 2014
By Bobby Borg
One Song

"...Here's how to turn a single song into 14 different money-making revenue streams..."

Properly sending your music to commercial radio stations
Dec. 2, 2014
By Liz Uhl
Commercial Radio

"Distributing music to commercial radio stations used to involve sending CDs, printing cover letters, bubble envelopes, researching radio stations, finding the right contact information and paying shipping fees. Now over 95% of the music played on commercial radio is received digitally...So how do you get your song included..."

5 Grassroots Ways to Create Collective Hype on Social Media
Dec. 1, 2014
By Brooklyn Doran
Grassroots Hype

"...We're in the age of "me" in which news feeds are saturated by bands all doing the same things. So, how do we fight Facebook algorithms and trending hashtags to be seen?"

6 Ways To Kill Your Music Career
By Bobby Borg
Marketing Mistakes

"Most artists spend months writing, recording, and finalizing their songs, merch, and live performances for the marketplace, only to make repeated mistakes when it comes to promoting themselves. Don't let this be you. Here are six career-killing mistakes you want to be absolutely sure to avoid."

How to Get Best Quality Voice Over Recording?
November 25, 2014
By Chris Meloni
Best Quality

"...So, in order to get a good quality voice over without having expensive gears and instruments, here are presented some of the important tips.."

Making Money As a Musician Outside the Box
By Brian Buchanan

"Today more artists than ever before are making a living touring original music. Many small and mid-sized venues are thriving, and creative acts are finding new and intriguing ways to expand their reach beyond their local scene. Thanks to dozens of new technological tools, bands are finding it increasingly easy to find an audience – but coaxing the necessary dollars out of the wallets of your adoring public is still a challenge..."

Five Of The Best Jobs You Can Get In The Music Industry
With A College Degree
December 1, 2014
By Anita Ginsburg

"What kind of career lies ahead in your future with a degree in music? You may think there aren’t many options, but there is plenty of variety offered in this field of study."



Violin Master Class with Kimberly Fisher
Sat. Dec. 13
6 pm, precedes concert at 8 pm
at Westmoreland Congregational Church, 1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD

Kimberly Fisher, Principal Second Violinist of The Philadelphia Orchestra, will present a public master class and coach violin students from the Washington Conservatory and area schools, ranging in age from eight to thirty-five.

Singer's Workshop with Tom Saputo
Sun. Dec 21
2 - 4 pm
at Tom's music studio
$20, limited to 10 singers
contact Pam at saputo_events@msn.com

Bring new or old material and he'll go over keys, tempos, starts and ends and any quick improvements that you can make.

Jamie Baum Flute Clinic
Sat. Dec 13
noon - 2 pm
at Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center, 11151 Veirs Mill Rd., Wheaton, MD
Free, but seating is limited

A fear free approach to improvisation for the the classically trained flutist. With a hands on demonstration with Altus Flutes from 11 am to noon.



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

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. 6, 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


New Releases

Anthony Pirog has released a new album, "Palo Alto Dream," and will be performing as one of the trio's at CapitalBop's Traveling Loft concert series at The Fridge, WDC on Sunday. www.capitalbop.com

Two Inch Astronaut has a new album, "Foulbrood," and a review in DCist. Their record release show on is on Sunday, December 7 at The Dougout.

Pressing Strings released a new Album November 11th entitled "LIFE OF A TREE" you can listen the first 3 songs here.open for the Australian band ‘THE KIN’, NOVEMBER 28th, at U ST. MUSIC HALL. www.pressingstrings.com

DCist reviewed new songs from: dcist.com/2014/11 Fellow Creatures' single "Allies" Black Clouds "Mt. Rainier" from their album "Dreamcation" Asheru's single "No Matter Where You Go (ft. Wayna)" Pentamon's single "Talking Points"

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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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