WAMA News - December 26 2014

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WAMA News - December 26 2014

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National & International Music News

Windowing New Music May Not Goose Sales, Study Shows
December 18, 2014
By Ed Christman & Glenn Peoples

"...Windowing refers to the practice of purposefully creating periods of exclusive availability in order to achieve a particular goal. The most common practice today is to release an album in CD and download formats for a short period of time - usually a week or two - before the release is made available at subscription services."

American Music Prize to Launch in 2015
December 12, 2014
By Lars Brandle

"...To be eligible, an artist’s debut album must have been released between Aug. 1, 2014, and July 31, 2015, and at least 51 percent of the act's line-up must be residents of the U.S. The recording should also have some commercial clout; it has to sell more than 1,000 units and be registered by SoundScan. There's no fee for submissions to the AMP."

How the U.S. Government Infiltrated Cuba's Hip-Hop Scene to Spark Change
December 11, 2014
Hip Hop

"In early 2009, a U.S. government contractor sent a Serbian music promoter to Cuba with these covert marching orders: Recruit one of Havana's most notorious rappers to spark a youth movement against the government."

USAID's Covert Cuba Hip-Hop Project 'Reckless' & 'Stupid,' Says Sen. Patrick Leahy
December 11, 2014

"...On at least six occasions, Cuban authorities detained or interrogated people involved in the program; they also confiscated computer hardware that in some cases contained information that jeopardized Cubans who likely had no idea they were caught up in a clandestine U.S. operation."

Cuban Rapper El B Disputes Reports of U.S. Agency Infiltration
December 12, 2014
By Judy Cantor-Navas
El B Responds

"Bian Oscar Rodriguez Gala, the Cuban rapper known as El B, has responded to an Associated Press report detailing how the United States the Agency for International Development used members of Havana’s hip-hop movement in a campaign in an effort to force social change in Cuba."

Bose Is Building Their Own Streaming Music Service
December 15, 2014

"Audio manufacturer Bose is hiring staff and moving "quickly" to build and launch its own "next generation streaming music platform". While Bose could integrate their music service within their own audio products, the company still faces very steep competition. And this new move is likely to displease Apple, who recently pulled and then reinstated Bose products from its Apple stores."


Local Notes

Scott McGinn needs help while recovering from a car accident. His right hand is broken in four places. It is now a worry that Scott might have to have surgery to fix this break. Scott also broke his sternum which is extremely painful and he has torn some muscles in his side/back. Scott is at home healing, unable to go back to work at least until the middle of January, possibly longer. If you can help, please go to a fundraising page for Scott. scott-mcginn

Cathy Fink's song "Dancing In The Kitchen" was awarded First Prize in the Children category of the USA Songwriting Competition. In the Kitchen

T. Edwin Doss' song about his dog, "Shine", won 1st place in the Country category of the 2014 Dallas Songwriter's Association songwriting contest. You can listen at www.tedwindoss.com

Marian Mclaughlin was interviewed in DCist. marian_mclaughlin

DCist published a photo album of the year in music from some local musicians.

Joan Jett (WAMA Hall of Famer) & the Blackhearts will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. Joan Jett

Benji Madden (former member of DC's Good Charlotte band) is engaged to be married to Cameron Diaz. Benji Madden


Video Views

The Dirty Jacks
"Mr Derailer"

The video premiered with Diffuser.fm.


How to Make Social Media Work for You

Free guide from Disc Makers. Learn how to make Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and the other social platforms work for you and your music.

Managing Your Digital Brand: Part Two — YouTube
December 15, 2014
By Ted Drozdowski
Band Brand

"...music makers of all kinds can and do take advantage of the platform — songwriters, performers, publishers, engineers, producers, instrument makers and studio owners. If you’ve got a story to tell or something to sell, YouTube is the place to reach and build a global community. BMI recently connected with a YouTube representative to gather insights for music creators seeking to optimize their video content. Here’s the takeaway."

How to sell more band merch in 2015
Dec. 18, 2014
By Chris Robley
More Merch

"Managing merch sales isn’t the sexiest part of your music career, so I can understand if it keeps falling to the bottom of your to-do list. But with a new year approaching, it’s time to set some serious band merch resolutions!"

3 Musician Branding Fails We Should All Learn From
Dec. 15, 2014
By Tyler Allen
Merch Fails

"... In this article, we'll explore the unfortunate decisions of a few major artists, and learn from the mistakes that put a dent in their sales or reputation – or ruined their career altogether."

3 Ways to Become Your Hometown’s Favorite Band
Dec. 18, 2014
By Dave Kusek
Hometown Band

"... As many of you know, however, becoming a hometown hero often takes more than just relentless gigging. If you want to be truly successful, you need to embed yourself and your music in the community. Here are three great ways to get started."

4 Ways to Fill Awkward Silences During Your Performances
Dec. 15, 2014
By Dylan Welsh

"...Awkward silences can occur during a set for any number of reasons. Most often, they're the result of one band member having technical difficulties and trying to fix the problem as the rest of the group stands around waiting for them. Or perhaps your frontman just isn't particularly comfortable onstage and has trouble finding things to say in between songs."



Early Music Christmas Collegium
with Tina Chancey
Fri. Dec. 26 thru Tues. Dec. 30
3 hour sessions
in Arlington, VA
$35, $60 for 2 sessions, $75 for 3, $100 for 4, $125 for 5
More information: mail@hesperus.org

For Intermediate & Advanced Early Music players and singers. Come every day or selected days.

Friday/26th 5-8 pm I Love Lucette/French Theatrical Music
Saturday/27th 10am-1pm Baroque Improv session 1
Sunday/28th 1-4 pm SoundCatcher
Sunday/28th 5-8 pm Machaut
Monday/29th 5-8 pm Baroque Improv session 2
Tuesday/30th 5-8 pm Balkan Music

Capital City Voices Jazz Choir and Workshop
weekly on Tuesdays
7:30 - 9:30 pm
at 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC
Tuition: $40 per session
More information: www.CapitalCityVoices.com

Rehearsals begin Jan. 13, 2015. Directed by Wayne Wilentz, men and women aged 16 and up are welcome to join. Singers of varying experience are accepted.



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

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.

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 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.

WAMA 2014 Year-end Donation Request

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The American Originals Fife & Drum Corps Needs Instructors & Musicians www.americanoriginals.org
They are looking for: Music Director/arranger, Drumline Arranger, Colorguard Instructor. The American Originals Fife and Drum Corps offers an extensive repertoire of American music, spanning the times from the American Revolution, through the Civil War, and on into the sounds of the 21st century. Selections from the Broadway stage and the Big Band Era, as well as folk tunes brought to America from many countries, enrich the corps' musical range. The all volunteer members of the corps execute a difficult musical and marching program. Corps members range in age from teens to seniors. If interested, email americanoriginalsfdc@gmail.com

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Selected Events

FSGW A Holiday Sampler
Sat. Dec. 27
3:30 - 6 pm
at Washington Ethical Society Auditorium, 7750 16th St NW, WDC
$15, $10 FSGW member, students half

Performers: Reberb, Hesperus Crossover Trio, All New Genetically Altered Jug Band

The Folklore Society of Greater Washington presents a special afternoon show.

A Benefit for "Save The Chimps"
Sun. Dec. 28
1 pm
at Jammin Java, Vienna, Va

Performer: Offtrax

This band is a group of Cardiologists from Fairfax Hospital that graciously donate their time for this very worthy cause. All of the band's proceeds for this concert will be donated to Save The Chimps: savethechimps.org

New Releases

The Dirty Jacks have released a new EP, "All Part of the Plan." The EP is set to premiere with Elmore Magazine thedirtyjacks.com

Sub-Radio Standard will be releasing their new CD, "Bad Habit," at Jammin Java on Dec. 30. sub-radio-standard

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Final Curtain

Margaret Elizabeth (Beth) Israel, 57

Bob Israel's wife, Margaret Israel died December 2, 2014 following a long illness with early onset Alzheimer's disease.

From Bob (Local musician & Blues Alley Talent Buyer):
"Beth was a devoted mother and wife, as well as a long-time Research Psychologist at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism where she worked on many projects designed to understand the deleterious effects of alcohol abuse. She made significant contributions to the field, especially with her work on children of alcoholics. A memorial service will be held on January 17, 2015 at the Strathmore Mansion in Bethesda, MD. My friends at Strathmore have donated the use of the mansion for Beth's memorial; I am touched by their generosity and kindness. My business relationship with them over the last ten years is something that I am proud to be part of.

Tax deductible donations in honor of Beth can be made to the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA), 10920 Connecticut Ave, Suite 100, Kensington, MD 20895.

This is a trying time for our family. Beth fought valiantly against this disease which started very early in our life. She brought dignity and grace to our family and I am grateful to have spent the years with her that I did.

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive debilitating brain disease that will affect over one in three people in the world over the next decade. The financial and emotional implications affecting families are far-reaching and will become more so between patients and caretakers over the next 10 years. Unfortunately, it is a disease that will affect us all in one way or another. For more information, please see:

Bless you all for helping me through these tough years. Thank you so much."

WAMA News compiled by Mike Schreibman and Loralyn Coles

News presented in this newsletter is for informational purposes only,
and does not necessarily constitute an endorsement.
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