WAMA News - January 12 2015

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WAMA News - January 12 2015

Postby askmike » Wed May 06, 2015 5:32 pm

29th Annual Wammies Award Show

Sunday, February 15, 2015
at the State Theatre, Falls Church, VA

Co-Sponsored by The Little City of Falls Church and The State Theatre

To order Tickets and Sponsor Tables, click TIX

Save the date for the biggest celebration in town of the local music scene! Over 120 Wammies will be awarded to local musicians and music businesses, in categories ranging from Rock to Folk, Rap to Classical, Urban to Choral, Record Company to Song of the Year. For 29 years the Wammies have spotlighted our wonderful local music scene. If you've never attended a Wammies Award Show before, this year would be a great time to experience this premier DC networking party.

National & International Music News

Europe's New Tax 'Solution' May Have Created
a Big Problem for Indie

Artists, Labels
December 29, 2014
By Richard Smirke

"For example, if someone in Barcelona purchases a music download or access to a music subscription from a US company then that company must charge the customer Spanish VAT...To avoid digital companies and sole traders -- i.e. musicians selling downloads directly through their own website -- having to become VAT registered in each member state in which it supplies services to customers, a 'Mini One Stop Shop' known as VAT MOSS has been created, which will forward VAT payments to the relevant member state or tax jurisdiction...In response, a petition has been set up in the U.K. campaigning against the EU regulations. Protestors have also taken to Twitter using the hashtags #VATMESS and #VATMOSS."

Bandcamp Eases Indies' Worry Over New Tax Changes in Europe
December 31, 2014
By Richard Smirke

"Uproar from the independent community over the potentially devastating impact that upcoming changes to European Union tax regulations will have on digital music sales has resulted in Bandcamp revising its tax policy in artists' favour...Bandcamp has now abandoned its "temporary solution where artists submitted the tax themselves" and said that it will instead look after its artists' tax obligations on their behalf."

SoundExchange Financials Show Fewer Unclaimed Royalties, Persistent Data Problems
December 24, 2014
By Glenn Peoples

"...Unclaimed royalties dipped by $25 million, to $96 million. But this balance is better appreciated as a percent of collections. These royalties, unpaid because artists and labels have not yet registered with SoundExchange, represented 14.6 percent of collections in 2013, down from 23.9 percent in 2012 and 25.1 percent in 2011. This constant decline suggests SoundExchange's efforts to locate unregistered artists and labels are working."

Nielsen Music's Year-End:
Streaming Is Not Killing the Record Business
January 02, 2015
By Glenn Peoples

"A great deal of attention will be given to last year's decline in U.S. music purchases -- it's a trend that is hard to ignore...But there's more to the story. Recorded music looks better when streaming gains are taken into account. And not all genres are going through the same changes at the same time. Dig deeper into the year in U.S. recorded music with these six observations."

Historic Les Paul guitar to be auctioned next month in NYC
January 7, 2015
Les Paul

"The 1954 electric guitar that served as the prototype for Gibson’s iconic Les Paul models is going on the auction block. The Paul-designed guitar known as “Black Beauty” features gold-plated hardware. Paul made frequent modifications as he refined its sound over more than two decades of use."

Music lessons spur emotional and behavioral growth in children, new study says
January 7, 2015
By Amy Ellis Nutt

"...Music training not only helps children develop fine motor skills, but aids emotional and behavioral maturation as well, according to a new study, one of the largest to investigate the effects of playing an instrument on brain development."

Piano stores closing as fewer children taking up instrument
January 2, 2015
By David Pitt
Piano Stores

"...Stores dedicated to selling pianos like Foster’s are dwindling across the country as fewer people take up the instrument and those who do often opt for a less expensive electronic keyboard or a used piano. Some blame computers and others note the high cost of new pianos, but what’s clear is that a long-term decline in sales has accelerated."

No Longer a 'Stepchild,' the Grammy Pretelecast Ceremony to Be Spiffed Up and Dubbed 'The Premiere'
December 29, 2014
By Matt Diehl

"...And on Feb. 8, The Recording Academy will launch the pretelecast as its own rebranded, renamed entity: the 57th annual Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony -- or, as it has been nicknamed, "The Premiere" -- streamed in full on Grammy.com."

Jimmy Carter to present Dylan with person of the year honor
January 6, 2015

"Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will present Bob Dylan with the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year honor next month in Los Angeles." Punk band find $250,000 stolen painting in New Orleans 8 January 2015 http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-30726270 "Members of punk band Stereo Fire Empire have found and returned a $250,000 (£166,000) painting hours after it was stolen from a New Orleans gallery. Bassist Elliot Newkirk and his bandmates had just finished a show at the House of Blues when they saw the artwork propped up against a wall."


Local Notes

31st Mid-Atlantic Song contest announced the 2014 winners, and many are local songwriters. For the full list, go to www.saw.org/masc

2015 Music Preview: How D.C. Artists Are Finding Faraway Fans

Deleted Scenes have called it quits as a band.

The National Symphony Orchestra is opening the new year with a series of performances in the northeast Washington neighborhoods of Brookland and NoMa. WTOP article


12 Things You Didn't Know About Music Publicists
Dec 31, 2014
By Amy Sciarretto

"...until you've been a publicist, you have only a surface understanding about who we are and what we do. Many times, I've seen or heard people comment on publicists, and I usually think, "No, that's not right! You only see one side of the coin." So in order to get to know each other a little bit better, here are 12 things you didn't know about us..."

What to Look for When Choosing a Digital Music Distributor
December 22, 2014
By Jorge Brea

"Selling your music on iTunes, Beatport, Amazon and the like USED to be something only a couple of companies could do. But today with the growth of the digital era, hundreds of digital distribution companies exist that will try to get your business. It’s important as an artist or record label that you make a smart, well-informed choice in entrusting your music to a reliable distributor that has the options and services that fit your current needs."

3 Myths About the Music Industry That Most People Still Believe
Jan 2, 2015
By Dave Kusek

"...1. A poor man's copyright will protect you in court..."

How to Perfect Your Band's Social Media Strategy:
The 70-20-10 Rule
Dec 29, 2014
By Sam Friedman

"Is your band's social media presence lacking thoughtfully crafted material with keen attention to strong content variety? Oftentimes, bands starting out spend too much time focusing on self-promotion. The conversation is one-directional, leaving followers with no way to engage other than to buy a product. While sales should be an underlying pursuit of social media, building your brand and telling your story in a conversational manner is the real goal. Luckily, there's a simple, time-efficient equation to give your band's social media the perfect balance. It's called the 70-20-10 Rule."

Top 5 Gig Poster Mistakes to Avoid
Dec 30, 2014
Jhoni Jackson

"...If you're new to making your own posters, however, this guide will help ensure you tick off every necessary box so you don't end up with 200 flyers to recycle. Even the pros are susceptible to the occasional mistake, like failing to include crucial information or misspelling a band name. At any level, this can serve as a refresher."



Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation (AEBHF)
Piedmont Picking Class with Miles Spicer
Sat. Jan. 10
11:30 am - 1 pm
at 4701 Queensbury Avenue, Riverdale MD
If you have questions or comments, please contact David Nagle at 410-507-8783.

This is the fifth of their once-a-month acoustic guitar workshop series. Guitarist Miles Spicer will teach Archie Edward’s “Baby Please Give Me a Break”. We encourage participants to arrive between 11:00 and 11:15 a.m. to register and tune guitars so that the instructor will have the full 90 minutes to cover all the workshop topics.

On that same morning at 10:00 a.m., Miles will repeat his December session that featured Taj Mahal’s “Satisfied and Tickled Too.”

For anyone who missed any of the first three workshop sessions offered by David Bird in 2014, he will offer the first makeup session on Saturday, January 17 from 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. and it will feature “Richmond Blues”. His second and third makeup sessions will follow in February and March with dates TBD.

House of Musical Traditions "First Lessons" - Guitar
Sat. Jan. 10
2-3 pm
at HMT, 7010 Westmoreland Ave, Takoma park, MD

A monthly in-store series, staff multi-instrumentalist Justin Heath will be leading one class each month on a different instrument, introducing the most basic techniques. You must bring your own instrument (contact us for rental or sale options if you don't have one), but the classes are free. Ages 12+.

Steel Drum Workshop with The PanTones Steelband
Sun. Jan. 11
2-4 pm
at The Electric Maid: 268 Carroll St. NW, Washington DC

A beginning steel drum workshop under the direction of Adam Grise. Instruments will be provided. Participants will learn about the different instruments in a steel band, some of the historical & cultural background from Trinidad & Tobago, and get to try some rudimentary techniques and tunes. This workshop is open to ages 12+, and no prior musical experience is needed. Contact HMT to register at workshops@hmtrad.com or 301-270-9090.

Introductory Taiko Workshop with Mark H Rooney
Sun. Jan. 11
5-8 pm
at the Dance Exchange, 7117 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, MD

Learn the powerful and dynamic art of Japanese drumming. This workshop is designed to introduce the basics of taiko technique, practice of kumidaiko (ensemble drumming), awareness of ki (energy), use of koe (voice), history and philosophy. No experience necessary, but come ready for a workout. Contact HMT to register at workshops@hmtrad.com or 301-270-9090

Vocal Workshop: Let Freedom Sing!
With Sparky & Rhonda Rucker
Fri. Jan. 16
7 - 9 pm
at Washington Revels Studio Space, 531 Dale Drive, Silver Spring, MD
$20-30 (sliding scale; work exchange options available)
RSVP re. Workshop: BusyGraham@gmail.com / 301-466-0183

We will sing together, explore harmonies, and prepare two songs to perform with Sparky and Rhonda as part of their FSGW concert on Saturday, January 17, 8pm at the Washington Ethical Society (WES) Auditorium in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (See concert details below.) Singers are welcome to attend the Friday workshop regardless of whether they are able to perform in Saturday’s concert. Those participating in Saturday's event must have a ticket (free for FSGW members). Saturday Concert tickets: FREE for FSGW members, $15 for non-members. More info about Sat Jan 17, 8pm concert at www.FSGW.org

Bodhran Group Classes with Scott Morrison
Saturdays, Jan. 24, 31 & Feb. 7
2 - 4 pm
at HMT, 7010 Westmoreland Ave, Takoma park, MD
$140 for 3-part series, or $50/session

Open to both new beginners, as well as intermediate students who have some experience. Scott will tailor the material of each session to the individual attendees. Contact HMT to register at workshops@hmtrad.com or 301-270-9090

Sing Scat Like That: A Jazz Vocal Workshop
Sat. Feb. 7
10 am
at Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, MD
$65/$58.50 Stars price

Led by Lena Seikaly, Strathmore Artist in Residence alumna and her collaborator Chris Grasso. She will teach jazz singing fundamentals through of the style and song selections of Jane Monheit and John Pizzarelli, who perform together at the Music Center on February 14. Some singing experience recommended.

Group Ukulele Classes with Maureen Andary
Saturdays, Feb. 7, 21, 28 & Mar. 7, 14
Two sessions: 10-11 am and 11 am-noon
at HMT, 7010 Westmoreland Ave, Takoma park, MD
$135 for 5-part series
Contact HMT to register at workshops@hmtrad.com or 301-270-9090

Beginner 1, 10-11 am. For beginning Ukulele students. We'll learn basic strum patterns, basic chords, & how to read chord charts and lead sheets.

Right Hand Techniques for Blossoming Strummers, 11am - noon. For ukulele players who know some chords and strums but want to take it to the next level. In this class we will focus on right hand technique: strums, picking patterns, and general musicality. We'll discuss how to choose strums on your own and will be working with a variety of genres including classic jazz, 60s pop, 80s hits, and current pop.

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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.

20th Annual USA Songwriting Competition
Deadline: May 29, 2015

First 1,000 entries will each receive a FREE Acoustic Guitar magazine 3-month subscription. $35 per entry. For more info and to enter, go to www.songwriting.net

Selected Events

Focus Music Benefit for Chords of Courage
Sat. Jan. 10
7 pm
at church of St. Clement, 1701 North Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA
$15 adv./ $18 door

Performers: Kevin Dudley, Laura Baron, Bain Ellis & Matt Kohut, Caron Dale, and members of R.S.V.P.

Chords of Courage tell the stories of the courageous among us: people who have performed an act of courage and suffered in the process or performed an act of inspiration born of tragedy. Then the musicians take it the next level by demonstrating that music with strong, emotive and positive stories can make a difference in the messages we hear.

Flight of the Valkyries Festival
Sat. Jan. 10
at Metro Gallery, Baltimore

The festival brings together some of the region’s top female-fronted metal bands on one stage. Appearing this year will be D.C.’s A Sound of Thunder, MindMaze and Echoes Never Lie from Pennsylvania, Spellborne from Virginia, and Baltimore’s Sekengard.
For more info, dcist article

All Star Buddy Holly Tribute- "14th Annual Winter Dance Party"
Fri. Feb. 5
8 pm
at Bethesda Blues & Jazz, Bethesda, MD

Performers include: David Kitchen, the Flea Bops, the Rock-A-Sonics, Honky Tonk Confidential, Ruthie and the Wranglers, Jelly Roll Mortals, Cal Everett, Ron Scott, Dagmar and Bob, Jason Hicks and emceed by British radio host and music writer Colin Davies.

An all-star tribute on the 56th Anniversary of the fateful Winter Dance Party plane crash, featuring the music of rock n’ roll legend Buddy Holly and fellow tour stars Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. A Newman Flyer Production.

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Final Curtain

Bill Washington

"Washington died Dec. 19 at age 72. His passing is a time to remember the concert scene as it once was, when a handful of locally based promoters would pony up to bring big acts to town...The first show he promoted — Donny Hathaway and Les McCann at DAR Constitution Hall on March 18, 1972 — was a sellout. “Everything just seemed to fall together right and we made money the first shot, which is unusual,” he later said.

By the following year, Washington was the hottest promoter in town. His Dimensions Unlimited Freedom Festival in June 1973 drew 55,000 to RFK Stadium to see Mandrill, Buddy Miles, Rare Earth, Funkadelic and other acts. A “black Woodstock,” some called it." >From a Washington Post article

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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