WAMA News - February 15 2015

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WAMA News - February 15 2015

Postby askmike » Wed May 06, 2015 5:44 pm

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29th Annual Wammies Award Show
Sunday, March 15, 2015
8 pm
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National & International Music News

U.S. Copyright Office Releases Music Licensing Study
February 5, 2015
By Glenn Peoples

"A comprehensive effort to review music licensing concluded Thursday with the release of the U.S. Copyright Office's Music Licensing Study. The 245-page document is the result of the Copyright Office's request for comments on a variety of licensing issues as well as hearings in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville."

Inside YouTube's New Tool for Creating Interactive, Multi-Angle Videos
February 04, 2015
By Dan Raile
New Tool

"YouTube is unleashing a new feature for artists today. The yet-to-be-named product allows a user to upload multiple camera angles for a video, along with the audio track, and YouTube will then automatically stitch the camera feeds together so that viewers can toggle views while watching."

Converse Announces Rubber Tracks Sample Library,
Providing Free Audio Samples for Musicians
February 03, 2015
By Colin Stutz

"...The project is created in partnership with music technology platform and online musician community Indaba Music, and currently offers more than 10,000 high quality loops, stems and sounds created by artists at the Converse Rubber Tracks studio in Brooklyn and Converse Rubber Tracks pop-up studios around the world."

Bandsintown Launches Analytics Tools for Artists
February 03, 2015
By Glenn Peoples
Free Fan Tools

"Today, touring artists are gaining a new (free) tool for understanding their fans' demands, and where those fans are located. Bandsintown, a Web-based service used by a quarter-million artists and 15 million concert-goers, is announcing its new Bandsintown Manager today (Feb. 3), a free application for Facebook, iOS and Android. The analytics tool will be available to artists that have over 100 "trackers," or fans that have opted to receive an artist's concert updates."

Preservation Groups Unite to Save Nashville's Music Row
February 03, 2015
Music Row

"Save Music Row has announced a merger with Music Industry Coalition, bringing together a pair of Nashville-based community groups formed in the wake of successful efforts to save RCA Studio A on historic Music Row."


Local Notes

Rico Petruccelli has his first grandson, born in the middle of the blizzard in Boston. 7 lbs, 7 oz, 19 inches. Welcome, Adrian Michael!

Sara Curtin is gettin' hitched to Brenden Chaney. The engagement happened at the Black Cat where they had their first date in 2011.

"As WAMU changes its music offerings, folkie Mary Cliff is gone from the airwaves"
Washington Post article.

The Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation has announced that Christoph Eschenbach, Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra and of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will be the recipient of the 2015 Ernst von Siemens Music Prize. The official ceremony will take place in Munich’s Hercules Hall (Herkulessaal), a primary venue for the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the award will be bestowed by Michael Krüger, President of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, on May 31, 2015.

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Promoting Tracks on the Internet - Some Do's and Dont's
Feb. 3, 2015
By Andy Gordon
Posting Rules

"Over the last few days I’ve been spending time going through posts by musicians on the web and Facebook groups. While doing this, I’ve also made a list of ways we can improve the way we post (and essentially market) our tracks."

The Musicians Guide To Rocking Your Next Email Interview
Feb. 2, 2015
By Ariel Hyatt

"So a blogger of the blogosphere has asked you to do an email interview (condensed way of saying he or she will email you interview questions and you will email them back the answers), cool. Whether you have a professional publicist, a friend behaving as your publicist, or you are taking the DIY approach does not matter- this article is for you."

The Musician’s Guide To Setting And Achieving Goals For 2015
Jan. 19, 2015
By Ariel Hyatt

"It is still the very top of a brand new year! It is an ideal time to set your goals. I see a marked difference between artists who set finite goals and those who do not.

Ask yourself: Is this the year I want to make a difference for my musical career? And if so – what difference and how? Then it’s time to reach into that treasure chest - your mind and formuate a KILLER PLAN for this year."

So You Only Have $100 to Spend on Marketing - How Do You Spend It?
By Tyler Allen
Marketing Budget

"Your band is an investment. You've probably already spent hundreds or thousands of dollars on equipment like PA systems, stands, strings, new instruments, and a plethora of other equipment, right? It's normal to put money into something you care about and invest in something that helps pay the bills. So, just as we put money into our equipment and sound, we should also set aside money for marketing our work."

How to Measure if Your PR Campaign Was Successful
By Amy Sciaretto

"If you've launched a PR campaign, there are several ways to measure how successful it was or wasn't, but the science is hardly exact. Know this going into it: you shouldn't be looking for quantifiable things that unfold in a set amount of time, because the measurement formula has changed so much, and it's no longer about record sales. You have to be able to understand the intangibles and things that live largely online."

Vinyl Plans: How To Prepare A Release For Record Store Day

"...Record Store Day will be on April 18th this year and all submissions for releases need to be made by February 28th according to the website, however the manufacturing process needs to have been started before then. Most artists and labels will need to have their stock with their distributor 2 to 3 weeks prior...



AIR Workshop: Cristian Perez - Beyond Tango
Presented by Strathmore
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Explore Argentina’s lesser known music styles with Buenos Aires born and raised Cristian Perez. Learn about Chacarera folk music, the afro-indigenous rhythms of Zamba, the melodies of Milonga, and the beat of Candombe. Free, reservations required.
Tango Workshop

Ukelele & Tenor Guitar Classes with Marcy Marxer
Tues. Feb. 20 & 24, Mar. 3 & 24, April 14 & 28
in Kensington, MD
$180 per 6 week session or $345 for both
Contact HMT to register at workshops@hmtrad.com or 301-270-9090
Marxer Workshop

The American Songbook with Gentle Theory for Ukulele -- 7:30-8:25 pm For intermediate & advanced players. Learn songs with beautiful chord changes and melodies from the great writers of classic American music. Rodgers and Hammerstein's "It Might As Well Be Spring," Jimmy Van Heusen's "Swingin' On A Star" will be among the songs covered in depth. Song suggestions from the class are always welcome.

Old-Time Tenor Guitar -- 8:30-9:30 pm
This class will focus on fiddle tunes and old-time country music for the tenor guitar. The tuning we will use will be C G D A. We'll rock out on rhythm and play classic jam session tunes and songs from dance music to the Delmore Brothers. Please bring a recording device, a capo and a flatpick to class. All levels are welcome in this class. Note to new students: it will be helpful to practice some basic chords before classes start. Contact us if you would like a chord sheet in advance.

Begining Blues Hamonica Lessons
with Geoff Seals
Sat. Feb. 21
10:30am to 12:30PM
at 4701 Queensbury Road, Riverdale Park, MD

Beginner Piedmont Blues harmonica lessons at AEBHF on 21 February from 10:30am - 12:30pm. The classes will consist of three sessions held once a month, with the first session in February. The first class will emphasize breathing techniques, projecting sound, and playing chords, individual notes on "A" key harmonica and 12 bar and 8 bar blues structure. The second session (march) will cover, tone, rhythmic style, and music structure. The third session (April) will cover rhythmic style, and music structure, and accompaniment, including duo with guitar.

AIR Workshop: Mark Meadows - Jazz Improv
Presented by Strathmore
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 7:30 PM
The multidimensional pianist and vocalist Mark Meadows leads an engaging discussion centered on the remarkable similarities between jazz improv and spoken language; they're basically one and the same! Free, reservations required. www.strathmore.org



Unsigned Only Music Competition

The Unsigned Only competition has announced that the 2015 judges include Sinead O'Connor, Alt-J, The Killers, Aimee Mann, Dustin Lynch, Rosanne Cash and more. The contest gives out over $100,000 in cash and prizes including $10,000 in cash and one-on-one mentoring by elite record company executives. Deadline: March 18, 2015.

Selected Events

Casa Ruby Benefit Show
Fri. Feb. 13
7 pm
at St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St NW, WDC

Performers: Tereu Tereu, Hemlines, Crimson Wave, Jail Solidarity, Jack on Fire

Positive Force DC presents: A benefit show to help raise $$$ for Casa Ruby LGBT Community Center' new shelter for homeless LGBTQ youth.

Mid-Atlantic Jazz
Feb. 13-16
at the Rockville Hilton, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD
for the full schedule and ticketing info, visit www.midatlanticjazzfestival.org

Includes competitions for school bands and jazz vocalists, local artists such as Sam Prather and Julie Mack, and world class headliners. The featured acts include Ellis and Delfeayo Marsalis, Winard Harper, Kenny Barron and Carmen Lundy.

2015 DC Bluegrass Festival
Feb. 27-28
at Sheraton Premiere Hotel, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons Corner, VA
For tickets go to www.dcbu.org

Performers: The Earls of Leicester, The Seldom Scene, Tim O'Brien, Blue Highway, Sierra Hull, The Bankesters, The Grass Cats, Gold Heart, Bluestone,

In order to secure the special DCBU Festival room rate of $89 per night (plus tax) be sure to book your room by February 13th. (Call 888-627-8230) and use code "Bluegrass Festival 2015".


New Releases

Phil Wiggins and the Chesapeake Sheiks release a new CD on Sat. Feb. 7 at The Publick Playhouse, Cheverly, MD. www.philwiggins.com

Periphery has released two albums, "Juggernaut: Alpha" and "Juggernaut: Omega." They were released by Sumerian Records on the same day, and were reviewed in the Washington City Paper.

Stranger In the Alps have a new release, "Pattern Matching," which was reviewed by DCist. They'll play Feb. 8, at the Black Cat with Fellow Creatures and Rachel Ries.

Baltimore rock/pop band The Honest Mistakes have a new album "Get it Right", and a CD release concert at The GallAerie, DC on 2/7.

Invoke, Strathmore Artist-in-Residence, released their debut EP "Souls In the Mud" on Jan. 14. www.invokesound.com

Bobby Thompson and the New Gentlemen have an EP release show for "Fortunes" on Fri. Feb. 13 at Iota Club and Cafe, Arlington, VA. thebobbytproject.bandcamp.com

Tre Thomas release of my THIRD album, "Love Unplugged: Live in DC" on 2/14.

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Final Curtain

Don Covay,
WAMA Hall of Fame

"R&B singer and songwriter Don Covay, who wrote songs popularized by The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin and Little Richard has died. According to EurWeb.com, Covay died in his sleep on Saturday morning, Jan. 31, following two decades of battling with debilitating illness resulting from a massive stroke in 1992.

Covay's earliest hit, 1961's "Pony Time," charted at No. 60 on the Billboard pop chart. It was credited to his band the Goodtimers and then later topped the charts a year later under Chubby Checker's performance in 1961. In 1964 he scored his most popular solo song "Mercy Mercy," which included a young Jimi Hendrix on guitar and went on to find even wider acclaim the following year when the Rolling Stones covered it as the lead track on the U.S. version of their 1965 album Out of Our Heads."

From a Billboard article

Robert Billy "Bill" Yates, Sr.

Robert Billy "Bill" Yates, Sr., age 78 of Gainesville, Virginia passed away Monday, January 26, 2015 at Winchester Medical Center.

"Bill was born April 30, 1936 in Big Rock, Virginia son of the late James Harvey and Martha Edgar (Street) Yates He joined the United States Air Force in 1952. Among his careers were Kentucky Colonel, member of the Country Gentlemen Bluegrass Band for 20 years and named Ambassador of Bluegrass in 2004. He was inducted into Hall of Greats in Nashville, Tennessee and Virginia Folk Music Hall of Fame. He performed with Jimmy Martin for six years and Bill Monroe for one year. Bill along with his brother, Wayne were known as “The Yates Brothers” Band. He currently was with the Country Gentlemen Tribute Band."

From his obituary

WAMA News compiled by Mike Schreibman and Loralyn Coles

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