Seattle Office of Film + Music


Live Music Program Expands at Sea-Tac Airport

Starting today there will be twice as many live musicians with double the number of hours throughout the terminal as part of the award-winning Sea-Tac Airport Experience the City of Music Program. The artist roster will expand to 40 local musicians who will play seven days a week over an eight-hour period in up to three different locations throughout the terminal. “With Sea-Tac Airport providing the first and last impression of Seattle for many travelers, we have a unique opportunity to showcase our region’s iconic music culture – and support jobs in the local music industry,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner John Creighton. May the local beat go on at Sea-Tac International Airport!

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Adam Sekular Day Is Official
March 27, 2014, 12:21 pm
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adam sekulerThe city has recently proclaimed March 26 as Adam Sekuler day in honor of his service to Seattle’s film community! Adam Sekuler is a filmmaker and curator who specializes in regional and international thematic film series, director retrospectives, and film festivals. Sekuler was the program director at Northwest Film Forum (NWFF) where he organized touring programs of retrospectives and premiered feature films throughout the U.S. He recently left his position as director of NWFF to pursue cinema-centric projects like curating film for the Henry Art Gallery. His films have screened at festivals, museums, and galleries throughout the world such as “Dos Almas,” “The Third Floor,” and “In Transit.” Among the films that have benefited from his expertise are Lisandro Alonso’s “Liverpool,” Pedro Costa’s “Ne Change Rien,” Albert Serra’s “Birdsong,” and Oliver Laxe’s “You Are All Captains.” He currently hosts a new event called Pandemic that turns Northwest Film Forum’s cinema into a virtual examination room, as two cultural curators poke and prod viral videos from across the internet. Sekuler was the former programmer for The Bell Auditorium; the nation’s first and only dedicated nonfiction theater. He is also the co-founder of Search and Rescue, an ongoing effort to present and preserve discarded archives of 16mm films. We are proud to congratulate Adam on his honor!

Check out one of his highly-viewed short films here.



City of Music Career Day
March 12, 2014, 5:05 pm
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What’s your future look like? Any of these words come to mind: performance, concerts, venues, journalism, record labels, MUSIC? If so, you’ve come to right place. City of Music Career Day is a one-day educational program curated by One Reel that provides high school juniors and seniors, and college students direct access to music industry professionals. Networking, experiential learning, engaging workshops, and performance are all part of the perks of the day.

The event is scheduled for April 10 and will take place at EMP Museum and the Vera Project at Seattle Center. Breakout sessions include The Artist, The Industry 1 (behind the stage), the Industry 2 (behind the scenes), and Backstage Pass. Panelists and moderators will include Danny Baird, Gloria Connors, Catherine Harris-White, and Andrew Joslyn. Register here to participate.



Musicians Priority Loading Zones Come to Seattle: A City of Music Partnership to increase safety and access for local musicians
March 10, 2014, 4:27 pm
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SEATTLE (March 10, 2014) – Mayor Ed Murray announced today that the city is implementing a low cost, phased approach to make it easier for musician load-in and load-out at live music venues around the city.

“Seattle’s music scene is a critical part of our city’s cultural draw and the quality of life in our city,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “We want to better serve local music venues’ needs and the musicians that play there.”

Here is how it works. Five music venues have been selected to pilot the program and have nearby load and unload zones modified. The zones prioritize musician’s use through branded signs. They include a yellow regulatory sign and City of Music™ branded ‘Priority Musicians Loading & Unloading’ sign.

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and the Office of Film and Music (OFM) have worked with local music venues to install the priority load signs at these first four locations serving five music venues:

  1. High Dive (Fremont)
  2. The Crocodile and Tula’s (Belltown)
  3. The Triple Door (Downtown)
  4. Showbox at The Market  (Pike Place Market)

The City of Seattle invites other interested music venues to request similar load zones. To qualify for the Musician Load Zone program, interested businesses must meet the requirements defined in the Admissions Tax Exemption for Live Music Venues. If they do, the city will evaluate whether a load zone is feasible. Businesses interested in a musicians priority load zone sign should contact Rachel White, OFM’s Music and Creative Industries Program Manager at rachel.white@seattle.gov or 206-684-8504.

Click here to read the full news release. See pictures here, here, and here.



The Presidents of the United States of America Headlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon 2014
February 26, 2014, 4:37 pm
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Seattle-based Presidents of the United States of America (PUSA) are returning home to perform the post-race concert of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon & 1/2 on Saturday June 21. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon & 1/2 creates an invigorating mix of fitness and live music, lining each mile of the 13.1 and 26.2 mile race course with local bands performing various genres. PUSA’s debut self-titled album spawned huge radio hits like “Lump” and “Peaches,” earning them two Grammy nominations. The rockers recently released their sixth studio album, titled Kudos to You! “This is a proud music city and so it’s very appropriate and exciting to have a Seattle band perform as our headliner,” said Alex Bennett, event director. “There is so much to see and experience here, and we try to encapsulate as much of that as possible for our runners by creating a race course that really highlights what makes Seattle so special.” PUSA will get the finish line party started at the Seattle Center with a free concert, welcome to everyone.



Mayor appoints Kate Becker to lead Film + Music, thanks James Keblas
February 7, 2014, 3:08 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has announced that he is appointing Kate Becker as the new director for the City’s Film + Music Office.

“I’m pleased to name Kate Becker to the position of director of the Office of Film + Music,” said Murray. “Kate has strong industry relationships and a passion for music, nightlife and film in Seattle. I’m looking forward to the energy and creativity she brings to my leadership team.”

Becker will replace James Keblas, who has served the Seattle film and music community for the past nine years.

“I want to thank James Keblas for his nine years of service to the city,” said Murray. “During his tenure, the Office of Film + Music has had strong success at promoting Seattle as a place to make a living making film and making music, and the City of Music and Commercialize Seattle initiatives promote our robust music and film industry sectors.”

Prior to joining the city, Becker served in leadership roles with the Seattle Theatre Group, Art Share LA in Los Angeles, and at the Vera Project. She also founded an all ages venue and teen center, The Old Fire House, in Redmond, WA and led that program from 1992-2003.

Read the full Mayor’s press release

Read Kate Becker’s message

Read James Keblas’ message 



November 6, 2013, 6:49 pm
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Rocketmen and two other projects being featured tonight at our Kickstarter workshop event.




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