Filed under: Economic Development, Music | Tags: bars, music venues, nightclubs, nightllife, restaurants, seattle, seattle police department, security training
The Seattle Police Department is offering a Security Training Program on Sunday, July 21, beginning at noon, at the Seattle Police Department headquarters. The class is not just for security personnel. Security training is imperative for individuals who work physical security or screen patrons at the door. It is also extremely beneficial to any employee who regularly interacts with clientele. Maintaining a highly-trained staff, ready to deal with difficult situations, is vital to the safety of both the patrons and the employees. Topics of instruction will include screening patrons, handling problem situations, and tips on shutting down and dispersing patrons. Registration and a $60 feel is required. For more information, click here.
Filed under: Music
Did you ever dream of playing music for a living only to be told to get a real job?
The Seattle Office of Film + Music aims to challenge that notion with its newly-released infographic that illustrates annual revenue of three up-and-coming fulltime Seattle musicians and how they do it. The infographic came to life after James Keblas, the Director for Seattle’s Office of Film + Music, was asked by a young musician, “how can I quit my day job and just play music?” Inspired by the question, Keblas reached out to other successful musicians to find out specifically how they do it.
The three musicians, each from different genres, willingly opened up their 2012 financial records and let Keblas’ team try and make sense of how the money flowed. “It was important for us to find musicians who modeled a middle class living,” said Keblas. “We are trying to show that this kind of a living can be done without having to be rockstar.”
From the financial analysis it was decided that there are six primary areas in which musicians bring in income. While the percentages of the musician’s revenue were different for each person, the categories held true. The musicians also gave some tips on how to have the best success in each category:
- Licensing and Publishing – Companies, TV, Film, Commercials buy your music. Tip: Send out a monthly digital newsletter of your music to music supervisors with new songs ready for licensing.
- Music Sales – CDs, downloads, streaming. Tip: You and your fans give away one free song on social media platforms to hook folks to buy more songs.
- Merchandise Sales – T-Shirts, branded band-aids, condoms. Tip: You will increase merchandise sales by over 50% if you’re sitting at the table where the goods are being sold.
- Live Performances – Concerts and touring. Tip: Don’t dismiss the earning potential of busking. Musicians at Sea-Tac Airport and the Pike Place Market are averaging over $100/hour in tips.
- Studio Work – Film & video game music, studio or backup musician. Tip: Make friends with people in the tech world who need music scored for game or app development.
- Instruction – Teach others music. Tip: Do group lessons and get the biggest paycheck for your time.
“I was surprised to learn how accessible the opportunities to make money are in music while also being incredibly complicated to navigate,” said Keblas. “My hope with this information is to demystify the business of music and for artists to be in more control of a thriving musical destiny.”
The take away for Keblas from this research? “It’s clear that if you want to make it as a musician, you need to have a business strategy for a majority of these revenue streams, if not all of them. No one said it was easy, but if you have the musical skills and the perseverance, you can do it.”
The infographic was made by Killer Infographics, an infographic design firm located in Seattle’s tech-savvy Fremont neighborhood. Their infographics are built by a team of highly talented artists. Led by Internet marketers, their staff creates viral-worthy infographic designs that get the attention they deserve.
Filed under: Music | Tags: fiddle, fin records, folk, hip hop, Music, northwest folklife festival, seattle center, soul
While Sasquatch is taking the headlines this weekend, the 42nd annual Northwest Folklife Festival is taking over the Seattle Center Campus with art, dance, music, and fun for the entire family. Best of all, its free. The four day long festival boasts an enormous amount of activities to participate in. The laid-back atmosphere can give you a sense that, while there are an overwhelming amount of options available, experiencing Northwest Folklife is not to be rushed. The open grounds of the Seattle Center will carry you on to what ever sparks your interest. This year, the musical options are plentiful and more diverse than ever. While you plan you weekend, consider these options:
Fin Record’s Showcase (Friday, 6:00pm) – Ballard Label, Fin Records will have a few of their bans perform including, Lures, Low Hums, and Red Jacket Mine
The Soul of Seattle (Saturday, 6:30pm) - Feel rhythm and groove of homegrown soul music
Northwest Fiddle Traditions (Sunday, 11:40am) – Join two of the Northwest’s premier fiddle players, who also help found NWFolklife, for some down home rustic music
Vamos! – A Latin Dance Party (Sunday, 6:30pm) - Get your dancing shoes on and move your hips to Latin vibes
You Can’t Fake Fresh- NW Live Hip Hop (Sunday, 7pm) - Hip hop at Northwest Folklife? Yup!
and much much more!
(don’t forget about the drum circles!)
For more information check out the full schedule on the Northwest Folklife website.
Record Store Day 2013 is this Saturday! Are you ready? Is your bank account ready?
Here’s little roundup with a few of the Seattle-area record stores participating.
Everyday Music – Plenty of in-store music going on. Check out the schedule below:
9 am: Meet and greet with Robbie hill of the Family Affair and Wheedle’s Groove
11 am: DJ Veins
12 pm: DJ Mr. Smith
1 pm: Pitschouse
2 pm: King Dude
4 pm: Mystery Ship
5 pm: Scriptures
6 pm: Tomten
7 pm: Steradian
Holy Cow Records - 20% off everything in the store
Jive Time Records - All music is 20% off, and you get a free hand-screened poster with every purchase.
Porchlight Coffee & Records - Get $10 to spend on records when you buy a new turntable at Porchlight
Radar Hair and Records - All records are 20% off
Silver Platters – Live Music! Schedule is as follows:
1 pm: The West
2 pm: The Mowgli’s
3:30 pm: Family of the Year
5 pm: Seacats
Sonic Boom Records - Live music from Angel Olson and Maps & Atlases
Also, plenty of deals from Ballard businesses (like Bastille, Monster Art & Clothing, and more) with a receipt from Sonic Boom Records, check their site for more info.
Spin Cycle - Opens at midnight with all vinyl on sale. You’ll get 5% off when you spend $50, and 10% off when you spend $100.
This isn’t a definitive list at all, though. For a full list of all participating stores around Seattle, head to http://www.recordstoreday.com/Venues
For all the RSD 2013 special releases, head to http://www.recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases
Filed under: Music | Tags: airplanes, Allen Stone, baby got back, Jerry Cantrell, macklemore, mtv, Music, quincy jones, Sea-Tac Airport, seattle, Sir Mix-A-Lot, travel
KOMO News ran a story yesterday about Sir Mix-a-lot lending his voice to the Sea-Tac Airport overhead announcements in the terminal and baggage claim areas as a part of the Sea-Tac Airport Music Initiative. The edgy rapper, whose “Baby Got Back” video was once banned from MTV, talks about his excitement about the initiative. “It’s cool to see something as serious as Sea-Tac embrace the local arts,” said Sir Mix-A-Lot. “It just trips me out. That’s pretty bold.” Mix, along with other local artists, like Quincy Jones, Jerry Cantrell, Allen Stone, and Macklemore, are welcoming and directing passengers to various points of interest, from the USO desk to the smoking sections. The Sea-Tac Airport Music Initiative is a cooperative effort by the Port of Seattle, Seattle Music Commission and music-specialist PlayNetwork showcasing the northwest region’s vibrant music culture and enhancing the experience of millions of passengers who pass through Sea-Tac Airport each year. Along with the celebrity overhead announcements, the initiative interacts with passengers of the airport through a local music web player, mobile app, music videos featured on terminal and baggage claim monitors, and overhead music in the terminals.
Filed under: Music | Tags: auditions, busker, busking, local, local music, Music, seattle
Play your own music, make new fans, and GET PAID. This is a “busker” style gig – with a “stage” space designated, but no sound reinforcement. The musician will perform at various locations inside a highly trafficked public building. Open to string, reed, and key players. Percussion instrumentalists will not be considered. For more information on the gig and how to apply send an email with a link to your music and/or performance to firstname.lastname@example.org
Filed under: Music | Tags: education, Music, oregon, scholarships, seattle, sup pop, Washington, youth
Sub Pop Records just announced they are providing scholarships for 3 high school seniors on their way to an accredited college or university. The scholarships are only available to residents of Washington and Oregon. Applicants will need to submit a one page essay on their involvement with music in their community, influences, and plans what he/she would do with the money to progress in their chosen field. There are three scholarships available: one for $6,000, one for $4,000, and one for $3,000. The submission deadline is May 6, 2013.
Filed under: Music | Tags: Austin, bands, chop suey, festival, fin records, lemolo, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Music, Nuemos, Reignwolf, seattle, sxsw, Texas
More information has been coming in about who from the Emerald City is making their way to the Lone Star State to perform at SXSW. The festival has been hot spot for the music industry with labels, producers, and distributors from around the world hoping to find the next big artist. For six days, the city of Austin, TX will be inundated with bands hailing from every corner of the globeand Seattle has great representation among the showcases. Among the heavy hitters, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and Allen Stone will be sharing the stage with the likes of 50 cent and Iggy Pop. Though big name artists come to perform, the festival is geared toward giving up-and-coming bands an opportunity to get picked up by a label. Seattle takes pride in its musical heritage and the list of local independent bands at the festival is impressive. Neumos and Chop Suey held send-off shows earlier this week for groups like Lemolo, The Pharmacy, and Spac3man. Fin Records is even hosting a Seattle showcase at the festival with Seacats, Rose Windows, and Lychee on the bill. Our city boasts such amazing talent and it’s great to see it being represented at one of the world’s largest and most prestigious festivals. Below is a compiled list of artists on their way to rock Texas Seattle style!
Filed under: Music | Tags: bands, City Arts Magazine, lemolo, seattle music
City Arts Magazine recently took a look at some of the best music that’s coming out of the Seattle area this year. Lemolo took their number one spot, and a big playlist with all of their highlighted bands is included after the jump. Here’s the full list of their Best New Music for 2013, with links to articles about the bands:
Best New Music 2013
4. Kid Smpl
6. La Luz
7. Rose Windows
Take a look and a listen at these bands. Happy Listening Seattleites!
Filed under: Music | Tags: grunge, KEXP, proclamation, these streets, women, Women who rock month
At the beginning of this month, Mayor McGinn proclaimed February “Seattle Women Who Rock Month,” recognizing the work of the female musicians who were such a large part of the Seattle grunge music scene. The Mayor’s proclamation recognized that these women have been overshadowed by male-dominated bands and music retrospectives, in addition to their role in making Seattle’s music a part of a cultural phenomenon.
The proclamation came on the heels of the release of “These Streets,” a theatrical play and history project centered around women in the grunge era. These Streets runs at ACT Theatre through March 10, and tickets can be found here.
A blog post from KEXP takes a look at the Seattle women who contributed to Seattle’s music scene in the 1980′s and 1990′s including Goodness, The Gits, Fastbacks, 7 Year Bitch, and Bikini Kill.
KEXP also has posted a big collection of videos from women who rock, check them out!
Happy Women Who Rock Month, Seattle!