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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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.



Seattle Police Department Offers Security Training Program for Nightlife Businesses

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. 



THIS IS A REAL JOB! HOW THREE SEATTLE MUSICIANS ARE MAKING IT ON MUSIC ALONE
June 27, 2013, 10:52 am
Filed under: Music

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.



The Many Things To Do At The Northwest Folklife Festival
May 24, 2013, 2:14 pm
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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
April 18, 2013, 1:38 pm
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THE STRANGER

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.

 

Bop Street Records

Easy Street Records

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

Georgetown Records

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

Happy hunting!



SEA-TAC AIRPORT INTRODUCING TRAVELERS TO LOCAL MUSIC

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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.



OPEN CALL TO BUSKERS
March 13, 2013, 2:22 pm
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ImagePlay 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 gigs4u@hotmail.com



SUB POP OFFERING A ‘LOSER SCHOLARSHIP’ TO ARTISTIC HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
March 8, 2013, 4:43 pm
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SUB POP RECORDS

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.    



SXSW SEATTLE LINEUP GROWS

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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!

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