What are your top 10 favorite records of 2012? E-mail your list to Easy Street Records and they will donate $5 to the Vera Project for each list they receive. Plus, they will round up the overall top 25 lists and post them on their website at the end of the year. The Vera Project is Seattle’s own all-ages volunteer-fueled music and arts venue. By engaging participants at all levels of music production and community organizing, Vera strives to fulfill its mission to foster a participatory creative culture through popular music concerts, arts programs, experimental learning, and volunteer opportunities for all ages.
Filed under: Music | Tags: fan-based communities, macklemore, Music, seattle, the heist
There aren’t many stories quite like Macklemore’s. The Seattle-born rapper has been making music for 12 years, but it was earlier in 2012, upon his debut release “Heist” (with Ryan Lewis), when he shot to mainstream fame. Just hours after “Heist” dropped it had secured the #1 spot on the iTunes Album Chart, before entering in at #2 on US Billboard 200. But even before these successes, the pair had sold out 18 of 27 shows on tour across the US and UK. No label, just pure fan support. Every single artist starting out wants a large and widespread audience, to be able to roll up to a venue and play to a packed crowd, but where exactly to start is the million-dollar question. Fan communities sprout in the hometown of an artist whereby it is sustained as the artist grows, acting as a hub for an artists most active and loyal fans, aka: the backbone of your career. Servicing this local community well involves a combination of delivering content to speak to them with grassroots PR. This is where Macklemore got it so right. He branded himself as the poster-boy for Seattle Hip Hop and leveraged that fiery North West pride.
Filed under: Music, Office News | Tags: city of music, City of Music App, Experience the City Music Initiative, Music, Seattle Chamber, Soundcheck
To raise awareness of the economic impact of music, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is announcing its plan tonight at the Triple Door to propel Seattle’s music community and industry to the forefront of a rapidly expanding creative economy. The Chamber has formed a joint taskforce of business leaders and Music Commissioners that will advance industry promotion strategies, professional development opportunities and music industry related issues in the Chamber’s advocacy agenda. The first feature product of the partnership is a City of Music app. Produced by local app developer, FrontRunner, this new app brings to one place curated streaming local music, concert calendars, mini doc videos and information about local music at the Sea-Tac Airport. The content for the app is provided by local partners KEXP, PlayNetwork, Jet City Stream, SSGMusic, Rainy Dawg Radio, Seattle Weekly, Seattle Times, 107.7 The END, Sound on the Sound, The Stranger and Sport’n Life Records.
The Chamber’s music initiative underscores the community’s desire to champion Seattle as the City of Music through significant investment that goes above and beyond the scope of everyday business. Community-driven efforts will continue to grow the City of Music Initiative, enhance the climate for our music industry, and push Seattle’s leadership role in music throughout the nation and the world.
Songwriters in Seattle is proud to announce an exciting partnership with Benaroya Hall that will bring the inaugural Northwest Music Experience (NWME) conference and expo into their beautiful downtown venue. Benaroya Hall is the place to be August 16 – 18, 2013 for this multi-genre music education, expo, and performance event. Highlights include: a keynote address, expo floor, VIP party in the Grand Lobby, closing ceremonies, and featured performances in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium.
Filed under: Music | Tags: Absolute Monarchs, brad, Fly Moon Royalty, KEXP, Music, seattle center
KEXP 90.3FM and the Seattle Center have teamed up to present Concerts at the Mural, a series of eclectic concerts on some of the summer’s sultriest weekends. Take advantage of the warm summer nights and take in the tunes from some of KEXP’s favorite artists. The four free admission all-ages shows are tailored to the culturally curious who seek to discover the best of the area’s independent music scene. Concerts at the Mural are a Seattle music tradition, with local artists from across all genres performing at this year’s series, including Fresh Espresso (8/24), Absolute Monarchs (8/17), Brad (8/10), Fly Moon Royalty (8/3), and many, many more. Come early to get your seats, enjoy the beer/wine garden and visit our sponsor booths.
RECORDING ACADEMY PNW
Looking to get a foot in the door of the music industry? The Recording Academy Pacific Northwest Chapter is looking for a brand new GRAMMY U Student Representative to help develop marketing strategies and create new programming in the upcoming school year for GRAMMY U. Projects may include planning, organizing and leading campus meetings/events, campus visits and presentations, event management, PR, and more.
Easy Street Records
Employees at Seattle’s East Street Records are counting down the days until Record Store Day (only 5 left) on their website by previewing all the exclusive releases that will be available for one day only, Saturday, April 21. Get out and support your local record store!
CAPITOL HILL BLOG
Earlier this year, Capitol Hill’s largest music venue, Neumos, announced its plans to create a new stage to feature smaller acts and more intimate performances. A new venue dubbed The Barboza is set to open in the lower level of the Pike/Pine hotspot April 18th and will include a new performance area and full-service bar. With the first two shows sold out and a steady list of upcoming performances, The Barboza looks like a promising new addition to the Seattle nightlife scene.
Filed under: Film, Music | Tags: blue scholars, Cinemetropolis, Film, film contest, hip hop, Music
Seattle Hip-Hop group Blue Scholars has announced that submissions are open for the Cinematropolis short film contest. The Cinemetropolis album is a soundtrack, the band says, and they want fans and filmmakers to create a video/short film under 5 minutes in length, using any track they’d like. Deadline for submissions is midnight on April 6th. Get all the details on the Blue Scholars website.
Town Hall Seattle
Stop by Town Hall Seattle Tomorrow at 11:00 for a family friendly concert by local duo THEESatisfaction. The Admission is free for kids under 12, $5 for adults with children and $25 for unaccompanied adults. THEESatisfaction is a growing Seattle group with two EPs, and has been seen on the mainstage at the Capitol Hill Block Party. The “jazzy, sci-fi-loving, neo-bohemian female duo” will play an awesome one-hour set tomorrow, so be sure not to miss it!