Seattle Office of Film + Music



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.

NFFTY 2013 Festival Trailer!
March 19, 2013, 2:32 pm
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A trailer for the upcoming National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) is live and from the looks of it, this will be one awesome event! The festival will happen on April 25 -28 and will showcase the work of talented film makers from all over the world aged 22 and younger.

March 14, 2013, 3:21 pm
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Today Mayor Mike McGinn, the Seattle Department of Transportation, and the Seattle Police Department announced an update on Seattle’s pre-paid parking program. In advance of St. Patrick’s Day, every pay station in Seattle now offers the option of overnight parking, providing a tag to mark your car, colloquially called a “liquor sticker.” The option provides a safe alternative for those who may have had too many drinks to drive, without having to worry about their car being towed. “When it comes to our road safety efforts, we are taking an ‘all-of-the-above’ approach,” said Mayor McGinn. “That’s why we are making it easier to park your car on our streets overnight to reduce the likelihood of impaired driving and that’s why we are stepping up our enforcement with targeted emphasis patrols.” For more information, check out the full press release here.

Have you used the “liquor sticker” before? We want to hear about it! Email us

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

March 8, 2013, 4:43 pm
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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.    



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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March 4, 2013, 4:24 pm
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Seattleites: be aware that your airport has something that many don’t- serious pride in localImage music. The Sea-Tac Airport Music Initiative is a cooperative effort between the Seattle Office of Film + Music, the Seattle Music Commission, the Port of Seattle, and PlayNetwork to let Sea-Tac visitors experience a big part of what makes the emerald city so unique: the music.

The Port of Seattle announced today that their web player, which features regional music of all types, if available online in addition to overhead at Sea-Tac. The playlist has grown to about 150 Northwest artists and over 400 songs.  

In addition to contributing music, a ton of local artists have volunteered their time to taping overhead announcements for the airport including Macklemore, Ben Gibbard, Ann Wilson, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Jerry Cantrell, Fly Moon Royalty, Quincy Jones, Ludovic Morlot, Brandi Carlile, John PopperAllen Stone and many more.