Seattle Office of Film + Music

Congratulations Sub Pop!
May 2, 2014, 8:31 am
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Congratulations Sub Pop on the opening of your SeaTac Airport store!

We were honored to celebrate with you yesterday!



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.

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 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
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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 

Alarming Pictures
October 29, 2013, 10:56 am
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Alarming Pictures commercializes Seattle and makes Ad Critic’s top 20 with a Papa Murphy’s spot.

September 11, 2013, 3:07 pm
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In 2004, The City of Seattle designated that the first Monday after Labor Day through the following Sunday be known as Buskers Week. In honor of Buskers Week, the Seattle Municipal Tower will be participating in this year’s celebration by featuring five performances by Seattle street musicians on the Level Six Plaza during the week of September 9-13.  All performances will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Performers include: Wasserman, Raven Zoe, Razz, Jim Page, and Whitney Monge.

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. 

June 27, 2013, 10:52 am
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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.