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Fourth Annual City of Music Career Day Biggest (and Best) Yet!

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On Wednesday, April 22nd, over 300 high school juniors and seniors and college students from across the city and greater metropolitan area attended the fourth annual City of Music Career Day at Seattle Center.  A Seattle Music Commission initiative, Career Day is an annual, one-day, free educational program that provides future leaders of Seattle’s creative community with direct access to music industry professionals through networking, experiential learning, engaging workshops, and performance. This year’s event was the largest to date and also marked the first City of Music Career Day event produced collaboratively by the Office of Film + Music, Office of Arts & Culture, EMP Museum, and One Reel.

Mayor Murray set an inspiring tone for the day with his opening comments on how Seattle’s rich musical legacy set the framework for its current climate of musical exploration, creativity, and innovation. Office of Film + Music Director Kate Becker and Office of Arts & Culture Director Randy Engstrom also addressed the crowd and set the stage for keynote speakers Ryan Lewis (producer/musician) and Zach Quillan (manager, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis) to talk with KEXP’s John Richards about living and working in the music industry in Seattle.

Students engaged with a wide variety of industry experts, learning about music career opportunities in performance, management, concert production, arts organizations, record label operations, retail, licensing, journalism, and broadcasting, through targeted breakout sessions. Sessions featured working musicians Hollis Wong-Wear, Tomo Nakayama, Erik Blood, and Vitamin D along with industry professionals from Rhapsody, DigiPen, AEG Live, Amazon, and others.

Following the breakout sessions, students met one-on-one with mentors and talked with representatives from organizations including KEXP, The Recording Academy, Barsuk Records, Brown Paper Tickets, Sub Pop Records, Rain City Rock Camp for Girls, Votiv, Fremont Abbey Arts Center, and many more.

The jam-packed day concluded with performances from Shaprece and Tomo Nakayama and, for the first time, an “After Party” where students networked with their peers, sharing their experience of the day and swapping stories. EMP Youth Advisory Board member Marco Schurgurensky DJ’d the After Party which featured City of Music Career Day cupcakes from Trophy Cupcakes. Feedback from the student attendees has been fantastic, and plans are already in the works to make City of Music Career Day 2016 even bigger and better.

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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 rachel.white@seattle.gov or 206-684-8504.

Click here to read the full news release. See pictures here, here, and here.



SEATTLE MUNICIPAL TOWER SUMMER CONCERT SERIES – BUSKERS WEEK
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.



SEA-TAC AIRPORT UPGRADES THEIR MUSIC EXPERIENCE
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.



Music Legend Quincy Jones Lends His Voice to Sea-Tac Airport
January 23, 2013, 11:35 am
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The Port of Seattle issued a press release today, January 23, 2013, announcing that Quincy Jones can now be heard over the speakers at Sea-Tac Airport giving various announcements to travelers. He’s just one of a whole host of local artists that are participating in these announcements and other efforts as part of the Sea-Tac Airport City of Music initiatitve. The following is the text from the Port’s press release:

Seattle Icon Joins Lineup of Popular Northwest Musicians Voicing Announcements and Contributing Overhead Music to Sea-Tac Airport

01/23/2013

Your next trip to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport just got upgraded with the sweet, warm voice of legendary Seattle musician Quincy Jones.  In Quincy’s unique soulful style, he will be welcoming travelers to the airport, telling them about the local music playing overhead, giving security advice and even talking about the Airport’s progressive environmental stewardship programs.  Jones is the latest addition to the highly successful Sea-Tac Airport City of Music that showcases the northwest region’s music culture.

“Seattle’s rich musical history — from Clark Terry and Ernestine Anderson, to Bumps Blackwell, Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix, Heart and Nirvana, to name a few — is rooted in the city’s cultural diversity.  It is where my wonderful musical journey began and I can’t imagine a better place to have honed my craft,” said Quincy.  “In doing these voice over announcements, I hope that everyone traveling through the airport will be encouraged to experience the great music, musicians and cultural vibrancy that the city of Seattle embodies.”
Quincy Jones attended Garfield High School in Seattle, where he met a young Ray Charles and built a six decade career in the music industry. Among his many achievements are 27 Grammy Awards and his upcoming induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame later this year.
“While Seattle doesn’t always get the exposure that other cities do, we have a rich music history,” Port Commissioner John Creighton said. “The Port’s music program has been a tremendously successful way for the region both to celebrate our heritage and introduce the traveling public to the wealth of emerging music talent in the Northwest.  It just keeps getting better.”
The Sea-Tac Airport City of Music program – a cooperative effort by the Port of Seattle, Seattle Music Commission and PlayNetwork – is a comprehensive program that enhances the experience of millions of traveler’s each year combining overhead music by a diverse variety of northwest artists, curated videos on terminal and baggage claim monitors, and a multi-channel web radio player available through the free airport Wi-Fi network.
In just the first year of the program, 32 local artists have volunteered their time to taping overhead welcome, security and informational announcements for the airport including such diverse artists as Macklemore, Clarence Acox, Ann Wilson, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Jerry Cantrell, Fly Moon Royalty, Ludovic Morlot, Allen Stone and many more.
In addition to his voice announcements, you can also hear music from Quincy Jones in the airport playlist which has grown to400 songs with 150 northwest artists.
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn matched the enthusiasm for the Port’s music program saying, “So often people talk to me about music when talking about Seattle.   It’s great to see that our homegrown musicians are getting a chance to talk about us too. Very cool.”
For sample audio clips of Quincy Jones’ airport announcement and more information on the program, visit the Sea-Tac Airport Music Initiative page. You can also visit the page for more information on how to submit your music or video content.
When you are at the airport, give us feedback or let us know what you are hearing by following @SeaTacAirport on Twitter and using #SEACityofMusic.
About the Sea-Tac Airport City of Music
Starting at the Sea-Tac Airport, this effort is a private/public partnership and comprehensive program that enhances the experience of millions of traveler’s each year with overhead music by a diverse variety of northwest artists along with curated videos on terminal and baggage claim monitors, and listen to a multi-channel web radio player available through the free airport Wi-Fi network.
About Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Operated by the Port of Seattle, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA, KSEA) is ranked as the 17th largest U.S. airport, serving more than 32 million passengers in 2011. With a regional economic impact of more than $13.2 billion in business revenue, Sea-Tac generates more than 161,000 jobs (89,902 direct jobs) representing more than $2.2 billion in direct earnings and $412.4 million in state and local taxes. Twenty-six airlines serve 75 non-stop domestic destinations and 19 international cities.
Contact: Perry Cooper, Media and Public Affairs Manager, Sea-Tac Airport, 206-787-4923, cooper.p@portseattle.org
About PlayNetwork
PlayNetwork produces unrivaled media experiences for brands worldwide. PlayNetwork programs include music, messaging, video, web radio, artist promotions and events, A/V systems, advertising networks, and commercial XM Satellite Radio. PlayNetwork aims to deliver experiences with the truest level of customization and integration across every touch point ─ in-store, online and on-device.  Founded in 1996, PlayNetwork is currently playing for over 75,000 media subscribers in 70 countries, reaching over 23 million people every day. For more information, visit www.playnetwork.com orwww.xm4biz.com.
Contact: Bender/Helper Impact on behalf of PlayNetwork, Melisa Rodriguez / Jessica Bass,Melisa_rodriguez@bhimpact.com / Jessica_bass@bhimpact.com, (310) 694-3129
About the Seattle Music Commission
The 21 member Seattle Music Commission represents a cross section of Seattle’s music sector, including a broad range of individuals from the local music community. This Commission is tasked with advising City officials regarding leadership and support in the music arena, and also serving as a forum for City employees and departments to share information on upcoming issues and opportunities of relevance to Seattle’s music sector. This Commission strives to enhance the growth and development of Seattle’s music sector and convey the City’s commitment to the industry, musicians and audience.  For more information, visit www.cityofmusic.com.
Contact: James Keblas, Director, Seattle Office of Film + Music, james.keblas@seattle.gov, (206) 684-5030


SEATTLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LAUNCHES MAJOR LOCAL MUSIC INITIATIVE

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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 KEXPPlayNetworkJet City StreamSSGMusicRainy Dawg RadioSeattle WeeklySeattle Times107.7 The ENDSound on the SoundThe 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.