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.

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


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,
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
Contact: Bender/Helper Impact on behalf of PlayNetwork, Melisa Rodriguez / Jessica Bass, /, (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
Contact: James Keblas, Director, Seattle Office of Film + Music,, (206) 684-5030

December 4, 2012, 2:35 pm
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The 2013 class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have been announced. Quincy Jones, Public Enemy, Donna Summer, Heart, Albert King, Randy Newman, and Rush will all be honored at the induction ceremony, which will take place on April 18 in Los Angeles, Rolling Stone reports. Other nominees included the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, the Marvelettes, the Meters, N.W.A., and Procol Harum.


The Seattle Times
Sonic Evolution is a new and ambitious undertaking by the Seattle Symphony. The 6-year-long project features composers from around the world creating new symphonic music based on the work of legendary Seattle artists, with the results performed by the Seattle Symphony. Those being honored include Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix, and Nirvana, among many others. By presenting the project, the Seattle Symphony hopes to bring popular music of major historic significance to symphonic audiences, and attract a new audience to the concert hall. Up-and-coming Seattle artists will be given the chance to work alongside the Symphony, performing their new work during the series as well. The first pieces commissioned for this season will debut TONIGHT, October 18th with a guest performance by Hey Marseilles.

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Wheedle’s Groove, the award-winning film chronicling Seattle’s forgotten soul/funk scene of the 60s and 70s, is now available on DVD! With narration by the incomparable Sir Mix-A-Lot, interviews with the stars of Seattle Soul, and commentary from local music icons like Quincy Jones, Kenny G, Soundgarden, Death Cab for Cutie and Mudhoney, the film shines a powerful light on a vibrant and prolific musical movement that “grooved” Seattle decades before the grunge wave that put us on the map. The new DVD—which you can pick up via iTunes, Netflix, Hulu and a host of national retailers– also includes deleted scenes, concert footage, a What’s a Wheedle featurette and more. Also included the DVD special features is the film’s theatrical trailer, which you can peep below in case you just can’t wait until you pick up your own copy of the Groove.

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November 22, 2010, 1:45 pm
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Seattle Times
Quincy Jones, a Garfield High School alum, has worked with all the pop and jazz music greats. From Aretha Franklin to Michael Jackson, John Coltrane to Miles Davis, Jones has collaborated and learned from all of our heroes and role models. Now Jones is teaching us a thing or two in his new book, Q on Producing. Jones explains that when he was learning his craft, older, wiser musicians would say, “Step into my office,” signifying they were going to pass on some of their musical knowledge. Q on Producing is, essentially, Jones’ office. To read more about the book and Quincy Jones, follow the link above.

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