Seattle Office of Film + Music


DISCOVER SEATTLE MUSIC HISTORY THROUGH NEW ESSAY
November 15, 2011, 12:22 pm
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Seattle City of Music
Seattle has long been a city rife with musical overtones. Instrumental dings and vocal chirps are always within an ears reach of inhabitants, and the melodies and harmonies that echo speak for the culture of place of the ever-evolving zeitgeist. Whether it is the Native Americans of the area performing local dance and song, or Nirvana-inspired punk-rock resonating from Showbox speakers, the common colloquial second language of the Pacific Northwest is undeniably music.  To read more about how music permeates the very core of what it means to be part of a city like Seattle, take a look at the recently posted Seattle: City of Music essay on the SCOM site.

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SEATTLE MUSIC COMMISSION UPDATES
May 16, 2011, 1:03 pm
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Seattle Music Commission
As part of its commitment to community engagement and outreach, the Seattle Music Commission (SMC) shares a recap of their regular monthly meeting.  At their most recent general meeting, the Commission discussed the ongoing work of its three subcommittees: Policy + Planning, Youth + Community and Branding + Communication. The Policy + Planning Committee continues to focus its energies on developing a partnership with the Port of Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport to facilitate a uniquely “Seattle” musical experience for visitors and natives alike. The Youth + Community Committee is seeking out ways to support and expand upon existing youth and community career development programs and events throughout the city, including possibilities for music industry career fairs and internship programs. The Branding + Communications Committee continues their work to develop an innovative and inclusive community-driven web resource focused on telling the story of Seattle’s rich musical history across genres. The Commission would love to hear from you regarding these or any of the projects listed in its workplan, which is available at the above link. You can contact the Commission via their email address: seattlemusiccommission@seattle.gov.

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SEATTLE MUSIC COMMISSION
January 28, 2011, 2:44 pm
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Seattle Music Commission
New in 2011: As part of its commitment to community engagement and outreach, the Seattle Music Commission (SMC) will share a recap of each regular monthly meeting. At last Wednesday’s general meeting, the Commission discussed the ongoing work of its three subcommittees: Policy + Planning, Youth + Community and Branding + Communication. The Policy + Planning Committee is currently focusing its energies on exploring opportunities to partner with the Port of Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport to facilitate a uniquely “Seattle” musical experience for visitors and natives alike. The Youth + Community Committee is seeking out ways to support and expand upon existing youth and community career development programs and events throughout the city, including possibilities for music industry career fairs and internship programs. The Branding + Communications Committee is working to develop an innovative and inclusive community-driven website focused on telling the story of Seattle’s rich musical history across genres. The Commission would love to hear from you regarding these or any of the projects listed in its workplan, which is available at the above link. You can contact the Commission via seattlemusiccommission@seattle.gov.



SEATTLE TIMES REVIEWS THE YEAR IN SEATTLE MUSIC
January 5, 2010, 12:32 pm
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Seattle Times
The Seattle Times’ Jonathan Zwickel runs through Seattle’s 2009 musical landscape. He highlights the momentous leap forward for 206 Hip Hop, the revival of Americana powerhouse No Depression, the re-opening of the Crocodile, the amazing reunion of Seattle’s soul community on the Wheedles’ Groove compilation and more. Also highlighted was our office’s City of Music Initiative which passed an admissions-tax exemption that helped certain venues retain more profits from shows and opened the Artist Clinic, providing low-cost health care to artists and musicians via the Country Doctor on Capitol Hill.



GIVE IT UP FOR ‘GIVE,’ A DOWNLOADABLE BENEFIT COMPILATION FEATURING AN ALL-STAR LINEUP OF SEATTLE BANDS

Seattle Times
There’s zero downside to “GIVE,” a downloadable benefit compilation of 30 genre-spanning songs by Seattle musicians. At $7, you’re paying less than a quarter per song. Every cent of that $7 goes toward local hunger relief and arts education. Each of the songs — most of them exclusive — is good. “GIVE” is the sort of big city/small pond collaboration that could only happen in Seattle. Every facet — music, engineering, graphic design, server space, organization, promotion, etc. — was donated. From the sponsors to the bands, “GIVE” demonstrates the Seattle music community is all things to all people, if the people are willing to dig a little. Bands include Fleet Foxes, the Moondoggies, Visqueen, the Saturday Knights, the Maldives, Grand Archives, Cave Singers, Gabriel Mintz, Arthur & Yu, Talbot Tagora, Hey Marseilles, Pearly Gate Music, Tea Cozies, Fatal Lucciauno, Fresh Espresso, Josh Morrison, Sera Cahoone, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band. “GIVE” is available for download today, November 17th.



HARMONY AND THE MAYOR’S OFFICE
October 19, 2009, 11:21 am
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Seattle WeeklySCOM
The Seattle Weekly’s Hannah Levin praised the Seattle City of Music Initiative saying, “When Nickels’ Office of Film + Music unveiled its Seattle City of Music Initiative in late 2008, the guarded skepticism with which many local promoters, artists, journalists, and club owners greeted it carried into early 2009.
But though our gorgeous summer has now morphed back into a more familiar pattern of chilly grayness, the forecast for the Seattle music community feels brighter and warmer than any time in recent memory. Part of this is due to people like Office of Film + Music director James Keblas and program coordinator Rachel White, who’ve worked tirelessly to bridge the gaps between the music community and more conservative factions within the mayor’s office. While Keblas continued to push for more tangible manifestations of the mayor’s Seattle City of Music Initiative, White compiled an exhaustively detailed yet user-friendly Nightlife Handbook, designed to help club owners navigate the perplexing maze of licensing and regulation requirements. White’s tome also provides advice on how to improve neighborhood relations and cope with the impending expenses of the new sprinkler requirements, set to take effect in December.”