Seattle Office of Film + Music


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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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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NOMINATE SEATTLE MUSIC INDUSTRY HEROES FOR THE 2011 CITY OF MUSIC HONORS
February 24, 2011, 3:15 pm
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Seattle City of Music Honors
The third annual City of Music Honors will be held October 5 at The Triple Door, and the Seattle Music Commission is seeking your nominations for each of the event’s three accolades: The Award for Outstanding Achievement, the Breakthrough Award and the Impact Award. To submit your nominations, read up on the nomination criteria via the link above and then email us at filmandmusicoffice@seattle.gov with your suggestions by no later than Wednesday, March 2. Tell us who you are nominating and why they should be considered as an award recipient in a specific category. Each of your submissions will be carefully considered by the nominations committee and made public in or around September. We look forward to hearing your ideas, and don’t forget to mark your calendars!

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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.



PICTURE PERFECT: 2010 MUSIC WRAP-UP

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With the arrival of 2011, now is the time to reflect back upon 2010’s busy and exciting music scene. The Crosscut article above discusses highlights from all arenas of Seattle’s music community; bands, record labels, festivals, the Music Commission and Nightlife Initiative and theaters are all covered. Looking back at City Arts’ inaugural music festival, Shabazz Palaces’ contract with Sub Pop, the Hard Rock Café’s arrival in Seattle, we remember that 2010 was a fantastic year in local music. Other publications offer their insights of the year’s musical successes and failures: see an “Incomplete History of Seattle Music in 2010” here, listen to music experts Josh Powell, Dana Bos and Larry Mizell Jr. discuss 2010’s tunes here and download Seattle Times’ Andrew Matson’s Seattle pop music mixtape, A Very Good Year, 2010 here. Here’s to hoping 2011 is just a fantastic!

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