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Seattle Film + Music Newsletter

6/27/2007

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OFFICE NEWS

SCREENING VENUES NEEDED FOR LIVE EARTH CONCERTS
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Live Earth is a 24-hour, 7-continent concert series taking place on July 7th that will bring together more than 100 music artists and 2 billion people to trigger a global movement to solve the climate crisis. In support of Friends of Live Earth, the Film + Music Office is working to put together "Seattle Music for Climate Protection," featuring Live Earth viewing parties.

The event will consist of multiple screenings of the Live Earth concerts in venues across Seattle from 10:00am through Midnight on July 7th. We are currently seeking venues to participate in this event, screening the Live Earth concerts in three shifts, 10:00 - 2:00pm, 2:00pm - 6:00pm and 6:00pm - Midnight, with 1-3 venues participating in each shift. All you need is to be open for business during the hours of your shift (if you're serving breakfast or brunch, we encourage you to sign up for the morning shift) and a television with access to Bravo, the Sundance Channel or CNBC. This screening can be held in conjunction with other events taking place at the venue, but a cover cannot be charged for the screening alone.

If you participate in the event, your venue will be featured in the "Seattle Music for Climate Protection" press release and your venue will become part of the Friends of Live Earth international network. To sign up for a shift or for more information, please contact Emily Finkel at the Film + Music Office, Emily.finkel@seattle.gov or 206.233.2051.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

MARK BAUMGARTEN SEATTLE SOUND'S NEW EDITOR
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Seattle Sound welcomes Mark Baumgarten, former music editor of Portland's Willamette Week, as their new editor. Mark Baumgarten, originally from Wisconsin, had been the music editor in Portland since 2003 and brings many years of experience with him to Sound Magazine. Congratulations to Mark! The July issue of Sound, featuring articles about going green in the music industry and beyond, is available now at Seattle area newsstands.

WASHINGTON STATE FILM INDUSTRY GOING GREEN
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The Washington State Film Office is developing a program that encourages green filming while on location in Washington State. In a step towards doing this they have officially partnered with the Environmental Media Association (EMA). The Washington State Film Office is the first state to form an official partnership with EMA. The partnership aims to promote the EMA Green Seal requirements as a goal for on-location filming in Washington, with the Film Office providing on-the-ground resources and tools. The hope is for Washington State to be a model for on-location green filming that other states can follow. You can read more about Washington State's new green filmmaking program in the upcoming issue of Media Inc.

THE MOVIES ARE MOVING OUTSIDE
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With the annual marathon that is the Seattle International Film Festival over, it's time for devoted Seattle moviegoers to readjust those eyes to the daylight. Dusk more your speed? Then now is the perfect time to continue movie watching, and even combine it with a love of the outdoors. Welcome to the pleasures of outdoor summer cinema.

NWFF's BIKE-IN TRAILER WORKSHOP
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Northwest Film Forum will be offering a free film workshop on June 30th from 11 AM - 4 PM for all bike and movie enthusiasts! Spend an afternoon making a film featuring bikes. Every summer, NWFF celebrates bikes and movies by showing locally made films (featuring bicycles) outdoors at a park where attendees are encouraged to arrive on their bikes. This workshop will collectively make a short film to announce the upcoming event that will be seen by audiences at NWFF leading up to the Bike-In. Working as a team, the students will brainstorm ideas, divide tasks, and then make a movie.

INTERNET RADIO SILENTLY PROTESTS ROYALTIES
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Many fans of Internet radio tuned in to nothing yesterday, as many Webcasters participated in "A National Day of Silence" to protest the upcoming increase in music royalty fees. Tom Mara from KEXP talks about the protest and the station's involvement on this issue: "While we applaud the energy that our fellow webcasters are putting towards affecting positive change via the 'Day of Silence,' we ultimately feel an obligation to our listeners to not pull away our music services online from them." The Copyright Royalty Board is dramatically increasing the royalties payments owed to rights holders to stream sound recordings of music offered on the internet. This fee increase, which affects both commercial and non-commercial radio, will take effect on July 15th. KEXP estimates a 6-figure increase in royalty fee payments in the next year as a result of CRB's decision.

WASHINGTON STATE ARTS ALLIANCE SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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The Washington State Arts Alliance and the Washington State Arts Alliance Foundation are seeking a dynamic Executive Director for related organizations that share a common vision of a vibrant and well-supported arts sector in Washington State. WSAA works towards this vision through advocacy and lobbying and WSAAF through networking, education and communications. Please send letter of interest and resume to: Mark Hugh, Search Committee Chair, mark@markhugh.com. Screening begins July 6 for September start date. Interested parties advised to apply ASAP.

MEDIA DIGEST

CLEAR CHANNEL: SWAP EXPOSURE FOR ROYALTIES
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A settlement between the Federal Communications Commission and major broadcasters requires them to commit a certain amount of airtime to independent musicians. But Clear Channel Communications, one of the four broadcasters that settled, is asking independent musicians to agree to forgo royalties in exchange for the exposure.

MUSIC COMPANIES TRYING A GREENER APPROACH
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Despite a drop in CD sales, the music industry is making its mark on the environment - landfills commonly have many CDs and MP3 players, which contain toxic metals and chemicals. One problem: music fans with digital copies of songs often use blank CDs to record their music. Now some in the music industry are trying to limit the damage.

LICENSE DENIED
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Sally Clark's nightlife legislation, which would have preserved the mayor's proposed new license for bars and clubs, appears to have run off the rails.

AFI HAS NEW 100 GREATEST MOVIES LIST
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The film organization returned with a new version of its "100 Greatest Movies of All Time" countdown last night on CBS and tallied up the votes ... again. And while there were some notable changes from the group's 1996 poll, "Citizen Kane" was still No. 1 and eight original titles remained in the top 10.

MUSICFIRST SEEKS RADIO ROYALTIES
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The Recording Academy, along with recording artists and other music industry organizations, on Thursday launched musicFIRST (Fairness in Radio Starting Today), a coalition seeking compensation for performers when their music is broadcast over the air.

WE'VE GOT THE BEAT ON SEATTLE BANDS AT MID-YEAR
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Though there are no megasellers like Pearl Jam or Nirvana on the Seattle skyline, some surprisingly big sales highlight the commercial viability of Seattle's diverse music scene. Unlike during the grunge years, you can't slap a single label on wide-ranging Seattle acts like Brandi Carlile, Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, the Shins, Blue Scholars and Amber Pacific.

SOUND REFLECTIONS: ROCKING OUT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
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Adults and kids benefit by enjoying music together. While most children's music is unbearably cute, the CD Play features the rocky sounds of Seattle bands Mudhoney, Visqueen and Supersuckers. Susie Tennant brainstormed the idea years ago and finally saw the album, Play come to fruition this year. Today, Susie helps us hear why it's important to offer alternatives to traditional kid's music.

ANALYST: ITUNES THIRD LARGEST MUSIC RETAILER
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According to research from the NPD Group, Apple iTunes is now the third largest music retailer in the country in any format, digital or physical. Based on first quarter figures, Wal-Mart remains the biggest single music retailer with 15.8% of the market, Best Buy second at 13.8% and iTunes third at 9.8%.

INDIE FILMS CRAVE GREAT REVIEWS
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Indie filmmakers agree that Internet distribution offers plenty of opportunity, but the Holy Grail is the same as ever: reviews. Wait a second. Wasn't film criticism supposed to be irrelevant? On the way out? When it comes to mainstream Hollywood tentpoles, maybe. But talk to filmmakers, no matter what their stripe, and all the talk of new media fades fast. They want the same things indies wanted a few decades ago: reviews from established critics.

SEATTLE DJS PREDICT THE UP-AND-COMING
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A few radio hosts who champion local bands were asked for their favorite bets to make it big.

LOOK TO THE LOCAL LABELS FOR PROOF OF SEATTLE'S DIVERSE MUSIC
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Take a look at the local music landscape, and it's obvious that there may not be just one contender -- there are many. Record labels are booming in Seattle, and not just Barsuk and Sub Pop (though those are still booming too). Each one is making its business work in its own unique way.

SEATTLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA SPOTLIGHTS ITS OWN TALENT
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When the Seattle Symphony enters the final weeks of its season, it often turns to homegrown talent. And so it did Thursday night at Benaroya Hall.

FANS HELP FILMMAKERS WIN YOUTUBE DEAL
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Toward the end of Four Eyed Monsters, Arin Crumley and Susan Buice get a phone call from YouTube congratulating them for becoming the first filmmakers to land a feature-length narrative on the site. The autobiographical movie, financed with $100,000 on credit cards, runs 71 minutes and has been viewed more than a half million times since it was posted on YouTube last week.

RISING STAR JAZZ SINGER RETURNS TO SEATTLE ROOTS
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Singer Sara Gazarek, who launched her career in the Roosevelt High School jazz program, lends her formidable vocal skills to a new album that is as sweet and swinging as it is tender and intimate.

SELECT FILM FUND TO INVEST IN PICS
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Yet another private equity fund is being set up to invest in modestly budgeted Hollywood movies. Midwestern real estate financier Tony Reynolds is putting together Select Film Fund, which plans to invest $1 billion in slates of up to 10 movies from each of about 10 different producers over the next four years, focusing on movies costing about $10 million.

WARNING LETTERS LIKELY AT UW
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Some University of Washington students who may have been illegally downloading files from the Internet could soon be joining the ranks of students from nearly 100 universities across the United States who have received warning letters from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

CHORUSMASTER GEORGE FIORE RETIRES FROM A SECOND SATISFYING CAREER
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George Fiore, who officially retires Friday from the Seattle Symphony as associate conductor for choral activities, is a venerable conductor, pianist, organist and coach who has profoundly influenced many of the Northwest's major musical institutions.

HOLLYWOOD SCRAMBLES AS STRIKE LOOMS
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