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NEW HEALTH CARE INITIATIVE FOR AREA MUSICIANS AND ARTISTS STARTING WEDNESDAY!
Like all citizens of Washington State, artists and musicians need affordable health care. Starting in January 2009 the new Artist Clinic at Country Doctor Community Clinic is offering artist and musician-focused hours every Wednesday from 5:30pm-8:30pm as part of Artist Trust's Washington Artists Health Insurance Project. The Washington Artists Health Insurance Project is made possible by many community organziations and agencies, inc luding: Artist Trust, Seattle Musician's Association, MusiCares, 4Culture, Seattle Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle Office of Film + Music, Pratt Fine Arts, Robert Stumberger, Friends of On The Boards, Friends of the Henry Art Gallery. Under the Washington Artists Health Insurance Project, low-income and uninsured artists and musicians can qualify for a wide variety of low cost health services. The project will serve as a model for development of state-based health insurance expansion that benefits artists working in all disciplines.
SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR FILMMAKER WORKSHOP
Director Dean Hyers and screenwriter Bill True, two award-winning filmmakers and communications professionals operating under SagePresence, are offering Be Connected to Effective Networking on January 15th at the Mayflower Park Hotel. This is an instructional and entertaining event that teaches people how to network effectively and provides participants with immediate hands-on practice for their newfound skills. In partnership with the Mayor's Office of Film + Music, SagePresence is offering three scholarships that allow Washington state residents with a demonstrated interest in filmmaking to attend the Be Connected event at no charge. SagePresence is also offering Seattle companies and nonprofits free one-hour workshops on a variety of communications or film topics January 14-16; contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
SEATTLE PI LOOKING AT LOCAL FILM AND MUSIC IN 2009
4 out of 5 of the Seattle PI's things to watch for in 2009 include local film and music. They name the Seattle City of Music initiative as one of the top five stories to watch as well as the opening of the new SIFF film center in the Seattle Center's Alki Room and the reopening of the historic venue the Crocodile Café. The Mayor's Office of Film + Music is excited about the new year's opportunities and we look forward to a great 2009!
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
FEDERAL TAX INCENTIVES FOR FILMMAKERS - HOW SECTION 181 CAN HELP YOU?
On October 3, 2008, Congress approved an extension and modification of "Section 181," a federal tax incentive designed to combat runaway film and television production. Under this new modification, the first $15 million spent on film or television production can be immediately written-off for tax purposes. This extensive guide from the Director's Guild of America includes a breakdown of the incentive program and a Q&A to answer your burning questions.
HUMPDAY PARTY RESCHEDULED
Lynn Shelton's latest opus, Humpday, is premiering in competition at Sundance! Come join a fundraiser to help get it there. The original fundraiser was canceled due to the snow so it has been rescheduled for January 11th. Money raised at the party will help to defray the costs of publicity and housing at the prestigious festival. The film was produced with an all-local crew, including award-winning cinematographer Benjamin Kasulke, and stars Mark Duplass, Joshua Leonard, and Seattle actress Alycia Delmore. Come check out the newly cut Humpday trailer, make a Humpday button, buy a raffle ticket, and dance all night long!
NOMINATE NOW FOR EXCELLENCE IN HIP HOP AWARDS
Education is the key to unlocking the future for the next generation of Hip Hop entrepreneurs. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this year's MUSICA Festival engages ALL youth to become socially conscious, college-conscious, and college-ready. The festival includes presentations of the 2009 Pierce County Executive's Awards for Excellence in Hip Hop and the 2009 Martin Luther King County Executive's Awards for Excellence in Hip Hop (nominations still accepted). Don't miss this special event at the Columbia City Theater on January 17th.
LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL JAZZ MUSICIANS TAKE THE STAGE
Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame is proud to present Jazz in January 2009. The two-day celebration held January 9th and January 10th, will feature interviews and performances with internationally-acclaimed jazz musicians, including Cuong Vu, Han Bennink, Paul Rucker, and nationally recognized high school groups the Roosevelt Jazz Program and Garfield Jazz Ensemble.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR KING COUNTY FILMMAKERS AND MUSICIANS FROM 4CULTURE
4Culture is pleased to announce a Call for Artists for Gallery4Culture's 2009-2010 schedule of exhibitions. This is an open call to independent artists or curators residing in King County; the deadline for artist applications is Monday, January 12th. Gallery4Culture is dedicated to presenting solo exhibitions, small group and curated exhibitions by artists living in King County. 4Culture is also offering King County arts cultural facilities the opportunity to apply for 2009 Cultural Facilities funding. The Arts Cultural Facilities Program provides support for arts organizations for capital projects or equipment purchases. The next application deadline is Tuesday, January 20, 2009. A free public workshop for prospective Cultural Facilities applicants will be held on January 13th.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: AMP NOW HIRING DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
The All-Ages Movement Project (AMP), a member-driven network of community based organizations that connect young people through independent music and art, recently relocated from San Francisco to Seattle and have their office at the Vera Project at the Seattle Center. AMP is now hiring a Development Director to oversee all fundraising activities of AMP while co-creating the organization's overall work plan and strategy. This is a great opportunity for a fundraising pro with a passion for all-ages music spaces and participatory culture!
CITY SEEKS MUSIC FOR PHONE LINES, PODCAST
The Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs is seeking a broad selection of locally-produced music for Seattle OnHold. This innovative program treats callers to local music when they call the city and are placed on hold. More than 10,000 city phone lines feature the music. OnHold also offers a free local music podcast. Listeners can buy music via iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon.com and link to featured musician's Web sites and concert calendars on the OnHold Web site. To be considered in the next OnHold review cycle, submit an application by January 27.
CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR SIFF 2009
SIFF is seeking features, documentaries, short films, and animation for the 35th Seattle International Film Festival. With more than 550 screenings of 250 features and 180 shorts in 25 days, SIFF is the largest film festival in the United States. Attracting audiences exceeding 140,000, SIFF is a great way to get your film noticed. SIFF is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a Qualifying Festival in the Short Film category. Final submission deadline is February 2nd.
FROM ODETTA TO OBAMA: CELEBRATING A CHANGING AMERICA
On the historic occasion of the inauguration of Barack Obama, and as a tribute to the life and career of Odetta, the famed folk singer whose passionate performances reflected the yearning for a new American dream, Town Hall presents a special gala concert featuring the extraordinary voice of jazz legend Ernestine Anderson. Hosting the evening is performer/disc jockey, KEXP's Riz Rollins (DJ Riz). Joining them are blues singer Chic Street Man, traditional Negro Spirituals from The Sound of the Northwest, performers from Seattle Opera's Young Artist Program (Odetta was a trained opera singer), and the joyful gospel vocals of the Imani Fellowship Choir. Town Hall will also hold an Inauguration Day Viewing Party on the morning of January 20th.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: HONK! WEST FUND-RAISING/EVENT-PLANNING
The first HONK! West, a convocation of 13 brass street bands in Seattle from Washington, Oregon, Canada, Chicago, and Brooklyn, was a noisy fun success last Easter weekend. HONK! West housed and fed 100 musicians from out-of-town, sponsored workshops open to the public, and gave free concerts on the streets, in clubs, and at all-ages venues in Ballard and Georgetown. In order to pull off a second, slightly larger and louder HONK! West, April 2009, the organization needs to find a few cooperative creative souls to help us with publicity and fund-raising. Meetings are every three weeks or so, in the most convenient neighborhood for all involved. Interested parties should contact Lesli Dalaba at email@example.com.
BUMBERSHOOT NOW SEEKING WORLD'S BEST INTERNS FOR 2009
Want to know what it's like to help create Bumbershoot, and work on the inside of your favorite festival? One Reel is now accepting applications for a wide range of spring/summer internships. No matter if your interests lie within marketing, sponsorship or accounting, programming or legal, production or HR, chances are there's an internship that's just right for you! Apply today!
NYU SHORTS TO SCREEN IN SEATTLE
Award-winning film student George Westberg will screen two recent shorts in Seattle on Friday, January 9th. Westberg, a 2006 graduate of Ballard High School, is currently studying film at New York University. He returns to Seattle for a January 9th screening at 7 pm in the BHS auditorium. Westberg produced Time Keeps on Skippin' in Seattle last summer with assistance from students in the BHS Digital Filmmaking Project. This is a private test screening for the Seattle film community, and admission is free.
NEW DOCUMENTARY: ALFREDO ARREGUÍN: ARTIST
Seattle artist Alfredo Arreguín's list of distinguished achievements has just become longer. His painting, The Return to Aztlán, will become part of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery's permanent collection. This honor coincides with Seattle Channel's broadcast of Alfredo Arreguín: Artist, a new half hour documentary by John Forsen on Arreguín's life and art. Alfredo Arreguín: Artist will air on Seattle Channel January 8-10.
NORTHWEST SCREENWRITERS GUILD HOSTS PATTY LIN
The Northwest Screenwriters Guild is pleased to host Patty Lin, TV Writer/Executive Story Editor/Producer on Friday, January 16 and Saturday, January 17. On Friday, Ms. Lin (TV Writer, Executive Story Editor, and Producer of Desperate Housewives, Breaking Bad, Friends, Freaks and Geeks, Breaking Bad, and more) will join NWSG President, Aadip Desai, for a candid conversation and Q&A about working on such classic shows, developing original TV material, pitching, working in TV, staffing season, and much more. The next day, Patty will conduct one-on-one career consultations with Guild/Compendium Members.
VIDEO JOURNALISTS NEEDED
Are you a budding video journalist? Pick up your camera and check out the assignments at online video site SeattleIAM. Browse the suggested stories - or submit your own - and create some web pieces about local hot topics. Not the filmmaking type? Sit back, watch some of the featured Seattle videos and support the work of local reporters!
Greenspoke, a short sci fi thriller by Seattle filmmaker Tom McIntire, completed principal photography on December 9th. Shot entirely in Seattle with the assistance of the Seattle Film and Music Office, Greenspoke stars Washington Ensemble Theatre co-creative director Mikano Fukaya and noted Seattle stage and film actor Tim Gouran. Mikano also appeared in two julias, Tom's previous effort that was picked up for worldwide distribution by Ouat! Media. Greenspoke was shot on the RED camera by director of photography Ryan Purcell. Look for Greenspoke on the festival circuit later this year!
BUST A MOVE FILM CHALLENGE
To freak or not to freak? The Northwest Film Forum's quarter's film challenge asks you to create a film in which there is an unusual or inappropriate outbreak of dance. Make a film about any subject you'd like, but somewhere in the piece make sure there's a little out of place dance. Whether it's a little funk at the funeral, the worm in the women's room or some freakin' at the fair, all they ask is for a little boogie. Submissions must be received by Monday, January 26.
AN EVENING WITH AL KOOPER
Enjoy an interview with songwriter, record producer and musician Al Kooper on January 17th. Kooper organized the group Blood, Sweat & Tears and has recorded with several distinguished artists, including Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Who, B. B. King and Cream. Kooper recently updated and released his memoir, Backstage Passes & Backstabbing Bastards: Memoirs of a Rock 'N' Roll Survivor, which chronicles his many misadventures as an experienced musician. He currently teaches songwriting and recording production at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
NEW BLUE SCHOLARS VIDEO: COFFEE AND SNOW
Missed the snowed out Blue Scholars shows? Check out their new music video and track "Coffee and Snow," directed by Zia Mohajerjasbi, and relive the Great Seattle Blizzard of '08.
FINGER OF GOD PART 3: I HEART RENTON
As promised, the 3rd episode of Finger of God has arrived and is waiting for your views! Sam, Bob, and Sam's SuperFan try to claim copyright infringement on their invention of the "I Heart Renton" t-shirt from Renton's very own, Mary Clymer. Guest starring Kyle Klein, Chad Schlund, Josh Bauer, Ryan Soper and Mary Clymer. The first Finger of God episode won Best Picture and Best Actor at the 2008 Renton FilmFrenzy.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 12/29 - 1/4
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
- Various Artists - Live at KEXP, Vol. 4
- Death Cab For Cutie - Something about Airplanes
- Blitzen Trapper - Furr
- The Dutchess and the Duke - She's the Dutchess, He's the Duke
- Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant EP
- Eddie Vedder - Into the Wild OST
- Past Lives - Strange Symmetry
- Rosie Thomas - Very Rosie Christmas
- New Faces - Two Years
PARAMOUNT, MOORE THEATERS UNVEIL NEW SERVICES
Building on their growth over the past year, The Paramount and The Moore theatres are launching a rebranding effort and some novel features: a new Web site, 24-hour ticket kiosks and a new ticketing system. Now, STGpresents.org will be a "mother site" to the two theaters' Web sites. The site will also include promotional offers; links for easy access to news online; social networks such as Facebook and MySpace; and social messaging services like Twitter, as well as a new blog. Along with the new Web site launch, STG is transferring the majority of its engagements from Ticketmaster to Tickets.com. There will also be new 24 hour ticket kiosks near the theaters, so fans can purchase tickets at their own convenience.
SEATTLE GETS SERIOUS ABOUT HIP-HOP
Common Market is one of two talented, politically minded rap duos in Seattle anchored by the producer DJ Sabzi. The other group, Blue Scholars, released its third CD last week, "Bayani." It's one of the best albums of any genre in recent years to come out of Seattle. It's no surprise that these songs - replete with Marx-influenced references to the lumpen proletariat, working-class heroes such as the Filipino-American author Carlos Bulosan, and pink-slipped teachers - haven't found a home on commercial radio. But other media, such as Seattle's noncommercial music station KEXP and the Internet, have provided avenues for exposure.
SEATTLE WEEKLY'S 2008: THE YEAR IN MUSIC
In their final issue of the year, Seattle Weekly covers the best of 2008 in music. From Reverb Music Fest to the "bio rap" scene to the renaissance of folk, it's clear that 2008 was anything but monotonous. As Seattle Weekly says, "Seattle's scene will likely never again experience anything as cohesive as grunge, which is fine by us."
AV CLUB INTERVIEWS DEATH CAB'S BEN GIBBARD
It's hard to believe that Death Cab For Cutie, darling of the indie/mainstream crossover, started rocking a decade ago: It seems like just a couple of years ago, the Bellingham, Washington-born band was headlining small clubs. But now, five full-length albums in (and millions sold), it's the biggest little band in the world. In 2008, it released the excellent Narrow Stairs, played lots of big shows, and even opened for Neil Young. But the purpose of this A.V. Club conversation with singer-guitarist Ben Gibbard was to reminisce about the band's early days, and specifically its first album, Something About Airplanes, which just got the deluxe reissue treatment, complete with great liner notes by Sean Nelson (of Harvey Danger) and a bonus disc featuring Death Cab's third-ever live show.
'MARCO POLO' HELPS KIDS DISCOVER THE JOYS OF TRAVEL
With the help of "Bill Nye" head writer Scott Schaefer, Seattle-based William Jeakle has put together a witty children's travel show with a fast pace reminiscent of the "The Monkees." The host, Marco Polo, played by local children's theater actor Jonathan Wright, is joined by an array of other characters, including historian Professor Bombast, art expert Sister Windy -- both played by Wright -- and travel guide Steve Ricks, played by Seattle improvisational actor Ethan Newberry. To promote the program, Wright visited Westlake Center in December and interacted with the public, discussing European holiday traditions and asking people what they know about culture. The show, which will be distributed through a variety of media, including DVD, iTunes and Facebook in the fall, has short clips available online, including new one-minute clips being introduced daily on YouTube.
SEATTLE BAND NOTCHES U.K. LABEL'S FIRST GOLD
Seattle folk rock band Fleet Foxes has scored the first gold-certified record for U.K. indie Bella Union in recognition of shipments of 100,000 copies. The band's self-titled debut was voted the best album of 2008 by Billboard critics. It was released by Sub Pop in the U.S. and through Bella Union in the U.K and Europe. In North America, "Fleet Foxes" has sold 141,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Beyond Billboard, it has been voted the No. 1 album by publications in Germany, Sweden, Norway, Holland, Italy, Belgium and the U.K.
SINGER JOSHUA MORRISON STRADDLES THE GULF BETWEEN ARTIST AND SOLDIER
In between the two parts is the gulf that separates artists and soldiers. Morrison - 25 years old and from the tiny prison town of Monroe, though stationed most recently at Fort Campbell, Ky. - straddles that gulf. He does so naturally, modestly. The songs on "Home," his debut released earlier this year on Seattle boutique label Expanding Brooklyn, aren't defiant or proud, nor are they oblivious to his situation. Rather they're naked and intimate, detailed meditations on long-distance relationships and the ineffable comfort of home.
LYNN SHELTON ON SUNDANCE'S MEET THE ARTIST
Check out this video interview with Lynn Shelton, director of Humpday. Listen to her describe the local inspiration behind the film and the unique male friendship it features. Humpday will compete at the Sundance Film Festival next week.
INVISIBLE CREATURE DESIGNS GRAMMY NOMINATED ALBUM COVER
Congratulations to the Seattle design firm Invisible Creature for scoring their 4th Grammy nomination! Brothers Don and Ryan Clark are responsible for the wonderful album art of Hawk Nelson's "Hawk Nelson...Is My Friend!" The duo has also designed art for Bumbershoot and Sasquatch music festivals.
NO-FI SOUL REBELLION IS A DIFFERENT KIND OF DUO
For a soul-pop-punk duo whose most rabid audiences are of the under-21 set, No-Fi is strangely conceptual. The concept is this: Heimer, 29, writes songs, sings, and plays every instrument on the band's six self-released albums. His wife, Andrea Heimer, 27, offers long-legged moral support. During performances, she "plays" a stringless bass outfitted with an iPod containing all of Heimer's songs, sans vocals. Heimer - spectacularly sweaty, tethered by a 50-foot-long green mic cord - thrashes through the crowd, singing over his tracks karaoke-style and contorting madly like a teenager alone in his bedroom.
LOCAL BANDS REMEMBER JOHN SPALDING WITH AN AMAZING SERIES OF BENEFIT SHOWS
John Spalding passed away in November after a long battle with lung cancer, but the beloved local musician left quite an impression on many people. Friends are currently working on officially releasing his record, The Beautiful Truth, and they've also set up some pretty amazing shows throughout the month to help his family pay off the remaining medical bills. The proceeds from all the shows will benefit the John D. Spalding Memorial Fund. Donations are also being accepted at any Bank of America location. And local poster-making superstar Nat Damm will be designing a series of limited edition posters which will highlight some of the bands Spalding played in; they'll be for sale at most of the shows as well.
TAI SHAN ON THE COUCHSURFING TOUR
Tai Shan, Seattle's newest Americana blues singer songwriter, just left to tour the West Coast in support of her first album, Tiny Planet. But instead of racking up Motel 6 expenses, or even crashing with friends, Shan will be catching her winks on the couches of complete strangers. Her hosts have not even been recommended word-of-mouth, but are gleaned from the internet. Shan has plenty of connections along the coast, but she chooses to couch surf for the sake of her craft. When welcomed into a stranger's home, Shan finds that they often open up to her and tell her their stories, which Shan usually writes into her lyrics. In exchange for the hospitality, Shan puts on a small house show at each residence.
LAURA "PIECE" KELLEY-JAHN FEATURED ON URB MAGAZINE!
Seattle's own Laura "Piece" Kelley-Jahn, recent recipient of the Hollywood Music Award for Best RAP/Hip Hop Artist, has been selected as a feature on the URB Magazine website's next 1000 for 2009! You can vote for Piece's song, "Street Smartz" on urb.com. Top scoring artists earn placement on the Next 1000 Top Movers Spotlight, and have the potential to be featured in the URB Ezine, URB.com homepage, and even URB Magazine.
DIGITAL BOOSTS 2008 SALES TO NEW MARK
Overall music sales hit a new record in 2008, with over 1.5 billion units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Nielsen Company's annual year-end music industry report, released today, reveals that combined sales of albums, singles, music videos and digital tracks increased 10.5% over 2007, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Digital tracks posted a 27% gain on their own to over a billion units sold in 2008, a new record. Digital albums grew 32% to 65.8 million units, also a new high.
LEARNING ABOUT THE TEACHING
Seattle jazz trio The Teaching was like the mass you attend once a year with your grandma. You sit on the hard pew in your Sunday best, dusty bible in hand, feeling like an outsider. You see the congregation entering into something you don't understand, because you're not part of it. But you want to be. Two years ago, Josh Rawlings, Evan Flory-Barnes, and Jeremy Jones started jamming together at "The Hang," Thursday nights at Lo-Fi, based on what they called the "wisdom teachings". The Teaching was meant to be, not just another band, but an exploration of how music could evoke and incorporate the spiritual lives of the participants.
FLEET FOXES WIN ALBUM ARTWORK PRIZE
Fleet Foxes have claimed the Best Art Vinyl Award 2008 for the front cover of their self-titled album! The album cover, which features a segment of Pieter Bruegel's painting 'Netherlandish Proverbs', was voted the winner of the annual award.
A NEW VIRTUAL WORLD SYMPHONY
In its ongoing effort to prove itself an environment worthy of advertisers' attention - and not just a repository for dramatic prairie dogs and spaghetti cats - YouTube is running an online audition/ contest to bring musicians from around the world to play a short orchestral piece by composer Tan Dun at Carnegie Hall next April. Applicants can enter using whatever instruments they like, as long as they fit the range and pitch of the work. It's an interesting example of how to assemble a solid user-generated campaign using video and downloadable materials, and will probably turn into the most widespread global UGC promotion ever attempted. All that, and a guy from the London Symphony Orchestra shows you how to play the brake drum.