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F+M OFFICE WELCOMES NEW INTERN
The film and music office would like to welcome our new intern Anand Balasubrahmanyan. Anand graduated from Grinnell College in scenic Iowa last year with a degree in history and enjoys writing blurbs about music and the NBA on publicola.net. He is very excited to begin working at the Film and Music Office.
HARNESS THE NIGHTTIME ECONOMY!
For the first time, the Film + Music Office joins the Responsible Hospitality Institute to present a 1-day Regional Forum on harnessing the economic power of the nighttime economy. RHI showcases local and national solutions to nighttime economy challenges through Networking Conferences, Leadership Summits, Regional Forums and Live Webinars. RHI focuses on a holistic approach to effectively address public safety and quality of life impacts in a nightlife district. For this reason, RHI Events are uniquely designed for both interdisciplinary interactions and peer-to-peer networking among city teams comprised of planners, police, business district managers, licensed beverage businesses, among others. The Seattle Regional RHI Forum will be held July 15th in City Hall's Bertha Knight Landes Room, and will be a great opportunity to network and discuss situations in your district. A keynote presentation by Elizabeth Peterson will showcase how the integration of policy, policing, practices and promotion can enhance the nighttime economy. A panel of Seattle's leaders will share insights and strategies on the evolution of policy, education and organizational strategies to enhance the city's nighttime economy. We encourage members of the private and public sectors throughout the Northwest to attend. Register now!
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
2010 CITY ARTISTS FUNDING TO OPEN IN JUNE
Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs
To assist individual artists in this economic climate, the Office Of Arts and Cultural Affairs is opening applications for its 2010 CityArtist Projects early. Seattle-based artists working in visual, literary and media arts may apply this summer for funding of up to $10,000 to support projects starting in January 2010. Applications will open in mid-June with a deadline of Tuesday, August 11th. The Office's CityArtists program provides support to individual artists to support new works, works in progress or remounted works taken to the next stage. All projects must include a public presentation.
NEW iLIKE APP SHOWCASES LOCAL LIVE MUSIC
Local company, iLike, the leading social music discovery service, today announced a suite of new features for musicians, including integration with Twitter, YouTube, and MySpace, as well as a turnkey system for any artist to quickly create and distribute their own custom iPhone app. These integrations expand on iLike's existing syndication model and enable more than 300,000 artists who use the iLike Artist Dashboard to save time and reach more fans via these new channels. In addition, iLike continues to syndicate artist content to more than 45 million music fans across the iLike network, including iLike's leading music applications on iGoogle, Facebook, hi5, Bebo, Orkut, and iLike plugins for iTunes and Windows Media Player.
TAX EXEMPTION AIMED TO HELP SEATTLE MUSIC VENUES AND MUSICIANS BEGINS JULY 1ST
Ballard News Tribune
Starting July 1st, small live music venues in Seattle will no longer be charged a 5% admissions tax by the city. The Seattle City Council voted May 26th to waive the tax for all venues that have a maximum occupancy less than 1,000 people and offer live music at least three days per week and have at least 16 musicians perform per week. This will help clubs during these tough economic times, make it easier for people to go out and hear music, and allow musicians a greater opportunity to play and earn a living. This is a great success for Seattle music and will help to truly make Seattle the City of Music!
ART FOR ALL KICKS OFF SUMMER AT SAM
Seattle Art Museum
Seattle Art Museum invites the entire family to explore art and experience a variety of cultures on first Thursdays, as SAM comes alive with music and activities tied to our diverse collections. Whiting Tennis and his band play dreamy, indie rock melodies to kick off the summer season at SAM's Art For All. This event is free amd kicks off the summer season on June 4th at the Brotman Forum from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
MUSICIANCORPS SEATTLE LAUNCHES
Art Corps Seattle
Music National Service founder, Kiff Gallagher, will be in Seattle on
June 10th to promote the launch of MusicianCorps Seattle, a prototype for Obama's proposed Artist Corps. Arts Corps has organized two meetings, one for cultural organizations to learn more about partnering in this work, and another for funders to learn how they can make this happen locally and nationally.
GARFIELD JAZZ ENSEMBLE TO PERFORM AT CITY HALL
Arts and Cultural Affairs
In honor of their third first-place win in the last seven years at the Essentially Ellington National Jazz Competition, the Seattle City Council will host a noon-time performance by the Garfield Jazz Ensemble in the City Hall lobby next Monday, June 8th. Following the performance, at the regularly scheduled 2:00 p.m. full Council meeting, the Council and Mayor will present a joint proclamation to the Garfield Jazz Ensemble encouraging the community to recognize their achievements and commitment to excellence. Roosevelt High School (which came in second at the Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition), and the Eckstein and Washington middle school bands will also be honored for posting impressive wins at last month's national competition.
LOCAL MUSICIAN TOPS THE NATIONAL CHARTS
"Flexicon," the newest release from local jazz musician Thomas Marriott has hit the top ten for national radio airplay. The new album on local record label Origin Records has been steadily climbing the charts since its release in late April of this year. This week it entered the top ten at number 10, sharing top honors with the likes of Diana Krall, Wynton Marsalis and Stanley Clarke. "Flexicon" is not Marriott's first album to rise to the top of the charts. His 1997 release "Both Sides Of The Fence" made it to number nine, receiving more than 3,300 spins nationally. To date, Marriott is the only local jazz musician to have produced two top-ten albums.
BOOK SIGNING FOR "THE ROUGH GUIDE TO NIRVANA"
West Seattle Blog
June 2009 will see the release of The Rough Guide To Nirvana by Gillian G. Gaar, an all-encompassing history of the group, featuring detailed biographies, complete discographies, and debate-inspiring Top-20 playlists. The same month also marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Nirvana's first album Bleach. There will be two signings, the first at Bailey/Coy Books, Capitol Hill's oldest, and friendliest, independent bookstore, on June 23rd, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The second will be at Feedback Lounge, West Seattle's newest and kitchiest hangout, on June 25th, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.
LOCALLY PRODUCED ICONS AMONG US MARATHON AIRS ON DOC
Icons Among Us
Jazz is undergoing changes of monumental magnitude and importance. Icons Among Us™: jazz in the present tense is a documentary film that captures the metamorphosis of jazz by showcasing the words, music, and spirit of the artists that are paving the way for an unprecedented musical evolution. On the heels of a successful theatrical premiere at SIFF, all four episodes of the television series will air back-to-back tonight on The Documentary Channel, beginning at 8 pm Eastern. If you have not yet seen this ground-breaking series, here's your best chance!
GET NASTY AND HELP A LOCAL CHARITY
Brent Amaker and the Rodeo are bringing their live show to the Comet to benefit Noise for the Needy, a Seattle non-profit that raises money for worthy causes by producing a great live music festival. Sharing the bill are tough rockers The Valley and An Invitation to Love, featuring former Rodeo guitarist Louis O'Callaghan. Two mellower acts, The Beautiful Confusion and The Thoughts, will open the show. Amaker is proud to be helping out NFTN: "I'm real happy this is for a good cause."
LOCAL PRODUCERS WIN EMMY
Howard Shack, Series Producer and David Fry, Producer/Editor won an Emmy at the 46th Annual Northwest Regional Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in the category "Arts and Entertainment Program Special" for their work on CW11's Underground show # 4 for KSTW Seattle, CW 11. "CW11 Underground" is a documentary series on the Northwest's best and brightest stars. "Show #4" featured stories about soldier/songwriter Joshua Morrison, skateboard prodigy Sky Siljeg, and singer/songwriter Jacqueline Leigh.
SIFF OPENS IN KIRKLAND
The Seattle International Film Festival is pleased to be back on the Eastside to present a week of film screenings at the Kirkland Performance Center June 1st-7th (no show on June 6th). Kirkland Performance Center is located at 350 Kirkland Avenue. Free four hour parking is available in the Municipal Garage underneath the Kirkland Library. Check out the SIFF films that will be playing in Kirkland now!
BUMBERSHOOT ANNOUNCES MORE ARTISTS TO LINEUP
Bumbershoot: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival has added more performers to the growing lineup for Labor Day Weekend, including Jason Mraz, Kasabian, Audrye Sessions, The Knux and Akron/Family. In addition, comedians Doug Benson, Eugene Mirman, Todd Barry, Matt Braunger, and Tommy Johnagin also joined the bill. Festival fans are encouraged to sign up as a BumberFan to take advantage of Bumbershoot's Insider Deal: single-day tickets for $25 - while supplies last!
SEATTLE FILMMAKER LYNN SHELTON'S HUMPDAY FEATURED AT SIFF CENTERPIECE GALA
Celebrate local filmmaking and northwest connections with live music and entertainment on Friday, June 5th, 7:00 pm at the Egyptian Theatre and the DAR Hall. Humpday, written and directed by Seattle's own Lynn Shelton, is a smart satire about the contradictions of the male ego, culminating in a hilariously uncomfortable finale, and is the featured film at SIFF's Centerpiece Gala. The evening also includes the popular Centerpiece Gala party at the DAR Hall on Capitol Hill following the film.
TIMEOUT TO ROCK!
The Vera Project
Come on down to Seattle's Seattle's First Annual Children's Music Festival! This year will include performances by Recess Monkey, Caspar Babypants (Chris Ballew of The Presidents), The Not It's! and
Board of Education. Proceeds from the show benefit Juvenile Diabetes. The first 100 kids get goodie bags from the bands! Xome out and support this great cause!
SCIENCE FICTION + FANTASY SHORT FILM FESTIVAL ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS
Science fiction and fantasy cinema filmmakers will have the opportunity to submit their films for Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame's 2010 Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival beginning, June 1st, 2009. EMP|SFM, in partnership with the Seattle International Film Festival, is encouraging original and creative science fiction film submissions 15 minutes or shorter in length for the festival. The festival will accept original entries created no earlier than January 2005. The final deadline for submission is August 15th. Visit the EMP|SFM website for submission details, rules and regulations.
FODAY MUSA SUSO ON ARTZONE
As the season comes to an end, Artzone ends with a great guest! World renown musician Foday Musa Sosu, a master cora player from Gambia has toured with big names, Phillip Glass among others, and is now living in Seattle. Be sure to check out one of the great international sounds that have been influencing Seattle's musicians. This is their last show before summer hiatus, and it airs Thursday, June 11th at 8:00 pm, on channel 21.
OFFICE OF ARTS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS ANNOUNCES AWARDS
Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs announces $225,000 in awards to 39 individual artists working in the performing arts. The city's 2009 CityArtists Projects annual funding program supports the development and presentation of original work by individual artists based in Seattle. "Supporting artists who live and work in our city is an important investment in a vibrant, healthy community," said Mayor Greg Nickels. "Artists bring color and energy to our daily lives and share the stories of our diverse communities. We need the arts, especially in tough economic times." The funded projects will involve more than 256 paid artists. Thirty of the 39 artist projects funded are first-time recipients, representing 77 percent of the awards. The awards range from $1,500 to $10,000, with an average award of $5,769. The program received a record 148 applicants, a 25 percent increase in applications from the previous 2007 funding cycle for dance, theater and music.
SEATTLE'S MUSIC COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR ALL AGES MUSIC
A Drink for the Kids
For the seventh consecutive year, Seattle's music community will come together to show their support for all-ages music and art at The Vera Project by throwing back a few drinks at their neighborhood bar and checking out a great show. ADFTK 2009 happens Sunday, July 5th -Saturday, July 11th 2009. Folks can visit any of these several fine host-establishments, order the special A Drink For The Kids beer or cocktail, and the proceeds go to support the Vera Project.
SEATTLE OPERA ANNOUNCES FINALISTS FOR REALITY SHOW
Seattle Opera is inviting the public to vote online to choose a host for "Confessions of a First-Time Operagoer," a new reality-style video project. The company has selected five finalists, one of whom will win the opportunity to star in a documentary about his or her first Ring cycle experience. The company received 49 applications over the past several weeks. Applicants either submitted videos to the company-through Facebook or by mail-or attended the live casting call held May 15th. The five finalists are Cassidy Quinn Brettler, 19; Colton Michael Carothers, 24; Jeff Powell, 27; Amy Tower, 19; and Howard Wu, 30. Their audition videos can be viewed online at seattleopera.org/confessions/finalists, and voting will continue until June 5th.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 5/24 - 5/31
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Viva Voce "Rose City"
- The Decemberists "Hazards of Love"
- The Thermals "Now We Can See"
- Vince Mira "Vince Mira"
- Neko Case "Middle Cyclone"
- Pearl Jam "Live From Easy Street"
- Big Business "Mind The Drift"
- The Intelligence "Fake Surfers"
- Hey Marseilles "To Travels & Trunks"
- Blind Pilot "3 rounds and a Sound"
PEARL JAM DEBUT NEW SONG ON CONAN O'BRIEN'S FIRST 'TONIGHT SHOW'
Pearl Jam could not have picked a bigger platform on which to debut their new song, "Get Some," than Conan O'Brien's first "Tonight Show" episode. And the veteran Seattle band did not disappoint, ripping through the blistering track for the first time in public. The song will appear on the group's forthcoming ninth studio album, Backspacer, due in the fall, which finds them reuniting with longtime producer and friend Brendan O'Brien for the first time in more than a decade. Be sure to check out the video!
SPORTN' LIFE RECORDS SIGNS TWO NEW ARTISTS
Seattle's premier hip-hop label, Sportn' Life Records, has two new artists officially joining their roster. The first is local R&B singer Marissa who's already been doing vocals on songs by Fatal Lucciauno and D. Black for awhile now. You can hear her all over Fatal's The Only Forgotten Son album and based on the work she's already done for the label, the Sportn' Life folks have decided to market her as a solo artist. They've also signed an MC by the name of SK who's been working as a hype man for fellow Sportn' Life artist Spaceman for roughly a year now. SK is actually D. Black and Fearce Vill of Dyme Def's cousin.
SEATTLE: GROUND ZERO FOR COOL KIDS' MUSIC?
Four local bands are producing and performing smart, fun and completely listenable albums that pop-culture-savvy parents will be glad to share with their kids, including one by the front man of the Presidents of the United States of America. This one of the reasons why the Seattle kids' music scene is so interesting these days. Today's parents, who grew up listening to Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and other local wonders, might just be the unwitting witnesses to another Seattle music renaissance, this one in children's music
SEATTLE #2 HIGH-TECH CENTER IN USA
Seattle was named the best place behind only Silicon Valley as a center for High Tech in the United States. Like most of the economy, the high-tech sector has taken a beating in the last six months, but recent numbers shows that these cuts may be leveling off and the sector could be primed to once again be an engine of sustainable growth when recovery begins to take root. Cities with strong high-tech bases will perform best as the economy recovers because the jobs generated by these fields pay so well. That's why so many regions have worked tirelessly - with tax breaks and other incentives - to attract high-tech industries, whether computer manufacturing, medical devices development or life sciences research.