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MAYOR MIKE MCGINN TO INTRODUCE 21-MEMBER MUSIC COMMISSION
Seattle City of Music
Seattle is the City of Music, and on Monday, June 14 at 12:00 pm at City Hall, Mayor Mike McGinn will host a press conference to formally introduce the newly appointed 21-member Seattle Music Commission. This new commission will help set a path forward to strengthen and grow Seattle's thriving music community for the next decade. The commission is made up of a diverse group of community, business and industry leaders who are all actively engaged in supporting, promoting, expanding and encouraging Seattle's vibrant culture of music. The Music Commission was formed as part of Seattle's City of Music Initiative and will serve as an ongoing City of Seattle body. The appointees represent a cross section of the music sector and are commisioned to advance the City of Music vision in the larger community and to provide guidance and direction to the City of Seattle regarding its leadership and support of music. At the press conference Mayor McGinn will introduce the appointees as well as define the commission's vital role in supporting Seattle's vibrant and growing music culture and industry. This event is open to the public, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF THE EIGHTH ANNUAL MAYOR'S ARTS AWARDS
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
The Mayor's Arts Awards, the annual celebration to recognize the contributions made by artists, arts and cultural organizations and community members who make a difference through arts and cultural activities, has announced this year's winners. Six recipients include visual artists, arts leaders, and organizations. "The Mayor's Arts Awards shine a spotlight on the value of art and culture in our community and underscore the arts as vital to our quality of life in Seattle," said Mayor Mike McGinn. "This year's award recipients represent inspiring accomplishments, reflect the diversity of arts and culture in our city and offer a universal language of understanding through the arts." The recipients will be honored at the Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony at noon on Friday, September 3 at Seattle Center's Northwest Court. The outdoor ceremony, will feature award presentations and the official opening of Bumbershoot's Visual Arts Exhibits. Special congratulations to ReelGrrls, the program devoted to empowering young women through media production. Reel Grrls offers a variety of hands-on workshops in specific skills including animation, cinematography, script writing and more. The organization offers day camps, weekend and after-school workshops, and an apprenticeship program in which advanced students provide professional video production services to Seattle-area nonprofits. For a full list of this year's recipients, follow the link.
CALL IN TO "ASK THE MAYOR" TO TALK LIVE WITH MAYOR MCGINN
"Ask the Mayor" gives Seattle residents a chance to speak directly to our mayor, Mike McGinn, live on Seattle Channel 21. Host CR Douglas and Mayor McGinn respond to your phone calls and e-mails on Thursday, June 10 at 7:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to ask the mayor questions of interest to musicians and filmmakers. If you would like to submit your questions ahead of time you can do so at the Ask the Mayor website.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF THE NORTHWEST EMMYS
The Northwest Regional EMMY Awards, the annual showcase of television talent from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and Montana took place June 5. A program of the Northwest Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, these awards recognize outstanding programming in a variety of fields and categories related to television in our region. Of special note is the award for 'Special Event Coverage (Other than News or Sports)' which went to Kites Over Washington, a short art film by local filmmakers Ilona Rossman Ho and Shannon Hart Reed. Also the award for 'Arts/Entertainment - Feature/Segment' went to Art Zone with Nancy Guppy for their profile of Champagne Champagne's Pearl Dragon. Congratulations to all the winners. For a full list of the winners follow the link.
FILMMAKERS: SUBMIT YOUR SHORTS TO TALL BEERS & SHORT SHORTS
Tall Beers & Short Shorts
Tall Beers and Short Shorts is a quarterly screening series in Seattle. Tall Beers and Short Shorts strives to maintain the rich tradition of Pacific Northwest filmmaking by highlighting the work of short filmmakers in Oregon, Idaho, Washington, British Columbia, the Yukon and Alaska. They are looking for short films 1-20 minutes long. All genres, skill levels and styles accepted. Deadline for submissions is July 5 The screening will take place on July 29 at Re-bar. For submission guidelines and more details, follow the above link.
EMP|SFM IS HIRING IN THEIR MARKETING DEPARTMENT
EMP|SFM is hiring two positions in their marketing department. The Media Communications Manager at EMP|SFM is responsible for developing, managing and executing all aspects of the institution's public relations activities, programs and communications. Responsibilities include planning and implementing the organization's public communications strategies, policies, and procedures in the areas of media relations, speechwriting, collateral materials, special programs and events; representing the organization to the press and public by acting as EMP|SFM's lead media liaison and spokesperson; writing, editing, preparing and distributing press releases, press kits and media alerts in a timely manner, adhering to various media deadlines; and more. The Senior Marketing Manager at EMP|SFM is responsible for marketing, advertising, promotions, and overall branding strategy for the museum. In coordination with the Director of Marketing and Audience Development, major responsibilities include developing and implementing short- and long-range goals and overall marketing strategy. Follow the links for detailed application information.
CHECK OUT FREE 'MOVIES AT THE MURAL' IN AUGUST
Experience free movies by moonlight at Seattle Center this August. Picnic on the gently sloping Mural Amphitheatre lawn, in front of a state-of-the-art giant screen, with the Space Needle standing sentry in the starry skies above you. Movies at the Mural is an outdoor cinema experience like no other. And, for the third straight year, NFFTY is partnering with Seattle Center to include a short film from NFFTY 2010 before every feature played at Movies at the Mural. This year's movies include The Princess Bride, Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, and Star Trek. For a schedule of showtimes, follow the above link.
CHECK OUT SUMMER ARTS ON THE PLAZA MUSIC AND DANCE SERIES
SEEDArts and the Rainier Beach Merchant's Association present a series of free outdoor performances by several of Southeast Seattle's best known groups, on Saturday afternoons, June 12 - August 14, on the plaza in front of the new South Shore School. Summer Arts on the Plaza will feature Southeast Seattle Community Youth Orchestra, South Shore Girls Steel Pan Group, Broadway Bound Children's Theatre, Global Heat, Rhythms & Rituals, Urban Wilderness Project, and showcases by Northwest Tap Association and Arts in Motion. For the lineup and for more information, including a rain contingency plan, follow the link.
WEST SEATTLITES: CHECK OUT THE MORGAN JUNCTION FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND
Come to the 5th Annual Morgan Junction Festival! The Bite of Morgan is returning and they have a full schedule of music and performers in the park, including The Bubbleman. Join them for a fun day of music, crafts and vendors and food. Check out the lineup for both the music stage and the park performances at the link.
MUSEUM SEEKS IMAGES OF NORTHWEST BANDS FOR EXHIBIT
The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center invites artists to submit up to five images portraying Northwest Musicians or Musical Groups for consideration by their jurors. The exhibit is titled "Picture the Musician . . . Portraits of Northwest Musicians by Northwest Artists" and is open to artists (including photographers) residing in Washington, Oregon or Idaho. The exhibit will be on display October 1 - December 24. For a full listing of requirements and conditions follow the link. If you have any other questions please contact Bill Rietveldt, Exhibits Coordinator at email@example.com.
LINEUP ANNOUNCED FOR WEST SEATTLE SUMMER FEST 2010
West Seattle Festival
West Seattle Summer Fest is a free 3-day annual street festival produced by West Seattle Junction Association. West Seattle Summer Fest is host to dozens of bands, hundreds of merchants and artists, and over 30,000 attendees. West Seattle Summer Fest encompasses most of the West Seattle Junction and the heart of the fair lies in the intersection of California Avenue SW and SW Alaska. They have announced their partial lineup and it features a slew of local talent including Hell's Belles, Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter, Caspar Babypants, Kristen Ward, and The School of Rock All-Stars. For a full lineup and for more information follow the link.
EMP|SFM'S SCIENCE FICTION + FANTASY SHORT FILM FESTIVAL NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES
Science fiction and fantasy cinema filmmakers can now submit their films for Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum's (EMP|SFM) 2011 Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival (SFFSFF). The 6th annual festival will screen 20 films at the Cinerama Theatre in early 2011. EMP|SFM, in partnership with the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), 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 2006. The final submission deadline is September 15. Follow the above link for submission guidelines and more information.
NOISE FOR THE NEEDY KICKS OFF THURSDAY
Noise for the Needy
Noise for the Needy, a five-day non-profit festival which benefits other non-profits, is starting Thursday June 10. The lineup is a who's who of Seattle's indie rock bands including Visqueen, The Maldives, Final Spins, Friday Mile, Tiny Vipers and Grand Hallway; with some national indie acts like The Album Leaf and John Vanderslice; and handful of Portlanders including Horse Feathers and Portland Cello Project. The shows will benefit Teen Feed this year, which is an organization that serves over 11,000 meals each year to over 600 homeless youth in the Seattle area. The festival is scheduled for June 10-13 at over 15 venues in the Seattle area. Check out the events calendar by following the link.
MUSIC COMMUNITY: PARTICIPATE IN ARTS CRUSH THIS OCTOBER
This October, Theatre Puget Sound will present Arts Crush, a month-long festival that connects artists and audiences with invigorating new experiences at hundreds of events across the region. More than 200 arts organizations and innumerable artists from all over the Puget Sound will come together as a united arts community to share arts experiences with people of all kinds. They are looking for widespread participation and need your help. Musical organizations, bands, and venues can contribute in a whole host of ways, including hosting performances, workshops or open rehearsals. In their words, the possibilities are endless. To get involved, follow the link.
DON'T MISS GREENNOTE FESTIVAL
The GreenNote Festival at Seattle Center is a free, environmentally friendly, acoustic festival slated to make its debut July 24 and 25. GreenNote is striving to be "greenest festival Seattle has ever seen." It's completely acoustic (which means less electricity consumed), any generators they do use will run on bio-diesel, and all food and drink (only sold by all vendors with sustainable and vegetarian options on all menus) will be served on compostable plates and cups. Admission to the festival to totally free. The festival will feature a slew of folk Seattle performers, including Rocky Votolato and Grand Archives on July 25, Sound Off! winner Great Waves and finalist Hooves & Beak, Lincoln Barr, and Jack Wilson.
HELP CLOSE STIFF WITH A DANCE PARTY AT THE NW FILM FORUM
NW Film Forum
As the second year of hosting Seattle's True Independent Film Festival (STIFF) winds down, Northwest Film Forum is helping to celebrate the conclusion of STIFF and entertain the Truly Independent crowd by hosting a late night dance party. Join them beginning at 11:00 pm on Friday, June 11 (with special guest DJ Peter Lucas in his last Seattle appearance) at the Northwest Film Forum for bumping booty shaking hits from the history of soul music and good time having!
DON'T MISS THE FIRST BEACON ROCKS! THIS SATURDAY
Beacon Rocks! is a free, outdoor, family-friendly music series meant to be a fun opportunity to build community and give local musicians a place to play in their neighborhood. The series takes place on four Sunday afternoons this summer, June 13, July 11, August 8, and August 29. This first installment features Lion Dancers and Kung Fu Demo, Robert Hinrix and Angela Castaneda, Octothorpe, Better World, Unite One, The ROCKiT Dancers, and Zumba Dance and Exercise Demonstrations by Carol. The performances will be from 1:00 - 5:00 pm at the Lander Festival Street on Beacon Hill.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 5/31 - 6/6
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Band of Horses "Infinite Arms"
- New Pornographers "Together"
- Damien Jurado "Saint Bartlett"
- Melvins "Bride Screamed Murder"
- Shabazz Palaces "Shabazz Palaces"
- Head Like a Kite "Dreams Suspend Night"
- Shabazz Palaces "Of Light"
- Champagne Champagne "Champagne Champagne"
- Lonely Forest "We Sing the Body Electric"
- Minus the Bear "Omni"
NEW YORK TIMES PROFILES THE 48 HOUR FILM PROJECT
New York Times
In the 48 Hour Film Project, moviemakers get a weekend to complete a four-to-seven-minute film. Mark Ruppert, who started the project in 2001 with Liz Langston, said that they wanted to find out whether it was possible to make a movie in such a short time and if so, whether anyone could stand to watch it. The project, which started in Washington, is now a business employing four people full time and has spread to 87 cities around the world, including Lima, Johannesburg and Casablanca. A few of the filmmakers are professionals; many more are hobbyists or people who fantasize about turn pro. On Friday evening, teams draw from a hat a slip of paper specifying one of 14 genres for their film, including horror, mockumentary, sci-fi and road movie. After genres are picked, a list of elements that each film must include is read off. Seattle's list of included a carpenter named Van or Vanessa Saskia, an orange and the line "I can't believe you said that." To check out the winners of Seattle's 48 Hour Film Project, which took place May 14-16, click here.
CHECK OUT MINUS THE BEAR ON NPR'S WORLD CAFÉ
NPR's World Café, a series that presents new music and the artists who create it, recently had Minus The Bear on the show to talk about their new album Omni and to perform a few songs. NPR says, "While Minus the Bear's roots are in intricate, guitar-tapped melodies and unexpected time changes, the band retooled its sound on Planet of Ice in 2007. It explored looser, more organic arrangements, resulting in polished, shrewdly arranged songs. That vision has continued to grow with the release of Minus the Bear's latest album, the pop-based, radio-friendly Omni." Check out the World Café session at the above link.
Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff
James Keblas, Director
Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel White, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
Gina Corsiglia, Intern
Alex Hudson, Intern