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SEEKING SEATTLE MUSIC PHOTOS FOR NEW CITY OF MUSIC WEBSITE
Have any great photos of music in Seattle? The Seattle Office of Film + Music is now seeking submissions of all your photos involving music in Seattle for use on the new Seattle City of Music website. They can be of a Seattle venue, a street musician, or a highschool jazz band. Anything that showcases the diversity of music in Seattle is welcome. Please email all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHO SAYS SEATTLE AUDIENCES DON'T DANCE AT SHOWS?
Seattle is influencing the world in more than just our film and music. We're also showing that we really can dance to great music here as well! Check out this clip of a fan at Sasquatch 2009 start an impromptu dance party! This clip has begun to make rounds on the internet.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
NOISE FOR THE NEEDY STARTS TONIGHT!
Noise for the Needy
Seattle-based nonprofit Noise For The Needy, an organization that raises money for charitable causes through the production of live music shows, has announced its full lineup for this year's festival. Headliners include Art Brut, The Constantines, Point Juncture Wa, Grand Archives, Crystal Antlers, Brent Amaker & the Rodeo, Adam Stephens (Two Gallants) and The Finite Plain, I was a King, New Faces, The Whore Moans, Throw Me The Statue, Fences and More. This year's shows will take place at several venues across Seattle June 10th through 14th, will feature over 40 bands, and benefits Transitional Resources, a licensed mental health center that provides recovery oriented services and affordable housing to adults with the most serious and persistent forms of mental illness who would otherwise be incarcerated, hospitalized or homeless.
4CULTURE INVESTS OVER HALF A MILLION IN LOCAL ARTISTS
4Culture is delighted to announce that the Board of Directors has approved $626,110 in awards to King County groups and individuals for arts projects. The awards will support projects by 94 individual artists and 75 groups, in all artistic disciplines: media, music, theater, dance, visual and literary. 4Culture's Group Arts Projects and Individual Artist Projects programs are evaluated in two separate application and panel processes.
SEATTLE OPERA PRESENTS DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN
Single tickets for the individual Ring des Nibelungen operas will go on sale to the general public in a web pre-sale starting June 6th. Seattle Opera, long-heralded as "America's Bayreuth," is well known for its productions of Wagner's four-opera epic, Der Ring des Nibelungen. In August, the company remounts its stunning 2005 production, with three full cycles: August 9th to 14th, August 17th to 22nd, and August 25th to 30th. Patrons can choose to attend as few or as many of the four operas-Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung- as they like, and in whichever cycle they prefer.
2010 CITYARTISTS FUNDING TO OPEN IN JUNE
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. "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."
SEATTLE WITHOUT SIFF REPLAY!
Art Corps Seattle
In support of the new SIFF film center, Rick Stevenson's short comedy that was featured the Opening Night of SIFF will play one final time at the Cinerama on Closing Night. It will feature two new unnamed 'cameos' to join Matt Hasselbeck, Tom Skerritt, Howard Schultz, Steve Pool, Dale Chihuly, Steve Raible, Connie Thompson, John Keister, Tom Douglas, Theirry Ratureau, Dan Ireland, Darryl McDonald and Mayor Nickels. If you missed it the first time around, be sure to check it out!
PITCHSLAM 2009 CALL FOR FILM ENTRIES
Join IFP/Seattle and The Northwest Screenwriters Guild for PitchSlam 2009 on Friday, June 12th at 3:30 pm. This event explores the process of harnessing and "pitching" a good story idea. As part of the Northwest Production Summit, three local writers will have the opportunity to pitch their screenplay idea to three high-powered producers before a live audience. To participate in this informative and entertaining event, submit an unlimited number of 75-word loglines to email@example.com.
NEW FILM STUDIES PROGRAM AT SEATTLE UNIVERSITY
Cinema is the most important and popular new art form developed in the 20th century and it has had a profound effect on modern culture. The B.A. in Film Studies gives students a disciplinary knowledge of this art form - its history, aesthetics, craft, genres, and great directors - and it situates film in its international context with studies of national cinemas all over the world. Students especially interested in filmmaking can study screenwriting and film production, and complete off-campus film projects and internships in the regional film community and through study abroad.
"CONFESSIONS OF A FIRST TIME OPERA GOER" ANNOUNCES WINNER
Seattle Opera has found its host for "Confessions of a First-Time Operagoer." The company's reality-style video project will chronicle 19-year-old Cassidy Quinn Brettler's first experience attending Seattle Opera's renowned production of Wagner's Ring des Nibelungen this summer. Brettler, a Seattle native, was one of 49 hopefuls who applied to host the program. Over 6,500 votes were cast online for the five finalists, whose videos were posted on the company's website for the four-day voting period starting June 1st. A broadcasting and acting double-major at Boston's Emerson College, Brettler has always been intrigued by opera, but has had very little exposure to it, save for attending a production of Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel a few years ago. Brettler's Ring journey will begin long before opening night on August 9th. Throughout the summer she will learn about what it takes to put this monumental opera on stage.
GRAND ILLUSION FILM FESTIVAL SEEKS ENTRIES
Grand Illusion Cinema
This September the Grand Illusion Cinema is hosting its first annual, free range, organic and 100% Washington Grown film festival, and they want to hear from YOU. The goal of Washington Grown is to give an audience access to the unique vision of Washingtong's local film artists. If you have a vision you've been longing to share, Washington Grown is looking for the best of local comedy, horror, horror/comedy and "other" live action or animated projects.
MONKTAIL CREATIVE MUSIC CONCERN ANNOUNCES FESTIVAL LINEUP
The Monktail Creative Music Concern announces its 4th annual avant-garde music festival, Sounds Outside: A Celebration of Adventurous Music & Community. This year's festival boasts a dynamic line-up of new and legendary artists, promising unbridled, uncompromising creative fury, for two action-packed days in Capitol Hill's Cal Anderson Park. Performers include Sugar Skulls, Melbatones, Tu (Trey Gunn and Pat Mastelotto of King Crimson) and the Syncopated Taint Horn Quartet. This event is free to the public and will take place on July 25th and August 15th.
MT. FUJI RECORDS HOSTS NOISE FOR THE NEEDY HAPPY HOUR
Mt. Fuji Records
Mt. Fuji Records is very proud to be the label sponsor of the annual Noise For The Needy music festival, a Seattle city-wide music festival that raises thousands of dollars every year for a worthwhile cause. This year the festival is raising money and awareness for Transitional Resources, an organization in West Seattle that offers a full spectrum of optimistic and respectful mental health services to adults with major mental illnesses. Mt. Fuji will also be hosting the NFTN opening party at The Sunset in Ballard on Thursday June 11th from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Please stop by, say hello, and enjoy some free beverages courtesy of Mt. Fuji Records.
SOUND TRANSIT HOSTS STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL
Sound Transit invites you to join in celebrating student filmmakers from five Seattle-area high schools as they proudly present their short films at this free screening on Thursday, June 18th. Also playing are local youth film favorites from the 2009 National Film Festival for Talented Youth . Free food and beverages will be provided. You'll be able to vote for your favorite film from five high schools: Rainier Beach High School; South Lake High School; Seattle Urban Academy; Foster Senior High School; and Cleveland High School.
HELP TELL THE WORLD SEATTLE IS #1!
Travel + Leisure
Here is your chance to help push Seattle to number one! Each year Travel + Leisure magazine issues a survey to select America's Favorite City, as voted on by a city's visitors and its residents. Among Seattle's notable results from the 2008 contest were a first place rating for cafes and coffee bars, farmers' markets and intelligent people. Environmental awareness (2nd) and public parks and access to the outdoors (4th) also scored well. However, our rainy reputation ranked us 23rd in weather.
THEFILMSCHOOL PREVIEWS SCREENWRITING PROGRAM AT OPEN HOUSE
TheFilmSchool cordially invites all interested students to The Alibi Room (85 Pike Street, Seattle) on Thursday, June 18th, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm for an informal meet and greet. Join faculty and alumni and learn about TheFilmSchool's 3-Week-Intensive screenwriting program, described by Oscar-winning screenwriter Chris McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie) as "...the best place in the world to study story."
VERA PROJECT HOSTS CHILDREN'S MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Vera Project
The children's music festival, Timeout To Rock, is being held at the Seattle Center's Vera Project on Saturday, June 27th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Proceeds from this event will benefit Juvenile Diabetes, and a day of fun is sure to be had by kids and parents alike! The event features goodie bags for the first 100 kids, a bake sale, art station, lunch on the grass, splash in the fountain and more!
INDEPENDENT FILM PRODUCTION FORUM AT SIFF
Join WashingtonFilmWorks on June 12th for Trials and Tribulations: The Reality of Independent Production. Listen as producers, directors, and film financiers discuss real-life drama they've witnessed on set. Learn what to do and what not to do when faced with the trials and tribulations of independent production. Panel Participants include Brian Gilbert Producer (Clueless, Sabrina, Sleepy Hollow, Wrong Turn), Todd Hoffman Agent; International Creative Management Motion Picture Department , J. Todd Harris CEO of Branded Pictures Entertainment (Bottle Shock, Miss Nobody, Happy Together, It's Alive), and Janice Williams Head of Physical Production Groundswell Productions (Appaloosa, Milk, All Good Things).
Join Temporal Studios, Sonnet Realm Films and 3rd Eye Films for a spring networking event for filmmakers, performers, musicians, writers, actors and other creative individuals on Thursday, June 18, at the BelMar, 5449 Ballard Avenue NW, from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Admission is free!
SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN HOMECOMING
Taproot Theatre presents the regional premiere of Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming-a toe tappin', knee slappin', heartwarmin' bluegrass gospel extravaganza! The musical runs July 8th through August 8th at Taproot Theatre in Greenwood.
BATTLE OF THE TECH BANDS
Washington Technology Association
Washington Technology Industry Association have teamed up with Xconomy to bring you Seattle's first ever 'Battle of the Tech Bands'! If you are part of a band whose members are involved in the technology industry and would like participate, please see the 'Battle of the Bands' tab and get jammin' for the selection process! There's few better ways to enjoy a hot summer day then spending time with friends, a cold beer and good chow, and great music from local bands. Join them for the must attend event of the summer.
LOCAL YOUTH AWARDED BERKLEE SCHOLARSHIP
Three students from Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum (EMP|SFM) Experience: The Band will spend five weeks in Boston this summer learning how to take their musical talents to new heights. Berklee College of Music, the world's leading college of contemporary music, is collaborating with EMP|SFM to identify talented and deserving teens from the music program offered at the museum. Students Aaron Liao (Seattle), Austin DeVries (Edmonds) and Ronan Delisle (Redmond) will be awarded full tuition scholarships to Berklee's five-week Summer Performance Program during Experience: The Band's year-end performance and ceremony. Bassist Aaron Liao has also been awarded a four-year scholarship to Berklee College of Music, and begins in the fall.
SPS SUMMER INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PROGRAM
Seattle Public Schools
The Seattle Public Schools Summer Instrumental Program is designed to provide students grades four to eight with the opportunity to continue musical training and performing through the summer months. Class offerings are dependent on sufficient enrollment; placement in classes is dependent on experience and ability. The program occurs at two locations in Seattle: Hamilton Middle School and West Seattle High School.
AMERICAN FOR THE ARTS ANNUAL CONVENTION COMES TO SEATTLE
This national convention of arts leaders, innovators, and educators will be held this year in Seattle. As host Mayor Greg Nickels writes, "The 2009 Americans for the Arts conference theme - Renewable Resources: Arts in Sustainable Communities - is well suited to Seattle. We enjoy a reputation nationally and internationally as a leader in climate change, urban design, environmental stewardship and as a pioneer of public art. The arts, culture and creativity are among our greatest resources." Sessions focused on systems change in arts education, many of them led by local Seattle experts. The convention last from June 18th-20th.
SCCC 23RD ANNUAL FILM & MUSIC SHOWCASE
The Warren Report
Seattle Central Community College presents its 23rd Annual Film And Video Showcase. Come see the work of a budding new class of Seattle filmmakers! Enjoy a wide range of creative works, featuring narrative shorts, documentaries, process films, commercials, animation, Super 8mm, 16mm, and more! The event is at the Broadway Performance Hall at 1625 Broadway Avenue on June 10th. This free show starts at 6:00 pm, reception to follow. Hope you can make it!
ARTOPIA COMES TO GEORGETOWN
ARTOPIA comes to Georgetown Saturday, June 27th 2:00 -10:00 pm. This year's celebration features four music stages: Georgetown Records stage, Levee Breaking stage presented by Recycled Cycles and two from partner Georgetown Music Fest. Local bands include SHIM, The Hands, Black Whales, The Sahel Band, Bone Cave Ballet, Titanium Sporkestra, H is for Hellgate, and The Quit! Seattle Weekly ARTOPIA is a one-day festival of innovative art and emerging local talent. This multidisciplinary event boasts an eclectic mix of art ranging from the renowned to the obscure to the completely undiscovered.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 5/31 - 6/7
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Viva Voce "Rose City"
- Neko Case "Middle Cyclone"
- Big Business "Mind The Drift"
- Jeremy Enigk "Ok Bear"
- Fleet Foxes "Fleet Foxes"
- Pearl Jam "Live From Easy Street"
- The Decemberists "Hazards of Love"
- The Moondoggies "Record Store Day EP"
- Death Cab for Cutie "The Open Door EP"
- Mt St Helens Vietnam Band "Mt St Helens Vietnam Band"
THE CROC'S MARCUS CHARLES PROFILED IN THE PUGET SOUND BUISNESS JOURNAL
Puget Sound Business Journal
When the Crocodile Café abruptly closed its doors due to financial problems in late 2007, Seattle music fans mourned the loss of an iconic music venue. Here, new Crocodile General Partner and Managing Owner Marcus Charles talks about buying, renovating and re-opening the well-loved Belltown club this April. Check out the full interview, where Marcus talks about the old Croc and how he's holding up in the new economy, online.
SEATTLE TECH START-UP MAKES RADIO MORE INTERACTIVE
Joe Harb, a Mercer Island resident and former VP of engineering for Who's Calling, has invented a technology that makes it easier for listeners to get information from a radio station. Quu is the first that enables communication with the station, its website and advertisers through any medium listeners prefer: e-mail, text messages, social networks, or a phone call. Listeners can get information about songs, links to videos, options for purchasing music, details about advertisements, and special coupons (Quupons) from businesses.
NEKO CASE RETURNS HOME
If you, like Neko Case, grew up in Tacoma, moved, and now you're a famous 38-year-old singer playing Tacoma for the first time, and you just happen to have a song all about Tacoma, you have to play it. Her hometown debut did not disappoint and there was never a noticeable lapse in the evening's musical quality, though Case seemed uneasy. She hit her head on the microphone by accident, shakily took a long time tuning her four-string guitar, made awkward conversation with her band and the crowd between songs, and admitted to accidentally leaving the bridge out of one song because she was nervous. "We've never played here before, which is pretty lame," she said. "You can all punch me in the stomach after the show."
SEATTLE'S ECONOMIC RECOVERY AGENDA BEGINS WITH MUSIC BUSINESSES
Ballard News Tribune
On Tuesday, May 26th, the Seattle City Council voted 5 to 3 to repeal the admissions tax on small music venues that employ live musicians. The legislation will encourage the employment of live musicians and hopefully encourage the opening of more live music venues. The repeal was originally proposed as part of a long-range economic development package for the music industry, and the Office of Film and Music projects that it will contribute to the opening of eight new music venues in the next several years. The sales and businesses taxes from these venues and the projected increase in the health of the music industry will likely significantly exceed the foregone revenue from repealing the tax.