MusiCares had an active and visible presence at the 11th Annual Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference, which took place from Nov. 11–13 at Kutsher's Resort in the Catskills. The folk musicians, venue managers, label executives, booking agents and others in attendance were genuinely grateful to learn of the work MusiCares has been doing to assist musicians in crisis, from our efforts in response to Hurricane Katrina to our financial assistance programs. MusiCares literature, wristbands and other items were given out at the booth. In addition, MusiCares Director of Health & Human Services Dee Dee Acquisto participated in the panel "Surviving The Music Industry: Problems Of Addiction."
MusiCares Participates In NERFA Conference
"TimesTalks With John Legend" was presented as part of The New York Times Arts & Leisure Weekend event on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 8 p.m. at the CUNY Graduate Center. Legend, who was recently nominated for eight GRAMMYs, performed and was interviewed by Lola Ogunnaike in an intimate evening of soulful conversation and music. Admission included entrance to the VIP post-discussion reception at Bolzano's. Proceeds benefited The Actors' Fund of America and MusiCares.
On Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m., MusiCares presented the workshop "Financial Management For Musicians," led by Susan Lee, Certified Financial Planner, tax consultant and host/producer of the NY-area radio show "Your Money And Your Life." Lee specializes in financial planning and tax consulting for freelancers, musicians, writers and other self-employed creative individuals. Her enlightening presentation set the tone for an evening that was filled with relevant and useful information and a lively, to-the-point discussion. The workshop was held in The Academy's New York Chapter's office, located 156 W. 56th St. on the 17th floor.
Livewire Recordings and Seattle's Emerald City Musician's Network are hosting Sleepless In Seattle: The Birth Of Grunge Benefit Concert in Seattle on April 14th at the Premiere Theater. Proceeds will benefit the MusiCares MAP Fund and Layne Staley Memorial Fund to assist musicians in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, both locally and nationally.
The lineup consists of bands that were instrumental in putting grunge music on the map and include Hippie Glitz (former members of Malfunkshun), Plaster (former members of Coffin Break), RiverRed (former members of Gruntruck), and Supersuckers. For more information, please visit http://www.livewirerecordings.net/index.html and http://www.emeraldcitymusic.org.
The D.C. Chapter and MusiCares will continue their collaborative series with an educational vocal health seminar. Featuring Dr. Susan Miller and other vocal health experts, the seminar will provide advice and instruction on how to maximize vocal potential while minimizing vocal damage. Exploring the importance of understanding one's voice as an instrument, and its continued maintenance, this interactive session will provide attendees with practical applications and specific exercises and techniques for optimum vocal health.