Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) participated in a panel titled Fighting for Music: The Power of Advocacy at the MusicTech Summit in Seattle on Oct. 16, 2009. The discussion focused on how individuals can use their power as creators to influence politics and provide a voice for the creative community. The panelists were Kate Becker, director of development at the Seattle Theatre Group; Kevin Erickson, All-Ages Movement Project; Thomas Goldstein, representing the youth voting engagement organization Washington Bus; and Portia Sabin, president of Kill Rock Stars and A2IM board member; and moderator Dave Dederer, singer/musician. The panelists addressed different strategies for political engagement at the local, state and national level and how individuals can use the combined power of the music community to advocate for pro-artist and pro-music legislation.
Experienced nonprofit executive to oversee Chapter's programming and events
David Bisbal, Shaila Durcal, Luz Rios, and Alejandro Sanz to perform at milestone 10th Latin GRAMMY Awards
On Sept. 25 a group of 19 GRAMMY U members from the Atlanta Chapter were invited to attend a GRAMMY SoundChecks with Georgia-based musician Corey Smith at the Athens Classic Center.
GRAMMY-winning artist and pop culture icon Barry Manilow will perform his first-ever solo concert at the Hollywood Bowl on Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
No, this is not a Nigerian money laundering scheme. Ironically, every now and then, something that sounds too good to be true turns out to actually be true.
If you're a songwriter signed to a publishing deal, you'll want to know about a landmark settlement between the National Music Publishers' Association and the four major labels. Think of it as the "Publishers' Clearinghouse," except instead of Ed McMahon, it should be your publisher with the big check.
Let's hope the next line does not follow the famed song lyric.
In my May 13 blog post, I noted how the former president/CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters politely declined my invitation to negotiate a radio royalty for artists by eloquently stating his desire to cut his throat before sitting down with the musicFIRST Coalition. Well, rather than cutting his throat, he resigned. (Although some press reports called it an "ouster.")
At the apex of Styx's popularity in the 1970s and 1980s, many of the Chicago rockers' Top 10 hits came from a single songwriting source.