Archive for July, 2010

DIGITAL MEDIA ARTISTS: LEARN HOW TO PROTECT YOUR WORK

July 20, 2010

4Culture
4Culture is pleased to host Washington Lawyers for the Arts’ upcoming brown-bag workshop to assist visual artists, designers and musicians who contribute materials for video games and interactive media. Attorney and software developer Michael Schneider will lead a discussion of important legal issues in the development and commercialization of interactive media products. Schneider will discuss a variety of issues, including what intellectual property rights are involved in the creation and marketing of video games and why it’s important for artists and developers to understand these rights and how to protect them. Also learn crucial steps that both the creators of video games and those who contribute to them need to take to protect themselves in the process of marketing and distributing games. Bring your questions. Event is Thursday July 22 from noon to 1:30 at the 4Culture building in Pioneer Square. For registration details, check out the link.

WOMEN IN MUSIC DISCUSS ALL ASPECTS

July 20, 2010

NPR
Curious about what it’s like to be a female musician these days? NPR conducted interviews and surveys of 700 of working women musicians throughout the U.S., including several Seattlites. The article is broken into several categories with direct quotes from various women. Readers can peruse categories such as “Decisions, Decisions,” “Onstage,” “Offstage,” “Working It” and “Advice” and glean a fairly accurate and interesting picture of the life of contemporary female musicians. Be sure to check out quotes from Seattle ladies such as Lotte Kestner, Shannon Stephens (of Marzuki), Rachel Flotard (of Visqueen), Traci Eggleston (of Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band), Terry Sandys, Sarah Mattox and Karen P. Thomas. To read the full article, follow the link.

DAVE MEINERT’S CHANGING THE FACE OF SEATTLE NIGHTLIFE

July 19, 2010

The Seattle Times
Prominent nightlife figure and member of the Seattle City of Music Commission, Dave Meinert, demonstrates his importance to the Seattle scene in today’s issue of The Seattle Times. From Capitol Hill Block Party organizer to bar owner to political voice, Meinert has “’changed the conversation in this town.’” The article explains, “Meinert serves a higher purpose in a city and region undergoing head-spinning change. He’s a preservationist of sorts, guardian of a rumpled sensibility that screams ‘Seattle.’” The piece also features our own James Keblas discussing his old friend and their work together. To read the full feature, click on the above link.

ICE CREAM AND JAMS

July 19, 2010

Scoop Fest
Need a little pick me up this weekend? Check out Scoop Fest, an afternoon of free ice cream and local music in Columbia City. The event will feature live music from The Femurs, Big Sur and Shenandoah Davis, and an after party at The Bourbon Bar will be accompanied by Jace Krause (Friday Mile) and Kaylee Cole. Scoopin’ and jammin’ begins at 2:00pm and continues until 5:00pm on Sunday, July 25. For more info about the Fest, follow the link.

PITCHFORK “LEARNING” PERFUME GENIUS IN ALBUM REVIEW

July 19, 2010

Pitchfork
If you haven’t heard Seattle’s Perfume Genius’ hit “Mr. Peterson” off his album, Learning, get on it! The ballad has garnered loads of attention and was featured as a best track on Pitchfork. Now the hipster must-read has issued an entire album review for Learning. “The songs on Hadreas’ [Perfume Genius’] full-length debut are eviscerating and naked, with heartbreaking sentiments and bruised characterizations delivered in a voice that ranges from an ethereal croon to a slightly cracked warble,” the article elucidates. The review feels a lot like the album: gentle, soothing, sweet and somehow raw with emotion. Definitely check out the article at the above link, and be sure to give a listen to Learning.

“SEATTLE’S BEST” HIP-HOP

July 19, 2010

Reverb
For once in this fine city, we’re not talking about coffee. Sporting a great range of summer anthems and club bangers, this Mario Sweet-hosted and Justo-DJ’d Seattle’s Best mixtape was made “not only for the local heads to ride into the beautiful sunsets of Seattle summer with, but also for those people both far and wide starving for a taste of something fresh, something innovative and very Northwest.” The tape features tracks from a dozen of the city’s finest, including The Physics, Grynch, D. Black, THEESatisfaction and Sol, J. Pinder. The best part? You can download the sweet jams for free! Follow the link, procure delicious summer mix.

CENTRAL DISTRICT FORUM IS LOOKING FOR INTERNS

July 19, 2010

Central District Forum
The CD Forum is a non-profit organization that presents and produces African-American cultural programs that encourage thought and debate for the greater Seattle area. While drawing attention to what makes African-American culture unique, they also seek to highlight its integral place within American culture as a whole. Their internships offer experience in the non-profit sector and allow interns to be a vital member of a small, high-intensity organization that strives for excellence. They are seeking people who are confident and have a strong desire to be part of a hard-working team. The weekly time commitment expected is 8-10 hours per week. A commitment for the entire season is strongly desired. They are looking for several interns, including an Administrative Intern, a Social Media Intern, a Program Intern, a Marketing Intern, and a Development Intern. For descriptions and to apply follow the link.

UNDER 19? JOIN THE TEEN TIX TEEN STEERING COMMITTEE

July 19, 2010

Teen Tix
Teen Tix’s Teen Steering Committee is a group of opinionated and highly dedicated individuals who are committed to making the arts accessible for young people. The work of the steering committee involves developing innovative marketing techniques for promoting the arts to teenagers, writing and creating content for the Teen Tix blog, website, and other media outlets, meet with leaders from various arts organizations to share ideas and learn about what they do, plan and help execute special events at Participating Organizations and of course see shows! If you believe that the arts are valuable, if you want to help make the arts accessible for everyone regardless of age or income and if you want to be a leader in Seattle’s youth arts movement, they need your voice! The steering committee meets monthly during the school year and participation can qualify for Service Learning at your school. To learn about the nomination process, follow the link.

KICKSTARTER AND OTHERS ALLOW BANDS TO RAISE THEIR OWN FUNDS

July 19, 2010

New York Times
When it comes to music these days, collaboration really is the name of the game. With an unprecedented number of competition in this digital age, musicians work like never before to garner interest, investment and industry deals. But new websites like Kickstarter and SellaBand make it possible for bands to use their increasing fan base to raise funds for their projects. Here’s how it works: an artist group sets up a Kickstarter project page, for example, to raise a set dollar amount for a particular goal, like recording an album. Friends and fans make pledges with a credit card tied to the Amazon Payments system, but it’s a conditional pledge. The cards are charged only if there are enough pledges to meet the fund-raising goal in 90 days. The site also hosts projects set up by photographers, filmmakers, writers and other artists. The trend is hitting the Seattle area. Musicians like Shelby Earle, whose latest album features collaborations with members of The Maldives, SHIM, Telekinesis, Long Winters and some former Fleet Foxes, is requesting friends, families and fans to act as patrons for her tunes. For more information about these websites, click on the link.

PITCHFORK SEEKS WRITERS

July 19, 2010

Pitchfork
Trend-setter, taste-maker Pitchfork is looking for writers to review new albums and tracks on a freelance basis. Candidates should have a deep knowledge of music past and present, with a particular interest in emerging artists, and must be able to communicate ideas clearly with a unique and engaging voice. The deadline to apply is July 25. Click on the link for more information about the position and about how to apply.