Archive for August, 2010

10 women music writers to bookmark right now

August 31, 2010

Here are 10 women music writers that NPR Music thinks you should bookmark right now. I’m not going to wait until I check them all out to pass this on. I’ll read and report back. Check them out yourself and comment here.

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Wikifonia – lead sheets

August 31, 2010

Do you have a friend who always seems to know the coolest web sites and resources? My friend Dan H is that guy. His latest find is Wikifonia, a giant online database of lead sheets. You can browse and download high quality lead sheets for free.

Thanks Dan.

Lyricists get their due

August 29, 2010

Lyricists got front page coverage in the Wall Street Journal, well, the front page of the Weekend Journal section. In The Secrets of Songwriters, lyricists and their methods are profiled. The writer casts a wide net, including lyricists from Nashville, Broadway, hip-hop, indie rock and even an opera librettist.

Whether they’re poets or hired guns, modern lyricists are fighting to keep their words in tune with a wildly changing music business. How top writers, from country to hip-hop, nail the phrases they hope will last forever.

OK Go on open access to the internet

August 29, 2010

Net neutrality, if you’re not up on it, here’s a quick update from Damian Kulash of OK Go, from the Washington Post: OK Go on net neutrality: a lesson from the music industry.

Future of Music coming to DC

August 10, 2010

October 3-5 at George Washington University

The 10th Anniversary Future of Music Policy Summit brings together an incredible array of musicians, arts advocates, policymakers, technologists, media representatives and industry figures to discuss issues at the intersection of music, technology, policy and law. Over three days, connections will be made, challenges will be identified, and solutions will be considered. Your participation in these conversations is crucial to the future of music.

The Summit puts the focus where it belongs: on the artists who are the very reason for their existence. It is the talent and creativity of musicians, songwriters and composers that bring clarity and focus to the pressing issues facing the entire music community.

In ten years of fighting for musicians, Future of Music Coalition has witnessed tremendous changes in the music ecosystem — from to disruptions in traditional business models to alternative revenue streams for creators. Throughout our history, FMC has been guided by the conviction that musicians need access to audiences and adequate compensation to truly thrive.

Check out the confirmed speakers and panelists and the presentations and activities at Future of Music Policy Summit.

5 daily goals

August 5, 2010

Alright, so I’m way behind on the challenge. I’ve given up on winning it, actually. And that may seem like a lame thing to do or something, but it’s not all bad news.

Yes, I feel a little sheepish to have ‘quit’ after only one (of nine) weekly blog posts. To recap, I recently undertook Ariel’s Music Success in 9 Weeks Blogging Challenge. At the time I thought, ‘this may be just the kick in the pants I need.’ The rules are minimal: read the book, one chapter a week, do the exercises and blog about it, one blog entry per chapter. In order to qualify for the contest, all you need to do is create nine blog entries, taking your readers through your experience and blog about what you are learning, how it is helping, where you where you are getting stuck, etc. etc. This is the 2nd time she’s run this challenge. You can read comments from previous participants here.

Sometimes I’d rather drool in front of the TV than tackle a ‘music business’ project.

So far, so good. I read the first chapter, did the exercises and wrote a blog post. Thing is, one of the exercises really started working for me. It was the one where you write down 5 achievable goals every day and complete them. It seems so simple and obvious. But, like many of you, I have a day job. So getting music business stuff done is a chore. When I find free time, I’d rather rehearse, write a song, chill. Sometimes I’d also rather clean the toilet or drool in front of the TV than to tackle a ‘music business’ project. But somehow this little exercise got me going. So I put a little more energy into it and it grew.

Still every day, I wonder ‘How am I ever going to find 5 new goals that I can manage today, given the spare time (or lack thereof) at hand?’ And sure enough, I find a list of 8 or more. I pick the 5 most important and I make sure they get done. Sometimes, it’s as simple as making a phone call to pursue a gig opportunity. The daily goal is not to book the gig, but to take one step toward booking the gig. It’s showing me what a procrastinator I’ve been and it’s curing it.

The momentum builds. By the end of one week 25 things have been completed, 35 if you don’t take weekend off. And the following week 25 more. So the sheer volume of tasks getting accomplished is amazing.

And that’s my excuse for not getting to chapter two yet. Perhaps reading chapter two should be on my daily list.