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September 2012 - Music Connection


Music Connection’s

Business Affairs

delivers up-to-date

information about the signings

of new artists, significant

developments at major and

indie labels, as well as news

of managers and attorneys who

are active in the A&R aspect

of the music business. So

that MC can provide the most

current information possible,

please send any industry news,

buzz or rumors that need to be

verified to


Groups with guys may

apply, as long as there is either a

female front person or a strong focus

on the female musicians involved.

Female volunteers from a Louisiana

non-profit corporation organized

LadyFest to celebrate music, spoken

word, poetry, parades, film, art

and dance. It takes place from Nov.

7 to 11th. You can go to http://lady for more information.

at the historic

in North Park, a

thriving arts community. Registrants

will have the opportunity to learn

about the music business through

interactive and roundtable sessions

with nationally known panelists and

featured speakers who represent

the most innovative aspects of the

music business. Activities include a

trade show, happy hour parties, listening

stations and live performances,

as well as a chance to meet and

mingle with industry professionals

and artists. To learn more about this

event, go to http://sandiegomusic


can be a huge part of a musician’s

business model. Whether you’re trying

to raise money for a single, an

album, a tour, a music video, or literally

anything else, the process can

make it happen if you do it right. But

formulating an effective strategy can

be daunting, and finding what works

and what doesn’t is difficult. That’s

where Rockethub comes in. The site

was founded on the idea of “learning

from and supporting each other.” To

draw users and crowd-funders to

the site, founder and

his partners wrote what they call


essentially a road map that anyone

can follow. To see how it can assist

you with your projects, visit http://

Aiding musicians in their road adventures

is , a program

that provides online applications,

and offline components such as a

personalized MasterCard which features

fuel and hotel discounts. A

brief tutorial on the site shows how

bands can automatically plan tours

using a tour router (built on


The site is a membership-based

community that includes

, a free service that sends

a text message to bands within a

four-hour radius of a venue available

in the next 24 hours. To check it out,


ZZ Ward’s recently released

Criminal EP is laying

the groundwork for her

debut full-length, Til The

Casket Drops, due Oct. 16

on Boardwalk/Hollywood

Records. Ward burst onto

the scene earlier this year

with an eclectic mixtape,

Eleven Roses, boldly

reinterpreting her favorite

hip-hop tracks. Making no

apologies for straddling two

distinct genres, Ward set

the tone for her unique

artistry and the reaction

was immediate. Ward made

her live debut at this year’s

SXSW music convention

where she landed a coveted

segment on NBC’s Last

Call with Carson Daly and

prompted NPR to call her a

star. To learn more about

this up and comer, visit

Subsequent to the merger of SAG and AFTRA, the newly renamed AFM & SAG-

AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund convened its annual

Trustees meeting. The Fund was established for the purpose of distributing

royalties to musicians and vocalists from various foreign territories and royalties

established by government statute under U.S. Copyright Law. L-R, Jo-Anne

McGettrick, Manager Sound Recording Division; Dennis Dreith, Administrator

AFM & SAG-AFTRA IPRD Fund; Stefanie Taub; SAG-AFTRA Trustee; Shari

Hoffman, Manager Audiovisual Division; Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, SAG-AFTRA

Trustee. More info at


website provides insight into careers

in cultural and creative industries,

while interviews with music industry

professionals offer a valuable

resource for aspiring industry professionals.

Visitors to the site will

find links where they can listen

to music free of charge, the aim

of which is to “facilitate access to

knowledge, encourage the expression

of talent and participation in

cultural life. To find out more, go to

that helps independent artists submit

their music to the Los Angelesbased

NPR radio station. KCRW

is one of the few radio stations

that accepts and listens to unsolicited

music. “Independent artists

are more important than ever and

we want to champion them. So, we

asked ourselves how we can better

serve these musicians and we came

up with MALCOLM,” said

, Music Program Director. With

MALCOLM artists can create their

own profile and submit three tracks

to KCRW’s private server. “Not only

is this an environmentally friendly

move forward, but it will help us discover

great new music faster,” said

KCRW DJ and Music Librarian

. Visit to

learn more.



Grammy-winning Morocco-born

producer, songwriter, and musician

RedOne () has made

a name for himself as a hit-maker,

collaborating with the likes of

and , among others.

The producer, who is also the

founder and CEO of

in a joint venture with

of , will

join forces with and

of Cash

Money Records inside the Universal

Music Group system, to launch two

acts and .

“I have always been impressed

with the way Slim and Baby do business.

Their determination to build

their artists’ careers from the ground

to super stardom shows their sheer

commitment,” said RedOne. Head

over to


Over the past 17 years, these

Los Angeles culture-mashers have

sung about everything from immigration

protests and gang violence

to Hurricane Katrina. But with their

new project, the band has immersed

themselves in a whole new world of

storytelling, one with a very different

set of priorities: photosynthesis,

spelling, balloons, germs, skateboards,

and of course, a runaway


The idea to do the album struck

the band after they were asked by

to record a series of songs

to be featured on-air and online

as part of the network’s children’s

programming. Recorded at

in Los Angeles

with acclaimed producer

, the record may sound like an

Ozomatli album but it’s without precedent.


re-imagined for 21st century, multiracial

urban America.

For up-to-date news and upcoming

tour information, go to http://

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