We are happy to announce the two newest additions to the Office of Film + Music + Special Events team: Slade Burgess and Taylor Scaggs! Slade is the Office’s new Film Permit Specialist, handling the intake and expediting process of film permits. Taylor will be keeping us sane and organized as our Administrative Specialist, moving us forward at every turn. The addition of Slade and Taylor will strengthen our office’s continuing work to make Seattle an even better place for the creative industries to thrive. Come meet them both at the Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour on March 30 at the Spitfire.
Ever wonder what life as a full-time musician looks like? A little over a year ago, Seattle indie/folk-pop artist Kris Orlowski was about to find out. After a decade of moonlighting as a musician and holding down a full-time marketing job to pay the bills he decided to take a leap of faith and make music his full-time gig.
How did he get to that point? What did he do to make that leap possible? And what’s happened since he left the desk job behind? So many questions! Lucky for us, Kris will break it down and share his first year as a fulltime musician experience at our Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour on Wed. March 30th from 5 – 7pm at Spitfire in Belltown.
For a sneak peek of what Kris will cover check out this fun infographic he shared with us:
So, if you’re considering making a bold move in your creative journey, be sure to join us on March 30 to hear Kris’ story and maybe get inspired to take a leap of your own!
And now for some music:
Washington Filmworks announced that the bill to increase and extend Washington’s Motion Picture Competitiveness Program did not move forward for a vote, effectively killing the legislation during this budget session. With robust incentive programs in Oregon and Vancouver BC, the Office of Film + Music supported the legislation to extend and grow the Washington State film incentive program as the best tool for building and supporting a robust film industry in Washington.
“It is extremely disappointing the film competitiveness legislation did not move forward during this session,” says Office of Film + Music Director Kate Becker. “The campaign and efforts to extend and grow the program during this legislative session were focused, strong, and well executed. I want to thank the hundreds of local cast, crew, and industry professionals who took time out of their schedules to support the legislation.
Washington’s film incentive program is funded into 2017. The Office of Film + Music is looking forward to coordinating incentivized film productions that will be filming in Seattle this and next year, and is committed to supporting future legislation to grow the program.
Please join the Seattle Police Department (SPD) and Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) to learn more about state and city laws, policies and procedures that impact the nightlife industry. You will also learn more about industry security and safety standards. This multi-disciplinary training will assist in creating a safe and vibrant nightlife industry in Seattle.
Cost per person is $60 and includes snacks and one meal.
If you have any questions about the class please contact SPD Nightlife Coordinator, Detective Herrera at 206-684-8661 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis dropped their new record ‘This Unruly Mess I’ve Made’ Friday night at Neumo’s with a free show for their hometown fans. It streamed live on Amazon Music. This was an incredible night, filled with poignant social commentary about affordability, equal marriage, white privilege, losing friends to drug abuse and so much more. It was an absolutely brilliant performance from the stage. So much Seattle hometown love from and for these guys as they head out on a European tour.
Office of Film +Music and Special Events Director Kate Becker has been Skyping with Anna Hildur, the Programme Director of NOMEX (Nordic Music Export). NOMEX will bring 30 music industry leaders from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland on a trade mission to Seattle from April 13, 2016 – April 16, 2016. Becker, Music Commissioners and music industry leaders will be participating in panels and nightlife tours with our Nordic guests.
Stay tuned for more details and we get closer to this event!
In the meantime, let’s listen to one of NOMEX’s Spotify playlists, curated by Miriam Bryant:
OneReel announced the 2016 City of Music Career Day. From their news release:
One Reel is pleased to announce the 2016 City of Music Career Day, which will take place at EMP Museum and The Vera Project on Saturday, March 12, 9am – 4pm.
Seattle music icon, Sir Mix-a-Lot, and Seattle Symphony Music Director, Ludovic Morlot, will be making this year’s keynote remarks to kickoff the event. SassyBlack of THEESatisfaction will be taking part in an Artist panel for attendees interested in performing music as a career. Other accomplished music professionals who will be participating in panels and workshops include Kimya Dawson of the Moldy Peaches; Seattle recording artist, Kris Orlowski; Shaina Foley, Production Manager at The Crocodile; Cecilia Corsano-Leopizzi, Marketing Director of Decibel Festival; John Gilbreath, Executive Director of Earshot Jazz Festival; and more.
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. Attendees will receive free Metro Transit passes for their return trip at registration upon request. For more information and to register, visit www.careerday.onereel.org. Space is limited and early registration is encouraged.
City of Music Career Day is a free educational event for young people ages 16 – 24 who have an interest in working in the music industry. Participants will get direct access to music industry professionals through networking, experiential learning, and engaging workshops. Attendees will also be among the first to tour KEXP’s new Seattle Center home as part of the event. Career Day is presented in partnership with the Office of Film + Music, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, EMP Museum, and The Vera Project. Major support is generously provided by The Boeing Company.
Internship and volunteer opportunities will be highlighted during a career fair with regional companies and non-profit organizations focused on performance, concert production, audience development, record label operations, retail, journalism, and gaming.
I write this as I am on the plane headed back from the GRAMMYS to the Mayor’s State of the City address. I’ve had the good fortune to go to the GRAMMYS three years in a row. My husband works for the Recording Academy, so amazingly, get to be his +1 to the GRAMMYS. It is always so exciting to be there with the nominees from the Seattle area. The intensity of the anticipation is palpable.
One of the crazy thrills of my GRAMMY +1 perk is that I get to go to the nominees’ reception at the gorgeous Wilshire Ebell.
Seattle was seriously representing!
One of the things I only fully realized about the GRAMMYS once I went is that there is a giant premiere show where many awards are presented in advance of the telecast. It all starts at noon.
Eight nominations are Seattle nominations, so of course, we were rooting for them. It is agonizing to be sitting with excited nominees as they realize they haven’t won. And it is thrilling to be there when they win. Seattle brought home one GRAMMY this year for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. Seattle Symphony Board Chair Leslie Chihuly jumped out of her seat when it was announced. Huge congratulations to Seattle Symphony conductor Ludovic Morlot and violinist Augustin Hadelich for winning a GRAMMY for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for Dutilleux: Violin Concerto, L’Arbre Des Songes. Amazing! Thanks for making our City of Music(TM) shine!
Two years in a row, the Seattle Symphony has brought home a GRAMMY.
Here are a few photos from this extraordinary evening….
Washington’s film incentive program is entering its 10th year, and its $3.5 million annual funding has a proven track record of positive economic benefit for Seattle and the state. Check out Washington Filmworks’ new infographic on how the program works and where the money goes below:
The original infographic is available via Washington Filmworks.