Seattle-based Presidents of the United States of America (PUSA) are returning home to perform the post-race concert of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon & 1/2 on Saturday June 21. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon & 1/2 creates an invigorating mix of fitness and live music, lining each mile of the 13.1 and 26.2 mile race course with local bands performing various genres. PUSA’s debut self-titled album spawned huge radio hits like “Lump” and “Peaches,” earning them two Grammy nominations. The rockers recently released their sixth studio album, titled Kudos to You! “This is a proud music city and so it’s very appropriate and exciting to have a Seattle band perform as our headliner,” said Alex Bennett, event director. “There is so much to see and experience here, and we try to encapsulate as much of that as possible for our runners by creating a race course that really highlights what makes Seattle so special.” PUSA will get the finish line party started at the Seattle Center with a free concert, welcome to everyone.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has announced that he is appointing Kate Becker as the new director for the City’s Film + Music Office.
“I’m pleased to name Kate Becker to the position of director of the Office of Film + Music,” said Murray. “Kate has strong industry relationships and a passion for music, nightlife and film in Seattle. I’m looking forward to the energy and creativity she brings to my leadership team.”
Becker will replace James Keblas, who has served the Seattle film and music community for the past nine years.
“I want to thank James Keblas for his nine years of service to the city,” said Murray. “During his tenure, the Office of Film + Music has had strong success at promoting Seattle as a place to make a living making film and making music, and the City of Music and Commercialize Seattle initiatives promote our robust music and film industry sectors.”
Prior to joining the city, Becker served in leadership roles with the Seattle Theatre Group, Art Share LA in Los Angeles, and at the Vera Project. She also founded an all ages venue and teen center, The Old Fire House, in Redmond, WA and led that program from 1992-2003.
Alarming Pictures commercializes Seattle and makes Ad Critic’s top 20 with a Papa Murphy’s spot. http://creativity-online.com/work/papa-murphys-the-horror-of-hungry-trickortreaters/33012
Creature’s Commercialize-izer App For Agency Creatives
Automates All The Hard Work of
Coming Up With An Original Thought.
A great idea can come from anywhere. And thanks to the Commercialize-izer, ad agency creatives now know exactly where to look. The Commericialize-izer is a mobile and desktop app that writes TV spots for ad people to pass off as their very own.
As part of the Commercialize Seattle campaign, an initiative to bring commercial production to the city of Seattle and state of Washington, the Commercialize-izer takes all the headache out of being a creative.
It’s easy. All you do is:
1. Select an Ad Cliché,
2. Select a Seattle Area Landmark,
3. and Hit the Commercialize Button.
What comes out? An incredible script that will be the envy of any creative presentation. So take that long lunch. Cut out at three. Quit begging for the muse to help you figure out how to sell stuff. Go home and see your family at a reasonable hour, if you’re lucky enough to still have one. And when you do sell that amazing spot, come shoot it in Seattle.
Commercialize Seattle is a project created by Creature for the Seattle Office of Film + Music and Washington Filmworks.
For the desktop or mobile version of the Commercialize-izer, go to www.commercializeseattle.com.
Creature is a creative agency that focuses on design, advertising and innovation to solve business problems for their clients. With offices in Seattle and London, we work with a variety of clients including Truvia, Dickies, Carling Beer, Adidas and moo.com.
For more information visit welcometocreature.com
In 2004, The City of Seattle designated that the first Monday after Labor Day through the following Sunday be known as Buskers Week. In honor of Buskers Week, the Seattle Municipal Tower will be participating in this year’s celebration by featuring five performances by Seattle street musicians on the Level Six Plaza during the week of September 9-13. All performances will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Performers include: Wasserman, Raven Zoe, Razz, Jim Page, and Whitney Monge.
Want to be a film director in Seattle? The Seattle Office of Film + Music illustrates how one member of the local film community does it with its newly-released infographic that breaks down the actual income of a filmmaker into four categories. The take away, Seattle is a commercial film town, and from directing big campaigns to corporate videos to collaborating on narrative projects, Seattle’s film directors need to be a resourceful bunch to make a living. According to the director being profiled, this is a good thing because commercial work pays well and builds the professional network and skills needed to make the passion-driven projects possible.
The Seattle Police Department is offering a Security Training Program on Sunday, July 21, beginning at noon, at the Seattle Police Department headquarters. The class is not just for security personnel. Security training is imperative for individuals who work physical security or screen patrons at the door. It is also extremely beneficial to any employee who regularly interacts with clientele. Maintaining a highly-trained staff, ready to deal with difficult situations, is vital to the safety of both the patrons and the employees. Topics of instruction will include screening patrons, handling problem situations, and tips on shutting down and dispersing patrons. Registration and a $60 feel is required. For more information, click here.
The Seattle Film Institute recently moved to a new location in the Interbay neighborhood into a 10,000 square foot facility which includes sound stages, digital editing labs, and a 50 seat movie theater! They are having an information session tomorrow, Saturday, July 13 at 11:00 am at their new home.
Faculty will talk about SFI’s Professional Certificate Programs, Undergraduate Degree Programs, and Graduate Degree Programs. This is a great opportunity to see our new facility, meet faculty members and other prospective students, and get all your questions about our programs – including financial aid and scholarship information – answered
To reserve your spot, RSVP by phone (206.568.4387) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org ). And they’re always happy to schedule individual visits to SFI. For more information, visit www.seattlefilminstitute.com
The Seattle Film Institute offers professional certificates, undergraduate degrees, and graduate degrees in all aspects of filmmaking. All SFI programs feature a hands-on education and practical experience that provide the groundwork for professional careers. Students receive a real world education from a faculty anchored by film industry professionals. And every SFI student can participate in our nationally recognized internship program.
Their next two program start dates are September 16, 2013 and March 3, 2014. The Seattle Film Institute is approved to accept International Students.
Ten Month Professional Certificate Programs
- Filmmaking (AA/BA Options)
- Acting for Film
- Sound Design and Recording Arts
- 3-D Animation
- Motion Graphics
Undergraduate Degree Programs
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Film
Students with an AA degree or the equivalent college credit can earn their BA in less than one calendar year.
Graduate Degree Programs
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Filmmaking
Accelerated Degree Program – 6 quarters in 16 months
Master of Arts (MA) in Producing for Film
4 quarters in 10 months; evening classes
Master of Arts (MFA) in Producing
Blends the hands-on skills of a filmmaker with the business skills of a producer
Master of Music (MM) in Composing For Film
The Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program
Did you ever dream of playing music for a living only to be told to get a real job?
The Seattle Office of Film + Music aims to challenge that notion with its newly-released infographic that illustrates annual revenue of three up-and-coming fulltime Seattle musicians and how they do it. The infographic came to life after James Keblas, the Director for Seattle’s Office of Film + Music, was asked by a young musician, “how can I quit my day job and just play music?” Inspired by the question, Keblas reached out to other successful musicians to find out specifically how they do it.
The three musicians, each from different genres, willingly opened up their 2012 financial records and let Keblas’ team try and make sense of how the money flowed. “It was important for us to find musicians who modeled a middle class living,” said Keblas. “We are trying to show that this kind of a living can be done without having to be rockstar.”
From the financial analysis it was decided that there are six primary areas in which musicians bring in income. While the percentages of the musician’s revenue were different for each person, the categories held true. The musicians also gave some tips on how to have the best success in each category:
- Licensing and Publishing – Companies, TV, Film, Commercials buy your music. Tip: Send out a monthly digital newsletter of your music to music supervisors with new songs ready for licensing.
- Music Sales – CDs, downloads, streaming. Tip: You and your fans give away one free song on social media platforms to hook folks to buy more songs.
- Merchandise Sales – T-Shirts, branded band-aids, condoms. Tip: You will increase merchandise sales by over 50% if you’re sitting at the table where the goods are being sold.
- Live Performances – Concerts and touring. Tip: Don’t dismiss the earning potential of busking. Musicians at Sea-Tac Airport and the Pike Place Market are averaging over $100/hour in tips.
- Studio Work – Film & video game music, studio or backup musician. Tip: Make friends with people in the tech world who need music scored for game or app development.
- Instruction – Teach others music. Tip: Do group lessons and get the biggest paycheck for your time.
“I was surprised to learn how accessible the opportunities to make money are in music while also being incredibly complicated to navigate,” said Keblas. “My hope with this information is to demystify the business of music and for artists to be in more control of a thriving musical destiny.”
The take away for Keblas from this research? “It’s clear that if you want to make it as a musician, you need to have a business strategy for a majority of these revenue streams, if not all of them. No one said it was easy, but if you have the musical skills and the perseverance, you can do it.”
The infographic was made by Killer Infographics, an infographic design firm located in Seattle’s tech-savvy Fremont neighborhood. Their infographics are built by a team of highly talented artists. Led by Internet marketers, their staff creates viral-worthy infographic designs that get the attention they deserve.