The Office of Film + Music (OFM) welcomes Mikhael Mei Williams as our new Creative Industries Advocate. Mikhael is very well-known and respected in the music industry, having worked for both AEG and One Reel, among other organizations. A Seattle native, Mikhael credits the city’s vibrant art, music, and entertainment landscape as the impetus for her career in marketing and communications with a specific focus on promoting the creative economy. She is a strategic marketing, communications and management specialist with a proven track record planning and leading comprehensive communications and promotional strategies – from public and media relations outreach; to marketing, branding and advertising campaigns; to gala and special events planning and management – for diverse arts, cultural and entertainment organizations. She’ll be focused on growing and supporting creative industry and nightlife businesses, staffing the Music Commission and its initiatives such as the City of Music, and enhancing OFM communications. Welcome, Mikhael!
When Rachel White interviewed for the Film Permit Liaison with the Office of Film + Music in 2006, she told then director James Keblas “I am kind of a big deal.” And she was right. This week we say goodbye to Rachel as she leaves the office and launches her photography business, Off White Photography. In her eight years with the Office of Film + Music, Rachel did everything in the department at some point (film, music, nightlife, startup, special events, photography). After transitioning from Film Permitting to Music, Rachel was the driver of the City of Music Initiative and the City of Music Awards (she got Quincy Jones!), which would not have happened without her. Rachel helped create the Seattle Music Commission, which she has managed since 2010, as well as the Experience the City of Music at Sea-Tac Airport Program. Rachel’s work over the past eight years has helped shape the music and nightlife industry as we know it today. Fare thee well, Rachel! We love you and will miss you.
The Seattle Channel explores the Experience the City of Music program at Sea-Tac Airport in its latest City Stream episode. The program’s goal is to showcase the Northwest region’s diverse music culture and enhance the experience of millions of travelers who pass through the airport each year. The video features appearances by Kate Becker, Director of the Office of Film + Music, and Seattle Music Commissioners Marcus Womack, general manager of Evidence.com, and Megan Jasper, Executive Vice President of Sub Pop. The program is a partnership between the Port of Seattle, Office of Film + Music, the Seattle Music Commission, and Play Network. Watch the video here!
Learn more about the City of Music program at the website.
Today, notable local government, arts, community and business leaders unite to launch Pianos in the Parks, a summer campaign from July 17 to August 17, encouraging Puget Sound residents to discover 32,000+ acres of City of Seattle and King County parks and open spaces through the power of music and art. Pianos in the Parks features 20 artistically enhanced pianos created by Gage Academy of Art faculty, students and friends, each placed in one of 15 iconic Seattle city parks and open spaces, such as Alki Park, Cal Anderson Park, and Seattle Center, and five King County Parks locations, including Marymoor Park and the Sammamish River Trail. “Pianos in the Parks will enliven our parks and engage communities through the power of art and music,” said Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. Pianos in the Parks is being underwritten by Laird Norton Wealth Management, and was created in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, King County Parks, the Seattle Symphony, KEXP, Gage Academy of Art, City of Music, and Classic Pianos.
Starting today there will be twice as many live musicians with double the number of hours throughout the terminal as part of the award-winning Sea-Tac Airport Experience the City of Music Program. The artist roster will expand to 40 local musicians who will play seven days a week over an eight-hour period in up to three different locations throughout the terminal. “With Sea-Tac Airport providing the first and last impression of Seattle for many travelers, we have a unique opportunity to showcase our region’s iconic music culture – and support jobs in the local music industry,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner John Creighton. May the local beat go on at Sea-Tac International Airport!
What’s your future look like? Any of these words come to mind: performance, concerts, venues, journalism, record labels, MUSIC? If so, you’ve come to right place. City of Music Career Day is a one-day educational program curated by One Reel that provides high school juniors and seniors, and college students direct access to music industry professionals. Networking, experiential learning, engaging workshops, and performance are all part of the perks of the day.
The event is scheduled for April 10 and will take place at EMP Museum and the Vera Project at Seattle Center. Breakout sessions include The Artist, The Industry 1 (behind the stage), the Industry 2 (behind the scenes), and Backstage Pass. Panelists and moderators will include Danny Baird, Gloria Connors, Catherine Harris-White, and Andrew Joslyn. Register here to participate.
SEATTLE (March 10, 2014) – Mayor Ed Murray announced today that the city is implementing a low cost, phased approach to make it easier for musician load-in and load-out at live music venues around the city.
“Seattle’s music scene is a critical part of our city’s cultural draw and the quality of life in our city,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “We want to better serve local music venues’ needs and the musicians that play there.”
Here is how it works. Five music venues have been selected to pilot the program and have nearby load and unload zones modified. The zones prioritize musician’s use through branded signs. They include a yellow regulatory sign and City of Music™ branded ‘Priority Musicians Loading & Unloading’ sign.
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and the Office of Film and Music (OFM) have worked with local music venues to install the priority load signs at these first four locations serving five music venues:
- High Dive (Fremont)
- The Crocodile and Tula’s (Belltown)
- The Triple Door (Downtown)
- Showbox at The Market (Pike Place Market)
The City of Seattle invites other interested music venues to request similar load zones. To qualify for the Musician Load Zone program, interested businesses must meet the requirements defined in the Admissions Tax Exemption for Live Music Venues. If they do, the city will evaluate whether a load zone is feasible. Businesses interested in a musicians priority load zone sign should contact Rachel White, OFM’s Music and Creative Industries Program Manager at email@example.com or 206-684-8504.
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.