Sub Pop Records just announced they are providing scholarships for 3 high school seniors on their way to an accredited college or university. The scholarships are only available to residents of Washington and Oregon. Applicants will need to submit a one page essay on their involvement with music in their community, influences, and plans what he/she would do with the money to progress in their chosen field. There are three scholarships available: one for $6,000, one for $4,000, and one for $3,000. The submission deadline is May 6, 2013.
More information has been coming in about who from the Emerald City is making their way to the Lone Star State to perform at SXSW. The festival has been hot spot for the music industry with labels, producers, and distributors from around the world hoping to find the next big artist. For six days, the city of Austin, TX will be inundated with bands hailing from every corner of the globeand Seattle has great representation among the showcases. Among the heavy hitters, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and Allen Stone will be sharing the stage with the likes of 50 cent and Iggy Pop. Though big name artists come to perform, the festival is geared toward giving up-and-coming bands an opportunity to get picked up by a label. Seattle takes pride in its musical heritage and the list of local independent bands at the festival is impressive. Neumos and Chop Suey held send-off shows earlier this week for groups like Lemolo, The Pharmacy, and Spac3man. Fin Records is even hosting a Seattle showcase at the festival with Seacats, Rose Windows, and Lychee on the bill. Our city boasts such amazing talent and it’s great to see it being represented at one of the world’s largest and most prestigious festivals. Below is a compiled list of artists on their way to rock Texas Seattle style!
The Port of Seattle issued a press release today, January 23, 2013, announcing that Quincy Jones can now be heard over the speakers at Sea-Tac Airport giving various announcements to travelers. He’s just one of a whole host of local artists that are participating in these announcements and other efforts as part of the Sea-Tac Airport City of Music initiatitve. The following is the text from the Port’s press release:
In Moviemaker‘s recently released print magazine, this year’s list of “Top 10 Cities to be a Moviemaker: 2013” was released, with Seattle securing an impressive ranking at number three. According to the article, Moviemaker brains determined which cities made the cut (and in which order) by cobbling together a range of statistics for each city, including: population, dollars generated by the film industry, the list of movie projects, cultural vibrancy, and availability of production facilities. This data helped narrow the assessment rubric to five criteria, against which each of 50 cities was scored. The criteria include: “Film Community” (scored on a 10-point scale), “Access to New Films” (10-point scale), “Access to Equipment” (7-point scale), “Cost of Living” (reverse 5-point scale), and “Tax Incentives” (4-point scale). The highest possible score is a 36. In future lists, Moviemaker intends to expand lists to rank the “Top Big Cities” to be a moviemaker, as well as the “Top Small Cities” and “Top Towns.” This way, places like Shreveport, Louisiana won’t have to compete with New York City and Maria, Texas can’t compete with Boston.
The first and second best cities for moviemakers in 2013 were Austin, Texas (with a score of 32), and New York City (with a score of 31). Seattle came in at number three (with a score of 30.5).
The following is the article text from Seattle’s section:
“Seattle is quickly becoming a ‘go-to’ city for small-budget moviemakers, with such recently acclaimed indies as Your Sister’s Sister, Safety Not Guaranteed, and Eden taking advantage of all the tax incentive goodies the city (and state) has to offer. ‘Shooting in Seattle was fantastic,’ remarks Rufus Williams, director of Butterfly Dreaming. ‘The city is a standout for its moody, light-varied looks. But, more than that the people here are enthusiastic and helpful; I was struck by the tight-knit film community, something that is a real blessing for an independent filmmaker. We benefited immeasurably from the [Office of Film and Music’s] help in finding great local crews and locations.’ The vibrant Seattle film industry supports over 5,000 jobs, 700 freelancers, and contributes $471 million to the city’s economy. And the city makes the filming process as easy as possible for moviemakers. The dedicated [Office of Film and Music] is a one-stop shop for all logistical production needs, and provides permits for use of all city-owned property — for just $25 per project ([for] up to 14 days) for low-budged film productions. Seattle also offers a number of financial incentives, including a 30 percent cash-back film incentive for productions that shoot in the city, as well as sales tax exemptions on rental equipment, vehicles used in production, and 30 consecutive days of lodging. Much like its independent music scene, Seattle is renowned as a hip, indie moviemaking hub, with a strong sense of community and collaboration. Film is serious business in Seattle, and a moviemaker would be hard-pressed to find a more welcoming, creatively inspiring environment to film his or her latest production. ‘The Seattle filmmaking community is a nurturing, inclusive and vibrant one, filled with folks who have a genuine passion for making movies,’ says Writer-Director Lynn Shelton (the upcoming Touchy Feely; My Sister’s Sister; Humpday) of shooting in her hometown. ‘Whether it’s a local director or an out-of-town company, our local crews bring so much talent, good spirit, and artistry to everything shot here. Seattle filmmakers will undoubtedly continue to deliver excellent home-grown films, building on the reputation of quality that’s been building for the past decade.’ Also, Moviemaker first appeared on the streets of Seattle back in 1993. The Emerald City must be doing something right.”
The next two top cities on this year’s list include: Los Angeles (number 4, score of 29), and Portland (number 5, score of 28.5).
For the full-length article, pick up a print edition of Moviemaker magazine at your local convenience store. The 2013 list is not yet available online (but 2012’s list is). (Statement valid as of January 22, 2013).
If you are someone looking to get some experience in working in Seattle’s film world, SIFF is looking for organized, efficient, resourceful interns in a number of different fields right now. Their internships include experiences in the community outreach, cinema marketing, cinema publicity, graphic design, individual giving & membership, and administrative fields. There are a ton of options for getting experience in the world of Film and Film Events.
Those interested should check out SIFF’s Interns page.
There aren’t many stories quite like Macklemore’s. The Seattle-born rapper has been making music for 12 years, but it was earlier in 2012, upon his debut release “Heist” (with Ryan Lewis), when he shot to mainstream fame. Just hours after “Heist” dropped it had secured the #1 spot on the iTunes Album Chart, before entering in at #2 on US Billboard 200. But even before these successes, the pair had sold out 18 of 27 shows on tour across the US and UK. No label, just pure fan support. Every single artist starting out wants a large and widespread audience, to be able to roll up to a venue and play to a packed crowd, but where exactly to start is the million-dollar question. Fan communities sprout in the hometown of an artist whereby it is sustained as the artist grows, acting as a hub for an artists most active and loyal fans, aka: the backbone of your career. Servicing this local community well involves a combination of delivering content to speak to them with grassroots PR. This is where Macklemore got it so right. He branded himself as the poster-boy for Seattle Hip Hop and leveraged that fiery North West pride.
City Arts Magazine
Jeramy Koepping is best known as the founding guitarist and producer behind chamber-pop group Grand Hallway. His friend Joshua Morrison, an Iraq war veteran, has garnered accolades for his dark and lovely acoustic performances and incisive songwriting. A couple of years ago, a chance encounter with filmmaker Megan Griffiths during the filming of a KEXP documentary led to Morrison and Koepping composing the score for Griffith’s debut feature, The Off Hours. Hannah Levin sat down with both Koepping and Morrison to discuss their work on The Off Hours.
CITY OF SEATTLE
The Seattle Offices of Film + Music and Economic Development are accepting applications through March 11th for a combined communications internship. Interns participate in a variety of activities for OFM & OED, including marketing, communication, and outreach tasks supporting the City’s economic development mission. The program runs for six months, from March 26th – September 30th. Most successful participants have a background in economics/political science, communications, and film/music/interactive media. Visit our site for all the details.
Every month, the teammates at local media company, World Famous, complete a creative “Assignment.” These are short projects that encourage everyone at World Famous to work together, share their creative side, and push themselves in new and innovative ways. These assignments have become a catalyst for new and exciting projects to emerge, including The Leonardo campaign created for the Leonardo Museum in Utah. They have helped the media production company garner some major recognition from critics, including judges at the Utah ADDY Awards. Earlier this month, World Famous walked away from the ADDY’s with two gold medals, a silver, Judges Choice and Best in Show. Congratulations to everyone over at World Famous, including previous Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour speaker, Tony Fulgham!
This month MovieMaker Magazine named Seattle #4 on their “2012 Top Ten Cities to be a Movie Maker.” The list is based on criteria including tax incentives, local and experienced cast and crew, and production support. Seattle writer-director Lynn Shelton (Humpday) commends the local film community which she believes “is a nurturing, inclusive and vibrant one, filled with folks who have a genuine passion for making movies.” The Washington State Motion Picture Competitiveness Program and Seattle’s streamlined, customer service-based, production-friendly, film permit process were cited as reasons for placing Seattle at #4.