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Arts Participation – Good Will Hunting


Lucinda M. Dugger wrote an excellent follow-up article (today) to add to my post a couple days ago, called “Where’s My Audience — NEA Survey”

Hers ran in the blog CopyrightAlliance.org, click:


Worth reading the whole article — I especially agree with Dugger on this:

Watching a clip from a concert on YouTube and seeing that same band ‘live on stage’ produces two completely different experiences. Similarly, seeing a Norman Rockwell in person is euphoric compared to viewing the many reproductions online or in books.

I think a great determent will be had if society chooses to access art through one venue over the other. Art is meant to be experienced in a variety of formats, and we need to embrace the accessibility that the internet gives us with actual in-person experiences.

So, take your friends and/or family … visit your local museum (find out which days have free admission, if necessary), and attend musical performances! That’s an order!



Independent Music Conference – Hollywood 2008

October 10-11 (Friday/Saturday) 2008 … The Independent Music Conference was held at the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, California. Not a bad turnout (about 200 people) for an event that is traditionally held in Philadephia. Maybe next year, we’ll have a bit more time to promote it!

Participating were: Guest speaker/panelist, (left) John Braheny, co-organizer & artist promoter Toni Koch with Heather Ninness, artist manager, and music publisher/panelist, Rob Case.


David Byrne article – Online Distribution

David Byrne writes about the opportunities for artists in the new digital environment …

[Here is one of the best explanations (with charts & graphs) for those of you who want to know more about distributing your songs, or CDs, online … including the pros and cons of being with a major label, an indie label, or just doing it yourself.

This ran in Wired magazine Dec. 12. 2007, but I just got around to posting it for you. Also, you’ll want to check out the several audio clips of interviews David did with others in the music business on this topic.]

Title of article:

David Byrne’s Survival Strategies for Emerging Artists — and Megastars

“Some see this picture (graph) as a dire trend. The fact that Radiohead debuted its latest album online and Madonna defected from Warner Bros. to Live Nation, a concert promoter, is held to signal the end of the music business as we know it.

Actually, these are just two examples of how musicians are increasingly able to work outside of the traditional label relationship. There is no one single way of doing business these days. There are, in fact, six viable models by my count. That variety is good for artists; it gives them more ways to get paid and make a living.

And it’s good for audiences, too, who will have more, and more interesting, music to listen to.

Let’s step back and get some perspective …”

For the rest of the story, click here:



SXSW – South by Southwest music event

You may have attended or not … or you may be there right now … at the huge SXSW (South by Southwest) music ‘megafest’ which begins today in Austin, Texas.

Basically, lots of bands, panels, parties … for 10 days. Recommended to those who don’t need sleep.

Read all about it in Wired magazine’s article: SXSW Get Ready to Rock.

[I took this photo of the huge sausage counter, “no antibiotics, no hormones,” at the flagship Whole Foods Market, located downtown Austin, Texas. October 2006]



Arizona Songwriters Gathering – Jan. 27

For your calendar:

Saturday, Jan 27, 2007.

John and JoAnn Braheny will be returning to teach at the 11th Annual Arizona Songwriters Gathering in Encanto Park (Phoenix, Arizona). See Map.

A co-production of the Arizona Songwriters Association (in existence for 25+ years!) and the Phoenix Parks & Recreation Department, this is a FREE all-day event for songwriters and musicians, of all levels, with informative classes and workshops and many opportunities to perform your songs ‘live’.

About 200 songwriters come to spend the day at this beautiful park and clubhouse on the edge of the lake, meeting with music industry professionals, networking, visiting, and listening to each other’s songs. Bring your guitar, bring a lunch (although food is available to purchase), and enjoy!

While in Phoenix, John Braheny will offer private consultations (and song critiques) for songwriters on Sunday, January 28. To schedule an hour-long session, email: john@johnbraheny.com.


Songwriters Coop Jan.18th – John Braheny


My husband, John Braheny, songwriter consultant, teacher, and author of the brand new 3rd Edition of his best-selling book, The Craft and Business of Songwriting, will be the featured guest at the Songwriters Co-Op monthly meeting on:

Thursday, January 18th
7:30 PM
At Dr. Music (music instrument store)
1812 W. Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock (near 134 & 2 Freeways), California.

Host, Alex Del Zoppo, will interview John plus John will critique your songs. Minimum donation for the event: $5.



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