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Music Industry Legend Steve Albini to Deliver Keynote Address at Chicago Music Technology Expo

Music industry legend Steve Albini will deliver the keynote address at the upcoming IMSTA FESTA in Chicago on Saturday, July 25th. The free event is hosted by the International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA), a non-profit organization. IMSTA FESTA will be held at the SAE Institute campus located at 820 N. Orleans Street in Chicago.

IMSTA is dedicated to educating and fostering a conversation between both music software and hardware users and manufacturers on the value of purchasing music software products they use rather than using pirated versions of the products. Since 2007, IMSTA has held IMSTA FESTA events in major cities including Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles and Toronto to help promote IMSTAs core message and slogan Buy the software you use.

Albini is known throughout the world as a singer-songwriter, guitarist, engineer, producer, journalist and studio owner. He has worked on over 2,000 records since 1981 with a wide range of artists including Nirvana, Pixies, Bush and Robert Plant. Uniquely positioned at the crossroads of the ever changing music industry, Albini will deliver a thought-provoking, intelligent, and inspiring keynote address on the new music industry.

IMSTA FESTA is open to music makers of all genres and levels including songwriters and music technology professionals, semi professionals, amateurs, students and educators. Attendees are invited to attend hands-on master class workshops as well as learn from professional panels.

Attendees will also be able to network with major industry professionals. The networking event is co-sponsored by the SAE Institute, Broadjam, Sweetwater Sound, GRAMMY P&E Wing, NAMM and Keyboard, Electronic Musician and Tape-Op magazines.

The IMSTA FESTA Professional Panel Series will be led by professional industry leaders including Steve Silk Hurley, Martin Atkins and Zak Fox who bring a fresh perspective on the music production industry sharing information on how to make money with your music, developing your EDM business, as well as information about publishing and licensing within the music industry.

IMSTA FESTA Chicago also features live Song Reviews where experienced industry professionals offer insightful, educated, one-on-one appraisals of songs brought to the show by attendees.

Admission is FREE but all visitors must register at: http://www.imsta.org


IMSTA is a global non-profit association of music software companies. One of IMSTAs principal missions is to conduct public education about piracy in the music software space. IMSTA promotes the Buy The Software You Use slogan and exposes the public to the industry and this message through a variety of ways including the popular IMSTA FESTA music technology events across North America.


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Best Drug Rehabilitation Founder Per Wickstrom Returns as Sponsor of 2nd Annual Music With A Mission Benefit Concert in Western Illinois

Mendon, IL (PRWEB) June 18, 2015

On Saturday, May 30th, 2015, the Adams County Fairgrounds in Mendon, IL was the home of the 2nd Annual Music With A Mission concert to benefit local schools of Mendon and Quincy. The concert was held with the purpose of raising money that will provide financial assistance for the underfunded education systems in the local communities.

Per Wickstrom, the founder and CEO of Best Drug Rehabilitation, returned as a leading sponsor of this event, helping to promote and encourage music and arts in the education of tomorrows leaders.

Community outreach has always been, and will remain, one of the top priorities of Best Drug Rehabilitation, Wickstrom commented after the event. Education is the most effective tool that we have in fighting substance abuse and addiction. By offering our assistance wherever and whenever we can, we hope to show our teens and young adults that there is a promising future for them, and that there are healthy and positive alternatives to using drugs and alcohol. The Music With A Mission concert is just one way that we can provide the support necessary to give our youth an optimistic view of the future.

With a lineup that boasted a variety of contemporary country-rock stars, including the Cadillac Three, Trailer Choir, Highway Run, and Madd Hoss Jackson, among others, the Music With A Mission event raised thousands of dollars for the local school system to supplement a loss in funding for music and art programs that the district has seen over the past few years. Big Vinny Hickerson of Trailer Choir, one of the leading organizers behind the concert, wanted to find a way to provide assistance for the struggling education system in the area that took a step away from traditional fundraising methods, such as a candy or bake sale, or a raffle. Per Wickstrom and Best Drug Rehabilitation were honored to once again have a role in supporting this event.

Hundreds of people attended the event, packing the Show Barn where the concert was moved to avoid the less than ideal conditions caused by rain over the previous few days that had turned much of the Adams County Fairgrounds into a mud pit. Spirits were not dampened by the weather, however, as the concertgoers and performers alike enjoyed a fun-filled night of good music and good company, and all for a very good cause.

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Vics Drum Shop at Music Garage – Chicago to Host Drum Fantasy Camp featuring Steve Smith, Jojo Mayer, Mike Mangini, Benny Greb, and Dave Weckl

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) April 16, 2015

Vics Drum Shop, Americas largest independent drum retailer, will host Drum Fantasy Camp at its North Loomis Street location in the Music Garage – Chicago. The camp will be held from Friday, August 7 through Tuesday, August 11, and will feature instruction from some of the most innovative and respected drum professionals in the music business – including Steve Smith, Jojo Mayer, Mike Mangini, Benny Greb, and Dave Weckl.

Drum Fantasy Camps five world class instructors are among the greatest drummers on the planet today, and I know that the campers will be thrilled to meet them, learn from them, and jam with them, says Victor Salazar of Vics Drum Shop. I’m also looking forward to introducing Vic’s Drum Shop to folks whove never had the opportunity to visit us.

Founded in 2007 by drummer Steve Orkin, Drum Fantasy Camp features world-class instructors and attracts students of all skill levels and ages from around the world. Enrollment in this year’s Drum Fantasy Camp will include:

Sarantos releases a brand new music video for “A Child’s Mind” remembering the innocent childhood of an immigrant boy.

(PRWEB) March 10, 2015

Sarantos releases a brand new music video for “A Child’s Mind”, remembering the innocent childhood of an immigrant boy.

Immigrants routinely flocked from Europe to America in the 1950s-70s in search of a better life. America was the land of opportunity and they pursued their dreams! Their story was a common one. Immigrants would seek shelter here and work hard, focus on their family and ultimately try to give their children a better life. Routinely, there was obvious discrimination and bias. While learning a new language was difficult, most managed to adapt to the United States culture and fit in, eventually learning the customs and language of their newly adopted home.

Even today, there are still many immigrants from all over the world such as Mexico, Europe and Asia who long to make the United States their new home. Sarantos new music video portrays the tale of an immigrant mom and son who travelled to the US and the son ultimately became successful and a doctor. Reminiscing about his homeland & mother and remembering the innocence of childhood years along with old friends makes for quite a compelling music video. The song fits perfectly and the story touches on many emotions to reveal yet again that Sarantos is not interested in making music videos without substance.

This music video is about immigrants and the challenges they encounter every day,” says Sarantos. Can you imagine leaving the comforts of your homeland and moving by yourself or with a spouse or child to go to a foreign land, not knowing the language and not having any money in your pockets? I can’t even imagine something that drastic! My parents were both immigrants and I recall the bias against them. They worked hard, bothered no one and only cared about helping me live a better life. Is there a cause more just or noble? America is still the land of opportunity. I have such a profound level of respect and admiration for any and all immigrants who legally try to make America their adopted home!

33% of any music-related sales profits from this song are going straight to Feed My Starving Children.

Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit organization committed to feeding Gods children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and they ship these meals to nearly 70 countries around the world. Sarantos even participated in one of these packing sessions on a cold Chicago night last month!

Most people remember their childhood fondly. It is a simple time in one’s life when there are no limits. Imagine and remember a time when the days were care-free. The nights were full of stars and mystery. One’s imagination ran wild at the slightest provocation. Childhood is a time usually spent growing up while learning within the comfort of one’s family. However, not everyone has that chance. Some children grow up in abusive environments. Some children grow up without enough food and are often hungry or malnourished. That is an injustice.

Sarantos’ music has received rave reviews, and he relishes this chance to pursue his life long dream. Sarantos’ unique sound has been best described by industry insiders as “an emotionally powerful vocal style masterfully united with music that is a fusion of classic 80s rock blended with modern soft rock and pop music.”

Sarantos was nominated in 2014 for 2 awards for the 2014 International Music & Entertainments Awards, for the categories of Rock Song of the Year and Pop Album of the Year.

With recorded hits and new tunes waiting to be released every single month until the day he dies, Sarantos’ music screams success and stimulates an overdue conversation in the changing music industry. Sarantos’ loyal music fans continue to show their support by proudly showing off Sarantos merchandise and staying tuned into Sarantos’ daily down-to-earth and very real social media revelations. His songs are being broadcast every day on various radios stations around the world. Sarantos continues to do interviews around the world every single week and fans can listen in to some of them on his YouTube page. Lets not forget his funny, sarcastic, witty and genuine music videos that leave his fans not knowing what to expect next.

There will be plenty of continued buzz throughout the year as Sarantos strives to release something for his fans every single week. Every year until the day he dies, Sarantos will release a new song on the 1st Tuesday of every month, a new music video on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, a chapter from his fiction/fantasy book on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, and a new Whiteboard video on the 4th Tuesday of every month. A new CD will then be released every November.

Sarantos has been writing lyrics since 4th grade and is passionate about the words he puts to the music. Music was always in his blood. Music was always a passion and much more than a hobby. Sarantos has written over 2,000 songs. Having undergone several personal challenges with Sarantos’ father passing away four years ago after a long hard-fought battle with lung cancer, dealing with personal health issues like asthma and allergies which affected his singing style, going thru life’s ups and downs, the timing was finally right. And so it began. Sarantos’ main motivation remains, however, to raise money for charity.

33% of any music related sales are going straight to charity.

Sarantos has always been inclined to help people in need and is proud to launch his music as a way to donate a portion of proceeds to charity, hopefully inspiring other artists to do the same. Just a few of the charities chosen so far include the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, Make-a-Wish Foundation, American Heart Association, St Jude’s, Hellenic Academy, American Red Cross, Salvaton Army, Children’s Hospital of Chicago…

The website, Melogia (which in Greek means “with words”) was established by Sarantos, an aspiring singer and song writer.

*Because Sarantos wants his music shared throughout the world, fans can always find all of his songs, lyric sheets, videos and books on his website for free at https://www.melogia.com/music.html. He openly gives everyone the right to share his song mp3s for free with anyone they want via email or any of the social media platforms.

Sarantos Mission or Goal:

“My goal when you listen to one of my songs is very simple. I want you to feel the need to:


-Dance or move to the groove

-Play the song over and over again”



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Fair Trade Music Initiative Launched

Denver, CO (PRWEB) March 13, 2015

Frustrated with the ad-based, stream-for-free paradigm of digital music, the Fair Trade Music Initiative launched today with a simple premise: music, like all valuable art, should not be free. Musicians deserve to be paid fairly for their work, and fans should be willing to pay a reasonable price for the music they enjoy.

It may have made sense, in the analog era, that radio stations wouldnt pay performers or copyright holders for the rights to air their music. Radio plays led directly to album sales, and album sales led to sold out concerts. But in the digital era, with album sales at all-time lows, that is no longer the case. For streaming royalties to even come close to replacing lost revenue from CD sales and downloads, new approaches need to be considered for how to compensate artists for their work. For too long, artists have had to settle for a better than nothing mindset.

The free music mantra that still proliferates today is detrimental to artists, fans, and to the discovery of new music. Its a sad but true fact that the first exposure many people had to online music was an illegal, free file-sharing service, said Eric Neumann, founder of the Fair Trade Music Initiative and of Mad Genius Radio, a subscription-based streaming music service. Because of that, many people who have never stepped foot in a CD or record store feel that music is an entitlement and not an art form. We want to change that belief.

Fair Trade Musics philosophy is simple. Free access to music via ad-based streaming platforms doesnt serve artists well because they pay significantly less on a per-song basis to artists than their subscription counterparts do. Its the belief of the Fair Trade Music Initiative that consumers, too, need to be willing to pay for the music that they love and many are.

Subscription-based radio services, in fact, pay 79% more in royalties for artists and copyright holders per song as well as more for songwriters than do free, ad-based streaming radio services. Nearly half of the royalty payment goes directly to artists.

Music is the most engaging form of art there is, and now is the time to work together to right a wrong, continued Neumann. We dont think its proper to be fighting artists in court to lower rates. Thats an unwinnable battle on all fronts, so Fair Trade Music represents a better way to compensate artists and reward fans with a better listening experience.

While some public reports about paltry royalty payments to artists cant be adequately debated since those payouts are governed by confidential record label contracts with their artists and on-demand streaming services, Fair Trade Music is focused on payouts for online radio.

If more music fans listened to subscription radio services, which dont interrupt the listening experience with ads, then artists would be making a heck of a lot more money, said Fair Trade Musics Neumann. If we were talking about something physical say smartphones that sold tens of millions of units, but the design team only got a few hundred dollars for their passion, creativity, and vision, there would be an uproar. With the biggest players in streaming music paying pennies per million plays, thats just what we have now. And thats why Fair Trade Music is an idea whose time has come.

The Fair Trade Music Initiative has two practical components one for artists and one for fans. Artists are asked to join the movement by signing up and showing their support for Fair Trade Music. Artists will then begin receiving incentive payments from Mad Genius Radio for each fan referred to the site that creates a free trial. The artist or their designated charity – will earn $ 2 per referral, plus recurring rewards when that listener becomes a paid subscriber.

For fans, the Fair Trade Music proposition is simple: try a subscription-based music streaming service as an ad-free alternative. Similar-minded music fans will agree that a nominal monthly fee about the price of a latte is well worth it.

The ultimate goal of the Fair Trade Music Initiative is for payouts from subscription radio services to become a meaningful source of income to artists or a sizable, recurring donation to an artists favorite charity. Future considerations for Fair Trade Music are to explore ways for fans to contribute directly to their favorite artists via a secure, online platform while listening. According to Neumann: Fair Trade Music offers a real alternative to the current streaming music behemoths.

About the Fair Trade Music Initiative

Fair Trade Music is a new coalition for artists and music industry professionals who care about how artists are compensated in the digital era. We are focused on solutions to the problem of poor artist payouts by streaming music companies, and on getting fans and artists involved to support more commercial-free, subscription services because they pay artists better. We hope youll join us in this movement!

For more information, visit: http://www.fairtrademusic.co.

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Music Health Alliance, Nashville Based Non-Profit, Announces Inaugural “First and Worst Event” Featuring Richard Leigh, Liz Rose, Phil Barton, Roxie Dean, and Wynn Varble

(PRWEB) February 23, 2015

On April 1, 2015, some of Nashvilles most recognized songwriters will come together for the inaugural “First And The Worst” charity event hosted at 3rd and Lindsley, benefitting the Music Health Alliance. The First and The Worst, which will take place at 3rd and Lindsley, will showcase hit songwriters performing the first and the worst songs they ever wrote, as well as their songs that have become top-selling records recorded by superstar artists, all for a worthy cause.

Hosted by Grammy-nominated songwriter, producer, and music critic Peter Cooper, the evening will feature Richard Leigh (Dont It Make My Brown Eyes Blue and Ill Get Over You/Crystal Gayle, The Greatest Man I Never Knew/Reba McEntire), Liz Rose (Tim McGraw, Teardrops On My Guitar, and “You Belong To Me”/Taylor Swift), Phil Barton (“A Woman Like You”/Lee Brice, She Rides Away/David Nail, Yeah Yeah Yeah/Dustin Lynch), Roxie Dean (“When I Think About Angels”/Jamie O’Neal, Why They Call It Falling/Lee Ann Womack), Wynn Varble (Waitin On A Woman/Brad Paisley, Have You Forgotten/Darryl Worley, and Im A Little More Country Than That/Easton Corbin) and others to be announced.

All event proceeds from sponsorship tables, ticket sales and the silent auction will benefit Music Health Alliance. The non-profits work assists songwriters, artists and music industry professionals in finding affordable health solutions and financial resources at every stage of their career. The mission of Music Health Alliance is to Heal the Music by providing access to healthcare through services that protect, direct & connect music professionals with medical and financial solutions. In two short years, they have saved over $ 5.5 million dollars in insurance premiums, reduction of medical bills, and prescription savings.

Tatum Hauck Allsep, MHAs Founder/Executive Director said, The First and The Worst will enable Music Health Alliance to provide life saving healthcare access to the music industry in it most vulnerable time of need. MHA is thrilled to be the beneficiary of such an incredibly clever and entertaining evening of music.

First and The Worst is the brainchild of Grammy-nominated songwriter, Sandy Knox (Does He Love You, “She Thinks His Name Was John,” and “Why Haven’t I Heard From You”/Reba McEntire and her own early gems Upchuck and Mr. Phone).

The First and The Worst is an event I have dreamed about for close to 20 yearsa night in which the audience is allowed to peek inside the brilliant minds of hit songwriters long before they had ever written a hit, explains Knox about the idea becoming a reality. And, having it benefit the Music Health Alliance makes it all about giving back to our community.

Doors to the event will open at 5:00 p.m. and the show will start at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are now available for purchase through the 3rd and Lindsley website. Tickets are $ 20 for balcony and $ 75 for reserved seating. Table sponsorships are available for $ 1,500, $ 2,000 and $ 2,500, and $ 10,000 for the title sponsorship. There are a limited number of tables available for sponsorship. Please contact Shelia Shipley Biddy at shelia(at)musichealthalliance(dot)com for more information.

For more information on Music Health Alliance, visit their website, http://www.musichealthalliance.com, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Follow The First and The Worsts official Facebook and Twitter for more updates on the upcoming charity event.

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Mic Fox Named Director of Programming and Strategy at Music Choice

(PRWEB) February 10, 2015

Music Choice is pleased to announce the addition of Mic Fox to the position of Director, Programming & Strategy. In this newly created position, Fox will be responsible for the overall VOD programming strategy and vision for Music Choice On Demand and its Music Channels. He will oversee all day-to-day operations of the entire programming department including Music Choice Play. He will also work closely with other divisions within the company to increase audience growth through channel expansions, strategic artist integration programs and multiplatform initiatives to attract the next generation of MC users. Fox will report directly to Christina Tancredi, COO, Music Choice.

Fox most recently served as Sr. Director, Global Digital Strategy at VEVO where he was part of the original team transplanted from UMG in 2009. He was one of the major architects in developing their evolving programming strategy including the recent implementation and development of VEVOs linear TV strategy. Prior to VEVO, Fox worked as a Director at UMG in the Global Digital Initiatives Department. He also worked in Marketing and Promotions at various record labels including Island Def Jam, Atlantic and TVT Record and as a Program Director at Radio One where he successfully launched WPHI and WFUN.

Fox currently resides in South Orange, New Jersey, with wife Tatia Adams Fox and daughters Thailer and Sumari. Fox is a lover of all things digital and explores everything and anything new in this space in his spare time. You can follow him @micfoxism on twitter.

For more information about Music Choice log onto http://www.musicchoice.com

About Music Choice:

Music Choice, the multi-platform video and music network, delivers its music programming to millions of consumers nationwide through their televisions, online and mobile devices. Music Choice programs dozens of uninterrupted music channels; produces originals that feature todays hottest established and emerging artists; offers thousands of music videos; and launched Music Choice Play, the music video, lifestyle and entertainment network for Millennials. For additional information log on to http://www.MusicChoice.com | Twitter: @MusicChoice | Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MusicChoice

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Music Lodge Marks Its 11th Year Held During Sundance Film Festival

Park City, Utah (PRWEB) January 22, 2015

On January 24 26th, The Music Lodge event of Music & Media on Main St. will earn its venue legacy status by having held its 3-day event for 11 years in a row during the Sundance Film Festival. The venue at 780 Main St Courtyard is open daily from 10 am 6 pm and features a media wing for star interviews, VIP and talent gifting, and an intimate stage setting, which through the years has inspired impromptu jamming with celebrity guests and well known musicians. In the evenings, private parties enjoy gathering around the lodges roaring fireplace or the courtyard fire pit in the gently falling snow.

This year were proud that MTV has chosen the Music Lodge to host their festival celebrity interview TV studio. ABC TV Utah will also be making the Music Lodge home base as they feature the event in their behind-the-festival segments. Stage artists range from 2x Grammy winner, EDCs main stage DJ, Time Magazines Most Influential Teen List and apropo to the Rocky Mtn setting, a Big Foot band whose furry faces hide the identity of iconic rockers.

Keratin Complexs pop-up hair salon will glam up their MTV interviewees. A touch up station will also be offered to make sure everyone looks their best. Roland Keyboards is back for their 5th year on stage as the Music Lodges primary music partner and Members Only is rebooting their legendary brand for the new millennial generation with their iconic black jackets as well as $ 500 leather biker jackets. Though time often stands still during festival revelry, WeWood Watches will help VIPs stay on schedule. Naturade will be sampling their first to the market Vegan Smart Protein Shake and Wonderful Pistachios will also be sampling their flavors. Beverly Hills’ newest java trend Bulletproof

Free Legal Music Downloads Now Available at Foxtunes.com

New York, NY (PRWEB) September 24, 2008

There’s never been a wiser time to get your music legally. We live in a climate where illegal MP3 sharing can bring you sharply into focus on the RIAA’s radar and can have devastating financial consequences at $ 750 per infringed song. Just ask Jeffrey Howell, who was recently found liable for multiple acts of infringement and ordered to pay $ 40850 in damages.

Guitarist, singer and songwriter Tom Fox is one of a small but growing group of artists giving away music for free rather than charging or having listeners fined for stealing it. Tom has made albums of free music downloads available, including songs from “Midnight Rain” (which was nominated for two independent music awards) and “Slowly” (which garnered radio play on both sides of the Atlantic). Together, these releases have been downloaded over one million times.

When asked about the wisdom of giving his music away for nothing, Tom replied, “Many musicians quiver at the potential loss of a 99 cent iTunes sale, however, they forget that giving away mp3s free and legally has promotional value.”

“Offering free music can accelerate the growth of your online listener base, which ultimately can generate exposure in the form of concert invitations, Internet and satellite/terrestrial radio play (generating royalties) and traffic to your site,” he said.

Tom reminds fellow musicians that Web traffic has value in of itself. It can be monetized by affiliate programs and contextual advertising. Existing models like the Ruckus network, a free ad-supported U.S. music service available to college students, Peter Gabriel’s UK based WE7, and the Internet record label Magnatune, which encourages buyers to copy any album and give it away free to as many as three friends, are evidence it can also be done with music.

“They are the way forward,” said Tom.

When asked what he thought about Tom giving away free music downloads, New York attorney Ray Beckerman of the Recording Industry Vs. The People blog said, “Artists can and should make their music directly available; they will make a better living, and their fans will get better value.”

“As to whether it should be disseminated for free,” he continued, “I’m no marketing expert, but it seems to me that one has only to look at the record companies to learn what they have always known all too well, which is that one of the best ways of marketing music is to offer at least some of it for free, to expose people to what you are doing, and to generate word of mouth. And many of the people who hear something the first time for free will become customers for life.”

About Tom Fox:

Tom Fox is an award-winning singer and songwriter who has thought of a simple solution to the problem of digital distribution of his music: Give it away. His Foxtunes.com Web site has an efficient, uncomplicated design that allows easy access to legal MP3 downloads, with no membership or sign up required. All songs at Foxtunes.com are in MP3 format and contain no digital rights management restrictions.

“…..Global artist of the week….” – Billy Zero – XM Satellite Radio

“…..I really like the CD, voice is amazing……” – Chris Hawkins – BBC Radio

“…..Just heard Tonight play on the Euro Hits channel, sounds excellent!…..” – Mark Shands – DMX Music

“…..It’s one of the freshest sounding projects that’s come across my desk in a while…..” – Teresa Kinkaid – Sirius Radio


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