How to get a gig

April 22, 2013 by · Comments Off on How to get a gig 

Recorded March 18, 2013

Learn from venue and festival talent buyers directly as they demystify the booking process. Hear first-hand what they look for in a booking submission, and how booking decisions are made. Also, get the latest scoop on new performance spaces, and explore unconventional booking opportunities in Chicago.

Panelists:

David SilbaughSummerfest/Yellow Phone Music Conference
Bruce KrippnerMartyrs’
Carlos TortoleroCity of Chicago
John BarryStar Events

Moderator: Paul Natkin – Chicago Music Commission

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Recording and manufacturing an independent music project

May 10, 2012 by · Comments Off on Recording and manufacturing an independent music project 

Recorded 09 April 2012

Learn from people that have done this- how to set up a recording and manufacturing timeline, getting all the paperwork together and obtain the  proper rights to your recordings and art work.

Moderator:
Jerry Brindisi – Columbia College Music Business department

Panelists
Jamie Wagner – Strobe Studios
Kathy Greenholdt –  Singer/Songwriter and graphic designer http://kathygreenholdt.com/
Erin Page – lead vocalist/guitarist of Alma Negra
Brian J Sulpizio – Health&Beauty and The Chateau Recording Studio

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Licensing music for commercials, film and television

April 7, 2012 by · Comments Off on Licensing music for commercials, film and television 

Recorded 12 March 2012

A thorough conversation on the subject of licensing music. Our  panelists are the foremost experts on the subject in Chicago. They will take you through the process of getting your music heard, and possibly licensed.

Moderator:
Paul Natkin – Executive Director, Chicago Music Commission

Panelists:
Bonny Dolan – Managing Director/Executive Producer Comma Music
Gabe McDonough – VP, Music Director   Leo Burnett
Dan Kuypers –  Sr. Creative Director / Music Supervisor   Music Dealers
Joe Bogdan – Assistant Professor in the AEMM Department @ Columbia College

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Tax, Accounting, and Record Keeping

March 11, 2012 by · Comments Off on Tax, Accounting, and Record Keeping 

Recorded 13 February 2012

Continuing the discussion of setting up your business, learn how to keep records to facilitate filing your tax returns

Moderator:
Paul Natkin

Panelists:
Edward W. Gjertsen II, Vice-President, Mack Investment Securities
Edward will speak on Tax, Accounting, and Record Keeping, and will tie them in to why these issues are important in a financial plan and what options are available to reduce income taxes and save for retirement.

Robert Moreland, Professor at Columbia College
His classical music training, long standing interest in historic architecture and the associated visual arts fields, the performing arts and his multifaceted business background tie into his teaching of the core curriculum courses at Columbia College. He will demonstrate how “traditional” economic principles and methods of analysis are directly applicable to the management of Arts, Media, Music, and Fashion centric businesses.

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How to run your business

March 10, 2012 by · Comments Off on How to run your business 

Recorded 14 November 2011

Please listen as the Chicago Music Commission,Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and Lawyers for the Creative Arts present the ins and outs of how to divide and document ownership in your songs and sound recordings. We  discussed copyright overall, songwriter splits, music publishing, performing rights organizations such as ASCAP and SESAC, mechanical licenses through Harry Fox, and how to track royalties after signing with a publisher or record label.

You will also hear more about the differences between work-made-for-hire deals and copyright assignments and how this affects getting song rights back down the road.

Moderator: Paul Natkin – Executive Director, Chicago Music Commission

Panelists:
Marci Rolnik – Legal Director, Lawyers for the Creative Arts
Shawn Murphy – Executive Director, Music Publishing 101
Peter J. Strand – Partner, Leavens, Strand, Glover & Adler

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Songwriting Strategies

November 14, 2011 by · Comments Off on Songwriting Strategies 

Recorded 10 October 2011

Learn techniques of songwriting from songwriters who have written in many genres. Hear them discuss their process of gathering ideas and turning them into fully realized songs.

Jim Goodrich, Moderator – Chicago Music Commission

Panelists:
Chris Salveter – http://la-soc.com/judsonclaiborne.html
Dick Prall –  http://dickprall.com/
Jessica Robbins – http://www.myspace.com/jessmrobbins
Leslie Hunt – http://www.lesliehunt.net/
Nikki Lynette  – http://www.nikkilynette.com/

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Get Publicity for Your Band

October 10, 2011 by · Comments Off on Get Publicity for Your Band 

Recorded 12 September 2011

Learn the many ways that you can publicize and promote an album project or a live show. Our experts will explain how to approach media people without becoming a pest, and how to maximize your music in the press.

Paul Natkin, Moderator – Photographer and band manager
Thomas Conner Music Critic, Chicago Sun Times
DJ Niena Drake – Musician and publicist
Casey Meehan -Chicago Mixtape
Heather West- Western Publicity

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Stand out in a Digital World

November 20, 2009 by · Comments Off on Stand out in a Digital World 

Recorded Monday,  November 16,  2009

We discussed using Social Media to build fan relationships. Developing a strategy that helps you choose how to use the available services and networks. Getting the most for your effort in growing and maintaining your fan base. Setting expectations and converting those relationships into real-time results.

Moderator:
Jim Goodrich – Chicago Music Commission

Panelists:
Jeffrey David Goldford –  The Everyday People
Miriam Brosseau – Stereo Sinai
Alan Jay Sufrin – Stereo Sinai
Matt Ryd – Singer/Songwriter
Tim Toomey – Assault, Inc.

The PowerPoint presentation used during the Forum (opens in a new window).

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Setting up your music business

October 31, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Recorded Monday,  October 19, 2009

We discussed  the legal and business decisions you have to make when setting up a business. These included choice of business entity, partnership agreements, ownership of equipment and songs, and record keeping necessary to help make your business life easier!

Moderator:
Marci A. Rolnik – Legal Director Lawyers for the Creative Arts

Panelists:
Lisa Malina – Certified Public Accountant
Shawn Murphy – Music Publishing 101 / Columbia College
Steven Wiser – Attorney
David Silbaugh – Talent buyer, Summerfest, A&R for Banshee Music, and Secretary of the Chicago Chapter of NARAS

All documents discussed in this forum can be downloaded here.

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What do you do after you get the gig?

October 14, 2009 by · Comments Off on What do you do after you get the gig? 

Recorded Monday, September 28, 2009

We explore the process of putting together a show-

  • Advancing the show
  • Preparing equipment and set list
  • Merchandise and mailing list materials
  • How to deal with the venue
  • How to do a soundcheck

Moderator:
Paul Natkin Chicago Music Commission

Panel:
Jesse Ewan FOH Engineer / Head of Production  Double Door
Phil Kosch Booking   Double Door
Alex White Independent Musician
Alisa Baum Director of concert production Old Town School of Folk Music

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