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MARCH 23, 2011

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
The Curse of Tour Buy-ons: "Great tours are all about packaging. If you get the right combination of acts and sensible pricing, you can be a succesful touring artist. I don't believe in buy-ons and they don't exist in my world. I prefer acts that have worked their way in to a spot." --Troy Blakely, Agent (Led Zeppelin, Red Hot Chili Peppers) Interviewed in MC, March 2011



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Last week's winner of the Music Connection "Friday Freebie" prize was Los Angeles, CA, resident Deanna Dellacioppa, who won full admission to the upcoming ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO, worth $350. For this week's "Friday Freebie," you could win four hours of coaching from celebrity vocal specialist Jeannie Deva in person or via Skype. In addition, the winner will receive Ms. Deva's popular vocal warm-up CD in download format. Total value of the prize is $655. The Freebie drawing will take place THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 25TH, so ENTER NOW Go to the the Music Connection website and look up in the top right corner for the words "FRIDAY FREEBIE." Winners are announced every Friday after 1 p.m. on the Friday Freebie page. musicconnection.com.

MTV SEEKS SR. MANAGER, MUSIC & TALENT
MTV is currently looking for a Sr. Manager position to be filled at their Santa Monica, CA location. Duties include managing the day-to-day talent relations, developing and maintaining connections with Nickelodeon Music and more. To read more and apply, click here.

DATA ENGINEER NEEDED IN MASS. FOR MUSIC INDUSTRY
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INDIE MUSIC FEST IN VEGAS IN MAY
The Indie Music Fest, happening May 21 in Las Vegas, NV, is designed for the unsigned indie artist, writer, musician and community. Over 40 indie bands from across the U.S. will perform rock, alternative, hip-hop, punk and more. There will also be a car show, over 75+ vendors, sports wrestling activities, an Interactive Green Village, video lounge, beer and wine garden and a 5K run. Music Connection's Associate Editor, Andy Mesecher, will be one of the judges choosing five of the best bands for music resource packages, a record, management and marketing deal and much more. For more information please go to theindiemusicfest.com or call 702-568-7108.

ATLANTA SHOWCASE SEEKS ARTISTS FOR SEPT. SHOWS
Driven Music Conference Atlanta is seeking acts of all genres to showcase their music at The Masquerade in Atlanta on Sept. 17 and 18th. Kevin Lyman, Vans Warped Tour Founder, will be a featured panelist for the music panels section of the event, which will take place at Twelve Hotel Atlantic Station, also in Atlanta. To submit, visit http://drivenatlanta.eventbee.com/t/iotm.

GOODWIN JAZZ CONTEST
Alfred Music Publishing and Telarc International are celebrating the release of Gordon Goodwin and his Big Phat Band's upcoming studio album, That's How We Roll, with a sweepstakes in which he will visit one lucky school and customize an arrangement for its jazz band. The grand prize winner of this sweepstakes will receive: a custom arrangement of a song for their school, including a visit by Goodwin to work with them on the arrangement, and more. The sweepstakes will run until Oct. 1st, 2011. For more details or to enter: http://www.telarc.com/gordoncontest.

ASCAP NEW YORK SESSIONS EVENT HAPPENS MARCH 31
New York area artists and industry persons looking for an educational and networking event should check out ASCAP's New York Sessions, described as "a one-day music career boost." Songwriters and composers should especially take note of this event, which offers master class, panels and networking opportunities with top songwriters, composers and producers. See ascap.com/sessions for complete details.

BAND RAISES AWARENESS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE
Los Angeles, CA, rock band Stealing Heather has launched a global campaign to raise awareness of domestic abuse, AND THEY NEED YOUR HELP. Their new music video, centered on a young girl's tragic, abuse filled life, will be donated, along with 50 percent of all proceeds from the sale of the song and the video, to the NCADV (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence). They are raising money to cover all the costs involved with creating and promoting this important film, so please contribute. To watch the trailer, read about the campaign, and get involved see http://kck.st/eUVZSR.

INDIE WEST FEST SEEKS TO BOOST UP-AND-COMERS
Indie West Fest is a national showcase for independent (indie, DIY) artists to play for their fans by the beach, on the grass, under the palms, in sunny San Buenaventura, CA, at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. The one-day event, happening June 4th from 10am-6pm, features established artists alongside emerging artists who can use this experience to catapult their careers. An estimated 5,000 music fans will see 30 bands on 4 stages. Over 100 vendors will be onsite. Artists include Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven, Redd Kross, the 88, Taylor Locke (from Rooney) & The Roughs, the Tender Box, Bleu, Gram Rabbit, Giant Drag, the Growlers, the Ettes, and many more. See indiewestfest.com.

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MUSIC FOR RELIEF COMP HELPS JAPAN
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SONGWRITER ISSUES ADDRESSED AT HOB
On Thursday, March 24,, at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, CA, David Israelite of the NMPA will give an update on issues affecting songwriters and music publishers in congress and in the courts. He will be discussing recent litigation successes and how to participate in the distribution of new monies for NMPA members. Lunch is included in the $45 non-member price. Go to aimp.org for more info.

NEW HIP-HOP EVENT IN LOS ANGELES
In a move to jump start the Los Angeles hip-hop community, G-Money aka James Bronz, a pioneer in the L.A. hip-hop movement (est. 1991) will be launching a major 2-in-1 hip-hop event on Sunday, March 27th at El Cid (4212 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029, in Silverlake). This monthly hip-hop event will consist of "a hip-hop industry mixer and movement aimed at bringing back the essence of hip-hop in L.A. and raising the bar to what has become a lost, unguided community." For more info, visit hiphopconcerts.com for more details.

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COVER ARTIST: Lupe Fiasco
This chart-topping Atlantic Records rapper has carved out a reputation as one of the smartest, most socially conscious--and business savvy--artists in the world today. In this exclusive Q&A we let Lupe riff on a variety of timely subjects that MC readers will enjoy.

FEATURE: Book Your Shows For Maximum Results
Managers cannot handle every aspect of an artist's career. For example, an artist who assumes that their manager can coordinate their tour is often surprised by the reality that, in fact, it is illegal in some states for a manager to do so. What exactly can and can't managers do for an artist? This exclusive article has all you need to know.
28th Annual Directory of Managers & Agents
Music Connection delivers their names, numbers, e-mail addresses, current rosters, you name it--professional managers who can take an artist forward and booking agents who can arrange key live gigs and tours. Nowhere else can you find such an extensive contact list, fully updated and expanded for 2011.


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    GUITAR ISSUE: DIRECTORY OF GUITAR/BASS
    COVER ARTIST: A Day To Remember
    This unique genre-mashing band have created a rabid fanbase by paving their own road, DIY style, touring the world and selling upward of 800,000 albums in just a few short years. To find out how it's done, MC sat down with frontman Jeremy McKinnon and guitarist Kevin Skaff for this instructive in-depth Q&A.
    FEATURE: GUITAR & BASS JAM 2011
    In this installment of our popular series, Music Connection brings you exclusive interviews with high-profile musicians--including legendary axeman Robin Trower--whose insights and anecdotes are pure gold.
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    Music Connection once again provides this unique list of companies and individuals who can either upgrade your guitar gear or give your virtuosity a boost.

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