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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

FastForward: Back to School

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Grammy Camp
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What I Learned at Grammy Camp
From Indie Rocker to NY Doll
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This year marked the second annual Grammy Camp, a 17-day interactive experience held in July in the Los Angeles area. A group of 77 students, ages 15-19, assembled on the campus of Citrus College and other local venues. As the business guy, I presented a seminar called Doing the Numbers: Setting Realistic Personal and Financial Goals in the Music Business.

We also did an exercise to set goals in three critical areas: creative, financial, and personal. Here are some memorable examples (paraphrased):

  • I want to write 50 new songs in the next six months
  • I want to make music my career
  • I want to balance my life so I don't get burned out on music

    That last point struck a chord with me, and it raises a pertinent question: How do you stay involved with music as a career without getting jaded, tired, spoiled, frustrated, or worse?

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  • 6 Degrees of Steve Conte
    From indie rocker to New York Doll

    A quick glimpse at Steve Conte's musical resume doesn't give him away as a struggling indie artist. He was signed to Mercury Records with Company of Wolves; he's recorded with Maceo Parker, Billy Squier, and Peter Wolf, among others; he's been Paul Simon's rehearsal body double; he's toured with Willie Nile (among others); and he's currently a member of the resurrected and critically embraced New York Dolls, accented with four writing credits on the Dolls' new album.

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    IMWS Studio Profile: Southeast '06
    Ledge 7 Studios

    Tony Copley, who owns and operates Ledge 7 Studios in Dallas, GA, is working to establish more than just a local studio that caters to independent artists. With the Ledge 7 Entertainment Group, Copley is developing an integrated model that combines the studio, a management arm, and a record label.

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    Disc Makers-TAXI Seminar Winner

    Congratulations to Lee Bailey and Delonso Barnes, winners of the Disc Makers/Taxi Roadshow Giveaway. Lee and Delonso each won airfare, lodging and admission to the 2006 Taxi Road Rally in Hollywood CA.

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