March 31, 2013

Win 2 Tickets to ACM Presents: Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night in Las Vegas with Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Pitbull and More

NAB Show, a conference and convention dedicated to the newest technologies and trends in media, TV, radio, and all forms of broadcasting hosted by the National Association of Broadcasters, will be going on in Las Vegas in a couple weeks and lucky for our readers, so are the 48th Annual ACM Awards. You may have seen our posts telling you about the NAB Show Career Day or how to get a discount on going to the show, but the kind folks at NAB have taken things a step further and offered up two pairs of tickets to an incredible event happening Monday April 8th at 7:30 pm at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas: ACM Presents: Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night

Get started with a list of all the questions here!



This special two hour concert event will be taped that evening and broadcast at a later date and two lucky readers will be able to earn a pair of tickets care of NAB to get an early look at the action in person while rocking out with some of music's top acts. Tim McGraw is kicking off the 2013 tour season by handpicking the best summer music and getting a little help from his friends. This star-studded concert will feature performances and collaborations from top artists in country, pop, rock, and more plus some special guests from film and TV. Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Pitbull, and Ne-Yo are all scheduled to perform as well so it's definitely going to be an amazing show. 

You can earn one set of tickets by participating in a digital scavenger hunt answering questions based on information found within this blog (hint: it's really no different than using Google). The two people who answer the most questions correctly will win a pair of tickets, you don't necessarily need to answer all of them to win, just get the most correct. In the event of a tie, it will be broken based on who submitted their correct answers first. The entry period begins Monday April 1st (but no, this is not an April Fools joke) at 12:01am ET and ends Friday, April 4th at 12:01am ET. Transportation and lodging are not provided, just tickets to the event, and winners are responsible for their own travel and safety to, from, and in Las Vegas. Tickets are provided by NAB Show and will either be provided physically before the show or will be picked up at will call, valid ID will be required. 

ACM Presents: Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night 
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Las Vegas
Monday, April 8th 2013 
7:30pm local time 
Performances by Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Pitbull, and Ne-Yo plus other celebrity appearances

Be sure to read the rules below for full terms and conditions before participating. 

March 29, 2013

14 Reasons to Apply to GRAMMY Camp

GRAMMY Camp applications are due on Sunday and if you're a US high school student who has been thinking about applying but is still feeling a bit hesitant then it's your last chance to decide and get that audition video in. So, if you're still not sure, then here's 14 reasons to apply to GRAMMY Camp (I know lists like this tend to stick with 10 but I couldn't narrow them down).

  1. Learn from top music industry professionals
  2. Meet and work with fellow music students from all over the country
  3. Get professional advice from guest artists and industry professionals
  4. Put on a Showcase concert or Launch Party in Los Angeles or New York at the end of camp
  5. Spend your entire day focused on performing, talking about, and learning about music
  6. Collaborate with students in other tracks to write, record, create and present new songs, CDs, and business ideas
  7. Learn what it takes to succeed in a career as a performer, engineer, producer, songwriter, music journalist, or music business person
  8. Work in a top-notch recording studio at USC or Converse's Rubber Tracks
  9. Networking opportunities with music professionals
  10. Spend part of your summer in one (or two) of the most culturally and musically rich cities in the country
  11. Past guest performers have included Matthew Morrison, Sara Bareilles, Colbie Caillat, members of Maroon 5, and more 
  12. Historically, most students who apply for financial aid get it
  13. Gain valuable experience and a portfolio of projects for your college applications
  14. Professionally focused field trips give you a chance to visit places like a venue or studio 
For more information or to submit an application visit GRAMMY in the Schools


March 28, 2013

Internship Opportunity with KJM, LLC

Kelley James Music is seeking a tour assistant intern to assist and provide on-the-road and in-studio support to the artist, tour manager, band, and crew. The role will involve stagehand responsibilities, artist liaison, touring, and ad hoc duties.
The hours for this position are extremely flexible and are centered around the schedule of the artist and band. The time will be split on duties in the Los Angeles area as well as on the road.
This role is ideal for individuals looking to immerse themselves in the live music and entertainment industry.

Responsibilities:

  • Stagehand responsibilities
  • Load In/Load Out
  • Merchandise sales
  • Assisting with sound check
  • Managing expenses
  • And other related tasks

Qualifications:

  • Good communication, multi-tasking and organization skills a must
  • Sound experience preferred (not required)
  • The position will suit individuals with a strong passion for live music, as well as an interest in events, touring and marketing
  • We are seeking highly confident, reliable individuals with good time keeping skills.

This internship is initially unpaid. Any expenses related to tour travel will be covered.

To Apply:

Please submit your resume and cover letter to info@kelleyjames.com for consideration.

March 25, 2013

Last Week to Apply for GRAMMY Camp 2013

GRAMMY Camp is an incredible opportunity if you're looking to learn about the music industry and you're still in high school. In fact, I'd say it's THE best opportunity to learn about and get a head start in the music industry. You'll leave with new friends, professional connections, new projects and skills for your resume, newfound confidence, and maybe even some GRAMMY swag. Applications are due this week (31st) so there's still time to get your application in. Here are some great videos from The GRAMMY Foundation to help you craft a great application video and figure out which career track is best for you.

Which career track should you apply for?

How to submit a great audition video for GRAMMY Camp

Apply here
 
PS. This seems like a great time to point out that any time you apply for something these days- be it a job, internship, camp, college, or whatever else, it's pretty likely you will get Googled. So Google yourself, check your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and anything else you have a public profile on. Take down anything you wouldn't want your grandmother to see (no cursing, no drugs, no alcohol, no crazy party pictures, etc.). Today, people can and will judge you based on what they find online and you could lose an opportunity because of it, but no one will tell you that is why. So it's better to be safe than sorry. 

March 22, 2013

Jr Music Executive: Interview with a Former Intern and Upcoming Rise & Shine Event

Jr. Music Executive (JME) is a nonprofit based in Philadelphia that shows high school and college students the business behind the entertainment industry. They work to help youth understand the importance of education and experience in a successful career and inspire them to set goals in order to reach their full potential. It's a fantastic program that gives students real hands-on training by providing workshops, internships, scholarships, and networking opportunities. Their signature program is a 10-week internship for high school and college students as well as recent grads that provides a holistic view of the industry and matches students with a partnering business or project to get real-world experience. JME recently announced this year's lucky interns, who were chosen via an application process: Devon Brown, Sierra Cody, Breannemarie Davis, .Tinesha Davis, Chantias Ford, Okoma Mita, Juliana Peche, Dillon Sweigart, and Isaiah Weatherspoon. 


If you're in the Philadelphia area, please support this wonderful music industry education program by checking out their upcoming power breakfast fundraiser where you can enjoy a buffet breakfast and special performances alongside others who feel that music education and career development are extremely important for today's youth (and I'm willing to bet if you're reading this site you probably do). Plus, if you're looking for a bit of real-life wisdom from the Jr. Music Executive Program yourself, then keep reading, because I had the chance to talk to Ashley Coleman, a former JME intern and current Membership Coordinator at The Recording Academy, who shared how the JME program helped her succeed in music and what advice she would give for students looking to break in to music now. 

March 20, 2013

How to Prepare for a Phone Interview: Be Ready

When it comes to interviews for an internship position there are generally two different scenarios that you are like to encounter: a phone interview or an in-person interview. Both essentially have the same goal and can help to get you one step closer to getting an internship. However, phone interviews tend to come first and are more likely to catch you off guard - a good way to wind up nervous and flustered. So, here's some advice on how to deal and how to be prepared for a phone interview. This will probably be your first interview experience. According to CNN.com, companies often use phone interviews to help narrow down candidates and the first five minutes of the call are the most important part. So, to help you make a good impression, here's the first in a new mini-series on how to prepare for a phone interview.
By Holger.Ellgaard (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Be Ready 

March 18, 2013

Find Your Employment Match at NAB Show Career Day

If you're headed to Vegas for NAB Show be sure to enter our contest to win tickets to Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night on Monday April 8th at the MGM Grand!
Enter here!

If you're looking for a job or a great candidate to hire, you probably know how difficult it is to find a great match in this competitive economic environment. You can go through countless applications, but there's nothing quite as valuable as a chance to meet with a potential employer or impressive candidate in person. That's precisely why, whether you're looking for your next career opportunity or intend to hire a media and entertainment industry all-star, the NAB Show Career Day is a fantastic place to do just that. 



NAB Show, run by the National Association of Broadcasters; a professional organization representing those who work in radio, film, television, and other forms of broadcasting, is an annual convention and trade show held in Las Vegas. The event includes exhibits from major audio, broadcasting, and entertainment brands as well as educational talks, industry luncheons, networking opportunities, and Pits where you can learn about the latest technologies. 


Trinity Chavez got a dream internship at CBS News after making a connection at NABEF Career Fair
NAB's Career Day is a newer addition to the show and was started by NAB's Education Foundation (NABEF) to help broadcasting companies recruit highly qualified candidates. The Career Fair is the largest one solely focused on broadcasting and attracts media companies and applicants from all over the country. Its employers, which last year included CBS News, Radio One, and Ericsson, among others, represent top broadcasting companies who are recruiting for positions ranging from internships and entry level roles to advanced positions in TV, radio, media sales, and broadcasting technology. In fact, in 2013, one attendee, Trinity Chavez, was lucky enough to score a dream internship at CBS News through a connection she made at NAB Show Career Day. “While [at] the NABEF career fair in Las Vegas," say Chavez, "I met the Director for News Associates and Internship Programs for CBS. She provided me with first-hand knowledge about the broadcast industry and she gave me information about the various internship programs that CBS offers and how to go about applying for them. When the time came, I applied for an internship with CBS in New York and I got it!” If you're looking to find your own career or recruiting success story, then this year's NAB Show Career Fair can. Here's what you need to know to register, stand out, and hopefully give me a reason to write about you or your company's success at NAB Show Career Fair this time next year. 

March 12, 2013

High School Students, Apply to Attend GRAMMY Camp in New York or Los Angeles

I've been fortunate enough to work with a lot of great music companies as well as work with and even meet some of my favorite musicians and music business idols. Still, if you asked me what my favorite experience has been in the music industry my answer, without hesitation, would be working with the extraordinary students at GRAMMY Camp. This remarkable summer program gives high school students the chance to work with industry professionals in order to learn what it takes to become one as well as collaborate with other students to create, record, and present original material and business ideas. I still wear the camp shirt regularly just to have an excuse to tell people about it (seriously, I really am that nerdy) and I could probably write an entire book about what makes GRAMMY Camp so incredible. But, why don't you find out for yourself what makes it so great by applying. I suspect it will change your life and show you that you're capable of more than you've ever imagined. 


Description:
You could spend your summer in your hometown dreaming about being, or working with, a rockstar, or you could spend your summer actually doing it. GRAMMY Camp is a professionally-focused residential music industry summer camp for high school students. It is run by The GRAMMY Foundation and takes place in both Los Angeles and New York City (you can apply for one or both). Your days will be packed with instruction from industry experts, group collaboration, guest panelists, work in your track, performances from guest artists, good food, and preparation for a showcase performance or presentation. Financial aid is available and most students who apply for it receive some type of aid.

March 11, 2013

More Colleges Just for Music

Most jobs these days require a college degree - even one as an assistant. Between that and urging from your parents, you know you're destined for college despite the fact that you'd rather spend time on the road with your band. The good news is if that sounds like you and the traditional college experience isn't exactly something you're interested in, there are several options for schools that might make you feel less like you're in class and more like you actually are on the road with a band. These days, there are several major, and an increasing number of new, educational programs and fully recognized universities that are solely dedicate to music, the arts, or entertainment. We started last with with three examples, so let's take a look at some more options. 

Berklee College of Music
Berklee is probably the most well-known school that is solely focused on music. It is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The school focuses on contemporary music and offered the first programs in jazz, rock, electric guitar, scoring, songwriting, turntables, electronic production, and more. It also offers a number of online programs and courses. It boasts a pretty impressive list of successful alumni including more than 250 GRAMMY wins and people like James Valentine of Maroon 5, John Mayer, the members of the band Karmin, Natalie Maines of The Dixie Chicks, Joey Kramer of Aerosmith, and members of Passion Pit. Berklee has over 4,000 students and 12 different majors.

Full Sail University 
Full Sail is a for-profit school located in Winter Park, Florida. The school is nationally accredited and offers associates through masters degrees, including online programs, in areas like design, animation, business, audio, and film. It offers 40 different degree programs and has more than 16,700 students. Full Sail's mission is to "provide students with an innovative style of education, delivered by a staff of dedicated individuals, that addresses the career opportunities available in an ever-growing, constantly evolving industry." The music school includes degrees in Music Business- both on an offline, Music Production, Recording Arts, Show Production, and Recording Engineering. Notable alumni include GRAMMY and Oscar winners.

Five Towns College
Five Towns is located in suburban Long Island, New York with a small student body of less than 1,000. It started life as a business school, but today is purely focused on the arts with programs in communication, jazz / commercial music, music education, theatre, and business management. Jesse Carmichael and Adam Levine of Maroon 5 both attended this school for a time as did Wyclef Jean and Julian Casablancas of The Strokes. 

March 08, 2013

Remote Internship Opportunity with Open Mic Entertainment

Open Mic Entertainment owns three-music industry properties and are looking for some interns who can work from home to help these networks grow. 

OpenMic.US Network - The world's largest promoter/operator of live-music open mics.

A&R Network - 'Live' auditions with our scouts connect emerging talent with over 50-labels / publishers.

Moupon - Discounts on gear and services from local music merchants.


Requirements:
We're looking for energetic, outgoing, fun, responsible, people to join our team and to help take all three services to the next level.

Location:
Remote, work from home

Description:
  • Work from home
  • Computer / phone based
  • Make your own schedule
  • Work directly under the supervision of the company President 
  • Work with all three music properties
  • Work in an entrepreneurial environment in the music industry, the owners of the company have 30+ years of entrepreneurial experience. 
To Apply:
Send your resume to David Craver

March 05, 2013

Tips For Keeping Makeup on All Day at Work

Studies have shown that women who wear makeup are viewed as more competent when it comes to professional abilities (take a look at the article here). You may not love it, but there are some perks to makeup: it can make you look more awake, alert, and professional even if you'd rather crawl back under the covers and hit snooze. Still, even if makeup can be a helpful, and apparently necessary, tool in a woman's professional arsenal, it's pretty difficult to get the makeup you put on in the morning to still look good and be fully intact by 5pm. So how do you keep it on?

Primer or Powder
Starting with a makeup primer is a great trick for getting lasting makeup (and smooth skin). Primer helps prevent creases in eye shadow, helps fill in lines and pores, and keep foundation on longer. It's available in several brands ranging from drug store to designer. You can also accomplish a similar result and lasting effect by using powder before applying foundation.



Sealing/Setting Spray
Makeup sealing sprays admittedly aren't generally cheap (I don't know of a drug store line that offers one) but they are effective and since setting your makeup only requires a few spritzes, they do last pretty long. One great, decently priced, example I've used before is Urban Decay's Up All Night, available at stores like Ulta and Sephora. I've used this spray to keep makeup intact for friends' weddings, job fairs without air conditioning, and even fell asleep a few times to find it still looked ok in the morning (you can't beat that!).

Long Lasting
One of the best ways to keep makeup on is to invest in a brand that's made to last. Many brands, including Revlon, Bare Minerals, Clinique, and more offer lines of everything from foundation to eyeshadow to lip color designed to last from 12 to 24 hours. These brands are designed to having staying power and should do a better job surviving your busy work day than your average makeup.

March 04, 2013

Colleges Just for Music

Most jobs these days require a college degree - even an assistant job. Between that and urging from your parents, you know you're destined for college despite the fact that you'd rather spend time on the road with your band. The good news is if that sounds like you and the traditional college experience isn't exactly something you're interested in, there are several options for schools that might make you feel less like you're in class and more like you actually are on the road with a band. These days, there are several major, and an increasing number of new, educational programs and fully recognized universities that are solely dedicate to music, the arts, or entertainment. 

University of the Arts 
University of the Arts was established in 1876 and is located on Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts and offers programs related to performing arts, design, media, and communication. It offers 41 undergraduate and graduate degrees and has more than 2,100 students. It provides a creative environment surrounded by some of Philadelphia's most important cultural institutions like The Kimmel Center and Philadelphia International Records. The school offers degrees in Music Education, Composition, Instrumental or Vocal Performance, and Music Business. Alumni include opera and Broadway performers, American Idol contestants, and Jared Leto.

McNally Smith College of Music 
McNally Smith is a for-profit college located in Saint Paul, MN and offers various degrees and diplomas in music performance, business, live sound, music business, production, engineering, composition, and songwriting. The school is focused on music and supported by staff with real-world credits and experience, but also provides a liberal arts education. The school's cofounders set out to "take the education of popular musicians seriously" and, as a result, the school emphasizes contemporary music education and real world experience.  Today, the school has more than 600 students and a 100-member faculty. McNally Smith alumni include Bon Iver's manager. 

The School of Audio Engineering (SAE)
SAE is a private college that was founded by an audio engineer and producer. It first opened in Sydney Australia and part of what makes it an intersting program is that is now has locations all over the world including Europe, Asia, Australia, and more. Its North American locations include Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, and San Francisco. SAE offers programs in audio engineering, animation, game design, digital filmmaking and music production. It is actually the largest college in the world to focus on these areas of study with locations in 53 different cities around the world. 


March 03, 2013

Internship with LaFamos PR & Branding in Los Angeles

Founded in 2007, LaFamos PR & Branding is an entertainment PR and branding firm with a commitment to helping creative professionals take advantage of today's new digital era. The staff at LaFamos is made up of dedicated forward-thinking technology visionaries, folks who live and breathe the industry, and are as at home with social media as they are with samplers and Stratocasters. (I must say that they also have a really cool website that I could probably spend hours exploring). LaFamos is currently recruiting college students for its brand new internship program and it sounds like a fantastic way to get some hands-on experience without spending so much time using those hands to fetch coffee. Be sure to send your applications in ASAP, because this unique program is only open to three interns. 


Description:
LaFamos PR & Branding announce a brand new internship program aimed at training a new generation of entertainment publicists through a one-of-a-kind internship program.

As part of LaFamos' new internship program, students will be coached by a senior publicist at the firm on implementing knowledge gained in school. ''We wanted to create an experience that gives back just as much as it demands'' explains Hunter Scott, head of marketing & publicity for the Hollywood-based firm. ''There will be no coffee runs or paperwork filling. And though LaFamos has always taken a different approach, we wanted to aim even higher and give our interns a truly unique experience.''

Publicity interns who are accepted into the internship program will shadow one of the senior publicists at LaFamos, learn how to research appropriate press outlets, master creative writing and essentially do the same work any staff member would be doing, in preparation for a full time in the fields of Public Relations and Marketing. Interns will also receive their own company email address and reach out to press outlets for a hands-on experience.


Requirements:
  • Able to work three full days (9am - 5:30pm) per week.
  • Applicants have completed at least one year of college. 
  • As with any PR work, much verbal and written communication is involved. Please possess excellent English skills if applying.
  • This is an unpaid position.
Location:
Los Angeles, CA 

To Apply: 
To apply for a real-world experience with LaFamos PR & Branding, email us your resume today.

March 01, 2013

Nominate Your Favorite Music Teacher for the First-Ever Music Educator Award, Presented by The Recording Academy and The GRAMMY Foundation

Music teachers play an incredibly important role in a world where arts-education budgets seem to be on the decline. A great music teacher can help a shy student become a confident young adult or provide an outlet for someone going through a tough time. They can make the difference between life-long joy through music or a promising talent left un-pursued. They can make you believe in yourself and in your seemingly crazy dreams when no one else does.  Is there a music teacher who made a positive difference in your life and encouraged you? If so, consider nominating them for the first Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and The GRAMMY Foundation.


On this year's GRAMMYs, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Seacrest, and Neil Portnow announced a new award dedicated to recognizing music educators and their important role in a student's musical experiences. Nominations are open now until April 15, 2013.

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