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Dubtronica Vol. I is a fresh look at electronic dub music from Colorado producer, writer and musician Devon Kurzweil

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DENVER, Colo. /Advertising & Marketing News/ -- NEWS: Colorado based record label, Luxuryville, is set to kick off the fall surf season with their newest record, Dubtronica, Vol. I, a fresh look at electronic dub music. Celebrating the millennium, a newer more electronic dub sound has emerged; it combines authentic reggae rhythms, old-school dub sounds and newer electronic beats. This aptly titled style is called: Dubtronica.

When you think of good dub music, old-school artists like King Tubby and Lee "Scratch" Perry may come to mind. Labels such as Trojan Records and Fire & Ice capture that telltale dub sound that is legendary. As the years have progressed, newer artists like Black Uhuru and Dub Syndicate have added their own style, expanding the boundaries of what is "dub" music.

Instrumental up-tempo beats, classic horn lines, scratchy political lyrics and deep half-time reggae grooves permeate the sound of Luxuryville's newest release, Dubtronica, Vol. I. There are even a few horn and guitar solos thrown in for style. The music segues seamlessly from double-time electronic beats into half-time old-school reggae riffs and bass lines, and then back again.

Every one of the eight tracks brings something new into the dub equation, experimenting in ways perhaps not yet imagined. Above all, the album's sound is fresh, memorable and turns the wheel another revolution in the dub world.

In a landscape full of incredible dub artists and reggae grooves, Luxuryville Records humbly pays homage to the dub genre and adds a little bit of their own spice. We hope that you will join us in the celebration and release of Luxuryville's long awaited dub album release, Dubtronica, Vol. I.

WHO IS BEHIND DUBTRONICA?

Colorado producer, writer and musician Devon Kurzweil is the driving force behind Luxuryville. A multi-instrumentalist and talented guitarist, Devon creates and performs the majority of the music featured on the new album. Dan Levin (Air Tight Experiment, Fina Dupa) handles the vocals flawlessly, as if reggae was his main gig. Adding even more color, the fine horn section of Soul School were brought in for those classic reggae horn lines. Dubtronica, Vol I., is the long awaited culmination of Devon's many surf trip musings and music explorations around the globe.

For additional information please contact Devon Kurzweil at (303) 667-1190. See more of the album at http://luxuryville.net/ .


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Jeff Fest Celebrates Chicago’s Regional Craft Beer at 2014 Arts and Music Festival

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CHICAGO, Ill. /Advertising & Marketing News/ -- NEWS: Two Chicago neighborhood breweries are among the key sponsors of this year's Jeff Fest Arts and Music Festival. Lagunitas Brewing and Lake Effect Brewing are showing their support for Chicago and its communities by participating in the festival in Jefferson Park, from July 25-27, 2014.

Lagunitas recently opened its second Brewery and TapRoom outside of California, and it's in Chicago. "We are thrilled to partner up with our Chicago neighbors and to have the opportunity to support community events such as Jeff Fest," said Karen Hamilton from Lagunitas. "And while our beer has been in Chicago for the last nine years, it's great to be able to now be a part of the exciting local beer scene."

Craft beer consumption is up, and local breweries and bars are quickly becoming popular places to visit and have been very supportive of local events. Jeff Fest is setting itself apart by serving local brews and engaging with the local breweries to show how they are part of the community.

Lake Effect Brewing Company was founded by Clint Bautz and Lynn Ford and is located at 4727 W. Montrose, Chicago, truly local. "Providing great, fresh beer is what we specialize in and our customers on the NW side are our biggest supporters. We see ourselves as the local brewery and are honored to be serving our craft at Jeff Fest," said Bautz, CEO and Co-Founder.

Jeff Fest is presented by 45th Ward Alderman Arena, Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Jefferson Park Advisory Council and the Chicago Park District along with media partner 93.1 WXRT Chicago.

What better to go with a cold beer than some ribs from Gale Street Inn? As a Jefferson Park business and proud Jeff Fest sponsor, Gale Street Inn's popular food will be among the taste offerings at the Fest. In addition to key sponsor Gale Street Inn, there will be food offerings from:
* Bob Cha Food Truck
* Caponies Food Truck
* Chicago Cupcake Food Truck
* Creative Cooking
* Fischmans Wagyu Wagon.

There will be something for everyone with food, beverages, entertainment, art, and fun for the kids. Vegetarian options will be available.

Jefferson Memorial Park is located at 4822 N. Long Avenue, just west of Milwaukee Avenue. Fest-goers are encouraged to take public transportation, as the Jefferson Park Metra and CTA Blue Line transportation hub is just a block from the festival grounds. Plenty of bike racks also will be available.

The event is chaired by Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce Board members who volunteer their time for this community event. Proceeds from the festival support local student scholarships and Jefferson Park business-focused events. To date, 25 scholarships have been awarded to local students.

Road closures: Linder Avenue will be blocked off between Higgins and Lawrence Avenue for the three-day festivities.

The fee for admission is $7 per person, or $5 before 5 o'clock. Children ages 12 and under are Free. Coolers and liquor are not permitted. Festival hours are Friday, July 25 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, July 26 from Noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday, July 27 from Noon to 10 p.m. Lawn chairs welcome.

For more information, go to http://JeffFest.org/ .

Be sure you are the first to hear of announcements and plans for Jeff Fest and follow @JeffFestChicago on Twitter and at Jeff Fest Arts and Music Festival on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jeff-Fest-Arts-Music-Festival/96599731822 .


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The Los Angeles Music Network (LAMN) announces a returning sponsor of its upcoming ROCK and URBAN LAMN Jam Music Contests

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HOLLYWOOD, Calif. /Advertising & Marketing News/ -- NEWS: The Los Angeles Music Network (LAMN) is delighted to announce a returning sponsor of its upcoming 2014 ROCK and URBAN LAMN Jam Music Contests ("LAMN Jams") happening this spring in Los Angeles. Send2Press(R) Newswire, a unit of Neotrope(R), will again be the official press release service, helping to take LAMN Jams to a new level.

The Los Angeles Music Network's "LAMN Jams" are back. Launched in 2005, LAMN Jams go beyond traditional showcases by featuring artists performing original songs, followed by instant critiques from a panel of industry experts. LAMN Jams emphasize creativity and originality, featuring music written by artists themselves (no covers). Past winners include Aloe Blacc, The Mowglis and Grammy(R) award-winning songwriter Tim Fagan.

"We're always excited to be a part of the LAMN Jams," says Christopher Simmons, CEO of Neotrope(R), and a member of ASCAP and PRSA. "These are exceptional opportunities for rising stars to gain exposure and get usable feedback on their talent from respected industry pros."

"Of all the press release services we have tried over the years, Send2Press has proven to be the most effective," says LAMN President Tess Taylor, "and we are thrilled to have them on board again for 2014 to help market our event and, more importantly, to help the winning artists of our contest raise visibility to both traditional and social media."

You are invited to attend the LAMN Jam Pop/Rock Preliminary Music Contest #1:

Admission to attend the preliminary rounds (URBAN and ROCK) is free, but please RSVP on the LAMN website. You may also RSVP by calling 818-769-6095.

This year, artists compete for a Career Launch Package valued at almost $40,000. Artists and their performances are evaluated by our panel of industry experts, and the top 3 artists advance to the Semi-Finale to compete for the Grand Prize Package.

LAMN Jam Music Contests are open to the public (21+).

WHAT:
LAMN Jam Pop/Rock Music Contest Round 1.
Six (6) bands perform, three (3) advance to the Pop/Rock Semi-Finale on August 26.

WHEN:
Tuesday, April 29, 2014; 8 - 11 p.m.

WHERE:
Skinny's Lounge, 4923 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601.

COST:
FREE to attend, but please RSVP. (21+). No admission without RSVP.

QUESTIONS? 818-769-6095; or visit:
http://www.lamn.com/?page_id=90&task=form&id=213 .

Upcoming LAMN Jams and Events:
* April 29, 2014:
- Pop/Rock #1 (8 p.m.)

* May 27, 2014:
- Urban/Hip-Hop #1 (8 p.m.)

* June 24, 2014:
- Pop/Rock #2 (8 p.m.)

* July 29, 2014:
- Urban/Hip-Hop #2 (8 p.m.)

* August 26, 2014:
- Pop/Rock Semi-Final (8 p.m.)

* August 27, 2014:
- Urban/Hip-Hop Semi-Final (8 p.m.)

* September 30, 2014:
- Pop/Rock Finale (8 p.m.)

* October 1, 2014:
- Urban/Hip-Hop Finale (8 p.m.).

Top Industry Experts Judge Talent:

LAMN invites all pop/rock and urban artists to submit original music to perform for a panel of top industry experts and receive instant live critiques, and compete for almost $40,000+ in prizes and priceless exposure opportunities. These include gear, professional services, first-look recording, distribution and music publishing deals, as well as first-look consideration to take a slot on the Epic Proportions Tours.

Past winners include Aloe Blacc, The Mowglis and Grammy(R) award-winning songwriter Tim Fagan.

Artists register online at http://www.lamn.com/ or call 818-769-6095 now. Submission fee is $25 for LAMN Members and $50 for Non-Members. Become a LAMN member now for only $25 a year.

Almost $40,000 in prizes plus priceless exposure opportunities! Get the full scoop at: http://www.lamn.com/?page_id=1944 .

About LAMN:

The Los Angeles Music Network (LAMN), now in its 26th year, promotes career advancement, education and good will among artists and creatives. We sponsor industry gatherings, workshops, private dinners and seminars with top executives; publish bulletins which feature interviews and business coverage of the music industry; and provide professional development opportunities and career services, such as job listings and a Mentor Network, to our members. LAMN has grown to include members from around the nation and the world.

About Send2Press:

Send2Press(R) (www.Send2Press.com) is a leading online-based newswire service launched in 2000, providing Direct-to-Editors(TM) targeted news distribution, professional press release writing, along with measurable social media marketing with every project. The service is offered by Neotrope(R), a 31-year old entertainment, PR, and brand-identity company, based in Torrance, Calif. Neotrope was an Inc. 5000 listed company in 2009, is a member of GS1, is listed with the RIAA to generate ISRC codes, and has an A+ Rating with the BBB. The service is unique due to its core staff consisting of working journalists, musicians, and accredited PR professionals.

As a sponsor of 2014 LAMN Jam Music Contests, Send2Press will provide professional press release services to the winners (to include media dissemination, SEO, hand submission to social networks, and more) and support marketing for the LAMN Jam series. Additionally, all LAMN members receive 10% off most Send2Press services.


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Don’t Get Crushed by Candy Creeps: Slingshot Candy Shooter is a NEW Free iOS Game Designed for All Audiences

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DETROIT, Mich. /Advertising & Marketing News/ -- NEWS: There's a new candy in town for iOS and it's super sweet! Slingshot Candy Shooter released by U.S. Publications, Inc. is a free HD game for iPhones and iPads (iOS). Designed for people of all ages - play alone or play with family and friends. Multiple players can face off on Facebook or a single player can have a little fun and simply unwind.

New for iOS, "Slingshot Candy Shooter" tasks players with hitting as many candy men as they can. Rocks are fired from a slingshot that is easily controlled with a tap of the finger. Just pull the slingshot's elastic back and release.

A practice mode gives players the lay of the land and from there, the sky's the limit. With unlimited levels, players can aim high. The game also saves previous levels achieved, so players don't have to start from scratch each time they play.

"Players can also unlock different features within various levels to make it even more challenging as they go," Simon Gojcaj, president, U.S. Publications, Inc., says. "There's enough variety between levels to keep Slingshot Candy Man enjoyable for a long time."

Players rack up points based on distance and damage. And, a rocket launch feature can quickly catapult your score. Players can only move to the next level once they have filled up the points' meter at the top of the screen.

Zoom play, replay features, catchy music and bold colors all make this free game an easy one to get hooked on. It will satisfy any sweet tooth and players are sure to be addicted in no time.

To get the free game, visit: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/slingshot-candy-shooter-free/id843285370 .


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DJ-Producer Rodger Forrest as the Latest Artist to Join Valiant Horizon Record Label

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ATLANTA, Ga. /Advertising & Marketing News/ -- NEWS: Atlanta-based record label Valiant Horizon today announced that Rodger Forrest is the latest musician to join its artist roster. With a number of EDM recordings and European DJ performances already under his belt, Rodger is positioned to take the dance music world by storm. Influenced by many genres, he comfortably produces music in a number of spaces including electro, trance, deep house and progressive.

In addition, Rodger's DJ work includes performances in Holland and on the Baeleric island of Mallorca right near Ibiza.

Rodger's first Valiant Horizon single "Blue Bay" is an intoxicating EDM gem set for worldwide release today.

Rodger recently moved to Willemstad, Curacao after years of living in Breda, Netherlands - which happens to be the home also of two current DJ Magazine top 10 DJs Tiesto and Hardwell. So he certainly comes from a place that has an established history of cultivating top-notch DJ and EDM talent. With his current life in Curacao, Rodger is embracing his Euro music roots while intertwining them with his present country home where he currently has a DJ residence at Mambo Beach Club.

Working in so many areas of the dance music realm, Rodger has an interesting music production style where he may start off by playing a melody on his keyboard or piano and build from there to determine the style of music it may become - as opposed to at the start - which can make for surprising and striking results. From calm and suave synth lines to ear-pleasing trance and deep/electro sounds, Rodger produces a unique mix that is ripe for the dance floor as well easy electronic listening outside of the club world.

Focused mainly in the deep tech/trance space, Rodger's first Valiant Horizon single "Blue Bay" is an intoxicating EDM gem set for worldwide release on November 26, 2013 via major online retailers including iTunes and Amazon.

About Rodger Forrest:

Rodger Forrest is a 22-year old rising Dutch DJ/producer on the international electronic dance music scene. After years of practicing with multiple digital audio workstations, Rodger decided in 2012 to study at an established music production studio and is now a professional studio engineer and beat producer. With his own unique sound consisting of elements such as electro, trance, deep house and progressive, he is certainly making a powerful statement with his music through his stunning capability of combining different melodies into one peaceful harmonic concept. In addition, he has a number of DJ performance credits including ones on the Baeleric island of Mallorca near Ibiza and also in Holland. Rodger currently resides in Willemstad, Curacao after years of living in Breda, Netherlands. Because Rodger is still young and fresh with his music, we expect to hear a lot more from him and his EDM tracks in the years to come.

Learn more about Rodger Forrest: https://www.facebook.com/RODGERFORREST .

About Valiant Horizon:

Valiant Horizon is an emerging U.S.-based brand out of Atlanta, Georgia. As both a music label and production unit - as well as communications organization - the company has a mission to deliver quality top-notch releases in the house, techno and trance genres for the worldwide dance music community. Covering everything from high energy sounds to progressive terrain, Valiant Horizon seeks to explore and promote the varying fascinating facets of today's ever-changing electronic dance music scene in its own unique way.

Find out more about Valiant Horizon: https://www.facebook.com/valianthorizon .

Hear a preview of "Blue Bay":
http://soundcloud.com/rodgerforrest/bluebay-preview


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Neuro Alert Announces Completion of TV Program on Importance of Neuromonitoring During High-Risk Surgery

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WESTCHESTER, N.Y. /Advertising & Marketing News/ -- NEWS: Neuro Alert, a N.Y.-based healthcare organization providing neuromonitoring services for surgeons and hospitals, has proudly announced the completion of shooting their new educational TV Show for Public Access TV and other TV networks across the New York Metropolitan area. The show will start airing around November 15, 2013 on various stations.

The 30 minute program about Intraoperative Neurophysiological Neuromonitoring (IONM) serves as a valuable guide to surgeons of all specialties, providing them with essential insights into this simple yet crucial technical procedure designed to protect patients and ensure safety during complex medical operations.

The TV Show produced by Long Island-based Multi-Media Group, took place at White Plains Cable, White Plains, N.Y. William (Bill) Boggs, an Emmy(R)-winning TV producer and journalist, conducted extensive interviews with surgeons and technicians who stressed the significance of real-time monitoring and shared their experience with this cost-effective and risk-minimizing tool.

"The program is interesting, informative and inspirational, reminding patients, surgeons and hospital administrators about the availability of sophisticated and rapidly-evolving technology," says Dr. T.V. Seshan, a founder and clinical director of Neuro Alert, who is also board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. "Fortunately, the latest technological equipment and software programs have the power to influence patient outcomes and prevent potential problems, accidents and injuries during surgery. We are glad that we are in a position to raise awareness of IONM and explain why so many people might benefit from this procedure."

The panel of experts, interviewed by Mr. Boggs, included the aforementioned Dr. T.V. Seshan, Dr. Ezriel Kornel (a brain and spine surgeon and assistant clinical professor of Neurosurgery at Weill-Cornell Medical College), Rose Auerbach B.S., CNIM (a certified neurophysiology technologist), and Dr. Joseph Annichiarico (board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation).

Intraoperative Neuromonitoring is the use of electrophysiological signals to monitor the functional integrity of nerves, spinal cord and parts of the brain during surgery. The purpose of monitoring is to reduce the risk of potential damage to the nervous system and enable surgical teams to take corrective action, if necessary. This technique has evolved during the last two decades and continues to gain momentum in the medical field.

About Neuro Alert:

Neuro Alert is a physician-owned and operated company providing intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IONM) services for surgeons, surgical groups and hospitals since 2006. The rapidly-growing Westchester N.Y.-based organization was founded by Dr. T.V. Seshan - a renowned physician, specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation and a pioneer in intraoperative monitoring (IONM).

The simple yet crucial monitoring procedures, offered by Neuro Alert, are set up to detect any neurological deficits during major surgeries, allowing surgeons to gain instant feedback about their patient's condition and avert potential adverse affects.

Neuro Alert consists of a team of experienced and highly-skilled physicians and technical professionals who work together to enhance treatment precision, reduce physician liability and ensure patient safety.

For more information about Neuro Alert, please visit http://neuroalert.com/ or call (888) 787-6267.


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Geek Powered Studios will play video games for 25 hours straight to raise money for local Austin hospital

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AUSTIN, Texas /Advertising & Marketing News/ -- NEWS: Austin internet marketing agency Geek Powered Studios will be hosting a 'geek-a-thon' starting November 1, 2013 and lasting for over 24 hours into the weekend. Geek Powered employees will be playing video games for 25 hours straight to raise money and awareness for Austin's Dell Children's Hospital - part of the Children's Miracle Network that helps treat children with serious medical conditions, regardless of the family's ability to pay.

The event is part of a worldwide movement of gamers organized by the Extra-Life organization that in 2012 raised more than 2 million dollars for the worthy cause.

"We've talked about doing a charity gaming event for a while now," said John Leo Weber, a marketing specialist at Geek Powered Studios, "so when we heard about the world wide Extra-Life movement and how it benefits kids and families in our own community - we decided that this was the perfect opportunity."

Geek Powered Studios aims to raise $1,000 this week leading up to the event, and is asking for help from the community. "We're over half way there - we just need a final push to help get to our fundraising goal," said Weber.

All proceeds from donations go directly to help local children, and donations are tax deductible.

To support the Geek Powered Studios team with a donation, you can visit their team page at: http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=12953 .

"It's a great feeling knowing that our gaming sessions are going to benefit such a worthy cause. I can't wait to game for 24 hours straight!" said the company's founding Geek and passionate gamer, Guillermo Ortiz.

About Geek Powered Studios:

Geek Powered Studios is a digital marketing agency headquartered in Austin, Texas. The company offers comprehensive marketing packages to local and national companies with services including web design, search engine optimization (SEO), Pay-Per-Click management (PPC), video production and more.

You can find more information about Geek Powered Studios at http://www.geekpoweredstudios.com/ .


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Music producer Loren Weisman

Musician and Indie Band Marketing Guru to Speak at 17th Annual Millennium Music Conference

CAMP HILL, Pa. /Advertising Industry Newswire/ — This week, at the 17th Annual Millennium Music Conference (MMC) in Camp Hill, Pa., recording industry veteran and noted music producer Loren Weisman will lead the discussion: “The State of The Record Deal in 2013: Myths vs. Reality.” Exploring what really works with up and coming bands, and solo music artists, beyond the hype.

Music producer Loren WeismanWeisman will discuss a great deal of the “behind the scenes” activity in modern A&R, and what is “really going on” as to what it really takes to thrive in today’s music business. Weisman will also discuss how regional locations such as Camp Hill, Pa. and other “hub” locations are more important to up-and-coming musicians over the larger cities.

Weisman will be available for free 10 minute coaching sessions in the main ballroom on Friday and Saturday.

As a veteran music consultant, music producer, and coach Weisman helps independent artists, musicians, bands, labels, and managers achieve sustainable success in the music business. He has contributed to over 700 albums as a producer and drummer. In addition to his work in music, Loren also maintains television production credits with three major networks and serves as a media consultant to many businesses in and out of the arts and entertainment fields.

Additionally, Weisman is the author of the new book, “The Artist’s Guide to Success in The Music Business: the Who, What, When, Where, Why, & How of the Steps that Musicians & Bands Have to Take to Succeed in Music, Second Edition” (ISBN: 978-1-60832-578-8; trade paperback; Greenleaf Book Group).

For more information about Loren Weisman, hiring him for a speaking engagement, his consulting services or his new book, “The Artist’s Guide to Success in the Music Business, 2nd Edition,” visit http://lorenweisman.com/ .

For more information about the Millennium Music Conference, visit, http://musicconference.net .

DAX LLC

Digital Asset Company serving major Hollywood studios and TV networks announces corporate rebranding, becomes DAX LLC

DAX LLCHOLLYWOOD, Calif. /Advertising Industry Newswire/ — Sample Digital, the leading provider of production workflow and media asset management tools to the film and TV industry, has announced its re-branding as DAX, LLC. The DAX name is derived from “Digital Asset Xchange” and best reflects the product, services and legacy of the company.

Major film and TV companies actively using DAX, include such companies as Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox, CBS, Showtime, A&E Networks and Lionsgate. DAX offices have recently relocated from Hollywood to Culver City to accommodate expansion while remaining close to clients at the heart of the media universe.

“Our primary product has always been DAX and now it’s aligned with the company name,” said Patrick Macdonald-King, DAX CEO, “Daily use by so many people of our platform has made DAX a household name for content creators, in the same way people ‘TiVo a show,’ or ‘Xerox a document.’ More people every day are ‘Daxing’ documents, video and stills every day.”

“Our company has seen amazing revenue growth allowing us to add top talent at all levels to serve our expanding client base,” said Macdonald-King.

The DAX online platform evolved from Hollywood roots in three start-ups: DAX Solutions (digital asset management software), Digital Dailies(R) (the trademarked innovator of online dailies), and Sample Media Services, an encoding and digital packaging service provider. In April 2007, Sample Digital Holdings secured a major round of funding and rolled up the three companies into a new entity, focused on building a next generation end-to-end workflow product for major media producers and distributors.

Designed by leading experts and incorporating over eight years of customer feedback and research, Sample Digital rolled out its new platform DAX|D3 in April, 2009. In 2011, Sample Digital introduced DAX|MOBILE(TM) with iDailies(R) exclusively for iPad, developed to meet the industry’s demand for 24/7 media consumption anywhere via iPad. After rebranding itself in December 2012, DAX is gearing up towards the release of the 4.0 version of the DAX application in January 2013.

With a view towards the growing ranks of overseas clients for its DAX platform and expanding business across global time zones, DAX pursuing a presence in China as well as a DAX office in Canada to be announced in early 2013.

About DAX, LLC:

DAX is the leading provider of targeted workflow and media asset management applications and services to companies that produce, distribute and license audio-visual and rich media content. The DAX platform is a highly-secure innovative web-based community used by most major studios and television networks for collaboration and distribution management of content during the production process, for marketing and distribution of final product, and for easily accessible library management for re-use of production elements, including video, audio, photos and documents.

The company is based in Los Angeles, close to the major Hollywood studios and networks it services. Formerly Sample Digital, in 2012 the company’s product became the company’s brand, and DAX continues to lead the industry at center of the media universe.

More information: http://www.daxcloud.com/ .

Audrey's Night Out 2012

DB3 Agency helps Audrey Magazine pull out all the stops in Audrey’s Night Out 2012 Fashion and Music event in L.A.

Audrey's Night Out 2012LOS ANGELES, Calif. /Advertising Industry Newswire/ — The iconic Barker Hangar was the site, Saturday Sept. 15, 2012 for an evening of Music and Fashion as Audrey Magazine presented “Audrey’s Night Out 2012″ sponsored by 360 Jets. Production, creation, and brand integration was provided by DB3 Agency.

DB3 is a “lifestyle marketing” California LLC. DB3 works as producer with music, fashion, and film (distributors, vendors, and lines) in a variety of areas such as product placement, brand awareness, marketing, celebrity outreach and coordination.

The 5th annual Fashion Show and Music Showcase continued its long tradition of bringing together a diverse community and industry from Music, Fashion and Film. This showcase included musical performances, hosted bar, and celebrity guests on the red carpet and the runway inside the transformed Barker Hangar.

Red Carpet arrivals included: BooBoo and Fivel Stewart, Clinton Sparks, Nataly Valenzuela, Rebecca Grant, James Kyson-Lee, Jaime Chung, Justin Cho, and other notables from the music and film industry. The notables and showcase provided exposure and awareness for A3M asianmarrow.org

The Red Carpet led to the Runway produced by Andrew Patterson with fashion lines from Richard Bowman, Rebecca Grant, Julia Clancey, and Brian Lichtenberg. Grammy(R) nominated producer DJ Clinton Sparks and music group Legaci provided current fashion inspired music sets.

Providers and gifting included Ben-Amun, NYX Cosmetics, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Mens Groom, o.n.e coconut water, Monster Energy Beverage DJ Activation, TC Charton, Smart Water, Tequila Loca, Vitamin Water, Wai Hope.

Production, creation, brand integration: db3agency – song group with event special effects and inoneproduction.

Learn more about Audrey Magazine at: http://audreymagazine.com/ .

Media and Marketing Contact:
Mark Dayoub, of DB3Agency.com, for Audrey Magazine, +1.310.403.7477.

No celebrity endorsement claimed or implied.

G-Man Marketing 10th Anniversary 2012

Music Industry Marketing Expert, G-Man Marketing, Celebrates Decade of Entertainment Hype

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /Advertising Industry Newswire/ — Whether you call it publicity, media relations or hype, everybody needs it and John Scott G of California-based G-Man Marketing has been providing it for a decade. G and G-Man Marketing have created work for Verizon Wireless, Goodyear, Auto Club, General Dynamics, Shakey’s Pizza, Toyota of Orange, and more. In addition, G collaborated with Doug Colosio, Scott Joss and Merle Haggard to write “Bad Actor,” a song on Haggard’s “I Am What I Am” album.

“Just by visiting the Internet, you have been influenced by our work,” states the head of G-Man Marketing (www.gmanmarketing.com). “We create and publish media announcements, press alerts, video messaging, social networking communication, and what I call ghost marketing.”

The concept of “ghost marketing” is not new, G admits. “In addition to books I’ve ghost-written, some of my most effective work has been behind-the-scenes, writing or contributing to articles or in disseminating items for others to post. Clients, especially artists, don’t have time to continually look for these opportunities online, but it’s one of the things we do. It’s time-consuming, but there’s a definite payoff if you keep at it.”

Current clients of G-Man Marketing include Shady Hill Records’ country artist Sandra Piller. “This is a terrific account because of the variety of great songs Sandra performs,” G states. “She works with writer/producer Jane Bach (hits with Reba McEntire and Jo Dee Messina among others) and there are videos of Sandra doing songs by The Doors and Fleetwood Mac. Her cool country version of ‘Love Me Two Times’ is a trip!”

Within the past year, G has worked with Larisa Stow, Robin Hood Music, Golosio Publishing, Goodnight Kiss Music, Anisound Mixing/Mastering, FookMovie, Phil Hatten Design, Carnyville, Bella Swan Bass Society (BSBS), and Paula Franceschi. “We’re starting on a Christian music video for ‘Amazed by the Light that is You,’ a new area for us.”

The sounds of BSBS are in a series of humorous commercials airing during the Sheena Metal programs on the LATalkRadio network. The spots are for non-existent products called “Androyx,” like an Androyx energy drink and an Androyx phone (“Forget 3G, 4G or 5G, Androyx offers 157G!”).

“I love spreading the word for music, products, speeches, and events,” G says. “This work is exciting and gratifying, which makes it fulfilling to start every day!”

Learn more at: http://www.gmanmarketing.com .

BULLY movie premiere

Kids social network, Weinstein Company, and MovieTickets website team for BULLY premiere events and promotions

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. /Advertising Industry Newswire/ — To support the premiere today of the anti-bullying documentary, “BULLY,” Jackie Fame, Inc. (FAME), the leading kid/teen social network is joining forces with The Weinstein Company and MovieTickets.com. The PG-13 version of the anti-bullying documentary will open in 115 theaters.

FAME and the AMC Cinema chain will sponsor several “Bully Movie Events” across the country, with selected theaters offering free admission to a one-night “Bully” awareness event – with the continued goal of involving parents, students, educators, and advocates in the movement to ending bullying.

In addition, with every “Bully” ticket purchased through www.MovieTickets.com FAME will provide a free download of its book “Kid2Kid, Keepin’ it Safe Online” (ISBN: 978-0-675-50025-6) made available for the NOOK and Kindle eBook formats. “Kid2Kid” includes great advice for young people about staying safe online, and includes a chapter about preventing bullying in cyberspace and in everyday life.

“We are happy to join The Weinstein Company’s ‘Bully’ campaign to help raise awareness about the serious effects of bullying. We hope to help inspire kids from around the world to stand up to bullying,” said Zachary Swauger, age 13, FAME co-founder.

“This has always been a mission of the Jackie Fame network,” added Joshua Swauger 11, FAME co-founder. “In 2011, we launched ‘We Have the Power’ at www.WeHaveThePower.net – a grass roots awareness movement about the terrible effects of bullying on school-aged kids. We recorded an original song, produced by DJ Boom and Hip-Hop recording artist G-Money. We wrote the lyrics to express how deeply concerned we are about bullying and its effect on our peers.”

The FAME co-founders hope all school-aged kids and their parents will see “Bully” and join together in the fight to stop all forms of bullying.

Directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, “Bully” is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary. At its heart are those with huge stakes in this issue whose stories each represent a different facet of America’s bullying crisis. “Bully” follows five kids and families over the course of a school year. Stories include two families who have lost children to suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14-year-old daughter who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus.

The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, which has released such popular franchises as “Scream,” “Spy Kids” and “Scary Movie.” Together TWC and Dimension Films have released a broad range of mainstream, genre and specialty films that have been commercial and critical successes.

MovieTickets.com (www.movietickets.com), the worldwide leader in advance movie ticketing, offers moviegoers a quick and convenient way to purchase tickets, while serving as a top destination for movie news, reviews and trailers. The Company currently enables consumers across 17 countries/territories, including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Argentina, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean to buy movie tickets online, from any mobile device or by phone at 877-789-MOVIE.

Jackie Fame (www.JFame.com) continues to expand its Jackie Fame(R) brand with the national retail launch of the FAMEbody personal care and cosmetic lines, BrandFAME apparel lines, FAME50.com merchant platform; and Face-the-Fame, FAME America!, the online music and talent contest. In 2013, FAME is launching its FAMEgirl salon in selected cities.

The mission of the Jackie Fame Network is to be the leading teen social networking destination with the largest, most engaged audience and community. The network will be supported by its unique position as one of the strongest, most valued brands focusing in the highly coveted kid-teen audience.

Jackie Fame is a privately held company and is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina with offices in Los Angeles, Calif.

Jackie Fame(R), FAME50(R), JFame(R), FAMEbody(R), Face-The-Fame(R) and FAMEVision(R) are registered trademarks of Jackie Fame Inc. All other trademarks acknowledged.

To learn more about Jackie Fame network, please visit http://www.JFame.com .

NARIP UK

NARIP says London is fertile community for advertising industry seeking new music

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. /Advertising Industry Newswire/ — NARIP, the National Association of Record Industry Professionals, president Tess Taylor this month led a delegation of creative music executives from New York to London for meetings to create new opportunities for music in advertising.

NARIP brought music supervisors from two leading multi-national advertising agencies, Ryan Fitch (Music Producer for Saatchi & Saatchi North America) and Jessica Dierauer (Executive Producer of Music and Creative Content for Young & Rubicam), to London to conduct a series of sold out educational programs for the British music industry. These programs created an opportunity to develop relationships and encourage the use of British music in American national and global advertising campaigns.

While in London the group was featured at four music acquisition sessions for global brand and advertising campaigns, and met with music organizations and government agencies, including the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), the Association of Independent Music (AIM) and the Music Publisher’s Association (MPA), which work to promote and strengthen the protection of Intellectual property rights.

Last year’s London sessions with Hollywood music supervisors Andrea von Foerster (Grey’s Anatomy, Chronicle, 500 Days of Summer) and Chris Mollere (Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars) sold out.

Seeking Music For Global Advertising Campaigns:

Fitch and Dierauer actively seek music for current advertising campaigns, and music publishers, record company executives, personal managers and others will present to them in London for consideration. Such music placements generate licensing fees and public performance royalties to their creators and owners, stimulate CD and digital sales, increase consumer awareness and media interest, and can provide an important vehicle for developing new artists to recognition and success.

“We have created a new access point that wasn’t available before,” says Tess Taylor President of NARIP and creator of its Music Supervisor Sessions. “Our sessions have sold out in four cities and yielded multiple placements for participants including in the #1 box office film Chronicle, True Blood, Dexter, Don’t Trust The B—- In Apt. 23! and more.”

“British music has always enthralled me,” says Fitch. “From Led Zeppelin and the Who to Dubstep, I always try to be aware of new music trends from the Mother Country before they become mainstream here in the States. I look forward to meeting people in London who can help me discover new sounds for my projects!”

“England has always been a musical goldmine,” says Dierauer. “The best bands hail from there, and I always keep my ear open to what’s going on across the pond. Current favorites include Metronomy, PJ Harvey, SBTRKT, Summer Camp, Still Corners and WU LYF.”

About NARIP:

NARIP promotes education, career advancement and good will among record executives. Based in Los Angeles, NARIP has chapters in New York, Atlanta, San Francisco, Phoenix, Houston, Las Vegas, Philadelphia and London, and reaches 100,000+ people in the music industries globally.

John Scott G

G-Man Marketing takes on end of the world with 2012 music promotion offerings

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /Advertising Industry Newswire/ — With the end of the world “scheduled” to take place later this year, Los Angeles-based G-Man Marketing is partnering with its entertainment industry services clients to offer special reduced rates in public relations, song writing, audio mixing and mastering, radio advertising, graphic design, live music promotion, music distribution, newswire services and more.

In a promotional event called “Lower the BOOM on Prices,” G-Man Marketing and their clients “have lowered pricing by 12% starting 02.12.12,” G says. “While many marketing companies raised their pricing this year by 15% or more, we took the opposite approach. We chose 02.12.12 to start the promo, as it’s one digit lower than 12.12.12, which is our way of being optimistic.”

“No matter how the world concludes this year, whether from Galactic Alignment, the Mayan Calendar, Nostradamus, or some cataclysmic combination, we will all be there for you with special reduced rates on the services you will need to get your business started again,” states John Scott G from G-Man Marketing.

G continues, “Additionally, a second part of the promotion will run from the ‘end of the world’ all the way through to the end of the year.” Among the offers that will apply from December 21 to 31, 2012, are the following: G-Man Marketing will provide public relations services for free. Send2Press.com (a service of Neotrope(R)) will disseminate the media announcements for free. Country artist Sandra Piller will sell her album at half price. Country songwriter Jane Bach will co-write a song for free. Matt Forger will mix and master a song for one-third off.

Sheena Metal, host on LATalkRadio, will create a radio commercial for your product. In addition, her Carnyville live music event will let your band play two sets for free, “even if all your fans have expired,” notes Ms. Metal.

Goodnight Kiss Music is offering half off music consultations. Robin Hood Music offers free song downloads. Phil Hatten Design will create a logo for free. FookMovie will create a free music video. And a spokesperson for Golosio, the music publishing firm, says “We will pitch your song to whatever film and TV projects are still available, although they probably will just be basic cable.”

Some restrictions apply for the second part of the promotion only: “First, the world must actually come to an end on or about December 21,” G said. “Second, you’ll have to figure out how to get in touch with us during the ten days in question because we’ve had no assurances from the phone companies that they’ll be doing anything at that time except figuring out how to charge you for unused minutes.”

For more information about all the firms and individuals in this story, please contact John Scott G of G-Man Marketing. “Please remember,” G states, “the world may end but good hype is forever.”

More info: http://www.gmanmarketing.com .

Jonas Music

Jonas Music Services has announced its first ‘Worst Press Kit Contest’

NEW YORK, N.Y. /Advertising Industry Newswire/ — Jonas Music Services this week announced its first “Worst Press Kit Contest” for 2012, with one selected winner receiving a custom designed press kit package worth $700. To improve on musician marketing gone bad, the winner will be awarded a custom designed, tri-fold kit printed on glossy cardstock and coordinating CD face to accompany the kit (CD duplication not included). One round of unlimited revisions and 100 full color kits are included.

Musicians and bands interested in entering the competition should mail their most disastrous printed press kit to Jonas Music Services by February 29, 2012 along with the complete online application form available at: http://jonasmusicservices.com/worstkit.php .

Jonas Music Services’ Executive Director, Dr. Ann Lathan Kerzner, explains, “Press Kits are so essential in the marketing success of musicians and bands, but they are often poorly understood by the groups creating them. This competition is a fun way to draw attention to the making of a successful print press kit.”

Jonas Music Services LLC is an entertainment and arts marketing agency located in NewYork. Founded in 2004, the company serves musicians, entertainers, bands, agents, publicists and entertainment companies world-wide. Marketing and promotion services include websites, electronic press kits, social media solutions, print work, advertising, email promotion, CD design and much more.

More information about Jonas Music Services is available at http://www.JonasMusicServices.com or at 1-800-897-1774.

creative guru Juliet Annerino pin-up

Ron Paul Presidential Campaign Gets Leg Up with Calendar Girls

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /Advertising Industry Newswire/ — The “Pin-Ups for Ron Paul” 2012 calendar produced by L.A.-based creative guru Juliet Annerino has arrived, just in time to give Paul’s campaign and supporters a “leg up” on the competition. Twelve women from all across the country are featured; students, writers, artists, and businesswomen, every one an outspoken activist for peace and freedom – this sexy collection of female activists is the most innovative way to spread the message of 2012 presidential candidate Ron Paul.

The calendar, which was independently produced and not affiliated with the official Ron Paul Campaign, includes quotes from great statesman, authors and visionaries like Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Ernest Hemingway, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., along with quotes from Dr. Ron Paul on current and timeless issues.

The calendar’s creator, Juliet Annerino (shown in the bikini photo), explains, “This is a pretty package for a powerful message. Peace + Freedom = Beautiful!”

20 percent of all proceeds go in support of Dr. Paul’s run for the presidency in 2012. The calendar was recently featured on The Colbert Report, Politico.com and the New York Daily News.

Juliet Annerino, along with several of the Los Angeles-based Calendar Girls are hosting a “Holiday Party with the Pin Ups for Ron Paul” free event in Hollywood, Wednesday, November 30, 7 p.m.- 11 p.m. at Cafe Entourage, 1600 Vine St., Los Angeles, CA 90028.

For ordering info, pictures and video, see: http://www.PinUps4RonPaul.com .

Tim Sheridan - Boys of Spring

Crowd-Funding a Film: ‘Boys of Spring – The Movie’

MESA, Ariz. /Advertising Industry Newswire/ — Long-time Chicago Cubs spring training P.A. announcer, Tim Sheridan, has partnered with Kickstarter.com to help complete a documentary film over 25 years in the making. Fans can donate to help get the film finished. “Boys of Spring – The Movie,” follows Tim on his journey with the iconic, hard-luck, Chicago Cubs as both he and the Cubs attempt to reach their ultimate dreams.

The film is full of behind the scenes, never-before-seen footage shot by Tim as he worked next to Cubs legends like Harry Caray and Ron Santo. As Tim puts it, “There’s more to a team than the games they play.”

“Boys of Spring – The Movie” is nearing final production; however funding is needed for official release of this unique documentary to fans. Tim says, “Kickstarter seemed to be the best way to get Cubs fans involved in the production of the film. As a die-hard Cubs fan myself, I know how important our team’s legacy and history is. Kickstarter gives fans a rare opportunity to contribute to that history.”

To be a part of “Boys of Spring – The Movie,” fans can donate as little as $10 using an Amazon.com account. As a thank you, fans will receive a copy of the Boys of Spring documentary before its official release next spring. There are a range of donation levels and rewards available on Kickstarter.com, including Cubs memorabilia and your name in the movie’s credits. With a significant donation ($3,000+), Tim will personally announce your child’s little league game, speak at an event, or name you as a producer of the film.

Boys of Spring isn’t about a team winning or losing. It’s about something deeper. An examination of life on its winding path and how, in spite of perceived failures, there is happiness and success. Cub fans will find joy this season and for years to come with the Boys of Spring film by donating and claiming their place in Cubs history. An epic World Series drought can’t stop the faithful Cubs followers, who know better than anyone – “There’s always next spring!”

About Boys Of Spring:

“Boys of Spring – The Movie” is the first documentary film rooted in the history of the Chicago Cubs spring training. For over 25 years, Cubs spring training P.A. announcer, Tim Sheridan, has been documenting his up-close-and-personal experience with the Cubs. The documentary is full of behind the scenes, never-before-seen footage shot by Tim as he worked next to Cubs legends like Harry Caray and Ron Santo. Unlike other sports documentaries, “Boys of Spring – The Movie” delivers a compelling and innovative first person narrative that spans decades. The film is scheduled to release in spring 2012, and will be available on DVD. Read more about Tim Sheridan at www.boysofspring.com

About Kickstarter:

Featured in CNN, Wired, and The New York Times, Kickstarter.com is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. Every month, people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields.

California Copyright Conference holds Brand Slam! music marketing event in Los Angeles March 8

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /Advertising Industry Newswire/ — Exploring the monetary and creative marriage of corporate brands with music and the movies, the California Copyright Conference (www.theccc.org) will present a panel event called “Brand Slam!” on March 8 in Los Angeles (Sherman Oaks). The CCC is pleased to be presenting several of the innovators who are bringing entertainment and brand marketing into meaningful and profitable relationship through brand integration.

Major artists routinely extend their brand into clothing, perfumes and other types of licensing arrangements, and now emerging artists may grow their own brands as they play an important role in brand marketing campaigns. In addition, audio has become a vital element of a company’s brand identity, affording additional opportunities for artists to participate one more business aspect of the music business.

“The positive side of the digital demise for traditional music marketing is a dramatic rise in companies creating opportunities for artists, publishers and labels to market in new and nontraditional ways,” states Cheryl Hodgson of the Hodgson Law Group, and Past President of the CCC. “Artists, talent and music itself are now important partners in brand marketing and enhancing the brand message, while affording a platform for greater exposure of creativity,” Hodgson adds.

The panel, which will be moderated by Hodgson, “will provide a thought-provoking and inspiring evening for artists, publishers, labels, attorneys, advertising pros, and brand managers,” she notes.

Speakers set for the evening are:
Kyle Hermans, Brand Innovation Strategist, Synecticsworld. He has worked within the innovation, advertising and marketing arena in both full service advertising and concept design in his native South Africa, Europe and the US. His recent clients include Levi Strauss, Cisco, Nestle, Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser, J&J, TD Bank, Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut, Coke, Powerade, Google, LinkedIn, and Queensland Rail.

Jody B. Friedericks, Vice President & Executive Creative Director, DMI Music and Media Solutions. He oversees all creative for the six divisions of the company, including the interactive division, all new business pitches, and the brand strategy work for blue chip clients ranging from Nestlé, Delta Airlines, General Mills, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Cisco, and Ford.

Jennifer Lyneis, President, UE 3 Promotions. She was AC record promoter of the year in 2008 and has worked with artists such as Jack Johnson, Brian McKnight, Nelly Furtado, and Barry Manilow. UE 3 is a leader in artist development, radio promotions, corporate sponsorship and music licensing for film, television and video.

Bruce Sterling, AEI Entertainment. Writer, producer, musical and artistic director to superstars and emerging artists including Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Pink, Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, Nelly Furtado and others, he is also producer of special events including Grove Summer Concert Series and The American Idol Tour.

Greg Weisman, Silver & Friedman. Serving as “outside general counsel” for more than 100 brands in the apparel, footwear and accessories communities, he also represents several high-profile musicians, athletes, actors and celebrities in connection with their merchandising, endorsement, branding and other non-entertainment and off-the-field business endeavors.

Cheryl Hodgson, Hodgson Law Group (panel Moderator). Hodgson has participated in several landmark cases related to trademark and music-related matters, including cases involving entertainment trademark disputes. Her practice focuses upon deals in the music and entertainment industry, Internet and new media, licensing, endorsements and international brand protection strategies.

When and Where:This special CCC program will take place Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, 15433 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 (near Sepulveda & Ventura Blvd., just West of the 405 freeway). The parking entrance is on Orion Avenue and parking is free with validation at the event. Check-in is at 6:15 p.m., cocktails begin at 6:30, dinner at 7:00 with the presentation to follow. Cost is $40 for CCC members and college students with I.D., $50 for non-members.

About the California Copyright Conference: The California Copyright Conference was established in 1953 for the discussion of copyright-related areas pertaining to music and entertainment. The CCC encourages, fosters and promotes an interest in all materials relating to copyrighting and other protection of intellectual and creative properties.

MCLE credit is available for all CCC programs.

To reserve a seat for the March 8th dinner program, or for more information on The CCC, visit http://www.theccc.org or call 818-379-3312.

Music Computing Inc

Helping Indie Bands Promote New Music: Neotrope and Music Computing Partner for Promo Offer

AUSTIN, Texas /Advertising Industry Newswire/ — Austin-based tech start-up Music Computing recently announced a strategic partnership with California-based PR and brand marketing company, Neotrope(R) to launch a program to help promote indie bands and musicians who purchase Music Computing’s products during 2011. As part of this partnership, customers who purchase Music Computing products including their iKeyDOCK(TM) system compatible with Apple MacBook Pro notebooks and Windows 7 PCs, StudioBLADE(TM) music keyboard instruments, MotionCOMMAND(TM) LCD touch panels for multimedia, and CoreMC(TM) high-performance computers, will also receive free online promotion through Neotrope’s Send2Press(R) Newswire service.

Additionally, customers will be featured on MusicIndustryNewswire.com as well as numerous online media and social network portals worldwide.

“We’ve been working with Neotrope to help build our own brand,” said Music Computing’s founder and CEO, Victor Wong. “And our customers can now also benefit from this same expertise to help promote their band, album, website, concert tour, or whatever. Simply by purchasing a Music Computing product, they get free publicity with the help of a 30 year old marketing company.”

“I’ve been a fan of Victor’s for many years,” said Neotrope(R) founder and CEO, Christopher L. Simmons, a member of ASCAP and PRSA. “His various ventures over the years in both the technology and music industry have been both innovative and notable. With this new partnership we will begin to find interesting ways to align our various music industry capabilities to benefit indie bands and artists.”

Offer is valid on purchases of new hardware products from Music Computing from Feb. 10 through Dec. 1, 2011 and has approximate retail value of $90. Proof of purchase required and free service must be used in 2011. Service may be exchanged for discount on higher level premium services. Additional terms/conditions of offer provided to customer on delivery of MC product(s).

About Music Computing, Inc.:

A fully U.S. based company with local just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing capability, Music Computing designs, develops, and supports its products in-house. Products can typically ship within 7 days of an order being placed.

Victor Wong, with more than 20 years of industry expertise, brings his computer music and electronics design and development prowess to Music Computing, Inc. His mission for the company is to invent new technologies and to integrate them with proven standards leading to the best possible instruments for musicians, educators, and studios. For more information, visit: www.MusicComputing.com .

About Neotrope:
Since 1983 Neotrope(R) has delivered services to raise organization awareness including brand identity, marketing, public relations (PR), and SEO services. Neotrope is also an entertainment publishing company involved in books, music, software, and online portals. The company pioneered the concept of search optimization of press release content back in 1997. Neotrope was an INC. 5000 company in 2009. More information: www.Neotrope.com .

4 Styles Enter-Active Systems

Interactive Book Marketing Service Engages and Envelops the Visitor in 3-D Environment

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. /Advertising Industry Newswire/ — JAF Industries this week announced a new solution for bringing a reader into an interactive environment to engage them about a book, or any other type of product. 4 Styles Enter-Active Systems, a division of JAF Industries, recently released an interactive tool that allows potential consumers to preview books and other products in a manner that appeals to all four learning styles: auditory; kinesthetic; visual and reading/writing.

Posed with the challenge of marketing his new book, “Falling Apart” (ISBN: 978-160-594-3954), author Ken Brown gathered together a team of learning experts to design a tool like no other – 4 Styles Enter-Active Systems – to help authors, publishers and companies to promote and market their books and other products.

“This very cool and revolutionary new marketing tool prompts the user to click on images, colors and messages. During this time, music and voice overs entertain the user and he or she must follow directions to get to the next level,” says Brown.

In the case of this launch design, each level provides book teasers and excerpts to draw the user deeper into the story, which eventually ends up leaving him or her wanting more.

For example, in the book preview for “Falling Apart,” the user begins in a contemporary living room setting where he or she must click on seven items before advancing to the next level. Each item, when clicked on, reveals part of the story.

“Each preview can be custom designed to meet the needs of the client,” says Brown. “So many companies and individuals can benefit and truly need this tool to introduce their books or other products.”

Brown explains that this interactive tool can be applied to just about any product that someone wants to promote.

About the Creators:

Ken Brown brings nearly 40 years of experience of customer service to life with his unique belief that a customer is more than just a number. And, while technology has changed, his philosophy has not. His ideas and innovations have brought him success in business with each successive endeavor he has undertaken. Never forgetting his abilities as an artist, in 2009 he co-authored the fiction book, “Falling Apart” and then launched 4 Styles Enter-Active Systems.

Ken’s wife, Tammy, is a teacher and co-author of “Falling Apart.” Wanting to find new ways to promote and encourage people to read, she used what she learned teaching, going to school, and writing to also help start 4 Styles Enter-Active Systems.

For more detailed information about 4 Styles Enter-Active Systems, visit: www.enteractivesystems.com .

Loren Weisman book

Marketing Your Band – New Book: The Artist’s Guide to Success in the Music Business

SEATTLE, Wash. /Advertising Industry Newswire/ — “The Artist’s Guide to Success in the Music Business” (ISBN: 978-1-935359-33-3) was just released by author Loren Weisman. The book is a detailed analysis of the subjects that all musicians should understand and apply in order to pursue a successful and sustainable career in music. Full of ideas and practical advice, this book provides comprehensive details on how to optimize success and achieve sustainability and self-empowerment in today’s music business.

From production and performance to marketing and career-building, this book instructs artists on how to take the hard-earned lessons of a fellow musician and put them to work in their own careers. This book has already received favorable reviews from several industry veterans such as Scotty Moore, Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz, JC Conga and many more.

“It is going to be a harder road than you thought, and short-cutting, half-assing, and second-guessing will only hurt your career in the end. Step out, step up, and step forward. If you can’t take those three steps, you don’t belong in today’s music business,” says Loren Weisman.

Murl Allen Sanders states, “Loren Weisman’s book is, in a word, comprehensive. It is an impressive book chock full of practical advice for musicians interested in being successful in the music business. It covers every aspect of what emerging artists need to know.”

Additionally, 25% of the book sales revenue goes each month to a different charity organization for their continued dedication to independent musicians and music education. This month’s (April 16, 2010 to May 16, 2010) donation is going to The Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Read more about Youngstown at www.youngstownarts.org .

Title – The Artist’s Guide to Success in the Music Business
Subtitle – The Best Moves for the Roughest Odds
Author – Loren Weisman
Type – Paper Back – 6″ x 9″
ISBN-10: 1-935359-33-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-935359-33-3
LCCN: 2010903762
Page Count – 423
Book Web Site – www.artistsguide.net .

SPOC 2010

Authors and Self-Publishers Learn Secrets of Book Publishing and Marketing from 15 Experts at SPOC 2010

SANDPOINT, Idaho /Advertising Industry Newswire/ — The second annual Self-Publishers Online Conference (SPOC) gives entrepreneurial writers, authors, and publishers the opportunity to learn from experts in book publishing from the convenience of their own office. At SPOC, everyone is encouraged to “Live Long and Publish!” This three-day virtual event features expert speakers on May 12, 13, and 14, 2010.

Authors and self-publishers can attend SPOC when they have time in their schedule. There is no charge for a Basic Attendance pass. Attendees can wander the virtual exhibit hall, take part in online conversations, attend informative teleseminars, participate in Q&A roundtable discussions, and discover helpful information about writing and publishing quality books.

Fifteen publishing experts will offer information and advice for both aspiring and veteran self-publishers:
* Kate Bandos, publicity expert who has worked with hundreds of publishers and authors will talk about “DIY Book Promotion”
* Peter Bowerman, author of The Well-Fed Self-Publisher will explain how to “Build Your Own Well-Fed Empire”
* Susan Daffron and James Byrd, owners of Logical Expressions, Inc. and author of Publishize: How to Quickly and Affordably Self-Publish a Book that Promotes Your Expertise will discuss how to “Finish Your Book the Publishize Way”
* Janet Goldstein, a NYC-based publishing and strategy consultant will present the “Platform Manifesto for Authorpreneurs”
* Mark Victor Hansen, co-author of the best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul books will share “Wealthy Writers Wisdom”
* Hobie Hobart, co-owner of Dunn and Associates will explain how to go from “Book Cover to Blockbuster Brand”
* John Kremer, author of 1001 Ways to Market Your Books will present “Book Promotion 101: The Secrets to Book Marketing Success”
* Mark Levine, author of the Fine Print of Self-Publishing: The Contracts and Services of 45 Self-Publishing Companies Ranked, Analyzed, and Exposed will explain “How to Avoid Publishing Pitfalls”
* William Patterson, internationally recognized book marketing, business and wealth coach will share “How to Turn Your Product Line into a Fortune”
* Dan Poynter, self-publishing guru and the author of the bestselling Self-Publishing Manual will discuss “Self-Publishing Past, Present, and Future”
* Fern Reiss, author of the Publishing Game series of books and director of the International Association of Writers will explain “How Self-Publishers Can Thrive in Today’s Publishing Climate”
* M.J. Rose, international bestselling author of 10 novels and creator of AuthorBuzz promotion service will reveal how to “Buzz Your Book”
* Penny C. Sansevieri, media relations expert and author of Red Hot Internet Publicity will present “How to Leverage Social Media for Profit”
* Peter Winick, consultant to thought leaders, authors and gurus will explain how to “Develop and Execute a Strategy to Monetize Your Platform”
* Marcia Yudkin, creative marketing expert and author of 11 books will present “Writing Without Angst.”

Attendees can register online at www.SelfPublishersOnlineConference.com . A free Basic attendance pass gives participants live call-in access to the teleseminars and a log in for the exhibit hall and seminar handouts. Paid Standard and Premium passes offer access to the seminar recordings and a wide range of bonus materials.

About the Self-Publishers Online Conference:
The Self-Publishers Online Conference (SPOC) is being put on by Logical Expressions, Inc. (www.LogicalExpressions.com). SPOC gives sponsors an opportunity to showcase products and services to attendees who are seeking information about how to become a self-published author. The event consists of teleseminars with self-publishing experts and a virtual exhibit hall and conference rooms, which feature sponsor, exhibitor, and speaker information. More information is available at www.SelfPublishersOnlineConference.com .

About Logical Expressions, Inc.:
Logical Expressions is a software and publishing company based Sandpoint, Idaho that is owned by Susan Daffron and James Byrd. The company offers affordable books, software, tools, and services that help businesses with print and online publishing projects. In addition to publishing its own series of books, Logical Expressions offers book production and consulting services to help guide people through the steps to become successful independent self-publishers.

Event sponsors include Neotrope®, whose Send2Press® Newswire service (www.Send2Press.com) will be providing both promotional services for the event, as well as discounts on book promotion packages for attending book authors and small publishers. See SPOC Web site for more information.

The Reverb Store

Audiolife and ReverbNation Create the ‘Reverb Store’ – the Ultimate eCommerce Solution for Music Artists and Labels

NEW YORK, N.Y. /Advertising Industry Newswire/ — ReverbNation, the leading marketing platform for more than 450,000 artists, labels, managers and venues, has partnered with Audiolife, the leader in direct-to-fan eCommerce, to create the Reverb Store. The Reverb Store is a complete direct-to-fan eCommerce offering that is accessible to every ReverbNation artist at no charge. The Reverb Store allows artists and record labels to design an unlimited number of physical and digital products online, and then offer them for sale without spending a single dollar up front to generate inventory. The products are produced on-demand when they are ordered, then delivered straight to the fan.

The Reverb Store“ReverbNation has been building toward this goal since day one. We wanted to provide a single turnkey solution for the serious musician that allowed them to promote, build and manage a fan-base, and transact business with them,” said Michael Doernberg, CEO of ReverbNation. “Audiolife shared our vision. The Reverb Store allows artists to layer a purchasing opportunity into every fan interaction they have online, whether it’s at Facebook, MySpace, a blog, or the band’s own Web site.”

Brandon Hance, Founder and CEO of Audiolife adds, “Artists need solutions that can help them grow their fan base and convert those fans into customers. The Reverb Store is the total package, combining the best of ReverbNation and Audiolife. With potentially hundreds of thousands of artists and labels using the Reverb Store, Audiolife can stay focused on innovating and enhancing the commerce and merchandising capabilities of the product.”

The Reverb Store is currently in private Beta, and will be publicly available at ReverbNation.com in October:

The Reverb Store is free to setup and run.

ANY Artist can open a store, create as many custom items as they want, and operate the store for free. No monthly minimums, no monthly fees.

There is no inventory to buy up front, and no hassles.

Artists create unlimited ‘virtual’ inventory for merchandise, CDs, ringtones, and downloads, for sale in the store. Items are produced and shipped (or downloaded) when a fan makes a purchase. It requires no cash up front, no storage of inventory, and no packaging or shipping by the artist.

Comes standard with integrated marketing and promotion tools.

The Reverb Store is woven into the very fabric of ReverbNation’s leading marketing and promotion system, making it the only store that can help drive more sales right out of the box.

Works on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and more.

Reverb Store works on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, home pages, blogs, and more. It’s easily deployed as a widget, application, email or hyperlink – so fans can buy from wherever they live online.

Customizable look and feel.

It’s about the Artist’s brand, not ours. The Reverb Store can be customized with the Artist’s own background, header bar, and more, helping to build the Artist’s brand, and allowing the store to fit seamlessly into Web sites, blogs or social networks.

Artists can buy their own products in small batch or bulk.

Whether the need is 30 customized t-shirts for the next show or 3,000 t-shirts for taking on tour, Artists can tap into their own Reverb Store at competitive wholesale and bulk prices.

Artists, Labels, or Distributors interested in learning more about Reverb Store can send an email to: ReverbStore@reverbnation.com .

Media inquiries:
Mike Doernberg (ReverbNation)
919.682.9593
Press[at]ReverbNation.com .

About ReverbNation:

ReverbNation provides the innovative marketing platform that musicians need to compete, cooperate and stand out in an increasingly noisy online environment. Unlike typical closed communities, artists use ReverbNation as their home base for approaching marketing and promotion across the Internet as a whole – be it via social networks, blogs, email, IM or the artist’s homepage.

Tools like FanReach Pro, Street Team Manager, Fan Exclusives, and a vast array of widgets and social networking applications give the artist the power to spread their music and information virtually anywhere. Real-time stats provide a 360-degree view of how the music is spreading, who is listening, and which fans are actually passing it on to their friends and posting it on their pages. ReverbNation empowers Artists to take their music to the people, no matter where they spend their time online.

For more information about the company, please visit www.ReverbNation.com .

About Audiolife:

Audiolife is the leading Direct-to-Fan eCommerce platform that empowers independent artists and record labels to cost-effectively make money by selling CDs, merchandise, digital downloads and ringtones with no upfront inventory costs. The first-of-its-kind eCommerce platform facilitates selling products “on-demand” directly to fans via portable storefronts on Web sites, blogs, and social networks. No other platform, specifically created for artists, provides a worldwide, one-stop-shop solution for custom promotion, manufacturing and distribution.

For more information about Audiolife, please visit www.Audiolife.com

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WhiteFlash Diamond Contest Movie Tie-in with ‘My Life In Ruins’ Winner Announced

HOUSTON, Texas — The results are in! In a contest based on the hit Fox Searchlight Pictures film “My Life In Ruins,” WhiteFlash.com, the Internet’s premier online jewelry retailer, found their site flooded with close to 12,000 hopeful winners of a diamond right hand ring. In this touching and titillating tale of self discovery and love, Nia Vardalos, star of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” plays a tour guide named Georgia who has lost her “kefi” (Greek for “mojo”) in the new film “My Life in Ruins.” Georgia subsequently travels to her homeland of Greece leading a ragtag group of travelers and a quirky bus driver. She eventually finds herself, and Mr. Right, in what was the ruins of her life.

WhiteFlash movie promoThe Diamond Right Hand Ring Sweepstakes, which celebrated the June 5th release of the movie, ran through June 30th and allowed visitors to the WhiteFlash.com site to enter with no purchase necessary. The contest playfully urged entrants to let their brilliance shine so that they could find their inner self and hopefully Mr. Right. In a surprise twist, the winner had already found HIS Mrs. Right!

Sean Dockett, hailing from Mount Royal, NJ, was selected as the Grand prize winner of the Staggered to the Right diamond ring. Featuring six brilliant WhiteFlash ACA diamond melee diamonds, this stylish ring was going to be a surprise gift for his lucky wife.

About WhiteFlash

WhiteFlash.com is the first company in the U.S. to offer an exclusive brand of Hearts & Arrows diamond and bring the sheer beauty of “super ideal cut” to the Internet. Debi Wexler, a computer entrepreneur founded WhiteFlash.com in 2000 bringing an expansive selection of loose diamonds to the Internet, including an exclusive brand of Hearts & Arrows diamonds. ‘A Cut Above’ (ACA(TM)) is unmatched in its brilliance, fire and sparkle and remains the only Hearts & Arrows diamond sold online with advertised standards and a “true patterning” guarantee.

WhiteFlash also offers original, handcrafted platinum and gold settings, diamond engagement rings and wedding bands, custom designs and specialty jewelry.

Insight Research Corp

Market Research: Streaming by Entertainment Industry Will Generate $78 Billion Over Six Years

BOONTON, N.J. — Streaming video and music distributed across the Internet, an IP TV network, or a mobile handset will generate more than $78 billion in network-derived and content-derived revenue into the U.S. markets over the next six years, according to a new market research study from The Insight Research Corporation. Streaming media refers to the transmission of digital audio and video files over an IP network or wireless network in real time or on-demand, while prohibiting users from storing the files locally.

Insight Research CorpInsight’s market analysis study, “Streaming Media, IPTV, and Broadband Transport: Telecommunications Carriers and Entertainment Services 2009-2014,” describes the technology and market forces underpinning the network-derived revenues generated from distributing streamed content across the public Internet, content distribution networks, cellular networks, or telco IP networks. The study also estimates the revenue from the various types of content-derived revenues, along with associated advertising revenue. The streaming market is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 27 percent over the next five years, driven by on-demand audio, on-demand video, and the accompanying advertising revenue.

“Over the past seven years as we’ve tracked the developments in streaming it has evolved from an esoteric niche to a mainstream market,” says Robert Rosenberg, Insight Research president. “What we predicted way back when is coming to fruition. The advertising revenue that long supported traditional TV is gravitating to this new medium, putting downward pressure on traditional TV distribution schemes,” Rosenberg concluded.

Insight’s report examines the following market drivers: licensing issues, broadband Internet access, mass-market demand, and enterprise usage. Forecasts include revenues for the U.S. market by network services, including digital rights management (DRM), encoding, and performance measurement; and by content services, including advertising, music on-demand, Internet radio and video on-demand.

An excerpt of this research report, table of contents, and ordering information are online at:
http://www.insight-corp.com/reports/IPTV09.asp .

This 158-page report is available immediately for $3,995 (hard copy). Electronic (PDF) reports can be ordered online.

Mutiny Pictures

Mutiny Pictures reports busy winter and spring with key accounts, specializing in online branded entertainment

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Mutiny Pictures, a Los Angeles-based film company specializing in online branded entertainment and webisode production, made several company announcements through founder Michael Pierce on recent high-profile projects that showcase their branding capabilities and post-production expertise. Mutiny Pictures director Kenny Stoff recently teamed up with U2 to document the launch of the band’s first album in five years. “3 Nights Live” featured a three day, whirlwind tour from Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston where the band mingled with fans and the media in a Q&A session hosted by Shirley Manson. The Boston stop culminated with an intimate, live performance featuring songs from U2’s new record “No Line On The Horizon.”

Mutiny PicturesIn addition to U2, Kenny Stoff was reunited with Interscope Records’ artist Eminem to create a 30 minute program of original content for the making of his new video. “We Made This” is the lead single from his latest LP, Relapse, and is currently appearing on MTV and M2. Stoff and Eminem previously collaborated on the MTV hit “Making the Ass” which featured the puppetry of Crank Yankers and performances by Sarah Silverman and Jimmy Kimmel.

“We know we can rely on Kenny Stoff and the Mutiny Pictures team for great creative with quick post production turnarounds,” remarked Michelle An of Interscope Records. “We trust them with our most prominent artists and they continue to impress.”

Stoff also directed the music video “New Classic” for Razor & Tie Records’ Selena Gomez and Drew Seeley. The track is from the soundtrack of Disney’s “Another Cinderella Story” and has, to date, attracted over 500,000 views on YouTube.

Company directors Stephen Brown and Erin Brown also teamed up to direct the music video for The Strange Familiar and their song “Courage Is.” The music of The Strange Familiar is currently being featured on the ABC show “Secret Life of An American Teenager.” The music video takes a subtle, heartfelt and credible approach to teen pregnancy and the adversity of life.

Added Pierce: “It’s exciting to work with such a wonderful group of artists and I’m extremely proud of the work Kenny Stoff, Erin Brown and Stephen Brown have created. I am looking forward to the second half of 2009 and continuing to push the limits of traditional and new media.”

About Mutiny Pictures

Mutiny Pictures (www.MutinyPictures.net) is a turnkey production through post-production solution for film, television, commercials and title sequence needs. The company offers a unique pairing of experienced directors and high-end visual effects and post production. Client accounts include J. Walter Thompson, McCann Erickson, ABC, Sony BMG and Universal Music Group, T-Mobile, GM, Lexus, BBDO, Team One, David and Goliath, and DDB.

Audiolife Sponsors the PureVolume.com House in Austin

AUSTIN, Texas — Audiolife, an Artist Services platform designed for indie artists to sell music online and on-demand to fans, has announced that it will officially sponsor The PureVolume.com House in Austin, Texas. The sponsorship will provide Audiolife with the opportunity to offer its groundbreaking web-platform to PureVolume’s extensive list of indie artists surrounding the most highly anticipated interactive music conference of the year.

From March 13th – 21st, Audiolife will be one of the sponsors of the 4th Annual PureVolume.com House event (www.PureVolume.com/TheHouse) taking place at 2nd Street and Trinity in Austin, Texas. The event, which spans 9 days/nights and boasts 50+ performing bands, an open bar, and the latest after hours during the music festival, sets the perfect stage for unsigned artists to interact with Audiolife and learn about their innovative technology, tools, and resources specifically designed for musicians.

“We are extremely excited for this chance to team up with one of the most highly respected web-based promotion platforms in the music industry,” remarked Brandon Hance, Founder and CEO of Audiolife. “PureVolume’s reputation for being on the cutting edge of the industry precedes them, and we believe this sponsorship provides a unique opportunity for us to reach artists from all over the country.”

“The PureVolume.com House is a great way for Audiolife to reach thousands of independent artists,” added Josh Rowe of PureVolume. “The free tools and apps they offer definitely empower musicians to take control of their careers, and I’m excited to see how artists will respond and utilize their platform.”

About Audiolife

Audiolife (www.Audiolife.com), a division of Inhance Media, is an Artist Services Company founded in 2005 by USC graduates Brandon Hance, Aaron Wiener, and Nishit Rathod. Based in Los Angeles, California, the company is currently in public beta and continues their dedication to empowering artists through new technology solutions.

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Audiolife, an Artist Services Company, has built a new technology platform that will change the way indie artists sell CDs online

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Audiolife (www.Audiolife.com), the Los Angeles-based Artist Services Company responsible for the development of a new media web-platform specifically designed for indie artists to sell music online and on-demand to fans, has released an in-depth report of findings on the future of selling CDs online. The report, “The New Way to Sell CDs Online: More Cost-Effective, Flexible and Profitable,” compares the Audiolife model to competitors like CD Baby and Nimbit, and provides clear quantitative data to support the advantages of using Audiolife.

The data proves that artists who sell up to 2,500 CDs online will make more money through Audiolife than they would through traditional CD distribution outlets. There are currently hundreds of thousands of artists selling their CDs online that don’t sell more than 2,500 units. In fact, the average artist on CD Baby sells less than 5 CDs per year. This new model offers a cost-effective alternative that will allow artists to spend money on marketing themselves rather than upfront merchandise costs.

“Our goal with this report is to educate artists, record labels and the industry at large about the practical and economic advantages of using the Audiolife platform,” stated Brandon Hance, Audiolife Founder and CEO. “We believe that artists should be focusing on creating and marketing great music rather than worrying about logistics, vendor management and up-front merchandise costs.”

In addition to the financial advantages, the report explains the practical advantages of Audiolife such as speed to market, creative flexibility, and the removal of inventory management. This empowers artists to sell new products such as EPs, custom CDs for fans, and live concert albums that wouldn’t have been available otherwise.

To download the Report visit: http://tinyurl.com/AudiolifeReport .

About Audiolife

Audiolife (www.Audiolife.com), a division of Inhance Media, is an Artist Services Company founded in 2005 by USC graduates Brandon Hance, Aaron Wiener, and Nishit Rathod. Based in Los Angeles, California, the company is currently in public beta and continues their dedication to empowering artists through new technology solutions.

[tags]indie music sales, sell CDs online, CEO Brandon Hance[/tags]

OSCAR Winner James Marsh

Maximum Entertainment Team Member Wins OSCAR®

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Maximum Entertainment – a New York based boutique commercial advertising production company – is celebrating an Oscar® win for one of its directors, James Marsh. Marsh received the Academy Award on Sunday for best documentary for his film “Man on Wire.” The film is a partly dramatized re-telling of an outrageous plot by a group of French artists to rig a high wire between the Twin Towers for aerialist Philippe Petit to perform on in 1974. Marsh was not the only one of Maximum’s directors to receive Oscar nominations. Fellow Academy Award nominee and Maximum Entertainment director Gus Van Sant received an Oscar nod for his directing of the movie “Milk” – which won a best actor award for Sean Penn.

Maximum Entertainment is a collective of filmmakers started by renowned cinematographer Harris Savides and 20-year veteran producers Jim Czarnecki and Maria Gallagher. With a combined experience not only in commercial production but also in the worlds of feature film, documentaries, TV, and marketing and branding, Maximum Entertainment is about bringing a fresh perspective to commercials, TV and new media projects.

Czarnecki and Gallagher were elated over the two Academy Award nominations and in particular over the Oscar win by James Marsh: “Because of his background in both documentary and feature films, we see James’s strengths as a film-maker as being able combine these two worlds; making spots that are both stylistic and authentic.”

“He is able to get strong performances from real people and realistic performances from actors, and with the added plus of being a writer / director and expert researcher, he is a natural for developing long form projects that could be the basis for a series of 30 sec spots. Now that he is available again after finishing his current film, Nineteen-Eighty, we’re looking forward to working with him on commercials in the upcoming months.”

For more information, visit: http://www.maxentfilms.com/ .

[tags]Maximum Entertainment, commercial advertising production, director James Marsh[/tags]

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Urban Fashion Retailer, Jimmy Jazz, Launches Tie-in Promotion for Film ‘Notorious’

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Jimmy Jazz, a leading urban fashion retailer, has recently announced a special promotion for the January 16th theatrical release of Notorious, a biopic about the late Notorious B.I.G. “Involving our chain of Jimmy Jazz stores for the promotion of Notorious is the best possible way to start 2009,” stated Jimmy Jazz Founder, Jimmy Khezrie. “Not only is Notorious a musical legend, he was born and raised in the borough of Brooklyn-home to our first store over 20 years ago. This is a win for Jimmy Jazz and most importantly… our customers.”

Jimmy Jazz BIG posterTo celebrate the release of the film, all 60 Jimmy Jazz stores will include in-store signage promoting a grand prize giveaway. The contest, which will run from the 5th to the 19th of January, will grant 1 grand prize winner a $500 Jimmy Jazz gift card and a Notorious prize pack, which will include 2 free movie tickets, signed movie poster by Jamal “Gravy” Woolard (actor who portrays The Notorious B.I.G.), soundtrack, and more. In addition, 5 lucky runner-ups will each receive a pair of Notorious movie tickets. Participants may enter at any Jimmy Jazz location or on line at JimmyJazz.com.

Contest Link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=Ogem0y_2fS0o4y_2fuXx926TiA_3d_3d

Concluding the promotion, Jamal “Gravy” Woolard will make an in-store appearance at the 520 Fulton Street Jimmy Jazz location in Brooklyn, New York on the 23rd of January between 2:30-4:00 p.m. Jimmy Jazz shoppers will have the opportunity to meet the star of the movie and receive a autographed poster by Jamal.

Aside from special promotions, Jimmy Jazz is also prepping for the launch of its first e-commerce site, which will debut in the spring of 2009. The company promises to bring in-demand fashion brands to its web store, while keeping its online shoppers connected with the latest lifestyle content.

NOTORIOUS Theatrical Trailer and Soundtrack Spot (Videos): http://www.youtube.com/notorioustv

For a Jimmy Jazz location near you, please visit, http://jimmyjazz.com/stores/

About Jimmy Jazz

Based in Brooklyn, New York, Jimmy Jazz stores are well known throughout the eastern United States for over 20 years. They offer uniquely inspired original urban fashion, accessories and shoes with high energy and style.

Stores feature premier lifestyle brands including Ed Hardy, Laguna Beach, Timberland, Monarchy, Adidas Originals, Creative Recreation and DC Shoes, to name a few. They receive merchandise daily from vendors who are creating the hottest styles and colors, providing an ever-changing showcase of the newest fashion available for men, women, and kids.

[tags]movie tie-ins, Jimmy Jazz stores, Notorius BIG, Jamal Gravy Woolard, urban fashion retailer[/tags]

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BETA Records Site Gives Its Users Ability to Share Advertising Revenue

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — BETARecords.com, the fast growing online music social community and upcoming TV show, today announced the launch of the first known peer-to-peer community advertising technology internally tagged by the team as “DAAN” – Dynamic Affinity Advertising Network. DAAN (patent applied for) allows any BETA Records community user to select and drag up to three ad modules onto their profile page, launching a simple interface to promote and charge a cost per impression (CPM) rate based upon traffic and reputation stats provided by BETA to each respective user’s profile page.

Beta RecordsThe placement of the ad unit is also unique in that the user can drag and position the empty ad unit anywhere in the profile page to make for a more desirable look and user experience. “At the end of the day, the user should decide what type of advertisement they want to appear on their profile page, where it goes, and the price per CPM, subsequently keeping up to 85% of the ad revenue. Our independent artists are creating massive digital brands and bringing their traffic to our community – they are entitled to decide what ads they have an affinity for and share in the profits,” states Christian Honetschlaeger, President.

Using DAAN, any company or user can then locate the most popular profiles/people in the BETA community and request that their ad artwork be inserted into the module. Immediately, an alert is sent via email and internal messaging. Once the request is accepted, the ad unit is locked into place and goes live, paying out ad revenue in real time within hours to the host.

“DAAN is an incredible feature for us and we are excited to launch, test and license this new technology as a complete system for peer-to-peer advertising,” said Rock Mutchler, CEO. “BETA’s backbone eWallet system protects both the publisher of the ad unit and the advertiser by making payments in real time against their available ‘BETA bucks,’ allowing users to place a cap on their spend – once the money is gone the current ad dissolves and the next in the queue appears automatically.”

After local testing is complete on http://www.BETARecords.com, DAAN should be available for 3rd party licensing in early 2009.

[tags]BETA Records community, Dynamic Affinity Advertising Network[/tags]

Marketing Music Through Viral Video: FookMovie Collective Completes 30 Projects

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Communications expert John Scott G (recording artist The G-Man) leads a collective of artists, musicians and videographers known as FookMovie (fookmovie.com) in the creation of wildly colorful music videos. Since opening in April, the company has completed 30 productions. “FookMovie was developed as a division of Golosio Publishing with the goal of creating more attention for songs in our catalogue,” states G, “but we have just accepted our first assignment for an artist outside of our musical family, so we’re way ahead of schedule in terms of the company’s expansion.”

All videos are posted on the company Web site in QuickTime but with links to the videos located on such social networking sites as YouTube and Veoh. In addition, FookMovie videos also appear on Blip and BetaRecords. “The adults-only videos are on Veoh because they have a category for 18+ content,” G notes, “and they are on our site with warnings about the content.

Notable productions include videos for “Bright Sun at Midnight” (Jonny Harmonic), “Keyboard Flavor Monkey” (The G-Man), “Evolution Destiny” (James Sotelo), and “Electrivicious Party Doll” (Country-Fried Funk).

About John Scott G

Scott is owner of G-Man Marketing in Los Angeles, where he consults on advertising, marketing, and sonic branding. G-Man Marketing has produced broadcast advertising for Verizon Wireless, Goodrich, The Auto Club, DIRECTV, Micron, Legoland, General Dynamics NASSCO and many others. Scott writes about marketing for the Advertising Industry Newswire(TM).

A member of The Recording Academy (www.grammy.com) and on the Board of Directors of NARIP, The G-Man has 8 albums on iTunes. He and NLG are the principal directors at FookMovie(TM), with video contributions from a wide variety of painters, filmmakers, and light artists.

Learn more online: http://www.fookmovie.com.

[tags]John Scott G, FookMovie collective, music video production, Golosio Publishing[/tags]

The Testing Group Formed by Merger of QA Industry Firms Intellikey Labs and Direct QC

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Quality Assurance industry leaders Intellikey Labs and Direct QC have merged their operations to create the testing group, inc., a leading-edge testing facility serving the digital content and commerce marketplace. This merger is the first of several strategic initiatives that the testing group plans to take to accelerate mass acceptance of break-through consumer technologies. The announcement was made by Lauren K. Evers and James Richardson, who head up the testing group as co-founders and co-owners. Terms of the merger were not disclosed.

“Combining complementary technical, research and operational expertise to optimize Quality Assurance for current and new consumer technologies is just one example of how the testing group is already reshaping the QA industry,” said Evers. “With the testing group’s integrated approach to QA, this critical service will no longer be seen as an isolated and optional step in bringing digital content to market, but rather as an activity that is nearly transparent to any step in the production process. This approach will greatly eliminate redundancies, improve quality and reduce costs. James and I are confident that the merging of our technologies and experts is taking Quality Assurance for the digital marketplace to its next level.”

“Our joining together as one Quality Assurance powerhouse reinforces the importance of leading edge, adaptable, and objective third-party testing for the expanding digital content industry,” commented Richardson. “This new entity is greater than the sum of its parts and that offers vast benefits for digital content owners and manufacturers as a whole.”

the testing group is fully operational in a state-of-the-art, custom-designed facility located in Glendale, California, 7.46 miles from Los Angeles.

More information: http://www.thetestinggroup.com.

[tags]Quality Assurance industry, Intellikey Labs, Direct QC, the testing group inc[/tags]

Los Angeles Music Network Jump-Starts Indie Music with Winners of LAMN Jam

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Though they didn’t wear Speedos like Michael Phelps, the band Starving For Gravity brought home the gold and won the LAMN Jam Grand Slam Rock Artist of the Year title. The Los Angeles Music Network competition – held during June, July and August – was Olympic in proportion, and SFG beat out hundreds of competitors. The band got these remarks from top-tier talent judges: “Extremely impressed!” “I liked you guys a lot.” I could hear this on the radio!” “A lot of mainstream crossover appeal.”

Speaking of starving, lead singer Lucas took a talent judge’s advice from Round #1 and lost over 14 pounds since June. He looked great!

Starving For Gravity Receives Career Launch Package
SFG wins a prize package (valued at almost $12,000) which includes radio airplay the band will receive on top Los Angeles rock station 98.7-FM’s Morning Show “Ozolocal Lounge on 98.7″ and everything a band needs to launch its career. Also included: the option to sign winning songs to Red Queen Music for commercial exploitation in film and TV; personal consultation in performance, songwriting, marketing and business plan development; a press release distribution package and eMediaKit(TM) from Send2Press(R); a professional photo session, resources and gear, and more. For hard-working artists with ambition and talent like SFG, these tools will speed them on their way.

Judges at the finale included one of rock music’s greatest A&R men, Tom Zutaut of Stereo Pristine Records, formerly an A&R exec at Geffen Records. Zutaut signed the most successful rock bands of recent decades including Motley Crue, Guns N Roses, Dokken and others. He once had six of the top ten Billboard albums at once: three Guns N Roses albums, Edie Brickell, Enya and Tesla. Artists he signed and developed have sold over 450 million units worldwide. Also judging talent were 98.7-FM’s Local Music Director Darren Rose, VP of Programming for Emmis Radio Properties and Program Director of Power 106-FM Jimmy Steal, and Virgin Megastore Product Manager Bob Bell.

About Starving For Gravity
Since their LAMN Jam performance in June, SFG now receives regular spins on Gary Garver’s L.A. Talk Radio show (Garver is the Howard Stern Show’s entertainment reporter). SFG beat out thousands of other bands to headline the Rock Against Diabetes show on August 22 & 23 in Las Vegas. They have also been invited to perform at the Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival in September.

Artists Make Connections at LAMN Jams
As a result of her July LAMN Jam performance, Anine “The Norwegian Sensation” was featured by Norwegian publication Seher and got thousands of hits to her MySpace page. Thanks to impressing talent judge Tom Zutaut at the finale, she now has an opportunity to record her next album with Slash, her dream come true.

At their July performance, Suicide Holiday impressed talent judge Jan Linder-Koda who personally introduced them to Director of Fox Music Sports, Jerry Davis. The band’s high-energy, hard-hitting tunes are a perfect fit for the channel. The band also won a consultation with online music marketing expert Jason Feinberg who has put their marketing campaign on track.

Impel was picked up by management following their performance. The band had broken up days before receiving the call that they had been selected to perform at a LAMN Jam. Quickly patching it up, Impel went on to win Round #1 of the Rock Music LAMN Jam in June and is going on to great things.

Future LAMN Jams
Due to an overwhelming number of entries, LAMN will schedule another LAMN Jam Contest in 2009. Subscribe free to receive bulletins at www.lamn.com or call 818-769-6095 now to be kept up-to-date.

We Love Our Sponsors
LAMN Jam sponsors include 98.7-FM, Power 106-FM, Heroin Diaries / Ovation Guitars, DDrums, Paiste America, Angel Diva Music, Red Queen Music, Home Recording Boot Camp, Justin Winokur Photography, Music Connection Magazine, On / Off Records, Onlinegigs.com, Optic Noise Music Licensing, Send2Press.com (a division of Neotrope), Propellerheads, Skinny’s Lounge, Taxi.com, Tunecore.com, Music Business Registries, Veneto West Studios and What Is Indie?

About LAMN
Now in its 20th year, the Los Angeles Music Network (LAMN), promotes education, career advancement and good will among artists. LAMN Jams give talented artists a platform to perform original material for music industry experts. These contests foster artistry and talent development, enable professional introductions and deals that advance artist careers.

[tags]LAMN Jam Grand Slam Rock Artist of the Year, music industry marketing, Los Angeles Music Network, Starving For Gravity band, music Career Launch Package[/tags]

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MMC Horror Network Creates Unique Opportunities for Advertisers to Reach Genre Enthusiasts

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Media Mayhem Corporation (MMC) announces Monday exclusive representation of the multi-tiered horror network of web sites that have film and production studios scrambling for placement of their latest projects on the small and silver screens. MMC is delivering successful campaigns hand over fist for major studios such as Warner Brothers, Lions Gate, 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures among others; in their bid to make the horror network line of sites the place for every horror fan to go to catch the most in-depth campaigns for their latest films.

The horror network is a virtual splatter filled platter of sites such as Horror.net, HorrorExpress.com, and HorrorWatch.com among others.

media mayhem corporationWith unique visits nearing the 9 million mark each month, MMC creates unique opportunities for advertisers to reach the horror enthusiast through specializing in niche verticals, standard ads, OTA (Over The Air Transfer), pre-roll impressions, interstitials, banners, and dozens of other digital media forms to reach the masses on a daily basis.

“Whether you are a fan of Freddy, Jason, Michael, or Hellboy…the network that has been weaved here cannot be matched,” says MMC Vice President, Eric Willis. “The horror industry earns billions of dollars each year around the world whether it is in first run films, DVDs, magazines, merchandise, or games. No longer is it acceptable to look at the dark side of this art as a cheap form of entertainment. There are more memorable legends made from horror films and television programming than there are of any other genre out there and it is MMC’s mission to expand the outlets capacity not only for the fans but for the creators and the film studios. Broadening the playing field will allow advertisers to take full advantage of a market that is extremely powerful right out of the box.”

MMC is providing wall to wall resources for films such as Mirrors, which stars Kiefer Sutherland, Paula Patton, and Cameron Boyce. The #1 Box Office smash Hellboy and SAW franchises and will be the sponsors of SCREAMFEST 2008 Horror Film Festival in Los Angeles. From the Slasher films to the Occult, Sci-Fi, Ghost, Zombie, Exploitation, Thriller, Vampire, and other grotesque forms of horror…the web’s deadliest network covers it all and movie studios are literally running to Media Mayhem to make sure their product will be exposed to the very eyes they are meant to appeal to.

MMC will continue to expand its vision over the next decade by not only keeping up with the latest technology and multi-platform media creations but creating their own; carving out a place in the e-commerce world from the likes that have never been seen before.

“Fusing experience, strategy, technology, and drive”

About Media Mayhem:
Media Mayhem’s slogan of “fusing experience, strategy, technology and drive” describes a full-service advertising representation firm. Their services include online and offline marketing, and event sponsorships. They specialize in building lifestyle-based advertising solutions for their clients and engaging consumer audiences through branded film, music, art, fashion, sports, technology, entertainment and lifestyle experiences, across niche vertical markets.

Media Mayhem is a firm that goes far beyond a typical online advertising network. They represent all of their publishers on an exclusive site-specific basis allowing advertising clients to customize their advertising and media buys. They allow clients to pick and choose individual websites in order to meet their campaign’s target demographic. MMC engages trade and consumer media by leveraging their access and relationships to position clients directly with the key elements that drive popular culture and create new markets of opportunity.

MMC is now recognized to maximize client investments by delivering strategic insight, direct-access relationships and execution across a broad range of global resources. They exercise professional program management throughout their enterprise to deliver flawless results, utilizing the latest in technology, creative services and design to produce cutting-edge environments and experiences for clients – all turnkey and on budget. They maintain a successful track record supporting major corporations with a wide range of strategic and tactical communications programs and projects.

MMC believes that in order to be heard, brands today must engage consumers not only through traditional media, but through live and experiential platforms that speak to the lifestyle which each consumer embraces as their own. They believe lifestyle, music, fashion, film, sports and art are the core passion points of the consumer lifestyle, and form the building blocks for using media as a vehicle to capture mindshare, market share and media for client brands.

This is an advertising representation firm that believes that a company’s media, promotions and public relations strategy must integrate with its advertising strategy. Campaigns that are scalable and broad in scope, both culturally and demographically, and attract enormous media coverage and continue to grow as consumers look for ways to engage in new and nostalgic experiences with family/peers.

As such, they focus on using online and offline initiatives as a medium that delivers an ongoing emotional attachment between companies and their target consumers to drive brand awareness, brand loyalty and brand demand.

[tags]Eric Willis, Media Mayhem, MMC Horror Network, SCREAMFEST 2008 Horror Film Festival[/tags]

Heavy Air Music Inc. at the Forefront of Miami’s Indie Music Scene

MIAMI, Fla. — With the music industry desperately needing a new business model, and the gap between the major and indie labels getting smaller and smaller, a new breed of indie is making waves in a big way: Heavy Air Music, Inc. With such heavy hitters as Pharell Williams, Scott Storch, Tom Lord-Alge, Missy Elliot, Lenny Kravitz, Emilio Estefan, and major companies such as Sony Music, Peer Music, Universal Music, Clear Channel, and Live Nation, Miami is quickly becoming a music industry hub – Heavy Air Music (H.A.M.) is right in the middle.

H.A.M. started in 2002 as a small production studio. Since then, it has grown into a multi-faceted entertainment company that includes production, mixing, web design, promotions, artist development, distribution, songwriting and film scoring.

With an arsenal of talent and a fresh new take on the relationship between fans and artists, this new independent plans to take the industry by storm.

“I wanted to create artists and records that listeners could relate to,” Javier Carrion, H.A.M.’s founder, explains. “I wanted to create a transparent product for the audience so they could feel a real connection at every angle.”

Javier, also a Grammy(R)-award winning mixing engineer, focuses on keeping all aspects of production in house.

“We do very little outsourcing to keep quality consistent,” he says. “We have a very talented staff.”

H.A.M. has contributed to many Grammy-winning and nominated albums. Past clients include: Barbara Streisand, Brian McKnight, Gladys Knight, Barry Gibb, and more.

Most recently, H.A.M. signed new artist, Stephanie Tiangco, who just completed her first release, “Hard Times EP,” with the new single, “I Think You Ain’t.”

Tiangco has an edge that few mainstream pop stars possess. Singer, songwriter, producer; her work has an imaginative spirit that is captured in every song. The EP is currently available on iTunes(TM); the video will be available late summer.

According to H.A.M., Tiangco will be the flagship artist for H.A.M.

The company has also recently signed on with Mystic Urchin and the nation’s largest independent distributor, Ryko Distribution. Tiangco was the first artist to be released under this new partnership.

To learn more about Heavy Air Music, Inc., visit: http://www.HeavyAirMusic.com.

[tags]Heavy Air Music, indie music labels, Miami music scene, songwriter Stephanie Tiangco, producer Javier Carrion[/tags]

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Neotrope Sponsors LAMN Jams, Brings PR Expertise to L.A. Music Competition

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Neotrope(R), an entertainment and brand marketing company, will officially sponsor the Los Angeles Music Network’s Rock and Urban Music Contest “LAMN Jams” which launched June 9th and runs through August 11th. Taking its popular LAMN Jams to a new level, LAMN invites rock artists to submit original music to perform for a panel of industry experts and receive live critiques. Monthly winners move up to the finale and compete for the Grand Prize. Those selected will perform at Skinny’s Lounge in the NoHo Arts District (North Hollywood). Performance dates: June 9, July 7 and Aug 11 (finale). Open to the public, admission is free for all dates!

Among other prizes, the winners will receive a targeted Direct-to-Editors(TM) press release campaign from Neotrope’s Send2Press(R) service (a $500 value).

NEOTROPE USA“Whether you are building a buzz or maintaining a career in the music business, there is nothing more important than getting the word out,” says LAMN President Tess Taylor, “and so we are thrilled to have Neotrope on board. Neotrope’s Send2Press service will provide the winning artists an essential building block in a successful career. Once you have your story, you need a way to tell the world, and Send2Press is an excellent way to do it.”

Top Industry Experts Judge Talent
Talent judges committed to participate include executives from 98.7-FM, Universal Music Publishing, Electronic Arts Worldwide Music, Trans World Entertainment, MySpace Records, SIXX: A.M., Angel Diva Music, Taxi and Red Queen Music (more pending). These experts have been hand-picked because they can do something meaningful for an artist’s career if they like what they hear. At past LAMN Jams, performers have had their music put in the hands of hard-to-reach music supervisors for hit television shows (by music publisher Robert Walls), been hired on studio projects (by producer Jan Linder Koda), and gotten production deals (like Jody Whitesides).

Submit Your Music Now
Artists register online at www.lamn.com or call 818-769-6095 now. Submission fee is $25 and performers compete to win prizes at monthly LAMN Jams. Monthly winners are eligible to compete for the Grand Prize.

2006 LAMN Jam Champ Hits Big Time
After winning the 2006 LAMN Jam, champion Tim Fagan was invited to tour with the Goo Goo Dolls, won the John Mayer Songwriting Contest last year, and is currently on tour with Colbie Callet. LAMN is proud to have recognized his talent early on.

LAMN Sponsors
Rock Music LAMN Jam sponsors include 98.7-FM, Heroin Diaries / Ovation Guitars, Taxi.com, Tunecore.com, Justin Winokur Photography, Music Connection, On / Off Records, Onlinegigs.com, Optic Noise Music Licensing, Angel Diva Music, Send2Press.com (a division of Neotrope), Skinny’s Lounge, Propellerheads, and What Is Indie? with others pending.

Artists Apply Online Now!

www.lamn.com

About LAMN
Now in its 20th year, the Los Angeles Music Network (LAMN), promotes education, career advancement and good will among artists and creatives. LAMN Jams give talented artists a platform to perform their original material for music industry experts. These contests foster artistry and talent development, enable professional introductions and deals that advance artist careers. LAMN is a sister organization of the National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP) which caters to record executives.

About Neotrope
Based in Torrance, California, Neotrope (www.neotrope.com) has been helping small-to-medium businesses and entertainment companies establish their brand and grow revenue since 1983. Neotrope has launched over 600 Websites since March of 1995 and has developed “patent worthy” proprietary solutions for Internet Marketing and search positioning. 2008 marks the company’s 25th Anniversary. Neotrope media properties include Send2Press(R), California Newswire(R), eNewsChannels(TM), and Music Industry Newswire(TM). Neotrope owns a record label, book imprint, online publishing news network, clothing company, and other entertainment endeavors.

Neotrope Founder/CEO Christopher Simmons is a leading authority on press release optimization, an award-winning multimedia and graphic designer, a professional journalist who sold his first article in 1984, and is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), as well as the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). A noted technologist, Mr. Simmons is frequently interviewed by organizations like Entrepreneur, Chicago Post Tribune, PC World and Trendwatch.

About Send2Press Newswire
Founded in 1997 as an expansion of Neotrope’s PR service first launched in 1983, Send2Press (www.Send2Press.com) is one of the leading online-based news release creation and distribution services helping small businesses and start-up companies reach and inform their target media. It is the only online newswire service to provide a single source for news writing, rich media, Direct-to-Editors(TM) targeted distribution, SEO+PR(TM) search engine placement, and traditional media representation (PR services provided by Neotrope). Send2Press is the only news distribution service with a staff entirely comprised of accredited PR professionals and working journalists. Send2Press was the first newswire service in the world to optimize content for search engines in 1997, using Neotrope’s proprietary ContextEngine(R) technology.

[tags]Neotrope, Christopher Simmons, LAMN Jams, Los Angeles Music Network, PR services[/tags]

Darryl Duncan, CEO of GameBeat

Chicago Area Music Production Company Demonstrates Their Versatility with General Market and Hispanic Market Campaigns

CHICAGO, Ill. — GameBeat Studios is pleased to announce they have been awarded the contract to produce the music for the Illinois State Lottery’s 2008 summer campaign. Having beaten out several competitors, this is the second year in a row this award winning music production team has been chosen to do the music for the Lottery’s summer campaign. In 2007 they were awarded the contract which resulted in two Millennium awards for the campaign called “What Would You Do?” which consisted of 4 TV spots and 4 radio spots. This year’s campaign, called “Replay for Riches,” also includes multiple TV and radio spots. GameBeat also produced other spots for the Illinois Lottery including several holiday campaigns.

Interesting is the fact that GameBeat not only produces the music for the general market spots for the lottery, but they provide the music for the Hispanic market campaigns as well. Darryl Duncan, President & CEO of GameBeat explains, “We feel that our versatility is one of our strongest assets as a company. We can produce all styles of music and we are excited to get the opportunity to show our versatility on these Illinois Lottery spots.”

Darryl Duncan, CEO of GameBeatGameBeat’s awards seem to keep stacking up. Within the last 2 years they have won a total of 13 advertising industry awards. 8 Telly awards, 3 Addy awards and 2 Millennium awards. These awards were from their work in past Wal-Mart, Illinois Lottery and Kalahari Resort campaigns.

Having worked extensively with a variety of multi-cultural agencies, Duncan is confident his company is gaining a solid standing as a general market entity without limitations. This talented production house is readily able to compose and produce all types of music and feel they are particularly accomplished in conveying a client’s creative direction into a powerful and targeted musical atmosphere.

“We feel that we control our own destiny as a company,” Duncan asserts. “We firmly believe that with high quality music production services, solid work ethics, high moral business standards, and good ole fashion prayer, GameBeat Studios will continue to solidify their position as a leading provider of custom music production services for the vast and diverse advertising industry.”

GameBeat is also featured on the cover of the May 12th 2008 issue Screen Magazine. Heightening this great honor is the fact that the article was written by the magazine’s owner and publisher Robert Leach.

To learn more about GameBeat Studios visit their website at http://www.gamebeatstudios.com or call (708) 283-8860 or email info@gamebeatstudios.com.

About Darryl Duncan:

Darryl founded GameBeat Studios in April of 1998. Darryl is a veteran songwriter/producer with several credits in the main stream music industry as a staff songwriter for Warner Brothers and A&M records. Darryl has written for and/or produced artists such as Jeffrey Osborne, Chaka Khan, EW&F, and R. Kelly to name a few. Darryl was even a solo artist himself on Motown in 1987. After several years in the main stream music industry, Darryl decided to transition his career into other arenas and after much research and deliberation, Darryl inevitably followed his passion combining music, electronic entertainment and advertising. Thus, GameBeat Studios was born.

About GameBeat Studios:
GameBeat Studios, LLC was founded in April of 1998 by Darryl S. Duncan. Our list of services has expanded along with the type of clients we serve. GameBeat originally serviced the gaming industry and have been responsible for the music and sound design in popular game titles including John Madden Football, Microsoft’s Zoo Tycoon, The Sims and Dance Dance Revolutions to name a few. However, today the vast majority of our clients are in the commercial advertising and marketing industries. GameBeat’s advertising clients include Kraft, Motorola, Volkswagen, ComEd, Wrigley’s, Tyson Foods, Altoids, The Illinois State Lottery, Wal-Mart, McDonald’s, Sears, Toyota, Miller Beer and The Kalahari Resort hotels.

[tags]producer CEO Darryl Duncan, GameBeat Studios, music for advertising, video game sound design[/tags]

Hitt Music Group and Media Riot Productions Join Forces for Music Marketing

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Bands and solo artists no longer need to feel intimated by the competitive music industry now that Hitt Music Group and Media Riot Productions have joined forces. The two met at this year’s music and media conference South by Southwest and since then have collaborated to meet the growing needs of music professionals in a creative and innovative fashion. Partnership Program to include cross promotion and client discounts.

Hitt Music Group (HMG), a placement and development agency located in Hollywood, CA, provides up and coming artists the resources necessary to connect with top industry executives, including electronic press kits and music submission. HMG’s partnership with Media Riot Productions (MRP), a Houston-based company specializing in high-end photography and video production, will offer HMG clients the opportunity to solidify their image through professional music videos and photo shoots.

As part of their partnership, MRP will offer a 10% discount to HMG referrals. As one of the top music video and photography companies in the nation, MRP will provide HMG members a professional music video and photo shoot, a crucial step in publicizing their music. In addition, MRP’s affiliation with one of the country’s biggest radio stations “The Buzz” in Houston, TX will provide HMG members the opportunity to garner airplay and industry recognition.

President of HMG David Hitt says, “With this partnership, we hope to give our members the same video, photography and graphic capabilities as major label recording artists, but at a fraction of the cost.”

HMG and MRP’s affiliation is a productive way to advance the image of music. The partnership is meant to assist in the branding of HMG member’s music through MRP’s exciting and cutting-edge media solutions. Using the latest technology for services ranging from photo shoots and television commercials to music videos and event coverage, MRP will form a personal relationship with HMG members, working around busy schedules and adjusting to budget restrictions.

Information:
David Hitt
Hitt Music Group
+1-323-230-5647

[tags]music industry marketing, Hitt Music Group, Media Riot Productions[/tags]

Signatures Network Inc lawsuit

Music Industry and Fan Marketing Firms, Signatures Network, Inc. and Live Nation, Named in Lawsuit by Former CFO

Wrongful Termination Lawsuit by Former CFO alleges that Signatures fraudulently deprived major musical artists of millions of dollars in royalty payments

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — The law firm of Rukin Hyland Doria & Tindall LLP has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the former CFO of Signatures Network Inc. (SNI) in California Superior Court (Case No. CGC-08-472337) charging that SNI wrongfully terminated him after he protested allegedly fraudulent practices at the company that deprived its musical artists of millions of dollars in royalty payments.

One of the largest music merchandising and artist fan club companies in the world, SNI holds or has held contracts with numerous major recording artists, including Madonna, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Lopez, Ozzy Osbourne, Kiss, Coldplay and Justin Timberlake.

Signatures Network Inc lawsuit The complaint charges that SNI engaged in ongoing fraudulent practices which included fraudulently charging overhead costs to artists and assessing manufactured credits against artists’ royalties.

The suit also alleges that SNI’s CFO repeatedly protested the practices to the company’s CEO and COO after learning of them, but the practices continued. The lawsuit charges that SNI later fired the CFO because of his complaints.

Last November, SNI announced that it was being acquired by Live Nation Artists, a unit of live entertainment promoter and venue management company Live Nation, Inc. Live Nation is also named as a defendant in the case.

The suit, Chantel v. Signatures Network, Inc., was filed by attorneys from Rukin Hyland Doria & Tindall LLP (www.rhdtlaw.com).

Further Information
Members of the media can obtain a copy of the complaint by contacting Stephanie Doria at Rukin Hyland Doria & Tindall by e-mail at media@rhdtlaw.com.

All trademarks acknowledged. Mention of any artist does not imply an endorsement or participation in this legal matter.

[tags]Rukin Hyland Doria and Tindall LLP, live entertainment promoter, entertainment venue management, music merchandising, artist fan club companies, Signatures Network Inc lawsuit[/tags]

Book Marketing Campaign on Don Imus Radio Show Leads to Lawsuit

NEW YORK, N.Y. — FlatSigned Press, Inc. has sued Don Imus, Infinity Broadcasting, and CBS as a result of off-script and off-color remarks Imus made while reading ad copy to promote the book on his show. The “Imus in the Morning” show was selected to be the highlight in FlatSigned Press, Inc.’s marketing of the book, due to Imus’s noted ability to publicize books. Imus’ remarks left an indelible negative mark on the publishing company’s name, FlatSigned alleges.

Don Imus’ disrespectful and disparaging remarks about President Gerald R. Ford a month after his death carried a weight of historic proportions, according to FlatSigned Press, Inc.’s Chairman of the Board Tim Miller. “Because of Don Imus’ actions, much of the public never heard about the new information President Ford left the world regarding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy,” says Miller.

Miller’s company published President Ford’s last written words on the subject in a book titled “President John F. Kennedy: The Assassination Report of the Warren Commission.” Published in 2005, the collectible hand-signed, leather-bound, limited edition book featured a forward by President Ford, who was the last surviving member of the Warren Commission.

“This book was chosen by the president to be part of his legacy, a part of his life surviving beyond his death,” notes Miller. “Don Imus damaged that legacy by using his considerable influence over the book-buying public to cast a very negative and inaccurate light on the book.”

“The issue of highest concern to me is the fact that Imus’ remarks cheapened perceptions of Ford’s last work and insulted a much beloved American president in the process,” says Miller. “Until I worked with Ford and published this book, I’d never believed in a conspiracy, and to Ford’s dying day he would never admit to or claim that there was a conspiracy, yet his comments in the forward are laced with hints that warrant thoughtful consideration that there may be more information that the Warren Commission couldn’t discuss in 1963.”

What Imus did not tell his listeners that is included within Ford’s final book is a discussion of the lingering questions and conspiracy theories surrounding the Kennedy assassination and a wide range of topics about Ford’s own life, the issues he inherited as president, the two assassination attempts on him during his presidency, his internal struggles over his Presidential pardon of President Richard M. Nixon, his analysis of the current economic climate, and his views on modern politics, including the breakdown of communications within the Central Intelligence Agency leading up to and during the September 11th attacks.

About FlatSigned Press, Inc.
FlatSigned Press, Inc. is an internet, retail rare book and publishing company specializing in the procurement, sale and publishing of rare and collectible books, first-edition signed books, manuscripts, historical documents, art, and autographs. FlatSigned Press, Inc. was founded in 1998. FlatSigned.com, went online in April 2000. The term FlatSigned was coined by author Stephen King to describe the most desirable type of collectible book: signed by the author directly on the title page without an inscription.

[tags]FlatSigned Press Inc, promote book on radio program, Imus in the Morning show, Don Imus lawsuit[/tags]

Social Media Campaign Launched by Street Attack for OurStage Facebook Application

BOSTON, Mass. — OurStage.com, an online community that allows independent musicians and filmmakers to compete for recognition and prizes by connecting directly with fans, has signed on to work with Street Attack to promote the new OurStage Facebook application. Street Attack will be launching an online viral campaign in November 2007.

Street Attack’s online campaign will adhere to the authentic nature of the OurStage community by reaching out directly to niche music groups and individuals who are into discovering new music, as well as those interested in pursuing careers in music, film, and the arts. The campaign will tap into social media avenues such as Facebook, blogs, and forums to encourage adoption of the OurStage Facebook application.

“When it comes to what’s hot in the online viral world right now, Facebook applications and independent music channels are definitely two topics that come to mind,” says Terry Lozoff, Managing Director at Street Attack. “OurStage brings these two arenas together in a unique way and gives Street Attack an opportunity to do what we’re best at – directly reach people through grassroots/viral methods and let them discover what’s new and cool.”

The OurStage Facebook application, called Talent Scout, challenges users to test their ear for talent by voting for songs that they believe are most likely to be crowd favorites. Participants in the game compete for several prizes including a grand prize trip to the SXSW Music Festival.

Street Attack (http://www.streetattack.com) is a full service marketing agency specializing in alternative and non-traditional programs and tactics. They build integrated and customized campaigns that fuse the offline and online worlds; building off the latest in trends, technologies, and media. Street Attack works with both brands and agencies to build strategies that make an impact and reach people directly. From alternative media, to experiential programs, to online marketing and creative, Street Attack provides services that are unique, edgy, and completely in tune with what is going on today.

OurStage (http://www.ourstage.com) is the only purely democratic online competition where the fans decide who’s the best in emerging music, film and video. The OurStage mission is to help talented artists achieve critical exposure by providing a neutral, trusted, game-free platform in which the true judgment of the fans drives the best content to the top.

[tags]OurStage Facebook application, Street Attack, online viral campaign, Terry Lozoff, independent musicians and filmmakers, democratic online competition[/tags]

Want2BDiscovered Gives Exposure to Indie Music Artists via Live Webcasts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Are you a frustrated musician or vocalist seeking a record deal? Are you an unsigned or indie music artist who is looking for that first big break? Want2BDiscovered.com, LLC is giving unsigned artists more exposure than any other web site and has launched a seven-month urban talent competition – the Urban Showcase Series – to help get musicians discovered and the public involved.

On June 27, 2007, Want2BDiscovered.com started a competition of unsigned music artists. Broadcast live from the Rutledge in Nashville, TN, six shows are scheduled with four contestants per show (24 in total). There will be a total of six winning contestants who will battle it out, live, at the seventh show on December 14. The finale, as well as the first six shows, will be viewable on the Want2BDiscovered web site.

The six finalists will compete to be the recipient of cash, prizes and the first place title. The remaining artists will be spotlighted on Want2BDiscovered.com’s web site and featured as an exceptional talent or rising star.

Remaining competition dates are: July 27, August 31, September 21, October 26, and November 30.

On July 27, there are four contestants and three spotlight musicians scheduled to appear live on stage before hundreds of people, and potentially, thousands via the Internet.

Showcases and competitions are live and web streamed on the web site at: www.Want2BDiscovered.com. Performances are publicly displayed for the world to view and people are encouraged to vote for their favorite artist. Musical categories cover the spectrum and include all genres: rock, jazz, blues, country, alternative, gospel, reggae and more. The focus of the Urban Showcase Series is rap, rhythm and blues, and soul.

So, how do unsigned artists join to live stream their performances? Unsigned artists simply need a Webcam, or camcorder that can be used as a Webcam, and a computer. A musical profile is required prior to signing up for this benefit.

Musical artists who want to get a free music profile can simply click on the “register your music” button on the site and follow the directions.

“And, anyone who is interested in hearing free, live, indie music from the comfort of their living rooms” Ron Link, owner of Want2BDiscovered, said, “is welcome to watch and vote online for their favorite indie music artist. We encourage interaction and want to hear from anyone and everyone who loves music and wants to hear something new and edgy.”

Want2BDiscovered has a mission to introduce the talents of unsigned, indie artists to the world. The company live streams music events to encourage record deals and to promote unsigned and indie music artists. They open up the world to unlimited discovery potential while providing interactive entertainment for people of all backgrounds and ages.

[tags]Want2BDiscovered LLC, urban music talent competition, the Urban Showcase Series, get musicians discovered, Ron Link, indie music artists, live music webcasts[/tags]

A&R Select

Indie Music Marketing Firm A&R Select Announces Winner of 12-week Battle of the Bands at BB King’s

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — A&R Select, a full service artist development and marketing firm for independent artists and bands announces that IDASAS from Redlands, California, has won the 2007 Battle of the Bands competition at BB King’s, located at Universal’s Citywalk.

For the past twelve weeks, over eighty local and regional bands performed for an industry panel of well known record labels, music supervisors, managers, music directors, and publishers. A cash prize of $2,500 was awarded to IDASAS, who will also receive local airplay on KROQ-FM (“K-Rock”), L.A.’s top alternative radio station.

“We’re ecstatic with the success of this competition,” said Mike Burns, CEO and Creative Director of A&R Select. “The support from the industry and amazing panelists who participated provided a weekly showcase environment that is much needed in this city. We look forward to making this an ongoing promotional platform for aspiring bands and artists to gain industry exposure.”

The next season of artist showcases will be moved to a yet to be disclosed venue on Los Angeles’ famed “Sunset Strip.”

A&R Select In addition to IDASAS, three runners-up from the BB King’s event (Dominic Balli, Everyday Tragedy, and Goodbye Elliot) received a free one-year membership to A&R Select (a $500 value), where their music will be considered for licensing deals for film, TV, video games, commercials, and record labels. Members of A&R Select also receive a bio, image consultation, and the popular A&R artist store where they can upload and sell their music on-line keeping 100% of their earnings.

Event sponsors included: Send2Press(R) Newswire (www.send2press.com), a unit of Neotrope(R), one of the leading affordable news distribution services for small-to-medium businesses (SMB) in the tech field and entertainment industry; Music Saves Lives(TM) (www.musicsaveslives.com), a conduit between music, entertainment and important life-saving organizations which has grown to be a trusted source for young individuals that care about life-saving issues and use Music Saves Lives to find the way to give back and reap entertainment benefits; and Music Industry Newswire(TM) (www.MusicIndustryNewswire.com), a portal for music news and industry articles including indie CD music reviews.

For more information on A&R Select, check out their website at http://www.arselect.com

A&R SELECT, 8286 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046, USA.

[tags]A&R Select, artist development, music marketing firm, independent artists and bands, Mike Burns, IDASAS from Redlands, indie record labels, music publishers[/tags]

Insight

Market Research: Content Protection Digital Rights Management Market Spending Exceeds $9 Billion Over Five Years

BOONTON, N.J. — Spending on digital rights management (DRM) software and hardware to protect entertainment, commercial software, and other information will exceed $9 billion dollars over the next five years, says a new market research report from Insight Research Corp. By the close of 2007, total worldwide spending on DRM will reach just over $1 billion, and by 2012 business spending is forecasted to grow to nearly $1.9 billion, according to the new research study.

According to Insight’s newly-released market analysis report, “Wireline and Wireless Digital Rights Management: Securing Content Distribution 2007-2012,” DRM involves the combination of software and hardware technologies that enable the content owner and distributors to assign and control rights and conditions for viewing, listening, and employing the content present in digital media and applications-be it a song, a movie, a medical or financial record, or a software game.

InsightThe study focuses on the use of DRM by wireline retail users, wireless retail users, TV and home entertainment network (HEN) users, software application retail users, as well as software application corporate users. The report notes that as the value of digital content increases, applications of DRM will increase, though at a slower rate than the value of content based on the fact that DRM pricing is not tied to the value of the protected content.

“DRM evolved over the last two decades to serve corporations that needed a means to deal with information piracy, peer-to-peer file sharing, and various regulatory requirements. So in a sense DRM did not arise to meet the needs of end users, and in fact, it may be said to have evolved to spite the end user,” says Robert Rosenberg, President of Insight.

“While organizations like Creative Commons have emerged to balance the respective-and sometimes conflicting-rights of artists and creators, media companies, and individuals who share content, by and large the focus of the DRM industry is to protect the rights of the owner of the content, not the end user,” Rosenberg concludes.

A free report excerpt, table of contents, and ordering information is available online at http://www.insight-corp.com/reports/WWD.asp. This 188-page report is available immediately for $3,995 (hard copy). Adobe Acrobat (PDF) report licenses are also available.

[tags]market analysis report, Insight Research Corp[/tags]

BETA Records

Indie Music Promotion Tool Launched on BETA Records Website

BETA Ringtone Widget allows artists to copy and paste a personalized ringtone code into any forum, blog, or website

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — BETA Records (www.betarecords.com) and founders Chris Honetschlaeger and Georg van Handel are making it possible for independent musicians to take advantage of the communication and promotional advantages of ringtones. New feature is available at no cost for any artist on the betarecords.com site.

“The new BETA Ringtone Widget allows artists to copy and paste a personalized ringtone code into any forum, blog, or website,” Honetschlaeger says. Through a custom code, artists’ pictures and songs pass into a standalone interface enabling ringtones to be sent from any Internet environment to mobile phones around the globe. Thousands of artists on the BETA Records roster can utilize this feature without charge.

BETA Records“Up until today, the ability to quickly and easily make and distribute a ringtone from a song was difficult for unsigned artists,” van Handel states. “But now it’s easy and doesn’t cost a thing. This is part of our ongoing effort to bring modern distribution and interactive tools to every indie artist across the music community,” van Handel adds.

Each advancement in distribution and promotion brings independent artists closer to enjoying all the advantages formerly reserved for artists signed to one of the four major record labels (Warner, Sony/BMG, EMI, Universal).

“Getting music to fans, friends, and professional organizations like ad agencies or radio and television broadcasters no longer depends on major label representation,” notes Honetschlaeger, “and the ringtone widget is just one more example of how indie labels are getting more ‘major’ every day.”

About BETA Records:
BETA Records actively finds, produces, and showcases unsigned artists to the music industry and distributes content to fans via digital channels. BETA offers each artist a dedicated online page with songs, photos, bio, blogging and e-mailing capabilities, the opportunity to have fans stream and/or download music, and promote their music via ringtones.

BETA Records is a 21st century blend of virtual and brick-and-mortar organizations. BETA is a Web site, record label, mobile recording facility, and a haven for DIY (do it yourself) musicians seeking distribution channels for their work.

More information: http://www.betarecords.com.

New Syndicated Radio Program Brings Independent Music to the Mainstream

IRONTON, Ohio — Undiscovered Radio Network, Inc. (www.undiscoveredradionetwork.com) has developed ‘Undiscovered’ a new syndicated broadcast radio program to provide an innovative and long awaited mainstream vehicle for independent artists. The two hour show is set to debut the first weekend of September and features independent rock and alternative artists that have gained local or regional popularity but don’t have the resources to tap into mainstream broadcasting.

Undiscovered Radio NetworkThe producers of Undiscovered are working to create a change in what is considered mainstream. Colleen Griffiths, president of Undiscovered Radio Network says, “I worked in radio for many years and my passion for music drove me to find a new way of creating change in the industry. The major labels have a strong hold and program directors don’t have the time or the means of creating change themselves. I developed Undiscovered as a viable alternative to embrace independent music. Undiscovered allows access without bias to independent artists and because we answer only to ourselves and not stockholders, we are willing to take more risks and expose what we consider great music.”

Each episode of Undiscovered will spotlight the independent music scene in different cities across the U.S. and the last episode of each month will be a special ‘Road Trip’ episode spotlighting artists and bands from collective cities and smaller regions. Listeners will hear a variety of bands, artist interviews, information and resources unique to each location. Listeners are invited to be part of the ‘discovery’ process and leave personal show and CD reviews on the Undiscovered interactive website.

Undiscovered is debuting in a time when independent programming is an issue at the forefront of the broadcast industry. The FCC, concerned with the current state of radio in the wake of deregulation and mass consolidation, has encouraged radio stations to air more independent programming in an effort to increase diversity and allow access to all musicians.

UndiscoveredAs reported in an April 19th article in Billboard Radio Monitor, FCC commissioner Jonathan Adelstein said of the recent meeting with the A2IM (a new trade association for independent record labels) “a central point of stamping out payola is to improve the ability of local and independent artists to get heard on radio. Musicians, listeners and the radio industry itself all benefit when the best songs win, rather than the ones with the most money behind them.”

About Undiscovered Radio Network, Inc.
Undiscovered Radio Network, Inc. is an independent production company formed in 2006 by former radio executives and producers who envisioned a new level of programming that connected with younger audiences and allowed access to independent artists.

For more information about the program Undiscovered visit www.undiscoveredradionetwork.com or call 740-646-8619.

New Media Portal to Help Independent Artists Connect with Entertainment Industry

M.A.D.E. Planet Links Artists to Industry through Innovative Technology and Design

NEW YORK, NY — M.A.D.E. Planet has launched its Web site (www.madeplanet.com) to provide services to the arts and entertainment industry through social networking, and visual and audio forums. M.A.D.E. symbolizes the ultimate medium for music, art, design and entertainment.

MADE Planet Inc.“Our primary focus,” Bobby Williams, CEO of M.A.D.E. Planet, said, “is to provide our members with the proper resources to showcase their talent and to get noticed by industry professionals. Our Web site is akin to a Monster.com for artists.”

Artists who become a member of the M.A.D.E. community can enhance their presence in the arts and entertainment industry; attract a target audience; market talent at no or low cost; communicate with other artists in their genre; and increase social and business networking opportunities.

Artists, who desire more space on the site, have access to other packages that can be purchased and will increase their portfolio presence. There is also a referral program that members can take advantage of that will lead to more free space.

Andrea Miller  has it M.A.D.E.Industry professionals can also set up free accounts that are easy to use. Prospective members simply pick the category for their industry – music, art, design, or entertainment – along with their position, and a shopping cart-like tool allows them to match a talent to a job or gig.

“We are not just another pretty site,” Williams said. “Our mission is to link artists with industry professionals through a simple, efficient and cost-effective process.”

Becoming a member is as easy as 1-2-3. Interested artists simply pick a plan that best suits their needs; agree to the terms of the site; and upload music, video clips or photos along with any other important biographical or contact information such as links to a personal Web site or information about an upcoming event.

“We are definitely one of the most user-friendly sites out there for artists,” Williams said. “There are many social networks out there, but our site is dedicated to artists of all types. We bring the industries and artists together so that they can connect as easily as possible. We are the premium spot for artists to be seen and heard.”

For more information, or to sign up for a free account, visit: http://www.madeplanet.com .

Send2Press Newswire to Sponsor NARIP Music Marketing & PR Seminar

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Send2Press(R), a leading targeted newswire service, announced today it will sponsor a record industry workshop presented by the National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP), entitled “Getting Ink & Working the ‘Net: Secrets, Tips & Tricks of Publicity & PR.” The event instructor is Scott G “The G-Man,” a successful recording artist and marketing guru, and will take place Tuesday, August 15th, 2006 at the Beverly Garland Theater in Studio City, California.

The G-Man ClassicAdmission is $25 for NARIP members and $45 for non-members. Register online at www.narip.com or by phone at 818-769-7007.

Event topics include:

* The art of the press release
* Using editorial content to reach more readers
* Approaching editors and journalists
* Online versus print publications
* Your 1-sheets say you’re a pro or an amateur
* Web strategies for improved Google rankings
* Networking power tips
* The 12 URLs you must know online
* Ways to reach magazines, newspapers and ezines

“We’re excited to sponsor this event,” said Christopher Simmons, president of Neotrope(R), parent company of Send2Press. “With the extreme changes of the past few years, it’s important for those in the music industry to re-evaluate what works, what doesn’t and how to maximize any PR effort.” Simmons is a member of PRSA, and ASCAP, and has been a public relations expert for over 25 years.

Scott G consults on advertising, marketing, positioning and branding for companies from Albertsons to Zenith. As a recording artist The G-Man, his 5 albums are played on college radio, in clubs, on TV and often in commercials.

NARIP promotes education, career advancement and good will among record executives. NARIP offers professional development opportunities, educational programs and seminars, interaction with peers, a job bank, a member resume database for employers, a mentor network, a newsletter and other services.

Send2Press (www.send2press.com) is a unit of Neotrope, established 1983 in California, and is the only news distribution service with a staff entirely comprised of accredited PR professionals and working journalists. Send2Press was the first news service in the world to optimize content for search engines in 1997, using Neotrope’s proprietary ContextEngine(R) technology. Prior to 2000, the company was known as MindsetNetwire.

For workshop information:

http://narip.com/index.php?page=events&id=75

For information on Send2Press services:

http://www.send2press.com/PRservices/

NEWS SOURCE: Send2Press and NARIP

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Secrets, Tips and Tricks of Music Publicity and PR to be Revealed in Seminar led by Scott G

STUDIO CITY, Calif. — Building a brand in print and online often takes a public relations plan, but there are pathways to success that are not always visible to the public, says Scott G of G-Man Marketing. In a seminar called “Getting Ink & Working the ‘Net,” presented by the National Association of Record Industry Professionals (www.narip.com), the 2-hour event will focus on PR from a music business perspective. “But the information will be applicable to any person, place, product or service,” G states.

The event, which will be held on August 15 in Studio City, California, will reveal some of the processes that get attention for a company, product, service, or recording artist.

You have likely been influenced by Scott G’s work. As owner of G-Man Marketing, he consults on advertising, marketing, positioning and branding for companies in such industries as automobiles, healthcare, insurance, wireless, law enforcement, and more.

You also have heard his music. As recording artist The G-Man, his 5 albums are played on college radio, in clubs, and on TV, often in commercials. He made history by giving away all the music on “Grin Groove,” his first album, offering tracks for remixers and DJs around the world.

As a journalist, he writes the “Communication Nation” column for AdvertisingIndustryNewswire.com.

    WHAT:
    Getting Ink & Working the ‘Net:
    Secrets, Tips & Tricks of Publicity & P.R.

    WHEN:
    Tuesday, August 15th, 2006
    7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

    WHERE:
    Beverly Garland’s Holiday Inn
    Beverly Garland Theater
    4222 Vineland Avenue
    Studio City, CA 91604

    ADMISSION:
    $25 NARIP Members
    $45 Non-members

    REGISTRATION:

    http://www.narip.com

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