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20 Jun 2010

All-Ages Movement Project

The All-Ages Movement Project won the $50,000 prize in the Pepsi Refresh Everything campaign earlier this year. As a result, The Vera Project in Seattle hosted a show today from 1-3:30 PM featuring Zephyrs, Naomi Punk, and one of my favorite Seattle bands of all time Minus the Bear. MTV productions were also be present along with Suchin Pak to record footage for a special MTV presentation that will air at a later date.

The All-Ages Movement Project exists in local venues that showcase hip-hop, indie, and punk music. These venues are open to all young individuals of all ages who enjoy seeing live music and performing music. They offer opportunities to learn new skills through internships with the venues, showcasing their art in shows, and recording music through their own recording studio. I have been involved with the all-ages movement since I was 15 years and old and I cannot even begin to express how much it has done for me and the impact that these venues have had on the local Seattle music scene. These venues include the Kirkland Teen Center, The Old Redmond Firehouse, Ground Zero Teen Center in Bellevue, and The Vera Project.

What Seattle bands have had their start through all-ages teen centers?

  • Death Cab for Cutie
  • Common Market
  • Brite Futures (formerly known as Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head)
  • Danger Radio
  • The Scene Aesthetic
  • Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground
  • Minus the Bear

At the end of the show, I had a few minutes to catch up w/ MTV correspondent Suchin Pak who filled me in on the Pepsi Refresh Project.

Basically the project has $1,300,000 that they give away to people with great ideas and the All-Ages Movement Project won their $50,000  grant back in February so they’ve been traveling for three weeks visiting their recipients and documenting footage to be shown on channels like MTV, VH1, Comedy Central etc. Seattle was their last stop!

To learn more about the project click here

To learn more about the all-ages movement click here

14 Jun 2010

Seattle Music Commission

Today, Mayor Mike McGinn has announced the 21 members of the music commission that will lead the Seattle music scene in the right direction. The goals and decisions made by this commission will hopefully guide the Seattle music scene to a stronger and more prominent future.

Those appointees are:

Mayoral Appointments
– Jason Finn – Musician, Presidents of The United States of America
– K. Wyking Garrett – Director, Seattle Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council/UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center
– Kyle Hopkins – Head of Music Acquisitions, Microsoft X-Box/ On-Air DJ,
– Megan Jasper – Executive Vice President, Sub Pop Records
– Alex Kochan – Vice President, AEG Live (Showbox Venues)
– Marcus Lalario – Entrepreneur / Nightclub Owner
– Tom Mara – Executive Director, KEXP 90.3 FM/
– David Meinert – Owner, Fuzed Inc./National Trustee: The Recording Academy (Grammys)
– Larry Mizell, Jr. – Writer, Musician, On-Air DJ at
– Griff Morris – Principal, Content Licensing and Vendor Management, Amazon MP3
– Marcus Womack – Product Management, iLike Inc./

Council Appointments
– Kate Becker – Co-Founder, Vera Project/Director of Development, Seattle Theatre Group
– Elena Dubinets – Vice President of Artistic Planning, Seattle Symphony
– Holly Hinton – Content & Online Product Manager, Starbucks Entertainment
– Jason Hughes – Co-owner, Sonic Boom Records/Owner, Sonic Boom Recordings
– Ben London – Executive Director, The Recording Academy Pacific Northwest Chapter
– DeVon Manier – CEO, Sportn’ Life Records
– Mike Meckling – President, SNMA/Co-Owner, Neumo’s and Moe Bar
– Jon Stone – Executive Director of Festivals, One Reel
– Annette Taborn – Executive Director, Pacific NW Blues in Schools
– Vacant

Commissioners will meet at least nine times per year and serve terms for three years.

To read more information on the Stranger click here

The goals stated seem a little bit vague, but I’m excited that their is a council now to handle these issues. To me, and not just because I grew up here, I have always believed that Seattle was the city of music. We created a whole entire movement [grunge period] based on the music of that time. In regards to keeping it alive, and working with business leaders, educators, and politicians that’s just great. It’s nice to work with others and gauge different perspectives, but what about the youth? Seattle music spans throughout the Eastside at teen centers too: The Old Redmond Firehouse, The Kirkland Teen Union Building, Ground Zero. It’s important that we make sure these centers have funding. I also don’t understand why shows have to be restricted to 21+. Music is enjoyed by anyone and everyone and there doesn’t need to be an age limit on it. To put it simply, there just needs to be more all-age venues then and better opportunities for musicians to reach out to their young fans and support for young musicians trying to get started in this industry. If Seattle is going to be the city of music then you better have your resources. Not only do you have to make Seattle music consistent and cohesive with what is going on now, you have to be ready to make room for newcomers.

08 Mar 2009

The winner of the 8th Annual Sound Off! Competition is…


Congratulations guys! I am such a fan, I’m actually sorry I haven’t listened to any of their stuff until now and even more disappointed in myself for not attending the finals last night at the EMP. My friend Nick who plays bass in Dyno Jamz is also a part of another band that I adore Man in the Blue Van.

Sound Off! is associated w/ the EMP, 107.7 THE END, The Old Redmond Fire House, Bumbershoot, Folk Life, The Vera Project, and The Stranger and previous winners include: Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head, The Lonely H, School Yard Heroes and Idiot Pilot.

Their stuff is really great, I’m quite impressed. Can’t wait to see them at Bumbershoot this year!!

Check them out.

and their myspace:

Source: Youtube, Flickr, Myspace,

Listening to: Dyno Jamz (duh!)


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