Music industry workshop comes to ToledoWritten by Martini Rox | | firstname.lastname@example.org
As a radio DJ, I run into artists every day who are looking for an opportunity to work in the music business. Finally, I have an event to refer them to and if they are serious about this business, I will see them Downtown at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at 9 a.m. Oct. 30.
“Put Me On” music workshop is coming to Toledo courtesy of The Juice FM 107.3 and 5Twenty Entertainment. The purpose of this event is to educate artists on publishing, radio spins and how to make it count, legal issues, promoting, marketing, engineering and more.
During the past 12 years the Glass City’s music scene has suffered through showcases that have given Toledo talent false hope and cattle calls from middle men claiming to be able to offer more than they delivered. Now, we have encountered for the first time an event that is here to provide an opportunity for our musicians to compete on all levels. They are bringing New York to Toledo by way of Island/Def Jam Music Groups Vice President of Promotions Thomas Lytle, the keynote speaker at the legends luncheon.
Joining Lytle are A&R’s from major labels like Atlantic Records, Capitol Records, J Records, Universal Motown and Def Jam. You must register in order to attend the event and the initial registration fee is $200. This is very inexpensive considering that the same type of event across the country can cost as much as $5,000.
“Put Me On” workshops consist of several categories that explore topics such as “Who’s Handling Your Business?” a great workshop not only for artists but management as well. “Put Me On” also explores an “On The Rox” reoccurring topic, Image.
“How Do I Market My Product and Myself?” Everyone is hustling so why waste time? Time is money and finding out the most productive way to market yourself will save you both. There are other useful sections they will have available but the ultimate opportunity comes from “Please Listen To My Demo,” one of the most invaluable workshops offered. To be able to receive exposure and feedback from A&Rs and DJs who can (finally) tell you what you are doing right and what you are doing wrong is a musician’s dream! They will only listen to two minutes so make it the best two minutes of your song. Here’s a tip: Eliminate long intros as to not take up valuable time and just include the “meat” of the song, like a verse and the chorus/hook.
Unfortunately, some artists who have created a buzz in the city might deem themselves “beyond” the need of an event like this but there is something for everyone.
The workshops are designed for everyone who desires to elevate themselves to a certain level whether it is national or underground. Each registrant’s “Please Listen To My Demo” selection will be entered into the “Put Me On” contest where the winner will receive a singles distribution deal. Every radio station and its DJs will have the winners single and it will be made available through all music purchasing websites. Artists can register until Oct. 25 and can pick up and drop off forms at Welch Communications, Inc. Suite 101 Southwyck Blvd, Toledo OH 43614. Late registration is Oct. 18-25.
For more information: Call The Juice FM 107.3 at (419) 861-9582 or 5Twenty Entertainment at (404) 926-6225 or visit “Put Me On” music workshop on Facebook.
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