Past Events


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Jun
25
Contracts and Legal for Musicians
@ The Pit at Bonfire Barbecue

Join us for a brunch event on contracts and other legal issues for musicians. Entertainment attorneys Matthew Beckett, Jeremy Rosen and Jeff Colvin will be presenting on negotiating contracts and other common legal matters in the music business, followed by a Q&A session.


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Jun
01
AMP Social at Aloft Hi-Wire Beer Tasting
@ Aloft Asheville Downtown

Join us on The Ledge at Aloft Hotel for a social and free beer tasting from Hi-Wire Brewing. Light snacks will be provided.


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Apr
18
Grow Your Audience & Bank Account with YouTube
@ Asheville Music Hall

Join us for a discussion with Made In Network's Emilija Saxe at Asheville Music Hall. We will explore how individual artists can best utilize YouTube to reach new fans while also putting money in their pocket. Food will be provided by Mojo Kitchen.

About Emilija Saxe:

Emilija moved from Cincinnati to Nashville in 2010 and earned a BBA in Music Business from Belmont University. She grew her skill set at Dualtone Records, Creative Nation, and BMI. She joined Made In Network in 2013 as the company's first employee. She is YouTube Certified in Audience Growth and Advance Digital Rights. Additionally, she owns 150+ strategy-based board games and can teach you how to play each one in under 5 minutes.

About Made In Network:
Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Made In Network operates on the belief that creating original content on YouTube is the future of entertainment. Through strategic partnerships with Google, YouTube, and some of the world's greatest creators, Made In Network has established itself as a successful video-first media company.

Made In Network garners 70 million+ views a month. We have developed successful YouTube channel management programs as well as custom video integrations for the world’s top consumer brands, including Salt Life, USAA, and AMG/Parade. Made In Network is one of only a few companies in the world with YouTube certifications in both Audience Growth and Advanced Digital Rights Management.


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Mar
29
AMP Social & Ableton Meetup
@ Smoky Park Supper Club

Join us for a networking social as we partner with Ableton to meet new people, connect with old friends and share knowledge about Ableton Live and Push- unique software and hardware for music creation and performance.

Ableton Certified Trainer Ben Hovey, aka HoveyKraft, will be on site to answer questions, give demonstrations, help connect Asheville Ableton Live users and discuss regular user group meetups.

Snacks will be served by Smoky Park Supper Club along with libations from Pisgah Brewery. The event will take place at the boat house with music provided by SHA-MAN.


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Jan
24
Musician's Health & Wellness
@ Echo Mountain Recording Studios

AMP is partnering with MusiCares to bring in the New Year with a Musician's Wellness event. Dr. Brent Myers will be speaking about working through pain from repetitive motion and how to stay mobile on the road, while Dr. Alan Baumgarten will be hosting "Ask a Doctor". There will also be cooking demonstrations and Q&A sessions with the doctors.

MusiCares, in partnership with ACS Custom, will be offering free custom musicians ear plugs to select eligible music professionals*

*This service, which typically costs $200 per person, is available free to eligible music professionals who have at least 5 years of music industry experience. Molds for the ear plugs will be taken by staff with ACS Custom during the event and plugs will be mailed out 4-6 weeks later to participants. Appointments are limited to the first 50 responders. THESE 50 SPACES WILL FILL UP QUICKLY SO PLEASE REGISTER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.


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Dec
13
Giving Thanks to the WNC Music Community
@ Echo Mountain Recording Studios

Please join us at Echo Mountain for a holiday party celebrating the music community in Western North Carolina. We will be hosting a Producer and Engineer Panel at 6pm followed by a Q&A. Panelists include Gary Pacsoza, Reid Shippen, Michael Selverne, Bruce Irvine and Shani Ghandi. Light snacks will be provided by HomeGrown Restaurant and beer will be provided by Hi-Wire Brewing. Please feel free to bring a beverage of your choice. The event is free and open to the public, however space is limited so please RSVP through the Eventbrite link.


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Nov
02
Give!Local kickoff party
@ Highland Brewing Company

Give!Local is WNC’s most fun way to give back.

This kickoff party is for everyone. Bring the whole family. It’s free and open to the public.

Join Mountain Xpress and 47 local nonprofits as we launch a two-month grassroots donation campaign that’s accessible, fun and rewarding. Last year, Give!Local raised $37,000 for 30 nonprofits. This year, we’re shooting for $100,000.

Come celebrate and get to know the folks behind the 47 participating Give!Local nonprofits. There’ll be prizes, music by Asheville Music School ensembles and Girls Rock Asheville, and entertainment for all ages (plus beer and pizza available for purchase).



To find out more about Give!Local, visit GiveLocalGuide.org


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Sep
07
Brown Bag Series Kickoff Party and Songwriting Panel
@ Asheville Music Hall

Genre: Multi
Cover: FREE
Show: 5:30PM (5PM Doors)
Ages: 21+

Performances by Carly Taich (last years winner) w/ support by Andy Ferrell.

Songwriting Panel from 6:15 to 7:15pm (featuring Amanda Platt of The Honeycutters, Indigo De Souza, Aaron Burdett and Jamar A. Woods of The Fritz ) brought to you by Asheville Music Professionals.

Hosted by Debrissa McKinney


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Jul
27
AMP Marketing and Publicity Workshop
@ The Grey Eagle

Attention musicians! AMP is hosting a FREE workshop on Marketing and Publicity! Come out to hear from some of the region's most attuned minds in musician publicity. These guys will shoot you straight about your press kit, your recordings, how to reach people, when to book and how, and what to send. Most of all, they can help you better understand how to engage a side of the music business that often eludes artists.

Come hungry and thirsty and enjoy the Grey Eagle Taqueria fare!


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Jun
26
AMP Social at the Aloft Rooftop Party
@ Aloft Asheville Downtown

Join us for an AMP social by the rooftop pool at Aloft Hotel! The social will start at 4pm with free hors d'oeuvres and continure until 5pm when the music begins. Please plan to stay and listen to Jim Arrendell and the Cheap Suits. The social is free, there will be a $5 suggested cover to stay for the music which benefits The Genesis Alliance.


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Mar
03
AMP Copyright and Publishing Workshop
@ 14 N. French Broad Avenue

Please join us at Echo Mountain as we discuss the importance of copyright and publishing for independent artists. Our panelists will give a brief introduction to copyright and publishing and how these are are affected by the current state of the music business. We will break into groups and each group will have some time to ask questions of the panelists about this weighty topic. Panelists include Mark Brown from Roundhill Publishing, entertainment attorney Matthew Beckett and songwriter Kent Blazy.


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Jan
13
AMP Tax Workshop for Musicians
@ Cork & Keg Bar

Join us for a FREE workshop on taxes and accounting for musicians, presented by Brian C. Hunter, CPA.

Topics will include: Income Tax Preparation and forms, getting all the available Deductions, Record Keeping, dealing with employees, Tax Planning, Tax structures (LLCs, corporations, and such), estimated taxes, etc. ALL musicians are welcome, from beginners to established pros. The presentation will last about 2 hours, and Brian will stick around until all questions are answered.

Let’s meet Brian C. Hunter, CPA
● Asheville native, graduate of UNC Chapel Hill
● Professional bluegrass and roots musician from 1976 until 1986.
● Currently performs with The Midnight Plowboys as well as with Buddy Davis & The Session Players
● CPA since 1986
● Since 1995, President of Brian C. Hunter, CPA, PA in Asheville
● Artist’s statement:
I was a performing artist long before I became a CPA, and I understand the business and tax side of the arts. For decades I have specialized in business, tax and financial planning for creative professionals, and have counted as clients some of WNC’s most prominent and successful musicians and media artists. My goal is to help artists become more organized with finances and taxes so they can concentrate more successfully and peacefully on their art!


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Dec
04
AMP Social at Brown Bag Songwriting Finals
@ Asheville Music Hall

Join us at Asheville Music Hall for drinks and appetizers before the 2015 Brown Bag Songwriting Finals hosted by Debrissa McKinney! The Brown Bag Songwriting Competition is in it's ninth year and we can't wait to hear the 2015 finalists!

AMP Social is FREE but stick around! Tickets for the finals are on sale now and are available at Eventbrite.com for only $10. VIP tickets are $15 and guarantee you a seat as well as other perks.

2015 Brown Bag Semi-finalists:
Round 1 (September 9th) - Savannah McCarthy
Round 2 (September 16th) - Ben Phan
Round 3 (September 23rd) - Sven Hooson
Round 4 (September 30th) - Krista Shows
Round 5 (October 7th) - Carly Taich
Round 6 (October 14th) - Momma Molasses (Ella Patrick)
Round 7 (October 21st) - Noah “Proud Foot” Stockdale
Round 8 (October 28th) - See Saw - (Andy Farrell)
Round 9 (November 4th) - Jackson Emmer
Round 10 (November 11th) - TBD
Round 11 (November 18th) - TBD
Round 12 (November 25th) - TBD

The $1000 grand prize includes a $500 cash and studio time at Echo Mountain. Vote for your favorite! The Audience Choice winner from the Brown Bag Finals will win a day-long studio
session in Studio L at Echo Mountain working with producer/engineer Josh Blake.


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Nov
23
AMP Health Insurance Workshop
@ 14 N. French Broad Ave. Asheville, NC 28801

Are you are curious about health insurance options for self employed musicians? Do you already have health insurance but are confused about completing the paperwork?

AMP members are invited to bring your questions and/or paperwork to our interactive Health Insurance Workshop! Insurance professionals will be available to expalin your options, help fill out forms and provide a better understanding of coverage. This is a FREE event!!! Join us at the studio on Monday Nov. 23rd, we will have snacks and refreshments as well!


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Sep
19
AMP Social at Opening Night of the Asheville Symphony
@ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

Join us for the opening night of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra featuring:

Rossini - Overture to the The Barber of Seville
Dvorak - Serenade, op. 44
Holst - St. Paul's Suite
Mozart - Symphony No. 39

ASO will also host a reception afterwards with
complimentary h'ors d'ouevres and refreshments.

AMP members can purchase tickets at a special members only $8 .

THOMAS WOLFE AUDITORIUM
1042 HAYWOOD RD


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Aug
25
AMP Music Marketing & Publicity Workshop - Free!
@ The Grey Eagle

Join Asheville Music Professionals (AMP) at The Grey Eagle on Tuesday, August 25th for a free workshop on the best practices of marketing for musicians with publicists Crissa Requate and Erin Scholze, author and editor Alli Marshall, as well as non-profit director and events publicist Josh Stack. The workshop goes from 6-8pm and will feature a panel discussion exploring topics ranging from when to hire a publicist, what a publicity campaign consists of, and creative ways to promote your band through social media.

Seyrn performs that evening at 9pm, just after the workshop. Expect a dynamic show featuring layered textures of guitars, ukulele, accordion, bass, violin, banjo and various percussion. The Dallas Observer raves the band displays “beautiful arrangements (both in instrumentation and in vocal harmonies) and an epic "big sky" sound that, at times, seems more fitting washing over dilapidated wooden pews in an old church than the usual torn-up couches, vinyl booths and barstools of area venues.” As a special for AMP attendees, The Grey Eagle is offering a discounted $8 ticket price to the show (reg price $10 ADV / $12 DOS).

Topics covered in the AMP Music Marketing and Publicity Workshop include:

How to work with media, when to send a press release and what it should entail, best ways to ensure coverage and what NOT to do

Assembling a music team: What are the first steps and each person’s role? How the team ties in to the whole process of growing a band (ie. management, booking agents, publicists, radio promoters and their relationships to venues promoters, journalists, radio programmers, photographers, etc.)

When is the right time to hire a publicist?

What does a publicist do?

What your publicist needs from you

What are the press materials band needs for promotion?
(ie. professionally written and current bio, high resolution press shots, music videos, tour posters, etc.)

The cycle of working a record

The importance of radio promotion

Cross promoting: when and when not to join forces with another band/nonprofit/business to increase media exposure and draw

The importance of social media

More about each panelist:

Crissa Requate is CEO and Founder of Mason Jar Media. Based in Asheville, NC, Mason Jar Media provides creative publicity and radio promotions campaigns for festivals, artists, events, and brands. Requate has over 10 years experience as a music publicist and moved to Asheville in 2007 from Brooklyn, NY. Her current client roster includes Bonnaroo, Forecastle, Shaky Knees And Shaky Boots, Brewgrass, Luke Bryan's Crash My Playa Festival in Mexico and the WayHome Festival in Toronto. Artists on the Mason Jar Media roster include ALO, Perpetual Groove, TAUK, Earphunk, Rising Appalachia, Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, and The Hip Abduction.
www.masonjarmedia.com

Erin Scholze is Founder and Sole-Proprietor of Dreamspider Publicity. She offers services to musicians which include album promotion and national publicity for touring bands as well as festival and event marketing, social networking and consultations about the basics of self-promotion. Her current clients include Donna the Buffalo, Everyone Orchestra, The Duhks, Town Mountain, The Honeycutters, Tellico, Jon Stickley Trio, Suwannee Springfest, Magnolia Fest, and Songlines Americana and AAA Radio Promotion. She’s represented a variety of other acts throughout the years, including many from Asheville. Erin headed up LAAFF as Stage Entertainment and Marketing Director from 2002-2010 and also has planned, promoted, and/ or consulted on a plethora of other music events during her career.
www.dreamspider.net

Alli Marshall is the Arts Section Editor at Mountain Xpress. She’s been on staff with the local publication since 2003. Alli grew up in Western New York and moved to North Carolina to attend Warren Wilson College. She’s been published in music and lifestyle magazines such as Our State, Metro Pop, Shuffle and Blurt!; her debut novel is How to Talk to Rockstars.
www.alli-marshall.com

Josh Stack is Founder and Executive Director of local nonprofit FATE - Funding America Through Entertainment, which media campaigns to publicize corporate philanthropic activity in conjunction with high profile entertainment events. Stack has worked professionally as a musician, and enjoyed PR success in the corporate, nonprofit, and entertainment industries. Clients that he works with include Widespread Panic, Gov't Mule, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Bruce Hornsby, Jim James, amongst others.
www.supportfate.org

Asheville Music Professionals aims to set the standard for good music business practices while acting as a common voice for the Asheville music industry. AMP offers membership educational workshops, fun events and socials all targeted at advancing local music business. With a focus that extends from touring bands to recording studios, venues to festivals, and gear manufacturers to instrument repair shops, this hard working group of volunteers intends to make a positive impact on the lives of musicians and music lovers like you. The Mission is to provide education, advocacy, connection and collaboration for the people who work and thrive in music in Buncombe County.

Find out more about Asheville Music Professionals and how to get involved at www.AshevilleMusicProfessionals.com.nd


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Jul
29
AMP Social at the Altamont Brewery
@ UpCountry Brewing Company

Do you want to get involved with Amp but don't know where you fit in?

Come to our social to learn how to be an active AMP member and the various projects you can be a part of!


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Jun
22
The Craft of Songwriting Panel and Songwriters-In-The-Round
@ The Altamont Theatre

Asheville Music Professionals, The Recording Academy®, and The Bluebird Cafe Present:
The Craft of Songwriting Panel and Songwriters-In-The-Round on Monday, June 22, 2015
at The Altamont Theatre in Downtown Asheville

Songwriter Panel includes Q&A with audience – Doors 5:30 pm, Start 6pm
Songwriters-In-The-Round – Doors 8pm, Start 8:30pm
The Altamont Theatre – 18 Church St. | Asheville, NC 28801 | http://thealtamont.com

Panelists include: Dave Berg | Jim Lauderdale | Tift Merritt | Gretchen Peters
Moderated by Steven Heller
With special guest Erika Wollam Nichols, COO/GM of The Bluebird Cafe

FREE FOR RECORDING ACADEMY MEMBERS
RSVP REQUIRED for members: RSVP_NASHVILLE@GRAMMY.COM
NON-MEMBERS (No RSVP needed for non-members): Panel–$10 | Songwriters-In-The-Round–$15

Ticket Purchase Required http://thealtamont.com/amp/

ASHEVILLE, NC -- Asheville Music Professionals, The Recording Academy®, and The Bluebird Cafe Present The Craft of Songwriting Panel and Songwriters-In-The-Round on Monday, June 22, 2015 at The Altamont Theatre in downtown Asheville on Church Street. Doors are at 5:30 p.m. with the panel starting at 6 p.m., followed by a Songwriters In-The-Round performance from the panelists.

For the panel, a group of accomplished songwriters have been assembled to discuss the different processes each use and how they work to perfect their craft. Panelists include multiple GRAMMY and Americana Music Association Award-winning artist/musician, Jim Lauderdale, GRAMMY and Americana Music Association nominee Tift Merritt, Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame inductee and GRAMMY & Golden Globe nominee Gretchen Peters, as well as ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year, Dave Berg. The panel will be moderated by producer, composer, engineer, and three-time GRAMMY Award winner, Steven Heller.

The evening is capped off with the songwriters performing their favorite songs as part of a Songwriter-In-The-Round performance.

Special guest for the evening is Erika Wollam Nichols, COO/GM of The Bluebird Cafe.

Dave Berg
Dave Berg is a singer/songwriter originally from Portland OR, now making his home in Nashville TN. His songs have been recorded by a wide variety of artists including Keith Urban, Bake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Jimmy Buffet, Kenny Chesney, Jewel, Jimmy Buffett, Darius Rucker, Reba McEntire, Rodney Atkins and Meatloaf to name a few. He’s hit the top of the charts 5 times including the most played country song of 2008, “If You’re Going Through Hell” recorded by Rodney Atkins. Other hits include “Stupid Boy” by Keith Urban as well as the number 1’s “Somebody” by Reba McEntire, “These Are My People” by Rodney Atkins and “Moments” by Emerson Drive. In 2008 Berg was named Billboard’s Country Songwriter of the Year, as well as ASCAP’s (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Country Songwriter of the Year. Berg has also released three independent singer/songwriter records of his own; “Three Perfect Days,” “Surface,” and “Not Quite So Alone”.

Jim Lauderdale
Jim Lauderdale is a multiple GRAMMY and Americana Music Association Award-winning musician and one of the most respected artists working the Americana, Bluegrass and Country music communities today. His record Buddy and Jim [2013], which he wrote and recorded with longtime friend and collaborator Buddy Miller, was nominated this year for a GRAMMY in the Best Americana Album category and several Americana Music Awards, a show which he has hosted since 2002.

Lauderdale has always stayed true to his North Carolina roots but is influenced from the experience of his travels. He first immersed himself in the early country music scenes of both New York City and Los Angeles before breaking through in Nashville as a songwriter. He has helped pave the way of the current Americana Movement recording records and writing songs that cross genres from country, pop, roots, rock, folk and bluegrass.

Lauderdale, a master songwriter, has had his work recorded by artists such as Patty Loveless, Shelby Lynne, Solomon Burke, The Dixie Chicks and George Strait, who has had numerous hits with Jim’s songs. Lauderdale’s music has been featured regularly on the ABC hit show Nashville, and he has several tracks on the soundtrack of the successful film Pure Country.

Lauderdale is often called upon as a player and has toured with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rhonda Vincent and Elvis Costello. He also co-hosts a weekly radio show on SiriusXM with Buddy Miller called “The Buddy & Jim Show,” which NPR’s Fresh Air described as “…highly entertaining…” Lauderdale is also the host of the popular Music City Roots each week from The Factory at Franklin, near Nashville, TN.

He frequently collaborates with legends like Ralph Stanley, Elvis Costello and Robert Hunter and is also a critically acclaimed solo artist with dozens of studio releases, including his latest I’m A Song which is Lauderdale’s latest country endeavor, his 26th album to date.

Tift Merritt
“I’ve always had a taste for traveling alone,” Tift Merritt sings in the title track of her fifth album. This time around, she got to prove it, “calling the shots myself and letting myself go wherever I needed to go” at a point in time when she was a free agent without label or manager. But the song does also conclude that “everybody here is traveling alone,” a realization that places as much value on community as iconoclasm. And Merritt put together her “dream cast” of fellow travelers to play on Traveling Alone, which found its happy home at her new label, Yep Roc. The road less taken doesn’t preclude good company.

The New Yorker has called Merritt “the bearer of a proud tradition of distaff country soul that reaches back to artists like Dusty Springfield and Bobbie Gentry,” a standard upholding that got underway in earnest with Bramble Rose, the 2002 solo debut that put her on the Americana map forever. As her sophomore album, Tambourine, was followed by Another Country and See You on the Moon, Merritt found acclaim coming not just from critics and awards orgs but her own heroes, like Emmylou Harris, who marveled that Merritt “stood out like a diamond in a coal patch.” Now a leading lady in her own right, Merritt is hardly one to hog the spotlight. She engages in dialogue with fellow artists of all disciplines on her public radio broadcast and podcast “The Spark With Tift Merritt,” bringing in fellow sojourners ranging from Patty Griffin and Rosanne Cash to Rick Moody and Nick Hornby (who devoted a chapter to Merritt in his 31 Songs book).

Merritt has released five studio albums to date and was nominated for a GRAMMY for “Country Album of the Year” for 2004’s Tambourine, which was also nominated for Americana Music Association awards “Album of the Year” in 2005. That same year she was also nominated for AMA’s “Artist of the Year.” Two songs have also been nominated as AMA’s “Song of the Year”: 2005’s "Good Hearted Man" and 2008’s "Broken." Merritt was born in Houston but her family moved to Raleigh, North Carolina soon after where he grew up and attending the nearby university of Chapel Hill.

Gretchen Peters
Gretchen Peters was twice nominated for a GRAMMY Award for Best Country Song and also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song. Gretchen Peters has long been one of Nashville's most beloved and respected artists, known never to shy away from darkness and struggle in her writing. "If Peters never delivers another tune as achingly beautiful as 'On A Bus To St. Cloud,'" People Magazine wrote, "she has already earned herself a spot among country's upper echelon of contemporary composers."

The latest accolade for the Nashville-based singer-songwriter was her induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in October 2014. She joined the 192 existing inductees including Johnny Cash, Rodney Crowell, Don & Phil Everly, Woody Guthrie, Merle Haggard, Tom T. Hall, Harlan Howard, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Jimmy Webb and Hank Williams. At the induction ceremony in Nashville before a capacity audience, Rodney Crowell spoke on behalf of Peters, calling her "both a songwriter and a poet (who) sings as beautifully as she writes,” and said her song “The Matador”, "moved me so greatly, I cried from the soles of my feet.”

Peters has risen to the top of her craft by writing and recording songs that explore the deep corners of life with empathy and integrity. She has accumulated accolades as a songwriter for artists as diverse as Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, The Neville Brothers, Patty Loveless, George Strait, Bryan Adams and Faith Hill. Of her own recordings, the Associated Press said, “this is not jukebox music - the stuff that exists to fill in the pauses in conversation. This IS the conversation.”

Her latest album, Blackbirds, follows Peters' 2012 album Hello Cruel World, which NPR called "the album of her career" and Uncut said "establishes her as the natural successor to Lucinda Williams." If anything, though, Blackbirds truly establishes Peters as a one-of-a-kind singer and songwriter, one in possession of a fearless and endlessly creative voice.


Moderated by Steven Heller
Producer, composer, and engineer, Steven Heller, has earned three GRAMMY Awards, five GRAMMY nominations, as well as a number of national awards for his music and recordings. His work encompasses music for artists, film, television, other media. Steven has secured options for feature film scripts as editor and producer. His produced and written story projects have garnered several GRAMMY nominations.

Heller’s clients include MTV, 20th Century Fox, Miramax, Rhythm and Hues, National Public Radio (NPR), Public Radio International (PRI), and many others. He has served as music supervisor and producer for the Miramax film, "The Journey of August King," and composed and produced music for the film. He has also composed, orchestrated, and adapted the music package for the Animal Planet Network, a division of Discovery Network, Inc., as well as scored numerous award-winning films, including features, documentaries, and children's films garnering numerous Telly and Addy Awards for television and radio commercial music compositions.

Heller has also been honored with Golden CASE Awards, three American Library Association Notable Recording Awards, several NAIRD (National Association of Independent Record Distributors) Awards, Parent's Choice Gold Awards, National Association of Parents' Publications Awards. Heller is based in Asheville, NC.

Erika Wollom Nichols
President/COO of The Bluebird Cafe, Erika Wollom Nichols oversees all operations including marketing, sponsorship and brand development of The Bluebird Cafe name. She is also co-director of the Tin Pan South Songwriters festival. Past experience: Director of Development for NSAI, handling fundraising, marketing and community relations and VP of Marketing & Community Outreach at The Country Music Hall of Fame. She served on the Board of Leadership Music (2007-2010), and currently serves on the board of the ACLU of Tennessee and Folk Alliance International. She received her BA in philosophy from Belmont University and her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

This Event is Presented by:
Asheville Music Professionals:
Asheville Music Professionals (AMP) aims to set the standard for good music business practices while acting as a common voice for the Asheville music industry. Together we can inform the community about the intrinsic worth and economic impact of music in our region. One of AMP’s main beliefs as an organization is that music is worth paying for. AMP also offers membership educational workshops, fun events and socials all targeted at advancing local music business. With a focus that extends from touring bands to recording studios, venues to festivals, and gear manufacturers to instrument repair shops, this hard working group of volunteers intends to make a positive impact on the lives of musicians and music lovers like you. The Mission is to provide education, advocacy, connection and collaboration for the people who work and thrive in music in Buncombe County.

The Recording Academy
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on YouTube, Tumblr, Foursquare, GetGlue, and Instagram.

The Bluebird Cafe
The Bluebird Cafe is one of the world’s preeminent listening rooms and the venue has gained worldwide recognition as a songwriter’s performance space where the “heroes behind the hits” perform their own songs; songs that have been recorded by chart-topping artists in all genres of music. Located in a small strip mall outside of downtown Nashville, the 90 seat venue is unassuming in appearance but some of the most significant songwriters and artists have performed on their stage. Their reputation as a listening room is based on the acoustic music that is their signature style. Their patrons repeatedly say that they are captivated by hearing songs performed by the creators themselves. In 2008, original owner and founder Amy Kurland sold the legendary venue to the Nashville Songwriters Association International, (NSAI) a 40+ year old, not-for-profit organization devoted to the service of songwriters and the craft of songwriting. More of a donation than a corporate sale, Kurland saw NSAI’s mission to “educate, elevate and celebrate songwriters” as a way to continue the Bluebird’s relationship to songwriters and to the community. In 2012 The Bluebird Cafe made its primetime debut on the ABC drama Nashville, where it plays a key factor in the show’s plotline which deals with both the music industry in Nashville, the political climate in Nashville and the key players in both these “worlds,” which often collide.


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Apr
29
AMP Music Video Production Panel during Music Video Asheville
@ Diana Wortham Theatre

WHAT: Asheville Music Professionals AMP Music Video Production Panel during Music Video Asheville
WHEN: April 29th, 6-7 PM
WHERE: Diana Wortham Theatre

Featuring ,Daniel Judson, Dr. Brian Adam Smith, Caitlin Krisko moderated by Holiday Childress

Join us for a panel to discuss the following topics:
- What do you do to get your video out there?
- What is the process you go through with making a music video?
- How do get views?
- Why is it important to do a music video?
- What resources are available to artists?

For more information, visit ashevillemusicprofessionals.com

Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/AVLmusicpros
Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/AVLMusicPros


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Apr
25
AMP Coffee Lounge
@ Diana Wortham Theatre

Asheville Music Professionals (AMP) Coffee Lounge

WHEN: Saturday April 25, 10am-3pm
WHAT: Live Music from 1pm-3pm

Enjoy a free cup of coffee and live music while learning about the diverse projects that AMP is involved with in our community. From working with local music venues to education initiatives and free monthly workshops, AMP is actively providing advocacy for local musicians and music industry professionals. AMP members will be at CSS on Saturday for the duration of the event; so stop by, grab a cup of coffee and find out who we are, what we do and how you can be involved!


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Apr
03
AMP Gear Swap
@ The Orange Peel

The Orange Peel and Asheville Music Professionals Support the Local Music Scene with Two Events in One Day

Friday, April 3rd will begin with the AMP Gear Repair Workshops & Gear Swap and will conclude with The Orange Peel Local Showcasel’s Local Showcase. Both events will be held at the Orange
Peel.

Asheville, NC—The Orange Peel is opening its doors on Friday, April 3rd from 3pm­6pm to host the latest free event organized by Asheville Music Professionals (AMP): The Gear Repair Workshops & Gear Swap.

The workshop portion will be facilitated by Sherwood’s Music and Guitar Mama and will focus on teaching ttendees basic skills for instrument and equipment repairs. The event will also include a gear swap where musicians will be able to trade instruments and other musical equipment. Participants will also be able to donate gear to Burton Street Community Studio.

To register gear for the event or for more information, email
ashevillemusicprofessionals@gmail.com

The workshops and gear swap is an effort made by Asheville Music Professionals (AMP), a growing 501(c)(3) in Asheville. Their focus is to connect and empower the area’s incredibly diverse music culture through educational events, networking opportunities, and advocacy. The organization has been spearheaded by prominent industry professionals that range from musicians, producers and studio managers to venues, promoters, and even executives of the symphony and opera. For more information visit www.ashevillemusicprofessionals.com.
Friday will conclude with The Orange Peel’s Local Showcase, an opportunity for listeners to discover and enjoy the music of three up­and­coming WNC bands.
The evening’s line­up includes Americana Folk­Rockers Mangas Colorado from Cullowhee, NC; Sidecar Honey, an Indie­Rock band founded by Asheville live music staple Dave Dribbon; and The Sun Cans, a Pop Rock four­piece with a retro flare.

The Orange Peel will open it’s doors for The Local Showcase at 8pm. The show starts at 9pm. Tickets are $5 for this all­ages show. To buy tickets, or for more information regarding The Local Showcase, visit www.theorangepeel.net.

For more information regarding these events, please contact AMP publicist Crissa Requate at crissa@masonjarmedia.com


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Mar
16
AMP Social
@ New Mountain AVL

This is a friendly public service announcement with information about an exciting AMP social networking event happening on Monday, March 16th from 6 - 8 pm. The event will take place at the New Mountain Asheville. We hope you will join us in unifying and supporting Asheville's incredible music community.

Over the past few months, the AMP network has grown. New members have been added and sub-committees have been defined. This social is a chance to meet new faces, learn about current and upcoming projects, and to show your support for our growing music community. Please join us at Asheville Music Hall for light food fare catered by Katuah Market. ROOTS, and Moe's Original Bar B Que and lively discussion. Your participation helps create future sustainable activities and events for AMP.

What: Asheville Music Professionals- AMP Social
When: March 16, 2015
Time: 6-8 pm
Where: New Mountain Asheville (38 N French Broad Ave, Asheville, NC 28801)
Tickets: FREE


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Feb
19
AMP Workshop (Taxes + Accounting for Musicians) followed by the Jazz Jam!!
@ Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria

Join us for a FREE workshop on taxes and accounting for musicians, presented by Brian C. Hunter, CPA. (followed by the Alien Club Jazz Jam that takes place every Thursday at Barley's!!)

Topics will include: Income Tax Preparation and forms, getting all the available Deductions, Record Keeping, dealing with employees, Tax Planning, Tax structures (LLCs, corporations, and such), estimated taxes, etc. ALL musicians are welcome, from beginners to established pros. The presentation will last about 2 hours, and Brian will stick around until all questions are answered.

Let’s meet Brian C. Hunter, CPA
● Asheville native, graduate of UNC Chapel Hill
● Professional bluegrass and roots musician from 1976 until 1986.
● Currently performs with The Midnight Plowboys as well as with Buddy Davis & The Session Players
● CPA since 1986
● Since 1995, President of Brian C. Hunter, CPA, PA in Asheville
● Artist’s statement:
I was a performing artist long before I became a CPA, and I understand the business and tax side of the arts. For decades I have specialized in business, tax and financial planning for creative professionals, and have counted as clients some of WNC’s most prominent and successful musicians and media artists. My goal is to help artists become more organized with finances and taxes so they can concentrate more successfully and peacefully on their art!


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Dec
11
Producers Roundtable
@ Echo Mountain Recording Studios

On Dec. 11, 2014, AMP and The Recording Academy Nashville Chapter present “Producers Roundtable” at Echo Mountain Recording, (175 Patton Ave) 6 p.m. Producers in attendance will include Jeff Balding, Jerry Douglas, Steve Heller, Shannon Sanders, Michael Selverne and Vance Powell. The Nashville Chapter and AMP are proud to partner for a chance to bring the Asheville music community together to share in the creative process. Collectively, this group of producers have worked on albums spanning the Country, Rock, Pop, R&B, Rap and Bluegrass genres. The boot wearing trifecta Underhill Rose will perform a set of heartfelt country soul songs following the panel Q&A. Brown Bag Songwriting Winner Brittany Tranbaugh will start the event with a few tunes. Food and drinks will be provided. This event is free and open to the public however space is limited so please RSVP here http://producersroundtable.eventbrite.com


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Nov
23
Brown Bag Songwriting Competition: THE FINALS (Sunday, Nov 23rd)
@ Asheville Music Hall

WHEN : Finals are Sunday, November 23rd
COST: $10
WHERE: Asheville Music Hall (upstairs)
WHAT: Brown Bag Songwriting Finals showcase winners chosen over pervious 11 weeks. Come out and cheer for local Asheville musicians and songwriters!

Semi-Finals: Every Monday • September 8 - Nov. 17, 2014
7:30 - 10:00 pm
(sign ups start at 7:00, arrive early list fills quickly)

Brown Bag is the only competition of its kind in Western North Carolina. In a region full of creativity and musicality, Brown Bag serves as the ground floor for Asheville’s emerging talent. “We are proud to provide a supportive listening environment for original music and elevate the craft of songwriting,” says Jenny Greer-Fares, founder of Brown Bag. “It’s all about original music and the search for variety and individuality.”

Performers will be judged on LYRICS, VOCAL PERFORMANCE, INSTRUMENT PLAYING, STAGE PRESENCE & ORIGINALITY.

REGISTRATION:
Each Thursday at noon (EST), the Brown Bag FB page will accept names for registration prior to the upcoming week's event. Five performers will be selected to compete. The remaining five slots will be filled at the venue on the day of the event 30 mins prior to the start of Brown Bag. Performers who wish to compete are encouraged to arrive early to secure their slot.

DETAILS and RULES:
1. Maximum limit of 3 people on-stage per act
2. Play two original songs (no covers – all original music only)
3. Be ready to play before your time slot (sometimes the competition will run ahead of schedule)
4. Don’t start playing until you are announced
5. Be ready to play (have our instrument tuned before you get on stage)
6. Three finalists will return at the end of each evening to play a song one more time, then the winner will be announced.
7. One instrument per person per set. (including percussion instruments)
8. One small & simple amp per guitarist is allowed, no pedals, looping or prerecorded tracks are allowed. This rule is designed to allow electric guitarists to use a simple electric guitar & amp set up. The tone you choose must be the tone you use for the entire song. No amp adjustments during the song.
9. One keyboard with 1/4” or XLR output (no amp) allowed.
10. No computers.


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Nov
23
AMP Social
@ Asheville Music Hall

This is a friendly public service announcement with information about an exciting AMP social networking event happening this Sunday, November 23rd from 6 - 8 pm. The event will take place at the Asheville Music Hall in advance of the Brown Bag Songwriting Competition Finals. We hope you will join us in unifying and supporting Asheville's incredible music community.

Over the past few months, the AMP network has grown. New members have been added and sub-committees have been defined. This social is a chance to meet new faces, learn about current and upcoming projects, and to show your support for our growing music community. Please join us at Asheville Music Hall for light food fare catered by Mojo Kitchen, a silent auction (with all proceeds going to AMP), and lively discussion. Your participation helps create future sustainable activities and events for AMP. If you would like to donate to the silent auction, please contact Jessica Tomasin at jessica@echomountain.net.

After the social, stay for the 8th annual Brown Bag Songwriting Competition Finals showcasing 11 of Asheville's finest emerging musicians. Over the past 3 months, the Brown Bag has taken place every Monday at Asheville Music Hall with aspiring musicians competing for the coveted prize - a literal brown bag passed through the audience and filled with donations of cash and prizes.

Your advance ticket to the Brown Bag Finals grants you access to BOTH the AMP social and songwriting finals.

What: AMP Networking Social and Brown Bag Songwriting Competition Finals
When: November 23, 2014
Time: 6-8 pm Social / 8 pm Start of Finals
Where: Asheville Music Hall (55 College St., Asheville, NC 28801)
Tickets: $10 Grants Your Access To BOTH The Social and Brown Bag Finals | http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/900522
**Tickets to the AMP Social only are $5 and can be purchased at the event.
More Information on Brown Bag: https://www.facebook.com/BrownBagSongs


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Nov
12
Health Insurance Initiative
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For years now local musicians have wanted to know more about how to get affordable heath insurance.

AMP is proud and excited to offer this information in a free event. WNC Health Insurance and Integrative Family Medicine of Asheville will be there to answer questions and help you figure out your insurance plan options.

Enjoy free hor d'ouerves (compliments of WNC Health Insurance) and check out the great silent auction benefiting AMP.

Stick around for dinner and music from THE BUSINESS


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Sep
24
Musician as Entrepreneur
@ New Mountain AVL

Most artists want to make art, hence the “artist” specification. But these days, unless said artist happens upon a trust fund, inheritance, winning lottery ticket or generous benefactor, creativity must be matched with a means to fund the art habit. And, while many artists shy away from the commerce end of that equation, the idea that one can’t have both creative spark and business smarts is outdated.

In the panel discussion, “Musician as Entrepreneur,” five Asheville-based professionals will discuss what it means to be a working musician with a companion career focused on other aspects of the music industry. Day jobs in areas such as licensing, publishing, management, artist development, composing, and software representation allow the panelists to earn livelihoods, hone skills beyond their musicianship, and stay current in the constantly changing world of music business and entrepreneurship.

Funk Jam House Band performs at 8:15 p.m.

ABOUT THE PANELISTS

BJ Leiderman is an award-winning composer (best-known for the themes for NPR shows “Morning Edition,” “Weekend Edition,” “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” and others) who has scored TV and radio commercials. He’s worked with the likes of Coca-Cola, US Air, Nickelodian and the Cartoon Network. bjleiderman.com

Johnny Mann is an Asheville-based music supervisor and curator. He is also the co-owner of Diagram Collective — a music production, licensing, and publishing company based in Los Angeles. His client list includes MTV, TOMS Shoes, The North Face, HGTV, National Geographic, FX, Travel Channel, VH1, Oxygen, DIY, Kenneth Cole, AAA, Nissan, E!, and others. diagramcollective.com

Michael Selverne heads Welcome to Mars, a record production, recording, mixing and music service company in Asheville. A music industry veteran, his background includes more than two decades of legal expertise in recording and publishing agreements, label agreements, joint venture agreements, and various license agreements as well as transactions in new media, internet, and interactive transactions. welcome-to-mars.com

Marcel Anton is a vocalist, composer multi-instrumentalist, actor, teacher, poet and mystic. The child of a Rockette and a businessman, he’s lived in a number of cities around the U.S., has studied at music schools such as Juilliard, and with legendary musicians such as blues-rocker Charlie Allen of Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). facebook.com/marcel.anton.14

Steve Cohen is president of Music + Art Management with a client roster including pianist/composer/band leader Vijay Iyer, novelist/poet/writer/singer Carl Hancock Rux, singer/songwriter David Wilcox, jazz/new music vocalist Theo Bleckmann and folk/rock band Acoustic Syndicate. A bass player, band leader and songwriter, Cohen has taught music business courses at NYU, UNC Asheville and Western Carolina University, and has been a guest lecturer at Harvard College and Northeastern University. musicandart.net

Jessica Tomasin was named 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Asheville Chamber of Commerce. She’s the studio manager of Echo Mountain as well as an event coordinator, and her resume includes running a record label, artist management, producing shows, leadership, volunteerism, and stand-up comedy. echomountain.net

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