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Coalition of Grass Roots Music Organizations hold Fundraiser at Local 47

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Los Angeles Women in Music and a Coalition of Grass Roots Music Organizations Celebrate the Holidays with a Fundraiser at the Professional Musicians Union Local 47 in Hollywood.

Los Angeles Women in Music (LAWiM) held their third Holiday Gift Bazaar and Music Industry Panels Event on Saturday, December 6, 2008 with support from the Coalition of Southern California Music Organizations. The daylong event included 50 plus vendors in the main auditorium selling everything from jewelry, scarves, hats, purses, bags, leather accessories, skin care, perfume, candy and candles to toys, books, dolls and even services to keep you healthy.  Many of the music presenters also had their books for sale.

LAWiM member and professional photographer, Kathy Ellis, provided a Santa photo booth, while continual entertainment was provided by author/educator/puppeteer, Penelope Torribio.  Annette Conlon and husband Doug of 'Nette Radio' provided ambient holiday music that put everyone in a festive mood. Prizes donated by vendors were raffled off throughout the day. Our top prize, an Atomic Pink Rock Candy electric guitar from event sponsor, Daisy Rock Guitars, was won by thirteen-year-old Emma Simons-Araya, whose teenage band the "Potential Lunatics" submitted a song that scored well in the evening’s Pitch-A-Song™. Additional event sponsor, Music Connection Magazine, provided free copies of their two most recent issues and donated a year’s subscription.  Another prize came from Groove House which donated a $300 discount on replication services, and several large beautiful Poinsettias that decorated the event were raffled to attendees.

Fresh, homemade Mexican food was provided by Coco’s Catering while hot and cold beverages, sandwiches and deserts came from the Divine Grind.

The event raised funds for the nonprofit activities of LAWiM and the Local 47 Musicians Relief Fund, and provided educational opportunities for musicians, performers and songwriters. Donated CDs were collected throughout the day for Operation Gratitude which sends holiday packages to our military troops overseas.

Simultaneously, as holiday shoppers enjoyed the boutique sale, music industry professionals presented, panels, seminars, workshops and consultation/mentoring sessions in the Union’s rehearsal rooms. Topics covered in the panels and workshops included: Getting radio play, hit songwriting, on-line technologies and promotion, press & publicity, film & TV music, and vocal technique and performance.

The final major panel of the evening was “Pitch-A-Song” presented in the main auditorium.  “Pitch-A-Song” pre-screened recorded song submissions which were played for a panel of professionals who actively place music for film, TV, commercials and video games. The panel, moderated by Ritch Esra, co-publishes of The Film & Television Music Guide, and the Music Business Registry, consisted of former Arista Records music producer and now KFPK radio host, Samm Brown; Associate Director of Film & Television for ASCAP, Charlyn Bernal; independent producer, director and writer, Eric Mofford; Vice President of Creative Services for North Star Media, Marty Silverstone; indie film & TV producer and Associate Prof. of Chapman College, Mildred Inez Lewis; and talent manager and music supervisor, Jennifer Yeko of True Talent Management.

The daytime panels were directed by Linda Kraemer of Just Plain Folks (JPF) with the help of Anna Tutor of the music coalition, COSMO. The overall event coordination was Judy Lamppu for Los Angeles Women in Music with assistance from Michelle Krell Malone. The evening “Pitch-A-Song” was run by Jimi Yamagishi of Songnet and Toni Koch of TK Promotions. Assisting the coalition was Pete Brach. Coalition president, Stephen Scott, coordinated staff and volunteers in setting up and breaking down the event. LAWiM President Leanne Summers, Administrator Deborah Alfaro and LAWiM board member Gale Stoddard manned the LAWiM booth, selling their latest compilation CD, raffle tickets and LAWiM “merch” and signing up new members.  LAWiM member Don Bogle assisted with striking the set at day’s end.

Daytime Workshop/Panel Presenters and mentors were:

Mohan Chhabra and Jaamoo (online promo and technology gurus)

Glenn Litwak - Music Attorney

John Braheny (Author/Teacher/Consultant)

Pamela Oland (Author/Hit Songwriter)

Robin Frederick (Head TAXI screener, Author)

David Banta (Home Recording)

Lenise Bent (Engineer Producer)

Jeannie Deva (Recording Vocals Specialist)

Michael (Micky) Schuman (Producer /Engineer, Concert Producer)

Jan Linder-Koda (Producer)

Harriet Schock (Hit songwriter, Author, Performer)

Bernard Baur (Music Journalist, Educator, Consultant)

Scott G (The G-Man) (Journalist/Marketing & PR Guru)

Linda Kraemer, LMFT

Alan O’Day (Hit Songwriter)

Erica Krusen (MusiCares, Non-profit GRAMMY Affiliate)

JoAnn Braheny (Creative Career Counselor)

Elisabeth Howard (Master Teacher/Author/Performer)

Eric Mofford (Writer/Producer/Director)

Mildred Lewis – (Assoc. Prof. Filmmaking Chapman University/Screenwriter/Producer)

Ben Pacheco – (Future Perfect Music)

Steven Memel (Vocal/Performance Coach)

Bobby Borg (Author of The Musicians’ Handbook)

Eric J. Lawrence (KCRW Music Librarian)

Jon Flanagan (Radio Promotions)

Larry Wines (Tied to the Tracks Radio)

 

For Immediate Release
December 15, 2008
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