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Gotta Sing! Search for A Star Open Mic
Tuesday, September 1, 18:00-20:30
240 West 54 Street, New York, New York 10019
Phone: 212-874-7956; 212-765-5454
Singers search and open mic held every Monday night at "THE IGUANA" right around the corner from the David Letterman show. Talented newcomers and experienced singers are all welcome. Just come in, sign up and sing. A Pianist is resident or bring your background tracks or CDs. The pianist transposes instantly in any key for you. Open to the public, all ages and all styles are welcome. Produced by the long-running showbiz team of Billy Shepard and Judi Jourdan who also produce their own television show "How to Succeed in Show Business By Really Trying", shown on Time Warner Cable. There is no admission or cover charge for performer and guests, but there is a food/beverage minimum per person.
Portland Film Festival featuring Zombie Day
Tuesday, September 1 - Monday, September 7
McMenamin’s Mission Theatre
1624 NW Glisan Street, Portland, Oregon 97209
Phone: 503-683-2679; 503-223-4527
Portland Film Festival, also known as the Storyteller's Festival and Conference, focuses on the people, ideas, technology, skills and artistry behind filmmaking. A primary feature of the festival are its outdoor screenings. It partners with several area organizations including the City of Portland, Portland Parks and Recreation, Women in Film, Oregon Media Production Association (OMPA), Willamette Writers, SAG Aftra (Actor’s Guild/Union), Oregon Governor’s Office of Film (Oregon Film), Digital Media Communications Department at Clackamas Community College and others. September 7 of the festival is designated as “Zombie Day” — an actual shoot for film in progress, “Zombie Day Apocalypse.” The film will be directed by George C. Romero Jr. (son of famed zombie director George A. Romero), written by Randall Jahnson (“The Doors” and “The Mask of Zorro”), and is set in an undisclosed location in Portland, Oregon. The film is attempting to set the Guinness World Record for most extras in a short film. Hashtag: #ZOMBIEDAY, Twitter: @zombieday.
THE FIX: FRUKT’s Live Music Showcase
Tuesday, September 1, 19:00
The Heavenly Social
Five Little Portland Street, London, W1W 7JD, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 7751 2900
FRUKT, along with partners BMI and DIY Magazine, present THE FIX, a live showcase of new music which takes place the first Tuesday of every month. Live acts featured for this night include: Holy Esque, Ray Blk and Chris Simmons. And, of course, there will be the FRUKT DJs. During the daytime, FRUKT works with brands like Coca Cola, Nokia, Diesel, O2, Kronenbourg, Southern Comfort and Starwood Hotels, helping them solve problems and build meaningful relationships through music and entertainment. Doors open at 19:00. This event is free. FRUKT and DIY DJs playing around the bands.
La Biennale di Venezia - 72nd Venice International Film Festival
Wednesday, September 2 - Saturday, September 12
Palazzo del Cinema (other venues)
Venice Lido, Venice, Italy
Phone: +39 041-521-8711; Fax +39 041 2728329
The 72nd Venice International Film Festival, organized by La Biennale di Venezia, will run out of Venice Lido through September 12, directed by Alberto Barbera. The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness and promote the various aspects of international cinema in all its forms — art, entertainment and as an industry. The Festival also organizes retrospectives and tributes to major figures as a path to foster a better understanding of the history of cinema. After an invitation only Opening Ceremony, the festival gets its official start with a screening of EVEREST in 3D by Baltasar Kormákur (UK, USA, 122’, language: English, s/t Italian). The Biennale di Venezia and Jaeger-LeCoultre have announced that American director Brian De Palma will receive the Venice International Film Festival’s Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2015 Award, dedicated to creatives who have made original contributions to contemporary cinema. The award will be given on September 9 in the Palazzo del Cinema. The fourth edition of Sala Web theater will run from September 3-16. The screening room of the Venice Film Festival will serve as an opportunity for worldwide audiences to screen selected titles from the 72nd edition of the Festival.
Friday Night Social
Friday, September 4, 18:30-21:30
Rock & Reilly’s Barrel Room
8913 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, California 90069
Friday Night Social is a networking group that meets the first Friday of every month. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another but has evolved since then. Please register the day before the event to secure admission. This month’s Friday Night Social is a free admission event hosted by Jennifer Grisanti and ScriptWiters Network. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another, combining people from different areas and levels in the entertainment industry. Jen Grisanti is a Story Consultant, Independent Producer, Writing Instructor for NBC's Writers on the Verge, Blogger for The Huffington Post and author of the upcoming book, "Story Line: Finding Gold In Your Life Story.” Complimentary finger food and/or Nachos will be provided at the event. It important to register before 22:00 the evening before the event to gain entry.
Playlist Live Washington D.C.
Friday, September 4 - Sunday, September 6
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-249-3000; 202-898-9200
Playlist Live hosts a three-day event where online creators and their supporters come together to meet in one place. The weekend begins on Friday with Business Day then Saturday and Sunday are core days of the event. Attending Playlist Live there is a non-stop session of interactive activities going on throughout the entire weekend. Playlist Live groups multiple creators together for meetups when possible. Some creators will not be grouped with others. Playlist Live was created by AKT Enterprises, which is an Orlando-based entertainment merchandising company that also created District Lines along with a handful of other brands.
Friday, September 4 - Sunday, September 6
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
MetaCon is a comic and sci-fi convention that attempts to capture every aspect of geek culture and nerd life, with an array of other fandoms such as anime, cosplay and music mixed in. Convention planning has programmed in special TV stars, anime convention guests, sci-fi stars, and comic artists. The events list is complete with autograph signings, a dealers room, video gaming, and more. Planned musical events include multiple concerts, dances, balls, and events. There will be an epic Nerdcore rap show, and an acoustic show planned for the same day. There will be an area filled with arcade games like Dance Dance Revolution and multiple large-format LCD screens for everything from first-person-shooters to Japanese fighters, with tournaments scheduled all weekend long.
42nd Telluride Film Festival
Friday, September 4 - Monday, September 7
Sheridan Opera House (other venues)
110 N Oak Street, Telluride, Colorado 81435
Phone: 510-665-9494; 970-728-6363
Telluride’s opening screening is A Tribute to Apocalypse Now, with a discussion following the screening, A Close-Up on Apocalypse Now, with four of the key members of the film’s creative team. There is an opening night party with filmmakers and special guests, along with food and the early buzz. Telluride will host Noon Seminars where Festival guests can gather to discuss cinema, art and life. Moderated by Annette Insdorf. Saturday and Sunday panels are free and open to the public; Monday panel is open to all Festival passholders. There is music at Telluride and Quincy Jones, winner of 27 Grammys, will introduce Justin Kauflin and his trio (Chris Smith on bass and Billy Williams on drums) on September 6 at Elks Park. Closing Telluride is the annual Labor Day Picnic at Town Park. A full meal with desert served afterward, all served along with the final Seminar and the opportunity for an open debate. Learn more about Telluride Film Festival in the month's news summary by following this link.
Matsumoto's 2nd Street Jazz Showcase
Monday, September 7, 21:00
Matsumoto's 2nd Street Jazz
366 East 2nd Street, Los Angeles, California 90012
Phone: 310-849-5938; 213-680-0047
From the Little Tokyo district of downtown Los Angeles, the weekly event showcase here presents Jazz, Blues, Hip Hop, Rock n' Roll, Soul and R & B artists and open mic opportunities. The doors open at 19:30 nightly and live entertainment starts at 9 or 10 pm. In addition to its original purpose as a jazz club for which it was begun circa 2005 by one time trumpet player and entrepreneur Kohei Matsumoto, 2nd Street Jazz explores music which ranges from rock to electronic to hip-hop and of course, jazz. Monday nights is a NYC styled jazz jam for any musicians with instruments invited up to the stage to play. Hip Hop and MC beat battles happen on Thursdays. The club features a full bar and late night food.
Production Music Conference
Wednesday, September 9, 08:00
Directors Guild of America
Los Angeles, California
The Production Music Association will host the second annual Production Music Conference, building on the successes of the inaugural conference last September. In addition, The Mark Awards, the first awards program for production music will cap the event with a special ceremony honoring excellence in 17 categories. The planned panel agenda covers: Trailer Music: When Out of Box Works, Disruptors: New Business Models, Mo’ Money: Performance Royalties for Commercials, Demo Derby, Blurred Lines: Legal Considerations, Music in Advertising, Metadata Matters, Writing The Next Library Hit: Composing Techniques, Writing the Next Library Hit: Composing Techniques. Panel Moderator is Sharon Jennings, APM, VP of Music/Marketing. The PMA is a member-supported, volunteer organization currently comprising approximately 660 member libraries, from major label publishers and national independents to energetic start-ups. The PMA is involved in everything from performing rights analysis to composer education, from lobbying on digital watermarking and fingerprinting to helping guarantee the value of production music across the ever-expanding universe of media. A Cocktail Reception follows the conference, which then leads into the Mark Awards ceremonies.
BMI Presents New Artist Showcase
Thursday, September 10, 20:00
1123 Euclid Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30307
BMI presents New Artist Showcase featuring: Black Linen (www.facebook.com/blacklinenband); Mattiel (www.facebook.com/mattielmusic) and The Incrowd Band. Admission is by ticket. AISLE 5 is a new music venue/bar/restaurant in Atlanta's Little Five Points district. AISLE 5 will feature local and nationally touring artists representing all musical styles. Music submissions for possible bookings are taken at:
Toronto International Film Festival
Thursday, September 10 - Sunday, September 20
Steve and Rashmi Gupta Box Office (other venues)
Reitman Square, 350 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario Canada
Phone: 416-934-5834; 416-599-TIFF; 888-599-8433
The Toronto International Film Festival is a well regarded launching pad for international, Hollywood and Canadian cinema, and is arguably regarded as the most important film festival after Cannes. Although the festival starts off with a screening of LAND OF MINE, Martin Zandvliet, Director, a Gala Presentation will be held later in the evening with a screening of DEMOLITION, Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Although not an Oscar qualifying festival, TIFF’s international status is known to be a factor in generating Oscar buzz. Beyond screenings TIFF will surely have many areas of events and activities going on besides film screenings. Following are some of the noteworthy industry events at this TIFF 2015. Toronto International Film Festival is a highlighted event in the news summary on this site. Learn more about it here.
Rick Baitz Composing for the Screen Workshop
Thursday, September 10 - Thursday, October 22
BMI Media Room, 7 World Trade Center
250 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10007
Sponsored by BMI and directed by composer Rick Baitz, this New York City-based program have selected a small number of emerging film composers and is providing a series of workshops, followed by year-round continued consultation and development. The workshops is open only to accepted applicants. Rick Baitz is Faculty Chair of the MFA in Music Composition at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Six sessions on consecutive Thursdays are to be held at the BMI Media Room, 7 World Trade Center, except for Session 5, the final recording session at a location TBA.
Saturday, September 12 - Sunday, September 13
5595 Grand Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63112
Phone: 888-512-SHOW (7469)
Experience 30+ bands across four stages – from household names to up-and-coming artists. There are planned art markets, the Loukidz stage, photogenic spaces, activities and merchandise for the entire family. A partial listing of the lineup includes: Walking Shapes, Lord Huron, Young the Giant, Delta Rae, Nico and Vinz, Colony House, Ludacris, Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas, All Them Witches, Clock Work, The Black Cadillacs, Billy Idol.
BMI Acoustic Lounge
Monday, September 14, 19:00
740 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90046
Singer/songwriter showcase series featuring acoustic performances in an intimate setting as well as networking opportunities with other songwriters and BMI representatives. Held the first Monday of every month. Featured performances will be given by: Angela Parrish, Nina Diaz (www.ninadiazmusic.com), Madame Recamier. Admission is free. Followed by Open Mic Night at 20:00, a separate showcase with admission.
BMI Songwriters Workshop with Jason Blume
Tuesday, September 15, 12:30-16:30
10 Music Square East, Nashville, Tennessee 37203-4399
Following the lecture portion, Blume will critique a song from each attendee. Those who wish to have a song critiqued should bring a recording and a lyric sheet or be prepared to perform the song live. Registration is free and is conducted online. Online registration opens at 15:00 the day after the previous month’s workshop. 50 participants will be admitted online on a first-come, first-served basis, until all 50 seats are filled. Please email
with any questions regarding the workshop. All participants MUST check in by 12:20 or the spot will be given away to those on the waiting list. This month's topic is Writing Melodies Listeners Can’t Forget (Publisher Pitch). Free but registration is conducted online at
50 participants will be admitted online on a first-come, first-served basis, until all 50 seats are filled.
Americana Music Festival and Conference
Tuesday, September 15 - Sunday, September 20
Ryman Auditorium (other venues)
116 Fifth Avenue N., Nashville, Tennessee 37219
Phone: 615-386-6936; 615-401-9859
As a parent organization, the mission of the Americana Music Association is to advocate for the voice of American Roots Music around the world. The conference portion of the festival features numerous panels, seminars and more, rounding out an educational music industry forum. This event covers the interests and needs of artists, managers, labels, radio stations, publishers, agents, promoters, retailers, legal and business affairs executives, merchandisers and new media professionals. One conference session, All Boats Rise: A Comprehensive Conversation on How to Make the Most of Streaming Services, will be delivered September 16. The 14th Annual Americana Honors and Awards Show also happens on September 16. A SoundExchange Master Class is slated for September 17 and there is a CD Baby Party following not long after the Master Class. Music Licensing for Film and Television is planned for September 18 and a YouTube Masterclass happens shortly following that. Performing artists and bands in the musical showcase include: The Honeycutters, Lily Hiatt, Doug Seegers, Dirty River Boys, Corb Lund, Caroline Spence, Great Peacock, Lee Ann Womack and others. Application to perform in the Americana Music Festival is done through the website.
Entertainment and Technology Summit
Wednesday, September 16, 08:00-19:00
300 S. Doheny Drive, Los Angeles, California 90048
Entertainment industry publisher Variety explores the blurred lines of distinction between traditional film and television product and digital entertainment during their bi-annual Entertainment and Technology Summit. Planned sessions review best strategies to engage audiences, and identify the strategies promoting industry growth. It encompasses the latest trends in tablets and smartphones, rising digital content hubs, new opportunities in advertising and commerce and more. The Opening Keynote will be delivered by Diane Nelson, President, DC Entertainment and President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. After a mid-afternoon networking break a panel will convene on the topic of: “The New Distribution Deal — How Best to Extend Film and TV Revenues Worldwide."
POP Montreal International Music Festival 2015
Wednesday, September 16 - Sunday, September 20
Espace Reunion (other venues)
6600 Hutchison, Montréal, Canada H2V 4E1
Starting its 14th year, POP Montreal offers five days of concerts, symposium discussions, artisan/crafts and visual art exhibitions, fashion shows, ﬁlm screenings, besides a few all-night parties. Programming sections that POP Montreal usually breaks down along include: Puces POP, Kids POP, Art POP, Film POP, Espace POP, POP Symposium, Marche Des Possibles. In the music line up, expect acts like: Anatole, Anne Waldman and Fast Speaking Music, Anthrax, Aralune, Babes In Toyland, Bantam Wing, Burning Hell, Chevalier Avant Garde, Clarke And The Himselfs, Conrad Clifton, Dead Beat Poet Society, FARAO, Fashion Police, Giorgio Moroder, Jerusalem In My Heart and so many more. This year, POP Symposium hosts Montreal native, Andy Kim, acclaimed for some 30 million records sold worldwide. Now in its 12th year, POP Montreal‘s film segment, Film POP, continues its mission to present a variety of music-related film events, including premieres, retrospective screenings, cinema performances, live film scores, music videos and shorts.
BMI 101 Workshop LA
Thursday, September 17, 16:00-17:00
BMI Los Angeles Office
8730 Sunset Boulevard, 3rd Floor West, West Hollywood, California 90069
Phone: 310-289-6336; 310-659-9109 Ext. 6336
This is an introductory workshop for writers and publishers covering the history of performing rights, the origins of BMI and the current role BMI plays in the music industry. Attendance is free, but seating is limited so RSVP to:
Primetime Emmy Awards
Sunday, September 20, 17:00-20:00 PST
Microsoft Theater (formerly Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE)
777 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles, California 90015
Phone: 213) 763-6020; 818-754-2800
The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards will air live at 20:00 (EST) on FOX television network. The Emmy Awards recognize excellence within various areas of television and emerging media — notably broadband. Nominees in the category of Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Of A Movie are: Timothy Hutton, Ricky Gervais, Adrien Brody, David Oyelowo, Richard Jenkins, Mark Rylance. Nominees in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or A Movie are: Felicity Huffman, Jessica Lange, Queen Latifah, Frances McDormand, Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal. Emmy Award-winning writer, actor and comedian Andy Samberg will host the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12 and will air on FXX on a date to be announced.
Song Arts Academy Songwriters Workshop Intensive
Tuesday, September 22 - Tuesday, October 20
244 Rehearsal Studios, Kirov Suite
244 West 54 Street, , New York, New York 10019
The Song Arts Academy presents Songwriters Workshop Intensive, which will run five consecutive Tuesday evenings (September 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20) between the hours 19:00-21:30. The Songwriters Workshop Intensive is based on the BMI Model taught in BMI's Contemporary Songwriters Workshop. The program teaches those who want to write better songs a new vocabulary for how to listen to them with the aid of a critiquing system providing cues into what drives a song and what emotion is at its heart. The Workshop Intensive offers a weekly writing assignment and after 4-5 weeks, participants are expected to understand deeply much more about how songs are constructed, and how to write them. There are also visits from publishing and production professionals and industry attorneys and opportunities to have submitted songs critiqued and fine-tuned in a professional setting. To apply visit: www.songartsacademy.com.
Sunset and Dine at BuzzFeed Motion Pictures
Thursday, September 24, 18:00-22:00
BuzzFeed Motion Pictures, 6322 DeLongpre Avenue, Hollywood, California 90028
Taste the flavors of Hollywood at the fourth annual Sunset & Dine food festival at BuzzFeed Motion Pictures. The event celebrates some of the eclectic and innovative culinary concepts taking root near the famed intersection of Sunset and Vine - from chef-driven restaurants to well-known favorites. Guests will enjoy bites, beer and wine, as well as entertainment curated by Amoeba Music and BuzzFeed. Admission includes food, beverages and entertainment. Children under 12 attend the event free of charge. Proceeds benefit The Center at Blessed Sacrament.
Hollywood Networking Breakfast
Thursday, September 24, 08:00-10:30
Beverly Hills Country Club
3084 Motor Avenue (at Manning), Los Angeles, California 90064
Phone: 323-465-9800; 310-854-1111
To attend the Hollywood Networking Breakfast(R), you should be directly involved in the entertainment industry, a group which usually includes writers, producers, directors, development / production execs, talent representatives, casting directors, entertainment attorneys, financiers, actors and others at various levels of experience and achievement. Check-in starts at 07:20. Everyone gets 15 seconds to introduce themselves to the room. The breakfast -- held on the last Thursday of every month -- begins at 08:00 and lasts until approximately 10:30. Parking is available, free of charge.
VITA Global Networking Breakfast
Wednesday, September 30, 08:00-10:00
The Valley Economic Alliance BFG Boardroom
5121 Van Nuys Boulevard, Suite 200 Sherman Oaks, California 91403
The world of international trade has changed dramatically in the past few years and the competition can consist of companies across the globe. It is a Connected World. Exporting in the Connected World lifts the veil on international trade today to provide you with empowering, proven techniques on starting and growing your international business in today's online and connected economy. This session, “Exporting in the Connected World,” will be led by authors Mark Matsumoto and Miguel Olivares, covering such areas as: how to create a profitable online export marketing strategy using Google AdWords, effective international negotiation techniques, how to leverage the best free resources available, spot an export winner that generates repeat orders and other areas.
BMI 101 Workshop NY
Wednesday, September 30, 12:00-13:00
BMI New York Office
Seven World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, New York, New York 10007-0030
BMI 101 is a free one-hour introductory workshop for writers and publishers, covering the role that BMI plays in the music industry, basics of performing rights, and becoming a BMI affiliate. Attendance is free, but seating is limited so RSVP with the name of each guest by email to
Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
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