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Registration now open for March 12 event at EMP Museum, and The Vera Project

January 26, 2016 (Seattle, WA) – One Reel is pleased to announce the 2016 City of Music Career Day, which will take place at the EMP Museum and The Vera Project on Saturday, March 12, 9:00am – 4:00pm. The event is presented in partnership with the Office of Film + Music, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, EMP Museum, and The Vera Project with major funding support provided by Boeing.

City of Music Career Day is now in its fifth year and completely free to high school and college students, ages 16-24, with an interest in a career in the music industry. This day-long program is designed to give participants direct access to music industry professionals through networking, experiential learning, engaging workshops, and performance. Participants are exposed to a wide range of music-related careers including performance, management, concert production, non-profit management, record label operations, retail, licensing, journalism, broadcasting, gaming, and more. A wide variety of internship and volunteer opportunities will be showcased to offer participants direct access to the music industry.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. For more information and to register, visit www.careerday.onereel.org. Space is limited and early registration is encouraged.

ABOUT ONE REEL One Reel is the independent, non‐profit producer of the Northwest’s premier arts events, fueling civic pride through signature experiences that foster growth and development in community and the arts. We connect audiences with diverse and progressive arts and cultural ideas through access and opportunities that would otherwise not exist. While many of our events are thought of as iconic and defining of our region, in fact it is ultimately our community that guides and defines our work. For more information, visit onereel.org.

Commissioners at Large

An event at a great venue, a rockin’ band, and meeting amazing people who contribute and inspire our fabulous arts and cultural communities? On Wednesday, June 3rd I got to experience all of these as the Seattle Arts Commission cohosted a speed-dating style mixer at one of my new fave spots, Rumba Notes Lounge! The event paired Seattle Arts Commission and Seattle Music Commission members with anyone who wanted to come by to chat. The vibe felt easy and chill, thanks to the gracious and warm welcome we received by the owner of Rumba Notes. The venue, along with the sounds of Ancient Robotz, Seattle’s own neo-soul funk band, provided the perfect backdrop for the event.

As an arts commissioner, the highlight for me were all of the people I got to chat with. There were 50+ people in attendance and it was wonderful to see old friends, and make new ones! All of the folks I spoke with shared similar values in that they were looking to build bridges and create further access to the arts within their communities. Here were a few highlights:

Chatting with a promoter who came all the way from Tacoma! We brainstormed possible collaborative opportunities to further enhance Tacoma’s music and entertainment scene.

Meeting a woman who is creating an online resource guide for those looking for open mic opportunities around the Seattle area.

Reconnecting with one of my favorite visual artists who is a painter for social justice. I hadn’t seen him in quite a while, and got to learn about his latest work with students at a local high school.

I really appreciated those that came out to chat, learn more about my work, and in turn I got to be inspired by theirs.  I look forward to doing this again soon!

From Priya Frank,  Associate Director for Advancement for the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell and Seattle Art Commissioner

Seattle Parks receives National Endowment for the Arts grant

$10,000 to support downtown Busker Program

Seattle Parks busker in Westlake Park.


National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced today that Seattle Parks and Recreation is one of 917 organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant.

Seattle Parks will receive $10,000 to support the Seattle Busker Program. The busker program began in 2007. Each spring Seattle Parks auditions and pays a variety of artists to perform in downtown parks in order to make the parks livelier and more welcoming throughout the spring and summer months. This grant will be used to enhance this program with support for the City of Seattle Office of Film and Music’s The City of Music™ initiative by increasing duo and trio program participation as well as creating a jazz program in the park series.

NEA Chairman Chu said, “I’m pleased to be able to share the news of our support through Art Works including the award to Seattle Parks and Recreation. The arts foster value, connection, creativity and innovation for the American people and these recommended grants demonstrate those attributes and affirm that the arts are part of our everyday lives.”

Art Works grants support the creation of art, public engagement with art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,474 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $75 million in funding. Of those applications, 917 are recommended for grants for a total of $26.6 million.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov. Follow the conversation about this and other NEA‐funded projects on Twitter at #NEAFall2014.