City of Music Career Day Roadshow at a High School near you

On Tuesday March 22nd the Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), the Arts Commission, Music Commission, and the Office of Film + Music brought Executive Director of The Vera Project  (and Seattle Music Commissioner) Tim Lennon, and ARTS’ Digital Media Specialist (and Stranger writer and KEXP DJ/musician ) Larry Mizell Jr to Nathan Hale High School to speak to students for the City of Music Career Day Roadshow. Mizell and Lennon spoke with two classes of young people that were engaged and curious, and answered questions about getting experience, making connections, and finding opportunities to work in the music industry. (A request to freestyle was sadly denied.)

A few students knew about the organizations that Mizell and Lennon represented, a couple had heard Larry’s radio show, and one was already volunteering at Vera, but it was news to most in attendance. After talking with Lennon and Mizell, some students expressed excitement, and made plans with each other before they left the room, to volunteer at one or more of the organizations in the future. All in all, the roadshow was a great opportunity to spread the word about the annual City Of Music Career Day, what making a living in the arts and music can mean, and about how to crack the too-often-inscrutable puzzle of “how to get started”.

City of Music Career Day Roadshows: A new partnership in 2016 with Seattle Public Schools, produced in partnership with Seattle Music Commission, Office of Film + Music, Seattle Arts Commission and Office of Arts & Culture, the City of Music Career Day Roadshows are concentrated outreach and engagement programs that pair two music industry professionals (musicians, producers, radio personalities, record labels, etc.) and brings them into the classroom to share their artistic, creative, and professional experiences with students. It provides a direct connection for students to learn about the diverse opportunities and career pathways available in the music industry. Additionally, it raises awareness and interest in the annual City of Music Career Day event.

New Mural at KEXP

This spring artist Aramis Hamer is creating a temporary mural at the site of KEXP’s new offices and studio at the northwest corner of the Seattle Center campus. A temporary wall running 130+ feet was installed along the south side of Republican Street, where Hamer will complete her artwork for the April 16 opening of KEXP.

On Saturday, March 19 from 2-5 p.m., Aramis will host a community information and engagement session at The Vera Project, 305 Harrison Street on the Seattle Center campus. Aramis invites anyone interested to bring their retired music ephemera –CDs, LPs, and cassette tapes (1 – 2 items per person)—which will become sculptural elements in the mural.

Hamer’s mural will celebrate Seattle’s diverse communities and reflect the history and evolution of the music industry. Her vibrant mural, which will take viewers from KEXP’s library to the entrance of Seattle Center, will include acrylic paint and objects, from LPs and cassettes to CDs. The mural will engage the imagination as a fitting tribute the KEXP’s new offices and studio. According to Hamer, “Music is definitely one of my main inspirations. Songs are like stories and while listening to the lyrics, an image forms in my mind inspiring the next piece.”

Hamer moved to Seattle from Chicago, IL. She draws from music as her inspiration to create large-scale acrylic paintings. Her work is heavily influenced by street art, hip hop, and urban landscapes. Hamer has created a number of paintings for private commissions and public exhibition and collaborated with community members of the Central Area to create an interactive chalkboard mural at 23rd and Union in the summer of 2015. She completed the Office of Arts & Culture’s Public Art Boot Camp in 2015.

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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 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

VERA Project’s posters are a hit at City Hall

The VERA Project, an all-ages volunteer-fueled music and arts venue, is celebrating its 14th year of operation as Seattle’s first and foremost producer of all-ages music concerts in Seattle! Vera’s mission is to foster a participatory creative culture through popular music concerts, arts programs, experiential learning and volunteer opportunities for all ages, especially youth.

The exhibition, The Vera Project: 14 years of True and Sincere Friends kicked off Wednesday, July 8 with a reception in the lobby of City Hall. On view is a retrospective of posters created at Vera, chronicling 14 years of all-ages popular music concerts in Seattle. Along with the visual posters are compelling testimonials from volunteers about how Vera has affected and changed their lives.

As Shannon Halberstadt stated: “when the Vera Project first started, it was a major force in Seattle and difficult NOT to be involved. It was a gorgeous mash up of art, music, and activism, and something people were eager to support. I was working at the Old Firehouse in Redmond at the time, and ties were very tight between the two all-ages venues. Kate Becker was a great leader at both venues back then.”

Not only do the Vera Project staff and volunteers produce the posters and music concerts, they also have classes in audio engineering, DJ-ing, music writing, concert lighting, live sound engineering, drum  tuning, multi-track recording, and of course art classes, including screen printing and color theory.

So next time you’re at the Seattle Center, stop in and see their facilities or become involved by volunteering! In the meantime, stop into the City Hall Lobby Gallery and the Anne Focke Gallery to see this fantastic exhibition. The gallery is located at 600 Fourth Avenue, downtown Seattle.

Photos by S.M. Stephens