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Arcade Fire Add Devo, Television & More to Reflektor Tour Lineup: See Dates

Billboard.com - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 1:52pm
Seeing Arcade Fire's mystical live show as they tour behind 2013's "Reflektor" is good enough, but fans will be treated to a couple extra-special...
Categories: Music Industry

Kanye West Will Release New Album 'Most Likely in September'; Readies 'All Day' Single

Billboard.com - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 1:52pm
New music from Kanye West is on the horizon.During his cover story interview with GQ magazine, Kanye West reveals that we can expect his seventh...
Categories: Music Industry

From Pearl Jam to Christina Bianco: 5 Best 'Frozen' Covers (So Far)

Billboard.com - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:52pm
The "Frozen" hot streak isn’t slowing down any time soon -- at least, not if Disney has anything to say about it. Over the weekend, Disney Channel...
Categories: Music Industry

Former Destiny's Child Member Arrested for Disorderly Conduct

Billboard.com - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:52pm
Former Destiny's Child singer Farrah Franklin was arrested early Sunday morning on a charge of disorderly conduct in Conway, South Carolina,...
Categories: Music Industry

Smiths Guitarist Johnny Marr Announces New Solo Album, 'Playland,' Due Oct. 6

Billboard.com - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:52pm
Morrissey isn't the only former Smiths member releasing a solo album this year. Guitarist Johnny Marr announced that he will follow up his 2013 solo...
Categories: Music Industry

U.S.-Based Iraqi Metal Band Acrassicauda Raises Funds on Kickstarter to Record Debut Album

Billboard.com - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:52pm
When Acrassicauda drummer Marwan Hussein found out on July 9 that his heavy-metal band had successfully raised $37,383 via Kickstarter to record its...
Categories: Music Industry

Uncle Kracker's 'Endlessly': Exclusive Song Premiere (Listen)

Billboard.com - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:52pm
The former Kid Rock hype man and Top 10 hitmaker ("Follow Me," "Drift Away," "Smile," "When the Sun Goes Down" with Kenny Chesney) has signed a new...
Categories: Music Industry

Artist Updates (7/21/14)

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:40pm
Worsham to Pick on the Patio • Eli Young Band on Letterman • Lee Roy Parnell to play Franklin [...]
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Journalist Lydia Dixon Harden Passes

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:33pm
Country-music journalist Lydia Dixon Harden passed away last week at age 55 [...]
Categories: Music Industry

Highlights Of Summer NAMM’s Largest Show In Six Years

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:16pm
NAMM members rolled into Nashville’s Music City Center July 17-19 finding the largest Summer NAMM in [...]
Categories: Music Industry

Sam Smith's Spotify Gamble: Did It Pay Off?

Billboard.com - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:52am
A version of this article first appeared in the July 25th issue of Billboard Magazine. Sam Smith lost a battle but not the war. In an effort to debut...
Categories: Music Industry

Pitchfork Music Festival 2014: The Indie-Rock Dad Awards

Billboard.com - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:52am
On the crowded subway ride home from the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival, a kid in glasses, gauges and a D.A.R.E. shirt asked my dad where he was...
Categories: Music Industry

Pitchfork Fest's 10 Best Performances: St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, Beck & More

Billboard.com - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:52am
Celebrating its 9th year in Chicago's Union Park, the Pitchfork Music Festival once again proved to be a charming alternative to the bloated,...
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Panic! At The Disco Brilliantly Neutralize Westboro Baptist Church Protesters

Billboard.com - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:52am
Westboro Baptist Church—the collection of hate-mongering protesters who have targeted everyone from Lorde to Brad Paisley—recently set their sights...
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Tom Petty on the 'Good Thing About Getting Old': 'You Know What's Worth Spending Time on and What's Not'

Billboard.com - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:52am
The seaside community of Malibu is a retreat for wealthy hedonists for good reason — there’s rolling surf and almost inevitable blue sky and golden...
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Four Year Strong Prepare to 'Go Down in History' With New EP Premiere: Listen

Billboard.com - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:52am
After a label change, lineup switch and three-year break, breakdown-happy punks Four Year Strong are back with a new EP that Billboard is excited to...
Categories: Music Industry

Weekend Round-Up

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:42am
Blake Shelton at Wrigley Field • Brad Paisley and Sarah Darling on the Opry […]
Categories: Music Industry

Do’s And Don’ts For Finding A Commercial Photography Agent

A Photo Editor's Blog - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:29am

This guest re-post comes from Mark Winer at The Gren Group. The original post appeared here.

We’ve added some new talent to our roster recently, and with that often comes questions from photographers about how to find representation. So this is for you, the aspiring photographer searching for that perfect relationship with an agency representative. There is (as of this writing) no match.com for the photography industry – so we are are going to summon up 18 years of experience and give you the tools for your big search.

Rather than writing a long dissertation on the process of finding a rep, we’ve decided to give you a Cliffs Notes version – a handy, tried and true list to follow throughout your search. Please keep in mind this is aimed at photographers who are interested in working with agents who have mostly commercial clients. The TOP TEN Do’s and Don’ts below will vary based on your objective.

Here goes:

DO’S!

DO know that we get between 15 and 20 unique photographer requests each month. We may add just one new photographer a year, so you really need to stand out.
DO your research. Personalize your message to the rep you’re reaching out to and reference something worthwhile and specific. Find some common ground.
DO prove your business model. Show us that your own photography skills and marketing efforts have gotten you enough work where you need a business partner to help manage your growing business.
DO know thyself. What kind of photographer are you? Fashion? Lifestyle? Conceptual? Still Life? You should come to us already with a strong brand and self identity. We should be able to ‘know’ you in 90 seconds or less.
DO support the US Postal Service (before they close your branch)! Mail us samples of the great promos you’ve been sending to clients.
DO share your most recent commercial success stories – recognizable brands really get our attention. This is kind of a ‘what have you done lately’ business.
DO tell us about the industry trade shows you’ve attended and the Art Producers or Creative Directors you’ve met with recently. Feel free to name drop – we may have connections in common!
DO be respectful, appreciative and humble. A good personality goes a long way.
DO be patient and realistic. This is a relationship business. It can take years for the rep to build relationships with both clients and photographers.
DO have a reasonable advertising & promotion budget. Attracting the attention of ad agency clients, and building relationships with them, can require an extensive financial commitment.

DON’TS

DON’T email us generic comments like “new website!” or “just want to take my photography to the next level”. Be creative – include the whats, whens and whys. First impressions are important!
DON’T worry if we don’t get back to you right away. We make every effort to respond to all requests – which can sometimes take several days or weeks, depending on our workload.
DON’T be a beauty, fashion, conceptual or product photographer if you’re reaching out to us. Nothing personal, just not our area of expertise. Do your research first, and know the agent – there are plenty of great reps who market celebrity & automotive work.
DON’T be lazy. Success in this business requires a ton of ambition, passion, and a positive outlook. Enthusiasm is contagious – clients and reps can feed off your energy.
DON’T worry if most of the projects come from your leads in the first year or two. That’s to be expected. After all, you’ve been promoting your own commercial work for the last 5-10 years, and we’ve just gotten started.
DON’T send us a personal Facebook request after just one email. We’re big fans of social media, so show us you know the difference between networks like LinkedIn, Twitter, etc …
DON’T be a photographer with only personal, fine art or wedding work. It may be beautiful, but we are advertising assignment reps – the work must be commercially viable and contain high production value.
DON’T be a prima donna. Character is very important – we prefer humble, appreciative, collaborative and genuine.
DON’T get bogged down into thinking that you must have a rep to build your business! Plenty of great photographers have achieved commercial success without representation.
DON’T get frustrated if you have no luck getting a rep in the first few months (or years) of trying. Take that as a sign that you have to continue working harder and smarter to appeal to an agent.

Hope this helps a little. The right photographer/agent partnership can be a great thing – creative, challenging, lucrative, rewarding and fun. It’s also a lot like a marriage, whose success relies on mutual understanding, respect and communication. And like a marriage, know your partner well – maybe even consider living together for awhile first – the goal is to be together for a long time.

Good luck in your search!

Categories: Business

Luke Bryan Leads Country Noms For Teen Choice Awards

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:26am
The next wave of nominees has been announced for Teen Choice 2014, airing Sunday, Aug. 10 […]
Categories: Music Industry

Part Of Being A Great Photographer Is An Innate Gift For The Drive To Do It

A Photo Editor's Blog - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:20am

I think that part of this (being a great photographer) is an innate gift. I think that all artists, whatever the medium, have some genetic luck. That gives them the drive for whatever the talent is, painter, writer, musician, photographer. There’s something that’s deep within their soul.

I use to tell photographers that I believe great photographers, artists, whomever have a third eye. Many decades ago I was weaving and doing rugs I remember looking down at my hands and being in wonder of what they were doing. I’d say to myself, just stay out of their way. Get out of the way and let them do what they do. I think the same thing is true with photographers.

When they are really good it’s intuitive. This is what happens when they don’t over think it. That is what Bresson says.

via Karen Mullarkey – An Interview Part Two.

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