Film ‘Crazy’ shines spotlight on Hank Garland who had ties to Orange Park

Film poster for 'Crazy'
Film poster/IMDB for ‘Crazy’

If you haven’t seen the film Crazy about the life of legendary guitarist, songwriter, and performer Hank  Garland, you’re missing a very interesting journey into the music world. Garland may not be a household name in general public quarters, but to serious musicians, Garland is most definitely a legend. The film does an excellent job getting across why he deserves so much praise. Continue reading “Film ‘Crazy’ shines spotlight on Hank Garland who had ties to Orange Park”

‘50 States’ graph indicates musicians have a big money pie to target

50 states of music graph BMI
50 states of music graph/BMI

Be forewarned. The chart is definitely addicting.

BMI, along with other industry partners, has published a new graph and data indicating musicians in the US have a big money pie to target. It doesn’t matter if you’re a known brand or an up and comer. The market share for the industry is huge, and the state I live in has enough revenue churning to fire up the ambitions of any songwriter, performer, or other industry professional. Start with the overall US market–$143 billion in annual value and 2 million jobs. Continue reading “‘50 States’ graph indicates musicians have a big money pie to target”

Is there opportunity in vintage MySpace now?

MySpace might seem like a ‘ghost town’ now that Facebook has gobbled up the lion’s share of social media, but the original sharing site still breathes. Sort of. Continue reading “Is there opportunity in vintage MySpace now?”

Key West Songwriters Festival to feature more than 200 performers

Key West Songwriters Festival
Snip/Key West Songwriters Festival

The Key West Songwriters Festival will feature more than 200 performers and untold numbers of music fans who will converge on the island May 9-13, 2018.

The performers are selected by organizations like BMI, so there’s a selection process that may take some time.  Continue reading “Key West Songwriters Festival to feature more than 200 performers”

How can artists and craftsmakers deal with Florida wildfire smoke at outdoor events?

crafstmakers at festival
Craftsmakers at festivals know what it’s like to contend with weather. (Photo: Indie Art South)

Is there anything more inspiring to an artist than a beautiful Florida day? Despite a long run of fair weather, quite a few of us find ourselves with a bit of cabin fever these days. Why?

Wildland fires. What can you do if you’re trying to perform as smoke wafts across the stage?  Continue reading “How can artists and craftsmakers deal with Florida wildfire smoke at outdoor events?”