New York Music Month Extended Play offers free resources to support musical artists during the pandemic. Hone your craft and sharpen your business skills with workshops and classes taught by industry leaders.
Any musician who wants to improve their income and learn to navigate how to build their music business, especially during the pandemic, should sign up before the limited slots run out. In it, you will learn to:
The workshop is run by noted music business authors Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan (The Indie Band Survival Guide, Making Money With Music), which Billboard Magazine calls “the ideal mentors for aspiring indie musicians who want to navigate an ever-changing music industry.”
Date: Friday, January 29, 2021, 11:30 – 1:00 PM
Delve into the workings of booking in NYC, the live music capital. Led by Drom talent buyer and educator Mehmet Dede, this online presentation is an essential primer for independent artists and performers who will be introduced to tools, tactics and insider tips on how the independent booking world operates. The presentation will cover an introduction to booking NYC venues, crafting the perfect pitch email and an overview of setting up virtual shows in the age of a pandemic.
Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021, 5:00 – 6:15 PM
The ways in which we live and work have transformed over the last year, especially in the music industry. Social distancing has placed new restrictions on travel and studio operations, leading many engineers and producers to completely transform their workflow and explore effective solutions for remote collaboration. A number of digital tools have been discovered by creatives looking to quickly pivot from in-person collaboration to a remote workflow. Nevertheless, there have been a number of technical challenges that have impeded the efficiency and effectiveness of this.
During the Remote Recording for the Modern Creative, Audio Engineer and Producer Ebonie Smith will explore the different applications that allow creatives to collaborate remotely and analyze the problems and potential solutions that come with them.
Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM
What is digital marketing? How do you connect and engage with your fans online? Do you have strategies in place to grow your audience? Learn the nuts and bolts of digital marketing, so that you too can stand out from the crowd.
Date: Tuesday February 23, 2021, 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Self-releasing, independent artists have many choices when it comes to choosing a distributor. Our Distribution Derby will showcase different distribution models. Learn what distributors do and which one is right for you. This program is part of New York Music Month Extended Play, an initiative of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.
Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 5:00 – 6:00 PM
A companion to the “Make it Live! A Practical Approach to Getting Gigs in NYC” presentation, this session will go deeper into promoting booked events and building your live audience and community. This presentation will cover marketing concerts, identifying your fanbase and grassroots promotion tools.
Date: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 1:00 – 2:15 PM
In this introductory hands-on workshop with instructor Izzi Ramkissoon, Electronic Music Program at the College of Staten Island, participants will learn about how to create music using everyday sound in the style of musique concrete. In the workshop attendees will learn about this history of musique concrete, listen to examples, record sounds using a computer or phone, edit and process sounds using free software (audacity), create a piece of music that can be shared after the workshop.
Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Jump into the world of beat-making and digital music production.
Workshops are open to all, whether you are a curious beginner with limited resources looking to to hone in on foundational skills or a seasoned professional hoping to expand your creative toolbox and find new workflows. Dive into a variety of practices and techniques used to create unique digital productions from ideation to release and performance.
Each of 8 workshops will inspire you to be innovative with the resources that surround you and challenge you to think outside the box.
Date: January – February, March – April 2021
In an era when music has become global and songs are made with rhythms and sounds from different areas of the world, we often hear that some of the biggest songs on the market are the product of a collaboration between creators with different cultural backgrounds.
During the Cross-Cultural collaboration master class, students will learn how to use technology to seamlessly combine elements from different cultures into a commercially successful recording through the use of music production software (ProTools, Logic, FL Studio, etc.), loops, samples and much more. Attendees will also learn about the importance of embracing their cultural background through their music creative process to find their own unique sound and cultural integration leads to innovation.
Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM
New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is pleased to present a series of events showcasing new recordings, music videos, and panel discussions with industry professionals to celebrate women-identifying artists and recipients of the NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre.
Cellist Amanda Gookin will walk through the steps to self releasing an album in this written interview on NYFA’s blog, NYFACurrent. Gookin’s new album was funded by NYC Women’s Fund for Media. Music and Theatre
Gookin is an educator, activist, and musician whose 2020 album “Forward Music Project” has been featured in The New York Times, The LA Times, and I Care If You Listen by the American Composers Forum.
Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2021
In this class with multi-platinum music producer Jerry Wonda, students will learn:
Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Even seasoned independent labels and artists can find the world of metadata registration and management tricky at the best of times, and nightmarish at the worst. One mistake can cost an artist thousands of dollars in lost sync license revenue opportunities, or bury their music at the bottom of an algorithmic pile. In addition to this, data standards and registration bodies move quickly — leaving creators feeling left behind and frustrated. Verifi Media has run a series of research projects into deconstructing the myth and mystery of metadata in order to help creators, labels and publishers win the data game and mitigate against disaster. Join Chloe Johnson of Verifi Media and Anya Marina, independent artist and label owner, for a presentation and discussion on metadata best practices using real-life examples and practical steps. The webinar will conclude with a Q&A.
Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
New immersive audio formats including Dolby Atmos and Sony 360 are the new frontier for both creators and consumers alike. They provide a new way to showcase what happens in the studio and allows the listener an incredible opportunity to really sit inside the music. The emotion of the performance, the dynamics, and all of the details of the mix can be heard in a noticeably different way.
This panel discussion led by GRAMMY-winning mastering engineer, Emily Lazar, will feature special guests — 5x Grammy-winning artist Jacob Collier, Engineer/Mixer Ben Bloomberg, Multi Grammy-nominated Mix Engineer Steve Genewick, Grammy nominated Mastering and Mix Engineer Chris Allgood, Mix Engineer Nick Rives, and Ceri Thomas and Christine Thomas from Dolby — who will break down the options and possibilities of working both creatively and technically within these exciting new formats.
Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Atlantic Records’ Senior Vice President of A&R, Rigo “Riggs” Morales (Hamilton, Wiz Khalifa, Eminem) will share his years of knowledge working with artist from their early stages to massive success. From demos, to production to marketing, Riggs will dive into the process and provide a realistic outlook on the music making process as well the key to artist development at any and all stages.
Date: Thursday, June 1, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM
New Music USA welcomes featured guests Andrew Jervis, Bandcamp’s chief curator and host of Bandcamp Weekly, along with harpist Brandee Younger and co-founder of International Anthem Recording Co. Scottie McNiece to talk about how they use Bandcamp to support their musical lives.
Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 4:00 – 5:00 PM
In this master class with Mastering Engineer and studio owner Dave Kutch, you will learn to divide your day into 3 parts:
Date: Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Join veteran music lawyer Karl Fowlkes and Songtrust’s Anna Bond, who will help you understand your rights as a songwriter and music creator, and, most importantly, how you can make sure you’re set up to collect all the royalties you earn. They’ll also be available for your questions about music publishing, new technologies, the global picture, and any other pressing issues you have about rights and royalties.
Date: Thursday, June 10, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Concord’s international publishing team discusses working in A&R in the age of Zoom. The team will share their experiences with signing new talent, setting up writing sessions and pitching songs, all from their living rooms. Learn about the pros and cons of connecting through the screen and predictions for the future. Get an international view at the business through the lens of experts working in London, Nashville, New York and LA. Whether you are an aspiring songwriter/producer or music industry peer, you’ll learn from this powerhouse team, connecting the dots to churn out the hits of 2021 and beyond.
Date: June 11, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Now more than ever with the advancement of remote technology, the dynamic of music creatives has changed. Today, more creatives are working in the confines of their home studios, making virtual collaboration key.
During this session, Mix Engineers Ariel Borujow, Duro, and MarioSo DeJesus will discuss mixing remotely.
Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM