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Recording Academy: Songwriter's Summit

***This is a Recording Academy event, not a Songwriters in Seattle event - RSVP here will not reserve your spot. FREE for Recording Academy members. RSVP to [masked] to reserve your spot. Space is limited. $50 Non-member tickets will go on sale beginning March 28th.***

The Recording Academy Pacific Northwest Chapter in association with EMP Museum presents:

The 2nd Annual
Songwriter's Summit
EMP Museum
Saturday April 5, 2014

9:30 am - Check-In opens inside the main lobby of EMP

JBL Theater

10:00 am - Join us early for a welcome & Advocacy Panel with representatives from The Recording Academy, City of Seattle Office of Film + Music and Musicians' Association of Seattle. We'll provide the coffee and discuss current initiatives you will want to know about.

Level 3

11:00 am  - Arts and entertainment veteran Nancy Guppy from the television show Art Zone on Channel 21 will kick things off with a conversation about “Songwriting in the Northwest” with local artists.

Starting at 11:30 a.m., and then alternately before and after the other programming throughout the Summit, legendary DJ and music-culture picador Marco Collins will interview a diverse set of local artists including rising Seattle rapper Raz Simone, the musicians behind LoveCityLove and additional special guests (announced soon). Each artist/group will perform a song and discuss details about the craft and vision behind the work.

At noon Portia Sabin of Kill Rock Stars will lead a discussion on the future of streaming, along with Dave Allen, bassist of post-punk group Gang of Four and current music and industry advocate for Beats Music.

At 12:45 there will be a lunch break for attendees and The GRAMMY U student program will take over the Liquid Lounge for a special eat & meet lunch with selected panelists from the days’ event. 

At 2:00 p.m. national journalist, former Rocket publisher, and author of several Pacific NW music biographies Charles R. Cross will be “Deconstructing ‘Teen Spirit.’” This presentation will break down the aesthetics and ideologies of that very unlikely but hugely influential out-of-the-region monster hit song.

At 2:40 p.m., moderator Darek Mazzone will bring his highly-esteemed DJ and curator skills into dialogue with local artists who have embraced their heritage and passed their cultural tradition through songs for global listeners, handing down their stories in new styles and for fresh audiences.

The Keynote Address at 4:00 p.m. will be Zach Quillen, manager for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Larry Mizell Jr. will talk with Zach about  “Making The Heist.” This behind the scenes analysis at the construction of one of the most important albums of the last year will provide a rare glimpse into the creation of music that has truly changed culture and elevated the Northwest in the eyes of the world.

After-party 5:30 -7 pm

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  • Denine

    It was great to meet members there and the program was well done, varied, plus interactive. :-) Thanks for your work making this event possible, Chris!

    April 6, 2014

  • Chris K.

    Great annual event from the Recording Academy with people from the highest levels of the local music industry.

    1 · April 6, 2014

  • Stephen

    RSVPs to the Grammy org end tonight at 8PM. Email them. (Or call? though they are closed at the moment.)

    April 3, 2014

  • Stephen


    April 3, 2014

  • Nicole

    Sounds amazing! I don't think I can make. Someone please take notes (especially of the keynote address!) for me :-) I'm very interested in the Recording Academy.

    March 24, 2014

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