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Part Sundance part SXSW: Yallingup Surfilm Fest readies December 18, 2009

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I have always firmly believed that musicians should make more of an effort to cultivate friendships in the film industry. Well, here’s another avenue to pursue.

Yallingup Surfilm Festival 2010 – 22-24 January 2010 MadFish Winery

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 17 December, 2009 : – – Yallingup Surfilm Festival is an eclectic gathering of surfers, artists, film buffs and lovers of all things ocean. Blending elements of Sundance & South By South West with Australian flavors, this diverse and classic event aims to nurture and raise cultural, social and environmental awareness inspired by a collective love for the ocean.

Held in Yallingup, WA January 22-24, the festival’s exploration of Surf Culture will include screenings of international surf films (including several world premiers), live music, surf art and the display of a unique historical surf culture exhibition in a beautiful setting under the summer nights skies at the MadFish Winery.

The YSF10 program is a diverse and classic collection dedicated to oceanic philosophy. With 8 Feature Films, Live Music, Auctions, Q & A sessions with eccentric anecdotes on the making of the films with the film directors and surf legends, the inaugural YSF is an event to truly in the spirit of surf culture.

Every night holds a different program of films, music, fundraising auctions and talks. All films screened will be in competition for the Best Feature Film Award, Best Short Film Award and People’s Choice Award. The screening of short films will be announced in January. Due to the influx of many fabulous films, Samudra is opening its doors for the screening of 2 finalist feature films, on Saturday and Sunday afternoon of the festival weekend, at 2.30pm.

Some of our special guests are:
Dr Dave Jenkins, founder of SurfAid International
Alby Falzon, lengendary film maker of Morning of the earth as well as contributed to surf culture.
Tom Wegener, Alaia Surfboard shaper
Tim Baker, author of best selling surfing books, former editor of Tracks and Surfing Life magazines.
Fil Baker, Director of The Life and Films of Alby Falzon
Stefan Hunt, Director of Somewhere in Tapachula

Schedule of Events

Schedule of events at MadFish Winery
6pm Doors open.
7pm Live Music by Milton Browne and Red Whyte.
8pm Opening of the inaugural YSF on Friday night / individual & unique exibits & forums.
8.20pm The film fun begins!
11.30pm The night winds up.

Friday January 22nd The Life and Films of Alby Falzon
Tom’s Creation Plantation
Searching for Michael Peterson

Saturday January 23rd Hanging 5
Jesse’s Story

Sunday January 24th Somewhere near Tapachula
Musica Surfica

Schedule of events at Samudra, Dunsborough: individual tickets available at Samudra, $15.

Saturday January 23rd, 2.30pm Sofia
Sunday January 24th, 2.30pm The Drifter
Schedule of events at Yallingup Hall, Yallingup; Free Entry

Saturday 23rd January, 10am Surf Culture Forum
Sunday 24th January, 10am Surf Film makers Forum

The Music: YSF will feature live music from the artists including…

Milton BrownMilton Brown

Milton Brown is a surfer /musician/school teacher who has been in the surfing world for over 40 years. He has combined his two lifetime recreational activities to contribute to the social, sporting and artistic sides of surfing life.

This culminated in musical contributions to Steve Cooney’s Ulu32, Andrew Kidman’s Glasslove, Jack McCoys Free as a Dog and Believe by Mick Waters. He also played on “The Spaces in Between” and “GlassLove” by Andrew Kidman and “Find” by Pico and has toured with both these artists. He will be performing his original songs and some personal favourites at YSF.

RedRed

Red was brought up on a farm 2 km from Bells Beach, amongst family, artists, friends, surfers and farm animals. Doing gigs and selling CDs at night , surfing through the day and feeding up on the home garden, Red seems to have stumbled across longevity in his work and play.

He has many releases under his belt with his bands include Surfusion, Squid and Lionel Lee’s Curse and has a long solo career . Red will be performing his solo material at YSF showcasing his strong celtic blues stomp box energy combined with a lighter chilled psychedelic ambience.

The Tickets, News and Updates Tickets are on sale NOW.

Tickets can be purchased online at our website yallingupsurfilm.com.au or over the counter at the following outlets:

Vintage Surf – Yallingup
Country Waves – Dunsborough
Beach Life Surfshop – Margaret River
Madfish Winery – Cowaramup
Star Surf – Perth, Hillary’s Harbour and Mandurah

Keep tuned to yallingupsurfilm.com.au website for news and updates on the festival and be sure to become a fan on Facebook so you can follow the newest additions to the event!

Sponsors: Principal Partner Canal Rocks Beachfront Apartments; Major Partners Vinten Browning, Sauce Films, Yallingup Surf Museum, Department of Culture and the Arts Mirvac Australia Business Arts Foundation; Partners Shire of Busselton, Bankwest, Woocom – put the web to work! Otis,,Samudra,,Worldwide Online Printing,,Star Surf & Skate,Venue Partners,MadFish Wines, Malt Bar & Kitchen

AirPlay Direct Celebrates Banner 2009 – Sets New Standard for Digital to Radio Music Delivery December 18, 2009

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Nashville, TN December 16, 2009 — In 2005, Robert Weingartz had a dream and a small group of like-minded artists who supported his idea to start a digital-to-radio music delivery service. With his own money and funds from private investors, Weingartz began building the company – one artist, and one radio station at a time.

News ImageFast forward to 2009, and Weingartz is now CEO of AirPlay Direct, a company which boasts a global presence of nearly 25,000 artist/label members and 4,400 radio stations representing almost every country in the world.

Through Weingartz’s passion for the music and his single-minded attention to every detail, AirPlay Direct is quickly becoming the preeminent music and related artist content delivery platform in the entertainment industry.

The AirPlay Direct service represents music from every virtually every genre of music, including Rock, Country, R&B, Rap, Christian, Hip Hop, Pop, Gospel, Folk, New Age, Native American and Americana, among others.

In 2009, entertainment icon, Dolly Parton, made her music exclusively available to radio via the AirPlay Direct platform; Rounder Records brought the Robert Plant/Alison Krauss collaboration, Raising Sand, along with new projects by actor-turned banjo virtuoso, Steve Martin and bluegrass chanteuse, Rhonda Vincent; Alligator Records uploaded their huge catalog – including long out-of-print titles by blues rock legend, Johnny Winter; guitar wizard Steve Vai debuted his latest offering; Country mainstay Charlie Daniels delivered his new Christmas project exclusively to radio through the service; AND to cap the year in style, AirPlay Direct has just announced the exclusive worldwide distribution to radio of the prestigious catalog of the late Roy Orbison, widely considered to be one of the most influential singer/songwriters in the history of recorded music.

This year also marked the roll out of AirPlay Direct’s new upgraded delivery platform and their new Global Radio Indicator Charts, the first of its kind – which tracks global radio activity in real time. Weingartz and company also debuted the new digital / interactive publication, the Direct Buzz.

In November, Weingartz relocated his company from suburban Atlanta to Nashville, where he has surrounded himself with a cadre of top-flight industry professionals who advise him and help him to manage and guide his ever growing media company.

“2009 has been a very exciting year for AirPlay Direct,” states Weingartz. “I am pleased with the accomplishments, growth and successes that we have enjoyed as a company, and in tandem with our artist and record label members. I am looking forward to 2010 with great anticipation as AirPlay Direct continues to play a vital role in helping to shape the landscape of the rapidly evolving global music community. AirPlay Direct has some very powerful new deals and partnerships in place that we will be announcing in the first quarter of next year. I expect truly explosive growth for the company in the coming months.”

About AirPlay Direct:
AirPlay Direct is a global digital music delivery system servicing radio and the entertainment industry with downloadable content from some of the biggest names in music, alongside rising independent artists. AirPlay Direct’s web-based artist marketing, promotion, education, and advocacy platform allows artists, record labels, and music publishers to securely deliver broadcast-quality music and digital press kits to industry professionals worldwide. Our system allows media programmers and film/TV music supervisors to connect to new music, create music calls, browse top downloaded artists, and immediately download music and related artist information. AirPlay Direct recently debuted their monthly digital/interactive publication, the Direct Buzz.

For more information about AirPlay Direct please visit http://www.AirPlayDirect.com

For more information about the Direct Buzz go to http://www.thedirectbuzz.com

*Photo caption: Robert Weingartz, CEO, AirPlay Direct

Publicity contact:
Clif Doyal
Corporate Publicist, AirPlay Direct
CDA Promotions-Nashville/OKC
(a division of the Clif Doyal Agency, LLC)
Office: 615.885.5998 Cell: 615.319.1863
CDAnashville (at) aol (dot) com

Ticketing Events Will Never be the Same, Brown Paper Tickets is on the Move Again December 18, 2009

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SEATTLE (Map) – Brown Paper Tickets is moving beyond shaking up the ticketing industry to being a market leader and innovator. The formula for Brown Paper Ticket’s success over the last 9 years is based on service and transparency. Providing access to all services; a massive tool set built to handle any conceivable event, which includes physical ticketing fulfillment and 24-hour phone service, gave wings to Brown Paper Tickets expansion nationwide, as well as into Canada, Europe and the United Kingdom.

Ticketing 50,000 events in 2009, over 15,000 registered producers, and booking over 300,000 free tickets to free events this year alone, Brown Paper Tickets is a company that has bucked the recession and continues to grow at an average rate of 200% per year.

The latest features, some altogether new within the ticketing industry, will now cast the rebel ticketing service in a new role: market leader.

— The current Sponsorship Match-Making Service, which helps the little guys get properly positioned in front of sponsors, is now rolling out as an online tool. — Event Promotions is another free service designed for event producers to gain visibility in their local markets. We even have a Media Pool giving tickets to the press so they attend and review shows.” says Kat Fitzgerald. — The “Open Ticket Network” allows any retailer with an Internet connection and a printer to become a ticket seller and earn a commission. Local cafes, record shops or any other event producer partner earns 50 cents a ticket and customers can pick up show tickets with their coffee.

The flat fee structure is now 99 cents for tickets under $10 or $1.99 for over $10, with no credit card fees or hidden charges, and free ticketing to free events.

With these new ticketing features, the nimble Seattle-based company has challenged the entire market; from monetized RSVP-managers like Eventbrite, to the big-money ticketers like Ticketmaster.

Brown Paper Tickets is the only company currently competing at all levels of the industry.

Not fazed by the tactics of companies like Ticketmaster, Brown Paper Tickets asserts the “Not-Just-For-Profit” philosophy has legs for the long-term success of the company, as well as driving improvement in the ticketing industry.

“We’re no longer fixing the industry, we’re making it better.” says Steve Butcher, CEO of Brown Paper Tickets, “As we continue to offer more service for less cost, the ticketing industry is starting to catch on. ”

About Brown Paper Tickets: Privately owned and founded in 2000, Brown Paper Tickets is a primary ticketing service working with event producers, artists and venues of all sizes across the US, Canada, the UK and Europe, with a 24/7 call center in English, French and Spanish.

New Found Glory Headlines Guitar Center’s Latest Fresh Cuts Free CD Compilation, Available Now in Stores Nationwide December 18, 2009

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WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.– Music lovers into the freshest sounds and hottest up-and-coming bands are hitting their local Guitar Center store to grab the latest Fresh Cuts CD compilation, available starting today at stores nationwide. Platinum-selling band New Found Glory personally listened to hundreds of submissions and chose 12 tracks by Guitar Center artist employees to feature on Fresh Cuts Vol. 5. Guitar Center and New Found Glory teamed up on this fifth volume of Fresh Cuts to showcase the incredible talent found amongst Guitar Center’s 11,000 employees nationwide who are pursuing their musical dreams and goals. Guitar Center is committed to unlocking this potential through Fresh Cuts and a series of exciting opportunities exclusively available to staffers through the GAIN Program, an exclusive community for Guitar Center employees where they engage, interact and support each other’s success through programs such as Fresh Cuts.
Jeremy Cole, GAIN Program Manager of Guitar Center said, “Fresh Cuts represents the future of music and the hopes, dreams and determination of our employees who share each other’s passion for music. Congratulations to the deserving musicians featured on Fresh Cuts Volume 5 featuring New Found Glory.”
Fresh Cuts Volume 5 Tracks – For more information on the musicians, visit http://www.guitarcenter.com/newfoundglory
— “I’m the Fool”- New Found Glory (Courtesy of Epitaph, Song written by New Found Glory 100%, Universal Music Publishing (ASCAP) — “I Lose, You Win”- Rumors (Featuring Patrick Carpenter, Sales Training Manager of Guitar Center West Los Angeles, CA and Travis Mason, Warehouse Manager of Guitar Center Sherman Oaks, CA) — “I Know How To Rock N’ Roll”- Wild Tiger(Featuring David Damico, Operations Manager in Training of Guitar Center Bridgeton, MO) — “Yellow Skies”- A Girl Named Chuck (Featuring Charlene Chuckaree, Sales Training Manager of Guitar Center Hallandale , FL) — “Answers in the Sand”- This Halo (Featuring Julian Smith, Drum Sales Associate of Guitar Center Scottsdale, AZ) — “Double Speak”- Exesion (Featuring David Ford, Operations Assistant of Guitar Center Evansville, IN) — “Hymn” – 48sin (Featuring Patrick Windsor, Sales Training Manager of Guitar Center North Chicago, IL) — “Speed of Night”- Ghosts of the Great Lakes (Featuring Jeffrey Goodman, Assistant Manager, and Ben Weststrate of Guitar Center Kalamazoo, MI) — “Don’t Mean A Thing Feat. – Kristoff Krane (Featuring Matthew Lusk, Sales Training Manager of Guitar Center Twin Cities, MN) — “Say You Love Me”- The 99’s (Featuring Joshua Burns and Dustin Meredith, Sales Training Managers, and Scott Lange of Guitar Center Bakersfield, CA) — “One Thing”- iKE (Featuring Tait Cameron, Accessories Sales Associate of Guitar Center Twin Cities, MN) — “Ready, Set, Let Go”- Daylight Broadcast (Featuring Joshua Comeaux, Department Manager of Keyboards, of Guitar Center Beaumont, TX) — “Final Friend”- Bill Robinson (Featuring William Robinson, Assistant Manager of Guitar Center Chattanooga, TN)
About Guitar Center
Guitar Center is the leading United States retailer of guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments, keyboards and pro-audio and recording equipment. Our retail store subsidiary presently operates more than 200 Guitar Center stores across the U.S. More information on Guitar Center can be found by visiting the Company’s Web site at http://www.guitarcenter.com.
About GAIN
The GAIN Program was launched in March 2007 to help Guitar Center team members achieve their musical aspirations.

Real-Time Search Reaches Online Radio With RadioTuna.com December 18, 2009

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LONDON, December 15 — A tiny UK start-up may just have stolen a march on the online music industry by launching the first real-time search engine for internet radio.

RadioTuna.com is a new website that tracks 20,000 stations around the world in real-time and uses complex algorithms to make finding them easy.

Real-time search is the latest development in internet technology, with Twitter leading the revolution and Google introducing real-time results very recently. RadioTuna is the world’s first real-time search engine for radio, giving up-to-the-minute results about the music being played across the globe.

The data collected illustrates the incredible range of music available through internet radio to an extent not possible before, providing a game-changing level of search fidelity. Stations can be found either by artist or genre, and a unique profiling process shows the breakdown of music played on each. Exploring the Long Tail of radio has never been so much fun.

About RadioTuna

RadioTuna.com was created by three music fans who loved internet radio but were frustrated by the search for new stations.

Co-founder William Jenkins said, “We built RadioTuna because we were fed up with other radio search engines. The site is kind of a cross between Spotify and Google, and it’s been likened to both.”

Beneath the cute branding and simple interface sits serious technology that captures and processes data about the music as it is played. It’s a place for fans of every genre to find out what’s going on right now, with relevant results for every artist in their 10 million-track database.

No accounts, profiles or subscriptions required – just search for an artist or genre and click on a search result to start the music.

About Online Radio
Online Radio has a vast global audience attracting tens of millions of listeners around the world. It is unique in its ability to serve niche audiences with highly specialised content, and the diversity of music on offer is unmatched by any other service.

Although there are large stations with thousands of listeners, there are many more tiny ones broadcasting to only a handful of people at once. These small stations often cost more to run than they ever make and are run purely for the love of the music.
Site: http://radiotuna.com

Legendary Musician Sting Debuts First-Ever Blog About Giving Just in Time for the Holidays December 18, 2009

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With a poignant message about hope and encompassing the holiday spirit of giving, Grammy Award winner and rock icon Sting enters the blogosphere for the very first time on ReadersDigest.com. Sting’s blog delves into a philanthropic cause that is close to his heart as well as his work with his good friend and philanthropist Bobby Sager.

Sting’s blog, “Sting and Sager Deliver Hope for the Holidays,” is the magazine’s first foray into celebrity blogging. Sting’s words will also be translated for the magazine’s global websites, including Reader’s Digest Poland, Singapore, Germany, Spain, Portugal, India, Taiwan/Hong Kong, and Canada.

“The holiday season is a time for all of us to reflect on what’s truly important, and that’s why ReadersDigest.com is proud to partner with Sting and Bobby Sager to promote the Hope Is a Game Changer initiative,” says Jonathan Hills, general manager of ReadersDigest.com. “Inspiration and positive change have always been a central part of the Reader’s Digest brand, and we believe that Sting’s message of hope will strike a chord not only with our readers but also with people throughout the world.”

The blog is an earnest and compelling piece that petitions readers to look inward and ask themselves whether they are doing enough to help someone else in the world. Sting tells of his own deep connection to the Hope Is a Game Changer project, which he founded with Sager to deliver thousands of indestructible soccer balls to children in need around the world.

Sting, who has been busy with the recent release of his new If on a Winter’s Night… album, has also been involved with the release of Sager’s recent book of photographs.

Within the blog, Sting describes his relationship with Sager and his book The Power of the Invisible Sun, the proceeds of which go entirely toward the Hope Is a Game Changer project.
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“Bobby and I share the unwavering belief that hope really is a game changer, especially for children,” Sting writes. “We believe that each indestructible ball delivered will come to represent a lasting symbol of hope. A light no matter how small–that is the power of the invisible sun.”

To view Sting’s blog, visit http://www.ReadersDigest.com/Sting.

Reader’s Digest reaches nearly 40 million readers each month in the United States and twice as many worldwide. Its U.S. website is http://www.readersdigest.com. The magazine is published in 50 editions and 21 languages and reaches readers in more than 60 countries. It is the flagship of The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc., a global publisher and direct marketer of products that inform, entertain, and inspire people of all ages and cultures around the world. Global headquarters are in Pleasantville, NY.