Can you believe it? The Kauai Music Festival, July 28 – July 31, 2010, is now less than 2 months away! As a reminder, attendance is limited, so be sure to sign up now while there are still spots available.
For more information and to register for the Festival, please visit our web site at http://www.kauaimusicfestival.com/.
And be sure to reserve your room at the Kauai Beach Resort by the deadline of June 27 to get the special KMF group rate. For details, visit our Travel & Info Page at www.kauaimusicfestival.com/site/kauaiinformation.html.
Latest Additions to Our World-Renowned Staff
We continue to add new talent to our exceptional songwriting, producing, publishing, and music industry staff line-up. We are extremely happy to announce that Kevin Griffin and Paul Kreiling will be returning in addition to many new faces:
Kevin Griffin – Kevin Griffin made his professional debut in 1995 as the singer and songwriter for New Orleans-based Better Than Ezra and has continued his success by writing and producing for other artists including Josh Groban, Tyler Hilton, Josh Radin, Meat Loaf, and Tristan Prettyman among others.
Paul Kreiling – An award-winning TV & Film Composer, Producer, and Arranger, Paul has worked for Columbia Pictures TV, Paramount Pictures TV, Warner Bros Pictures, Disney, and others.
Evan Bogart – Hit Songwriter, Producer, & Artist Manager, Evan has written songs for artists and groups such as Beyonce, Rihanna, Leona Lewis, Keyshia Cole, Sean Kingston, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Natasha Bedingfield, Kylie Minogue, Adam Lambert, Pussycat Dolls, Paris Hilton, Jesse McCartney, Brandy, Donna Summer, Kesha, The Veronicas, Hilary Duff, and many others.
Sam Endicott – Hit Songwriter, Producer, Actor, and Founder of The Bravery. A brand new Bravery song entitled “Ours” will be featured in the new Twilight Saga soundtrack and movie Eclipse. While recording the new Bravery album, Sam Endicott and producer John Hill co-wrote three songs with Shakira for her new album, including the single “She Wolf.”
Bonnie McKee – A independent singer and songwriter, Bonnie is a classically trained pianist turned ‘pop rebel’ who portrayed legendary singer Janis Joplin on the critically-acclaimed NBC-TV dramatic series, American Dreams.
Lynn Grossman – Former VP and GM of Putumayo World Music (1994 – 1996), Lynn founded her own company and has been serving as President since 1996. Secret Road is a music licensing company representing independent artists and record labels for placement in film, TV, and advertising. Lynn is Music Supervisor for “House” on Fox, provides artist management for Ingrid Michaelson, and provides music consulting services for various advertising agencies.
For a complete list of staff and detailed biographies, please visit our “Instructors and Performers” web page at www.kauaimusicfestival.com/site/speaker.html.
And… Please note that we will continue to add even more staff during the coming month!
A Continued Focus on Writing for TV, Film, & Commercials
Like the previous 2 years, we are again putting heavy emphasis on the importance of composing for and promoting your music into the TV, Film, & Advertising industry. In addition to Lynn Grossman, we also have Dave Stone (VP of Music, Bunim/Murray Productions) who is the music supervisor for The Real World, Bad Girls Club, The Kardashians, and others.
In addition, Paul Kreiling will be conducting a workshop specifically focused on “Writing music for commercials” or “How to live your life in 28.5 seconds”.
In this interactive workshop, Paul will talk about how to construct a commercial using oblique techniques and metaphors, how to sell a product without mentioning a product name in the song, and employing traditional techniques in both “Chicago” and “LA” style. Paul will also discuss what can be expected to earn from a commercial, plus how to construct a demo reel that agencies will listen to. As an assignment, Paul will be bringing several commercials without music and you will have a chance to write to picture. So… Be sure to bring your computers and be ready to record you efforts!
A New Focus on Collaboration
Whether you’re writing for TV & Film or are pitching your songs to others or writing songs to promote yourself as an artist, a critically important aspect of songwriting is collaboration. In today’s music market, almost all top songwriters collaborate with others. To address this area, we’re doing a couple of new things this year:
1) As those of you who have attended in the past know, we historically have held 3 “songwriting seminars” – one each morning on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday – in which attendees meet in small groups to play songs they have written and to get feedback from the group and the staff leader. This year, we’re planning these a little differently. On Wednesday & Thursday, the songwriting seminars will be the same, but we’ll also ask you to be on the lookout for other attendees who might become good collaborators with you. Then, in place of the usual “songwriting seminar” on Friday, we’ll ask you to team up with your collaborators and have our staff work with you in small groups to write something new.
2) James Elliott (Assistant Professor & Chair of the Songwriting Department in the Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business, Belmont University, Nashville) will conduct a workshop titled “The Art of Co-Writing”. In this workshop, James will look at how co-writing teams are formed and the process of two or more songwriters creating a song. Most of Elliott’s 100 plus recorded songs were co-written and he’ll give you a behind-the-scenes look at how he learned to collaborate. Topics covered will include how to find co-writers and the unique aspect of co-writing with a recording artist.
We hope you find these new additions exciting, educational, and fun!
REMEMBER: Sign up today (attendance is limited) and book your airline and hotel reservations early while there are still discounts and good availability. July & August are peak times, so book now!
MAHALO to our sponsors: BMI, The County of Kauai, The Hawaii Tourism Authority, Hawaiian Airlines, the Kauai Beach Resort, TAXI, Music Connection magazine, and Kauai Music & Sound.
In addition, the Kauai Music Festival is supported in part by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawaii and by the National Endowment for the Arts.
The KMF would not be possible without the generous support of all our sponsors