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Arts Advocacy Day in Washington!

In Author: Lisa Canning, Current Events on March 31, 2009 at 8:54 pm

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Today, hundreds of dedicated arts supporters from across the country have come together in Washington, DC for National Arts Advocacy Day, a united effort to tell Capitol Hill how important culture is to our communities, how much arts education means to our children, and how much the arts improve our daily lives. 83 National CoSponsors have helped us shape this united arts message to Congress.

This year, Arts Advocacy Day will be busier than ever, and not only because of the near-record number of advocates attending. Americans for the Arts has once again been asked by House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Norm Dicks (D-WA) to organize a hearing on the arts on Arts Advocacy Day. We are very pleased that our President & CEO Robert Lynch will be joined by several other national leaders in the arts, including Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center Wynton Marsalis, GRAMMY®-nominated singer-songwriter Josh Groban, GRAMMY®-Award winning singer Linda Ronstadt, and business leader and Philadelphia Federal Reserve Board member Jeremy Nowak, to testify at the hearing. The Subcommittee is expected to webcast the hearing live starting at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time. A link to the webcast can be found on the House Appropriations Committee website.

Even if you’re not able to join us in Washington, you can still participate in Arts Advocacy Day by asking your Members of Congress to support the arts. By visiting our E-Advocacy Center, you’ll be able to send a message directly to your Representative and Senators telling them why the arts are important to you and your community. We’ve provided bullet points covering our eleven key Arts Advocacy Day issues, which you can use in the sample letter that we’ve drafted for you. We also encourage you to write your own unique story to illustrate the importance of the arts to your community. Using the E-Advocacy Center, you can create and send your letter to Congress in less than two minutes. We urge you to send your message to Congress today to coincide with our office visits to the Hill. Click here to send your message.

Need more information? Browse the 2009 Congressional Arts Handbook for issue briefs, voting records, latest arts research and trends, relevant Congressional committees, and Congressional contact lists.

Thank you for your continued support of the arts! Together, we are making a difference!

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The Lights aren’t so Bright on Broadway These Days

In Author: Lisa Canning, Theater/Film on March 30, 2009 at 5:50 pm

stageThe lights aren’t so bright on broadway these days, where the economic downturn has resulted in more than a dozen closings and a significant dip in the box-office except for all but a handful of blockbusters.

This spring producers will roll out nearly 20 shows to fill the void, but no one is taking any creative risks. A quick scan of coming attractions reveals an unusual number of celebrities- Will Ferrell, Jeremy Irons, Jane Fonda, James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Lauren Graham and Angela Lansbury crowding the marquees.

But even that star wattage won’t likely guarantee sold-out houses, in this climate. Everyone in the theater seems to be holding their breath and wondering when the good times will return.

Between 2000 and 2008 Broadway enjoyed a sustained boom, witnessing the re-birth of the American musical comedy ( The Producers, Avenue Q) and innovative teen-oriented fare as well ( Spring Awakening, Wicked). Shows ran longer, and annual box-office receipts topped 1 billion- a windfall due in part to inflated ticket prices.

But while a couple might have been happy to plunk down $250.00 or more for orchestra seats at a hit show in previous years, purse strings are drawn tighter this year, as we all know. Seems like the perfect time to become more entrepreneurial, don’t you think?

What does it take to get market share?

In Author: Lisa Canning, Marketing on March 27, 2009 at 12:17 am

What does it take to get market share? Let marketing guru Seth Godin, in this terrific video, tell you! Seth is spot on in this clip. Learn from him how to get YOUR ideas to spread and attract attention.

Will You Join Our Tribe?

In Creativity and Innovation on March 26, 2009 at 10:33 pm

Marketing guru Seth Godin offers this great insight about why anytime you want to change the world you need a tribe. Well, here at ETA we need a tribe!

We believe that Innovating Through Artistry can change not only our own lives as artists, but the rest of the world as well. To accomplish this mission we need to build a tribe. Will you join us?

What Happened, President Obama, to the Idea of an Art Czar?

In Art, Cooking & Food, Creative Support, Current Events, Fashion, Health & Wellness, Interesting Articles, Leadership, Music, Theater/Film, Writing on March 26, 2009 at 7:11 pm

The following updates appeared on Judith H. Dobrzynski’s blog, Real Clear Arts

I know we all want to believe that the Obama Administration will do wonders for the arts and humanities. But so far, the news is not so good.

Yes, the $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts in the stimulus bill was great news. But while we wait for appointments to head the NEA and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the appointment of Kareem Dale (below) as mini-czar — which is now likely to be temporary — and two lesser appointments suggest politics-as-usual.

Yes, you heard right- late last week, the White House seems to have appointed an arts czar — but no one seems to have noticed. His name is Kareem Dale, according to a short item in Saturday’s New York Times. As of 1 p.m. on Monday, there’s no press release on WhiteHouse.gov and no reports of the appointment at the Associated Press or Reuters.

I don’t know Mr. Dale, a lawyer from Chicago who is partially blind, but he doesn’t seem to have much of a profile. Searches on Google and Kosmix and in Factiva (which has articles from most major newspapers and many minor ones) turned up very little.

According to published reports, Dale hails from Chicago, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and stayed there to earn a law degree and an MBA, which he received in 1999. He founded and is CEO of The Dale Law Group, which has no website. Campaign finance records show that Dale contributed $2,300 to Obama’s campaign in 2008 (and about the same during the primary season); then he volunteered for it. At some point, he became the campaign’s Disability Vote Director. The only mention of arts I could find was during his campaign volunteer days, when Dale was a member of the campaign Arts Policy Committee, plus service on the board of Chicago’s Black Ensemble Theater.

I can’t help but think this is not what many people in the cultural world had in mind when they asked President Obama to appoint a powerful person in the White House to raise the profile of the arts in the U.S.

Another oddity: in mid-February, the White House announced that it had named Dale to the post of Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy. He still seems to hold that post.

Last night, The Daily Beast published my report on this and his appointment is not likely to last very long. It’s sad that his name was discovered by, or leaked to, The New York Times in the first place.

The most disappointing element of the story, however, is the appointment of Hollywood fundraiser Jeremy Bernard as the NEH’s White House and Congressional liaison; it’s an important job. Bernard claims a bachelor’s degree from Hunter College on his website, but Hunter says he did not graduate. When queried, the NEH said the degree is not in his documentation for the appointment. But the whole thing, not just the resume inflation, makes him a bit of an odd fit for the scholarly NEH.

I am pretty sure, by the way, that the White House has recognized this whole situation as a personnel snafu that has to be fixed. And it will — the question now is how and when.

Making smART Connections: Artist / Educator Collaborations

In Current Events on March 25, 2009 at 9:05 am

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The New York State Alliance for Arts Education, in conjunction with the Adirondack Arts in Education Partnership and Champlain Valley Educational Services is proud to present a day-long Arts-in-Education (AIE) conference.

This conference is designed for all educators: general classroom teachers, sequential arts & music teachers, school administrators, teaching artists, cultural organization education coordinators, school librarians, and interested parents.

Participants will gain insight and strategies on bringing the arts into the classroom and infusing and enriching the curriculum in all subject areas through the arts. Those new to AIE will discover where to begin the journey, and where to turn for resources. Veterans will gain new techniques for the planning, execution and evaluation of AIE programs. Our goal is for everyone to come away with a renewed passion for ensuring that the arts are an integral part of every student’s education.

This is the conference for YOU:
• the classroom teacher looking for ideas and new tools to use in the classroom, to engage your students and renew your enthusiasm for teaching
• the school administrator interested in achievement and learning for all students
• the special area teacher craving a definitive place for arts in the school environment
• the artist, using knowledge, creativity and specialized skills to inspire learning
(and to earn money!)
• the cultural organization administrator who desires a lasting community and school connection through sharing of knowledge and resources
• the visionary who identifies collaboration, cross-curricular learning and the arts as vital 21st century skills in today’s global community
*Included in your registration is a “meet and eat” with conference attendees and session presenters at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts on May 6th 2009 at 6pm. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by!New York State Alliance for Arts Education. This is a Professional Development Opportunity!

Making smART Connections: Artist / Educator Collaborations
A day-long conference for educators and teaching artists
Register Online – Click Here
Thursday May 7, 2009
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The High Peaks Resort Lake Placid, NY

This program is made possible in part by the generous support of:The Kennedy Center for Arts Education Alliance Network The New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency VSA Arts

10 Sectors Poised For Growth

In ENTREPRENEUR THE ARTS on March 24, 2009 at 5:38 pm

This article was written by Mark Hemricks and appeared in the April 2009 edition of Entrepreneur Magazine. Within these 10 sectors of the economy poised for growth, there are some opportunities for artists on this list!
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As the overall economy loafs in the doldrums, a few sectors are actually growing–some at impressive paces. Here are 10, ranging from nationwide to niche, that offer more opportunity than most.

Services: This sector, which makes up more than half the total U.S. economy, is on the rise, as indicated by the increase in the ISM Nonmanufacturing Index from November’s all-time low of 37.6 percent to December’s 40.3 percent.

Discount stores: Low prices are leading to higher sales for the nation’s discounters. Shares in the likes of Family Dollar and Wal-Mart have risen about as fast as the rest of the stock market has fallen over the past year, reflecting increased earnings and better-than-average prospects.

Fast food: Quick-service restaurants such as McDonald’s–where monthly sales rose nearly 8 percent in November–are looking better and better to cash-strapped consumers choosing them over pricier casual eateries.

Secondhand goods: Pre-owned is fine to consumers looking for a deal, as shown by a 19 percent earnings increase for Winmark Corp. in last year’s otherwise dreary third quarter for retailers.
Medical office buildings: A growing market in real estate? You bet, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers, which sees an aging population’s health-care needs fueling demand for medical office buildings, especially out West.

Netbooks: Ten million of these tiny notebook computers, priced between $300 and $500, were sold last year, up from hundreds of thousands in 2007. New models that boot faster and run longer on batteries could boost sales further.

1,500 U.S. theater screens are equipped to show 3-D movies–a burgeoning market.

Education and health services: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected that employment in these sectors will grow more than any other, adding nearly 5.5 million jobs from 2006 to 2016.

Social networking: Just four months after enrolling its 100 millionth user, Facebook reached 150 million users in January. At that rate, it could top 200 million as you read this.

3-D: Once derided as a goofy gimmick, 3-D pictures are technologically much improved, and content is expanding rapidly. This year’s BCS Championship football game was broadcast in 3-D–a first.
Savings: U.S. personal savings as a percent of disposable income rose from 0 percent in early 2008 to 2.8 percent by year-end. Sales of related goods, from home safes to piggy banks, are also up.

The Daffodil Principle

In Author: Lisa Canning, Health & Wellness, Risk on March 23, 2009 at 6:47 am

Thank you Julia M. Rahn, creator of Flourish Studios, for passing this along! It is a wonderful story to start the first week of spring!

The Daffodil Principle

Several times my daughter had telephoned to say, “Mother, you must come to see the daffodils before they are over.” I wanted to go, but it was a two-hour drive from Laguna to Lake Arrowhead.

“I will come next Tuesday”, I promised a little reluctantly on her third call. Next Tuesday dawned cold and rainy. Still, I had promised, and reluctantly I drove there. When I finally walked into Carolyn’s house I was welcomed by the joyful sounds of happy children. I delightedly hugged and greeted my grandchildren.
“Forget the daffodils, Carolyn! The road is invisible in these clouds and fog, and there is nothing in the world except you and these children that I want to see badly enough to drive another inch!” My daughter smiled calmly and said, “We drive in this all the time, Mother.” “Well, you won’t get me back on the road until it clears, and then I’m heading for home!” I assured her. “But first we’re going to see the daffodils. It’s just a few blocks,” Carolyn said. “I’ll drive. I’m used to this.” “Carolyn,” I said sternly, “Please turn around.” “It’s all right, Mother, I promise. You will never forgive yourself if you miss this experience.”

daffodile-3After about twenty minutes, we turned onto a small gravel road and I saw a small church. On the far side of the church, I saw a hand lettered sign with an arrow that read, “Daffodil Garden .”   We got out of the car, each took a child’s hand, and I followed Carolyn down the path. Then, as we turned a corner, I looked up and gasped. Before me lay the most glorious sight.

daffodileIt looked as though someone had taken a great vat of gold and poured it over the mountain and its surrounding slopes. The flowers were planted in majestic, swirling patterns, great ribbons and swaths of deep orange, creamy white, lemon yellow, salmon pink, and saffron and  butter yellow. Each different coloured variety was planted in large groups so that it swirled and flowed like its own river with its own unique hue. There were five acres of flowers.

daffodile-2“Who did this?” I asked Carolyn.  “Just one woman,” Carolyn answered. “She lives on the property. That’s her home.” Carolyn pointed to a well-kept small A-frame house, modestly sitting in the midst of all that glory.

We walked up to the house.   On the patio, we saw a poster. “Answers to the Questions I Know You Are Asking”, was the headline. The first answer was a simple one. “50,000 bulbs,” it read. The second answer was, “One at a time, by one woman. Two hands, two feet, and one brain.” The third answer was, “Began in 1958.”

For me, that moment was a life-changing experience. I thought of this woman whom I had never met, who, almost fifty years before, had begun, one bulb at a time, to bring her vision of beauty and joy to an obscure mountaintop. Planting one bulb at a time, year after year, this unknown woman had forever changed the world in which she lived. One day at a time, she had created something of extraordinary magnificence, beauty, and inspiration. The principle her daffodil garden taught is one of the greatest principles of celebration.

That is, learning to move toward our goals and desires one step at a time, often just one baby step at a time and learning to love the doing, learning to use the accumulation of time. When we multiply tiny pieces of time with small increments of daily effort, we too will find we can accomplish magnificent things.

We can change the world .

“It makes me sad in a way,” I admitted to Carolyn.

“What might I have accomplished if I had thought of a wonderful goal thirty-five or forty years ago and had worked away at it ‘one bulb at a time’ through all those years? Just think what I might have been able to achieve!” My daughter summed up the message of the day in her usual direct way. “Start tomorrow,” she said. She was right. It’s so pointless to think of the lost hours of yesterdays. The way to make learning, a lesson of celebration instead of a cause for regret is only to ask, “How can I put this to use today?”

Use the Daffodil Principle.
Stop waiting…..   Until your car or home is paid off
Until you get a new car or home
Until your kids leave the house
Until you go back to school
Until you finish school
Until you clean the house
Until you organize the garage
Until you clean off your desk
Until you lose 10 lbs.
Until you gain 10 lbs.
Until you get married
Until you get a divorce
Until you have kids
Until the kids go to school
Until you retire
Until summer
Until spring
Until winter
Until fall
Until you die…

There is no better time than right now to be happy. Happiness is a journey, not a destination. So work like you don’t need money. Love like you’ve never been hurt, and,   Dance like no one’s watching.

Wishing you a beautiful, daffodil day! Don’t be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin.

The Creative Chicago 6th Annual Expo: Sat April 4th! It’s Free!

In Current Events on March 20, 2009 at 10:57 pm

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Who: Dance • Design • Fashion • Film • Literary • Media • Music • Theater • Art
What: A gathering of resources, services and expertise for people in the arts.
When: Saturday, April 4 10 AM – 4 PM
Where: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, Chicago, Illinois

The Creative Chicago Expo brings the best of Chicago’s cultural community together under one roof. Over 120 vendors and services, 21 workshops and panel discussions on topics specifically for individuals, arts organizations and small art businesses.

New this year — Consult-a-thon!

Consult-a-thon is a new feature of the 2009 Creative Chicago Expo. Meet one-on-one with experts in marketing, strategic planning, legal and accounting issues, and career coaching in all art disciplines. Sign up in advance online for a 20 minute appointment for only $10. (Limited to 3 appointments per person.)

Consult-a-thon will let you get feedback on a grant proposal from a funder, improve your website with advice from a marketing strategist, get tips from a casting director on successful auditioning, have your portfolio reviewed by curators and galleriests. Or talk board development and strategic planning with experts in the field.

Click here for a list of participating consultants and to sign up for an appointment.

WORKSHOPS
Over 20 free workshops by top local and national service providers throughout the day, targeting individuals, small arts businesses and nonprofit art organizations:
• Affordable Housing in Chicago
• Art Festival How-tos
• Benchmarking 101: Outcomes & Measurements
• Building a Board of Directors
• Business Licensing Basics
• Cultivating Individual Donors
• Finding Live/Work Space
• Fiscal Sponsorship
• Forming a Non-Profit
• Health Insurance Info for Artists
• Marketing For the Cash Strapped and Time Poor
• Meet your Arts Service Agencies
• Obtaining Capital for your Creative Industry
• Reaching New Audiences
• Space Development Starter Kit for Non-profits
• Starting an Arts-Based Business
• Strategic Planning for Non-Profits
• Time Management for Artists
• Tips for “Successful Grant Applications
• Winning Public Art Commissions
• Your Credit Score: Re-Building Your Financial Health

Workshop Presenters: Arts and Business Council of Chicago, Amdur Productions,
Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, The Center for What Works, Columbia College, Chicago Arts Entrepreneurship Center, Community Media Workshop, Communication
Society, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Executive Service Corps,
Fractured Atlas, Future of Music Coalition, Illinois Arts Alliance, Illinois
Association of Mortgage Professionals, Illinois Facility Fund, International Academy
of Design and Technology, Lawyers for the Creative Arts, Inc., League of Chicago
Theatres, Mission Paradox, and others.

EXPO VENDORS
Over 100 top arts business, space and other service providers from Chicago and the US will be at the Expo. Learn more about them in the CREATIVE CHICAGO DIRECTORY 826CHI • After School Matters • Aloft • American Indian Association of Illinois •AMS Realty • Arte y Vida Chicago • Artisans 21 Gallery • Artists’ Real EstateServices • Artreach at Lillstreet • Arts & Business Council of Chicago • Audience Architects • Bad at Sports • Ballet Chicago • Brazilian Cultural Center of Chicago • Brinshore Development • Bronzeville Emporium LLC • Bronzeville Visitor Information Center • Chicago Access Network Corporation (CAN TV) • Chicago Acoustic Underground • Chicago Artists Coalition • chicago artists resource • Chicago Cabaret Professionals • Chicago Community Loan Fund • Chicago Creative Coalition • Chicago Cultural Alliance • Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection • Chicago Department of Community Development • Chicago Department of Community Development-Rents Right Program • Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs • Chicago Film Office • Chicago Group Sales • Chicago Park District Department of Environment, Culture & Special Events • Chicago Printmakers Collaborative • Chicago Public Library Visual & Performing Arts • Chicago Public Radio • Chicago Sustainable Manufacturing Center • Chicago Tax Assistance Center • Chicago Waldorf School • Chicago Women in Publishing • City Treasurer’s Office • Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival • Claretian Associates – South Chicago New Communities Program • Columbia College Chicago • Community Media Workshop • Consolidated Printing • David Leonardis Gallery/Howard Finster Vision House • DuSable Museum of African American History • e-poets network • Ellen Baren, REALTOR, @properties • Executive Service Corps of Chicago • Experimental Sound Studio • Fidelity Mortgage Services, Inc. • Fractured Atlas • Future of Music Coalition • Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest, c/o Lifeline Theatre • Global Alliance of Artists • Gorilla Tango Theatre • Greenleaf Art Center/Coldwell Banker • Harold Arts • HD Design & Printing • Hogwash: An Improvised Tall Tale • Howard Ecker + Company • I-GO Car Sharing • Illinois Arts Alliance • Illinois CPA Society • Illinois Dept. of Healthcare and Family Services • iSearchiGive.com • JL Harris Associates • Julie Woodward-Trenker ABR, ASP, CRS REALTOR • KAE DJ Gospel Heritage Charity • Kartemquin Films • Latin Rhythms Academy of Dance & Performance • Law Offices of Keith B. Baker, Ltd. • Lawyers for the Creative Arts • League of Chicago Theatres • Lillstreet Art Center • Links Hall • Mayor’s Fashion Council Chicago • Midwest Writers Association • Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival • Mitchell Museum of the American Indian • Morgan Park Academy • Music Garage Chicago • Niche Realty • Office of the City Treasurer • Open Studio Project Inc. • Organization of Black American Culture – Writers Workshop • Paczolt Financial Group • Paeon Partners • Pilsen Together Chamber of Commerce • Podmajersky / Chicago Arts District • Preservation Chicago • Priscy’s Production Outreach Program NFP • Refuge: Center for Artists in Recovery • River East Art Center • Riverfront Work Lofts • Riverside Arts Center • Sherwood Conservatory of Music at Columbia College Chicago • Society of Midland Authors • SONZ OF THE MOST HIGH • Stacey Montgomery & Associates • StoryStudio Chicago • Superior Rehearsals • The Art Institute of Chicago Division of Continuing Studies and Special Programs • The Art Institute of Chicago Family Programs • The Chicago Mosaic School • The Great Books Foundation / The Common Review • the green lantern gallery & press • The Illinois Institute of Art – Schaumburg • The Joffrey Ballet Academy of Dance • The Recording Academy • Third Coast International Audio Festival • Tree Studios • Urban Gateways • Vogue Fabrics • Wenger Properties • West Walker Civic Association/Art In My Back Yard • Women In Film Chicago • Young Chicago Authors • and more!

The Building of Community at ETA

In ENTREPRENEUR THE ARTS on March 20, 2009 at 8:55 am

imageThis week has been an exciting week of collaboration and community building at ETA. Catalyst Ranch Ranch Czarina, Eva Niewiadoski and her sidekick, Bobbie Soeder offered to design our video series set. We all met at Bower Cowin‘s photography studio, here in Chicago, on Tuesday evening to paint and decorate. Photographer Peter Rossi, from PDR Productions, painted the walls, I steamed the drapes, while Eva and Bobbie decided how to give our ETA set that Catalyst Ranch creative, fun feel.

p1000632 Thursday evening, Bower, Peter and Joe Amenta, all professional photographers, worked together to set up the cameras and contributed their time and talents to shooting the first two interviews for the ETA Video Resource Library Center– which will feature Brian O’Hern from The Model Citizens Big Band and juggler, and new blogger, Dharmesh Bhagat.

Gwydhar Bratton, from Blue Damen Pictures, will be assisting us with the editing of each video we shoot for the library. We have at least 5 more interviews scheduled to shoot the first week of April. eta-video-set-designed-by-catalyst-ranch1

Ben Cameron on Change, Transformation, and Renewal in the Arts

In ENTREPRENEUR THE ARTS on March 18, 2009 at 9:07 am

On February 24, 2009, the Illinois Arts Alliance held its 2009 Members’ Meeting and Reception at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago. Close to 300 arts leaders and supporters attended to network with other arts advocates and discuss issues of importance to the cultural sector in Illinois.

Keynote speaker Ben Cameron, Program Director of Arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and nationally renowned speaker, former theater professional, and arts activist, explored the devastating plunge in our national economy and the vast array of challenges facing the arts community.

“Like it or not, change is the ever accelerating constant that guides our lives today, and like the famous line in Alice in Wonderland, we must run as fast as we can to stay in the game – and if we want to get anywhere, we must run twice as fast as that. Nimbleness, flexibility, responsiveness, creative opportunism: all will be valued as never before,” said Ben Cameron.

If you would like to download Ben’s entire speech click here, otherwise take the time to watch his presentation below.

A Look Inside The World of Film in the 21st Century

In ENTREPRENEUR THE ARTS, Interesting Articles, Theater/Film on March 17, 2009 at 8:15 am

So is there anyone in the arts who isn’t in need of reinventing their profession? Certainly filmmakers, too, have their set of challenges in this changing world, not unlike authors, actors and musicians. This article, written by Sharon Waxman, offers some insights and perhaps some interesting new ideas for the future film. Seems to me, across the board, its time to get a whole lot more imaginative and entrepreneurial with what we love to do to turn it into something financially value-ABLE. (Able to deliver value in ways that only you can imagine.)

While this article points out some of the value social media brings to the film industry, I am not sure social media will ever be anything more than a great way to connect with others. And, as such, a way to market your product, but not a substitute for selling it to a target market who will pay for its value. Yes, ladies and gentleman, it is time we learned how to sell our value to the niche market who wants what we have to offer. Selling is not a dirty word. And it doesn’t have to be one to artists, either. And creating a niche is very lucrative and rewarding, not only for you, but for your customer too. (Trust me when I say that niching creates a win-win situation. Everyone is happy.)

We all buy things we want and love. And every time we do, and are truly happy and content with our purchase, rest assured someone did a good job selling it to us!

visionary-posterI am really looking forward to what Gwydhar Bratton, our new filmmaking blogger, will share with us about her experience as a small independent film company. I am looking forward to seeing her new short, titled The Visionary, too.

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Written by Sharon Waxman

A new online distribution system for documentaries launched in July has found widespread consumer adoption, but is still not close to providing substantive income to documentary or low-budget filmmakers.

SnagFilms, launched by former National Geographic Films chief C. Richard Allen and former AOL executive Ted Leonsis, is geared to using the social networking tools of the web to feed a new distribution model for low-budget films.

Users can download widgets for any one of more than 550 documentaries available on the site, and watch the film — which has about 90 seconds of advertising interspersed through it — for free. SnagFilms shares the revenue, half and half, with the filmmaker.

But the films need to be seen hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of times before filmmakers can see substantive income from advertising revenue.

On the other hand, the site allows filmmakers to earn full revenue from any DVD sales, which are promoted along with the free download. And viewers are also encouraged to donate money to non-profits associated with some of the films.

“We want to start to open up the expansiveness of the audience by making it free, reducing the friction of trial and error,” said Allen. “A lot of people love documentaries but if you say documentary, they say ‘Ugh, that’s a little too much work.’ So we make it easy for viewers to find it, explore, and check things out.”

So far, so good. The widgets, thanks to an alliance with AOL, has been embedded on some 20,000 websites since July, and by this week will have placed on more than 300 million web-pages, Allen said in an interview with TheWrap.

“That’s a significantly bigger number than what we had projected,” he said.

Films featured on the site include well-known and already successful documentaries such as “Paper Clips,” a documentary about the Holocaust, and “Supersize Me,” a cult hit about the fast food industry.

But it also promotes more obscure docs. The site’s homepage now features a documentary about the TED technology conference, “The Future We Will Create: Inside the World of TED,” and “Life is for the Living,” a documentary about the debate over embryonic stem cell research.

The system comes as low-budget documentaries and independent films struggle to find distribution outlets in a landscape of shrinking opportunities. Traditional theatrical exhibition has been overwhelmingly dominated by big studio releases, crowding out independent films that have small marketing budgets and little time to gain a word of mouth following.

If it works, the model could prove useful for many low-budget films, as independent film distributors have been shuttered by major studios are gone bankrupt in the past year.

But “The Secrets of the Pharaohs,” a documentary promoted by AOL, demonstrates the revenue limitations for the model. The advertising rates online — known as “cpms” — do not add up to much income for the filmmakers until the number of viewers gets to be in the millions. “Pharaohs” was downloaded 60,000 times in a period of two weeks, said Allen; but at a $20 cpm, that amounted to only $1200 in advertising revenue.

Allen declined to discuss precise revenue amounts, saying that was proprietary information.

As viewers turn increasingly to their computers for entertainment, the web has provided a potential outlet for distribution, but the problem has been how to let viewers know that any given small film exists.

Allen says the rapid acceptance of Snagfilms made him optimistic about the future of movies on the web.

“Do you need another revenue stream?” asked Allen. “Absolutely. Is the revenue stream going to be something that starts out so large that you’re going to be able to do distribution? No. Do we believe it’s a revenue stream that you can track is growing? Yes.

“And we’ve seen it dramatically, number of views going up dramatically. It starts with the product being out there.”

Creativity For A Cause

In Creativity and Innovation, Current Events, ENTREPRENEUR THE ARTS on March 14, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Tired of Bad News?
Does your imagination need a jump-start to re-engage
the positive energy you have to bring to your life and work?

Bring your co-workers and friends to an evening of creativity and play at
Catalyst Ranch, 656 W. Randolph, Suite 3W, Chicago, Thursday May 14th, 6:00-8:00pm.

c4ac-badge-q21The Bite-Size Arts Ensemble and Arts At Large will serenade you while you paint and draw to classical music and jazz to get your creativity flowing. In this action packed evening you will create artwork in teams, experience making music as an ensemble, learn the artful stress reduction techniques of juggling, and reflect on an original new short film produced by Blue Damen Pictures called The Visionary.
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Need another reason to come out for an evening of play?
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How about investing in your creativity to support a great cause? A portion of the proceeds from this event will support Child’s Play Touring Theater.

Child’s Play Touring Theater is the premiere theatre company in the United States dedicated exclusively to performing works written by children. Combining the important, imaginative writings of children with the craftsmanship of professional theater artists and educators, Child’s Play creates a unique stage where children’s voices can be heard, examined and treasured.

The imaginations of our children, and the confidence their creative expression brings, will give them the strength and vision to lead our future world. Come learn the benefits of child’s play in action in this innovative fun night of creativity.

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College Art & Design Students Collaborate With Business

In Creativity and Innovation, Interesting Articles on March 13, 2009 at 5:21 pm

ETA Blog reader Donna Kemmetmueller, sent us this delightful article today and with it a note that read:
“I am more attentive these days to the ways that artists can be incorporated into bigger business. I was delighted, then, to find this site.”: http://www.canoeing.com/canoes/feature/novacraftcomp.htm

I agree Donna, this is a marvelous find! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Below is the lead article from the Nova Craft Canoe website.
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With only two days before the big event, the excitement in Roch Prévost’s voice was audible as he described his vision: three new canoe designs, manufactured in secret and concealed under canvas at the front of a large hall. Their looming, oblong shapes create an air of suspense as 74 Nova Craft Canoe Design Challenge participants – London, Ontario Fanshawe College Art and Design students – mingle with canoe industry folks, potential employers and the media. Everyone casts glances at the cloaked canoes, but the temptation to peak is tempered by two foreboding bodyguards. At the appointed hour, the overhead lights dim and spotlights draw every eye in the room toward the cloaked objects. The music rises, the fog machine whirs, and at last, the MC begins the great reveal.

That’s right. Bodyguards, fog machines, sweeping spotlights and canoes. In an industry dominated by tradition and the aged beauty of birch bark and wood canvas, dramatic tension is something canoeists are used to experiencing at the head of rapids, not over the release of a canoe design. But dramatic tension is what they got on Wednesday, February 18 in London, Ontario when Nova Craft Canoe revealed three new designs aimed at attracting a younger audience to paddlesports. And if fog machines send ripples across the placid waters of the canoeing industry, then these designs make waves. The three chosen designs, all equal winners, merge graphic art with the function of a canoe to completely change the artistic vision of the industry.

Manufactured by Nova Craft staff using the artist’s renderings, each canoe is completely unique and speaks to the wide range of entries Nova Craft received. The round, yellow eye of a white octopus looks out from the bow of a canoe in Lurking Octopus; inspired by Jenna Greogry’s submission, its tentacles intertwine down the length of the canoe. Combining elements of stylized cartoons with the bold graphics of graffiti art, it commands a second look. Escape city, a more subtle yet equally striking design, invokes a dreamscape where the city gives way to nature, carrying its paddlers away from the worries of civilization. And finally, Blue Ribbon by Erik Reutz, introduces graphic elements and textures to create a design that feels like an abstract landscape, the clouds at the bow melting into the water and land toward the stern.

This isn’t the first time that Nova Craft has shaken up canoe designs; last year Canoe and Kayak Magazine gave the company kudos for creating a new plaid canoe. Prévost’s daughter made the unique request, and Nova Craft, already looking to bring a little innovation to traditional canoe designs, brought it to life. The company discovered that nearly any fabric or design could be laminated onto a composite canoe and adapted this process to mount fabric onto the canoe itself. By the end of the year the original plaid was joined by a tie die canoe, several additional plaids and even a design inspired by the Canadian flag, custom-made for canoeing author Kevin Callan. Prévost and Nova Craft president Tim Miller saw tremendous potential in customizable canoes, but taking these innovations to the next level took on special meaning when the Paddlesports Industry Association gave Nova Craft a mandate to attract younger generations to canoeing.

The popularity of canoeing has been on the decline as youth and young adults spend less time outdoors. According to a 2008 Outdoor Recreation Participation Report released by the Outdoor Industry Foundation, youth participation in outdoor activities decreased 11% between 2006 and 2007. Young adult participation hovers around 5.4%. The take home message is clear: younger generations are not embracing canoeing, and inspiring passion or peaking their interest has become an industry-wide goal.

“Generation X and Y don’t want to do what their parents do. They probably don’t want canoes that look like their parents’ ” Prévost said. Recognizing that much of their technology and recreational equipment – iPods, cell phones, computers, skis and even skateboards – have color, patterns, or images, Nova Craft hypothesized that customizing designs might be a way to increase appeal among these generations. Prévost approached Fanshawe College Art and Design instructor Robert Chilver about partnering with their design students; the result was a semester-long project last fall. Nova Craft provided the specs for a banana-shaped skin that would fit over a canoe, and students created designs that would appeal to 25 to 35 year olds and adhere to the unique shape of the canoe. The contest itself was optional, but all 74 students chose to pitch their designs to a panel of five canoeing and artistic heavyweights: author Kevin Callan, Canadian Canoe Museum representative James Raffan, local artist Philip Aziz, Fanshawe Marketing and Communications representative Jeff Sage and Nova Craft president Tim Miller.

The students, whose actual paddling experience varied, had three minutes to make their pitch. Prévost estimated that a third based their designs on personal canoeing experiences, a third had paddled only occasionally and a third had never been in a canoe. But experience wasn’t crucial; knowledge of their generation was, and the resulting range of artwork was so good it was hard to pick only three. The panel selected six or seven that Nova Craft then shopped around to friends and family of all ages for final advice. Once chosen, Nova Craft staff manufactured the designs in secret, and no one – not even the winners – knew which designs would be revealed at the big event.

And was the suspense everything the Roch Prévost had hoped for? Simply put: “Yes, completely.”

Nova Craft will retain exclusive use of the winning designs, and the winners will receive $500 bursary scholarships from Nova Craft as well as the opportunity to paddle their boats at a celebration on the second annual Canoe Day in June. But Nova Craft and Fanshawe College also worked hard to make the event a success for all participants, inviting not only canoe industry representatives but also employers looking to hire fresh designers and media to give the students exposure.

Now, one question remains: how to get these ambitious new designs in front of Generation Y? Again, Nova Craft will defy tradition, moving into waters not often paddled by traditional canoeists: YouTube, Facebook – all the mediums where younger audiences communicate. Only time will tell if the contest or the designs truly draw potential paddlers closer to the water, but in the meantime, Nova Craft has brought fresh inspiration to a very traditional industry, inspiring creativity and, dare we say it? Rocking the boat, just a little bit.

Want to see the Nova Craft Design Challenge winners? The canoes will make appearances at the Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show, Canoecopia in Madison, WI, the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough and the 25th Anniversary of the Canadian Heritage Rivers System conference in Ottawa.

Imagination Killers

In BOOKS: Learn and Grow, Creativity and Innovation on March 12, 2009 at 9:56 am

Ever wonder why some days you feel more creative and imaginative and other days it seems to have disappeared, like flipping a switch?

In a book called Return on Imagination: Realizing the Power of ideas, written by innovation expert Tom Wujec and co-author, retail marketing expert Sandra Muscat, I discovered the results of an imagination survey they created back around 2000. In this survey they uncovered the key factors that interrupt the flow of imagination. Thousands of surveys were collected on the web, all of which are reflected in this diagram. The larger the word and circle, the more frequently the factor appeared in the responses from those surveyed.

The entire chart would not fit in this post so I divided it into two halves so you could see all of the results.

At least for me, the large circle were no surprise at all, but some of the smaller circles were. How many of these do you think contribute to disrupting the flow of your imagination?

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Artists’ Jobs: Even Worse than NEA’s New Report Suggests

In Interesting Articles on March 11, 2009 at 6:55 am

This article was written by Lee Rosenbaum. It appeared in ArtsJournal on 3/10/09.

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The National Endowment for the Art’s recently unveiled report about the “sharp increase in unemployment” among visual and performing artists’ makes the job situation look bad.

Actually, it’s worse.

Based on recent U.S. Census Bureau surveys that were conducted on behalf of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the report’s findings apply only to those for whom art is their “primary occupation.” People who view themselves as artists but who work for more hours a week at a different job aren’t counted. The report DOES include self-employed artists, such as the painter who earns his living by selling his work. (I suppose that to become an “unemployed artist,” he has to put down the brush.)

A better measure of how the recession is affecting artists would be a comparison of art-related income in the last quarter of 2008 to that in the last quarter of 2007. But the new report is concerned not with income but with the recession’s “impact on jobs.” This relates to the goal of the federal stimulus package—to preserve positions that are now “in jeopardy or [have been] eliminated.”

Artists’ income IS discussed, however, in NEA’s more voluminous Artists in the Workforce: 1990-2005, belatedly issued in May 2008 (when its figures were already out-of-date).

Here are some fun facts from that report:

—There are (or were in 2005) about 2 million artists (i.e., people for whom art is the primary occupation).

—Some 35% of those were self-employed (compared to only 10% of the total workforce). But in the subcategory of “fine artists, art directors and animators,” a much larger portion, 55.6%, was self-employed.

—Median income of artists from 2003-2005 was $34,800. But you have to read the fine print: Income is the total that the artist received from ALL sources, not just art.

—Median income of full-time artists was $45,200, compared to the higher median income for full-time (general) professionals of $52,500.

—Some 45% of all artists did not work full time all year. Their median income was $20,000.
What all this means is that, art-stars notwithstanding, choosing a career in the creative arts, more often than not, involves financial sacrifice.

And that’s why NEA needs to prevent more self-employed artists from declaring themselves “unemployed,” by reinstating artists’ fellowships that help make it possible for them to keep on creating.

Are Hard Times Good For Writers and Books?

In Interesting Articles on March 10, 2009 at 2:38 am

This article was written by Robert McCrum and appeared in The Observer, Sunday 8 March 2009
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After the fear, the grip of this recession on our collective imagination is all to do with its cliffhanger narrative. Is this the end? The beginning of the end? The end of the beginning? Here, we’re all on the same page. No one knows. Once again it is Shakespeare who provides the best consolation. “The worst is not,” says Kent towards the end (Act IV Scene I) of King Lear, “So long as we can say, ‘This is the worst’.”

And what about books? Again, no one knows anything, and the signals are mixed. On the one hand, like all businesses, publishers are in hard times. Last week HarperCollins was the first to post redundancies. Random House UK is said to be looking at layoffs close to 20%. Across the Atlantic it’s no better. TS Eliot’s publisher, Harcourt Brace, is for sale; Doubleday has been swallowed up, and several other well-known imprints are threatened.

At the same time, the market in the UK seems to be holding steady. The Bookseller reports that “book sales are outperforming the wider economy”. Volume sales are marginally up on last year, and some seasoned publishers remain optimistic. In difficult times, according to Bloomsbury’s blogging chairman, Richard Charkin, “people turn to quality, reliability and good value. Books represent all those things.”

Historically, this fits. Penguin was conceived and reared during the Great Depression and the second world war. Books remain a dependable commodity (middle-class readers are not likely to stop buying or reading books); their comforts go well with recessional introspection. Moreover, their shop floor has virtually no industrial muscle (authors do not unionise well), and every incentive to keep working through the night.

So how will writers respond to this crisis? There are few, if any, precedents now, but the one guide to a likely outcome of this recession might be found in the 1980s.

Some people look back to the great days of Waterstone’s and the Net Book Agreement as a kind of golden age. They point to the popularity of novels in translation (for example Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose) and the beginnings of our literary festival culture (Hay was launched in 1987) as symptoms of a literary boom exemplified by the writing of a new generation: Maggie Gee, William Boyd, Graham Swift, Kazuo Ishiguro, Timothy Mo, Iain Banks and the rest. This was the era, too, when English literature went global, a moment memorably celebrated by Salman Rushdie’s exultant declaration that “the empire strikes back”.

At the time, it all felt not so much golden as provisional and hand-to-mouth. Thatcher’s Britain was not a green and pleasant land. There were race riots, the miners’ strike, a pointless war in the South Atlantic, severe social unrest and an utterly supine relationship with the United States. Such were the upheavals that the years of actual recession (1981-83, and 1990-92) were camouflaged by the smoke from many other battles.

The paradox, often noted, is that this chaotic, typically British, socioeconomic revolution sponsored an arts boom: the novels of Hanif Kureishi, the plays of David Hare, the poetry of Wendy Cope and Simon Armitage and the emergence of Jeanette Winterson. It also gave us masterpieces like Money and Shame

I think we should be suspicious of the garret theory of literature, the romantic assertion that art is born out of crisis and deprivation. Too often it has been used to justify philistine contempt for culture. But what makes ideas? Where does creativity come from? It certainly begins with a heightened awareness of the essence of things. Good writing gives the reader a new vision of the world, or at least a new focus on it.

Clarity and seriousness go together. When money, work and the other fundamental things no longer seem to apply, the writer’s perspective acquires a new urgency. At its most basic, there is something new to say, the prerequisite of cultural renewal.

None of this makes the recession good news for anyone, but I’m betting it will, eventually, give us a dividend we won’t get from the Dow Jones or the FTSE 100.

Who’s Going to Be Blogging at ETA in April?

In ENTREPRENEUR THE ARTS on March 8, 2009 at 2:37 am

We are SO EXCITED to be rolling out our brand new website and blog! Here is a sneak peak of our new blog role beginning in April:

Gwydhar Brattongwydhar
Filmmaker, Executive Director of
Blue Damen Pictures
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Juggler, Freelance Artist
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Serial Artistic Entrepreneur,
Founder of Entrepreneur The Arts

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President & CEO of Creative Leaps International

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Pianist, Composer, Author of “The Savvy Musician,” Helius Press
Tommy Darwin tommydarwin2
Director of the Professional Development and Community Engagement Program at Univ of Texas- Austin
Michael Gold, PhDmichael-gold-jazz-impact
President, Jazz Impact
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Professional Acting & Executive
Public Speaking Coach
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Entrepreneur

Melissa Snozawhite-flute
Executive Director,
Fifth House Ensemble

Mike J Wiehe and Associates dreamstime_7439862email
The Grass Roots Innovation Group at 3M

What Does It Mean to Take A Calculated Risk?

In Author: Lisa Canning, Risk on March 6, 2009 at 12:37 am

Being willing to take a risk is an ESSENTIAL element to innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. Risk requires guts, passion, analysis and the willingness to fail and try again. Britain’s Got Talent Winner, Paul Potts, is an OUTSTANDING example of someone who took a calculated risk and won big!

Check out Paul Potts and experience his calculated risk. (The video was not allowed to be embedded so click twice to get to it.)

About Paul Potts
Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts has spent most of his life feeling ‘insignificant’. Bullied at school for being ‘different’, he realized growing up that he had one true friend and that was his voice. Singing was his escape. He was able to lose himself in his own little world – the vicious words of his tormentors replaced by hauntingly beautiful lyrics and melodies that lifted his heart and spirit. It was a love, a passion, a lifeline that would follow Paul into adulthood and help him through many more periods of adversity. But it was also a gift that was destined to go largely undiscovered, due to a crushing lack of self-confidence that has dogged this hard working and humble man throughout his 36 years.

Born just outside Bristol on October 13, 1970, to bus driver Roland and his wife Yvonne, a supermarket cashier, Paul – who’s one of four children- was singing almost from the moment he could talk. “My mother recalls me listening to the theme from ET and conducting an imaginary orchestra with sticks,” laughs Paul. By the time he reached 11, he was part of one of the best church choirs in Bristol. But it was when he hit 16 that his love of opera took hold. “I bought a cheap recording of Carreras,” he recalls. “It was the first time I had heard Che Gelida Manina (Your Tiny Hand Is Frozen) and I was so moved by it. To this day La Boheme remains my favorite opera.”

Although Paul has performed at amateur level, most notably with Bath Opera, his chronic lack of self esteem and fear of rejection always prevented him from trying to make it professionally. ” As I saw it, if I never asked – never put myself out there – then I’d never get told “No”,’says Paul. “It was safer that way.”

So instead, he carried on with his day jobs – which have included stacking shelves in a supermarket and, most recently, selling mobile phones, where he was told by one of his superiors that he was a ‘natural salesman’. “But I knew I wasn’t,” says Paul. “When I was selling, I always felt like I was putting on an act. When I sang, that’s when I felt I was myself – the real me.”

In 2000, Paul used savings and a bit of money he’d won on a quiz show to attend a three-month summer school in Italy, where he learned the language and got to indulge his passion further. He even got to sing in a masterclass for his idol, Pavarotti. But he was about to be dealt a cruel blow.

In 2003, he suffered a burst appendix. While undergoing treatment for this, doctors discovered a benign tumor on his adrenal gland. It was successfully removed but while he was recovering, he was knocked off his bike and broke his collarbone. “Of all the health problems I’d been through, breaking my collar bone was the most painful and it took months to recover,” says Paul. ” I got very, very low and for once, singing was the last thing on my mind.”

And he might have given up forever, had it not been for Britain’s Got Talent – the talent show for today’s generation, created by Simon Cowell and co-produced by his Entertainment company Syco TV.

“I was so nervous I was shaking like a jelly, but when I watch that audition back, i can see in my eyes that when I start to sing I go to a totally different place and the nerves just vanish,” says Paul. “When I stopped singing, there were a few seconds when my heart was racing because I had absolutely no idea what the judges were going to say.”

Since then, accolades have been posted on the Internet from as far afield as Australia and Taiwan, from fans who’ve seen Paul’s performances on YouTube. “A humble bloke who’s not even aware of his amazing gift – Paul Potts is a true star” wrote one.

“It has changed my whole life. I used to feel so small and insignificant. But now I know I am someone – I am Paul Potts and this is what I do,” smiles Paul.

Advice from a Heavy Metal Music Innovator

In ENTREPRENEUR THE ARTS on March 5, 2009 at 12:15 am

A friend of mine Michael Drapkin sent me this video to share with you from heavy metal rocker, Dick Dale. Michael is the Executive Director of The Puerto Rico Conference on Music Entrepreneurship. Thanks for passing this along Michael!

The advice Dick Dale’s offers to musicians, spontaneously, in this “caught in the moment” clip, is certainly not the advice one would expect from a heavy metal musician. Then again, Dick Dale, does not fit the stereotypically image of a heavy metal rocker either. I wonder if anyone who is truly innovative and entrepreneurial, in any discipline, ever does?


About Dick Dale

Dick Dale invented surf music in the 1950’s. He was given the title “King of the Surf Guitar” by his fellow surfers with whom he surfed with from sun-up to sun-down. Dick Dale was an innovator in heavy metal music- he took his love of surfing and develop a music for it. Dale’s first album called “Surfer’s Choice” was the first Surfing album to be commercially sold with a picture of Dale surfing by the pier in San Clemente, Ca. with a surfing title on it. This album alone sold over eighty-eight thousand albums in the late 50’s equivalent to 4 million sold today.

Dick Dale’s vision for surf music has lead him to great heights and an amazing list of entrepreneurial first. Dick was the first to have more than one record on the Top Ten charts at one time, not to mention having five songs from a single album on the charts at once. He was also the first to sell out the Los Angeles sports arena.

Dale is also a master at the Acoustic, Electronic, Bass and Spanish Guitars’. As well as the Ukulele, Banjo, Drums, Piano, Organ, Electronic Keyboard, Harpsichord, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Harmonica, Xylophone and, believe it or not… the Accordion!

Being a unique and versatile artist, Dick Dale is not limited to his musical skills. He has proved to be a respected home designer and builder, personally designing and hand drawing the elevations and building his parents 7,000 square foot single story dream home in the California high desert. Dale is also an accomplished Horseman, Exotic Animal Trainer, Surfer, Martial Arts Expert, Archer, and Pilot.

Featured in various articles including the Los Angeles Times Calendar Section, Guitar World Magazine, Guitar and Guitar Player Magazines, and just recently the back cover of Fender Frontline Magazine with his 5 year old son. In 1981, Dick Dale was awarded Guitarist of the Year by Guitar Player Magazine and in 2007 Dick Dale was presented with only the 3rd personalized medallion in 40 Years from Guitar Player Magazine as a ”Guitar Legend”.

Learn more about Dick Dale.