March 28th, 2008 | by Amy Mccullough Music | Posted In: Columns, Columns

Meet the Press: Taking the Horror Out of Band-to-Critic Correspondence

     
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DiePressReleaseAs Portland's musician-studded masses know all too well, it can be hard to stand out in our ever-growing talent pool. Getting yourself listed in a local publication's calendar section isn't too rough, but having someone take the time to listen to your music and pen some words about it—be they complimentary or otherwise—takes a little extra elbow grease. And most of us just don't know where to start.

If I had a dime for every band or musician friend that's asked me for advice on how to write a onesheet or put together a press package, I'd have, well, about a dollar—but that's ten people, people! On the other hand, if I had a dime for every time I complained about a faulty press release—one where I couldn't find the pertinent info or even the band name, for instance—I'd be far richer.

Luckily, this Saturday (tomorrow), you can ask the music-related print media-heads in your very own town what the hell they want from you. All you have to do is drag yourself over to the Musician's Union for a li'l event called "Meet with the Press."

Here's the proper lowdown:

The Musicians Union, Local 99 is hosting 4 of our esteemed local music writers for an afternoon presentation and Q & A about their jobs, press releases, what they like to see, and how you might help yourself get some press.

Present at the event will be:

Luciana Lopez Pop Music Critic-Oregonian
Amy McCullough Music Editor-Willamette Week
Ezra A. Caraeff Music Editor-Portland Mercury
Barbara Mitchell Music Critic-Portland Tribune

Saturday, March 29, 2008
2-4 PM
Musicians Union Hall
325 NE 20th Ave
Portland, OR 97232

The event is free to all, though we are suggesting a $5, tax deductible, donation to the Music Education Assistance Project, a non-profit organization that provides support for Public School Music Programs.


See ya there. Don't worry, I'll be leaving the dagger at home.

Links:
Portland Musicians' Union, Local 99

Image: by "Dichtel," borrowed from siliconvalleywatcher.com.
 
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