McNally Smith is proud to partner with the Minnesota Music Coalition (MMC) in presenting the Minnesota Music Summit on June 8th and 9th. Last fall, the MMC presented “Caravan Du Nord;” a showcase of independent Minnesota musicians the likes of Low, Trampled By Turtles, Heiruspecs and Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles, which traveled to seven communities in greater Minnesota. The Minnesota Music Summit is the culmination of that tour, to be held in beautiful downtown St. Paul. Please join us for two days of networking, workshops and concerts here at McNally Smith and the Amsterdam Bar and Hall.
FREE Workshops held at McNally Smith in Room 224 (Seating is first come, first served):
Friday, June 8
1:30pm: GRANT FUNDING FOR INDIE BANDS AND MUSICIANS
Join the MMC for a panel discussion with representatives from local foundations that provide grants to individual artists (including independent, popular musicians). We live in one of the most supportive communities in America when it comes to grant-making for artists. Learn about how the nonprofit funding community can support your work through grant-making, and speak with program staff from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC), McKnight Foundation, and Jerome Foundation.
3:00pm: TELLING YOUR STORY: WRITING AN ARTIST STATEMENT 101
Applying for a grant can be daunting, but the reward is well worth the effort. A key component to any successful grant application is the artist statement. Learn about what to include in your personal statement, how to make it distinct and authentic, and participate in a hands-on workshop that challenges you to express yourself in a genre other than your music – through the written narrative. This workshop will feature individual artists who have been there and done that, and a creative writing coach to help you get started on your own artist statement.
4:30pm: SONGWRITING WORKSHOP WITH HEIRUSPECS
Saturday, June 9
1:00pm: SONGWRITING WORKSHOP WITH LUCY MICHELLE
3:00pm: WHAT IS A RECORD LABEL?
The internet has completely shattered the “traditional” record company business model. Arising from the destruction are several new models for the business of funding, creating, marketing, and distributing recorded music. Join a panel of experts from Innova Records, McNally Smith, and Noiseland Industries as we discuss the role of the record label in the era of iTunes, Spotify, CD Baby, Tune Core, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Word Press, Tumblr, Youtube, Blogger, as well as tools like Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, and non-profit grant funding.
CONCERTS at Amsterdam Bar and Hall (Admission is $10 or $5 with student ID):
Friday, June 8th
6pm: FREE Networking Social Hour. Meet with like minded artists and and members of the Minnesota music community and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Parking will be validated at the Lawson ramp for up to 3 hours.
8pm: Heiruspecs with Alison Rae, The Bugs, and Wiping Out Thousands
Saturday, June 9th
8pm: Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles with Radio On, Hardwood Groove, and Ghostmouth
Newer: McNally Smith President and Instructor to Discuss Creative Career Planning
Older: Nice Ride comes to McNally Smith Campus