All posts by Shaya Lyon

[From the Director] Help Me Obliterate Barriers to Classical Music

About 5 years ago, I started working on a data idea, the Live Music Project, aggregating classical concert listings in Seattle. I fell in love with this community and the collaborative work that is music-making, from the first moments of “Will you write a piece for these instruments?” to hearing that music come to life on stage, and all the  rehearsal magic in between.

(In one of my favorite rehearsal moments, the clever, sweet-toothed students of the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra solved a syncopation challenge by singing a tricky segment of an orchestral piece to the words “Where’s my candy corn” as they perused the snack table around Halloween time.)

I’m proud of what LMP has become. With the help of hundreds of contributors – volunteers, community partners, donors, board members, friends, artists, arts administrators, coffee makers, idea-bouncer-offers – LMP has listed 8,000 concerts, distributed $60,000 in free concert tickets to local communities, and launched a fundraising tool to the public. We’re hiring our first staff. We’re hard at work building a national-scale calendar. We’re learning from the last 5 years and thinking about the next 20.

Photo Credit: Shaya Lyon

Since starting LMP, one of the most important things I’ve learned about running a non-profit is this:

Your passion for the work must be greater than your fear of asking.

Otherwise, you undermine the very work you are doing, and what would be the point of that?

So I’ll end this post with an inevitable, brave, game-changing fundraising request:

Whether you’re hearing about the Live Music Project for the first time, or whether you’ve been involved since its earliest beginnings; whether you love music or data or you just want to be a part of something that is good and useful; if you’re passionate about obliterating barriers to the arts, as I am – please join me in my quest to make the Live Music Project even more astounding and awesome for even more people.

Photo Credit: Shaya Lyon

Here’s how you can help, either as a one-off, or on a recurring basis:

  • Obliterate the ticket price barrier. Of the 8,000+ concerts that have been listed on the LMP calendar, more than 2,000 were free. Each month, we print and distribute a flyer that is devoted to free concerts. You can cover the cost of this flyer with a donation of $10/month. 
  • Obliterate the familiarity barrier. Risk keeps people from trying new things. LMP offers a free ticket lottery, encouraging audiences to take a chance on unfamiliar ensembles, programming, and venues. We announce these giveaways using an email service. You can cover the cost of the email service with a donation of $25/month. 
  • Obliterate the knowledge barrier. There have been 22 performances of Dvořák’s New World Symphony since the calendar launched; 44 tuba-centric concerts (yes, I will always hype the tuba); 87 Messiahs; and an obscene number of Nutcrackers (150, danced and non-). 35 concerts took place on December 8 alone. The LMP website makes all of these concerts easy to find and easier to sort through. It did that for 60,000 people in 2018. For $100, you can cover our website hosting for a year.

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I love what we’re doing in the arts community. There’s so much good yet to come. Let’s make it happen!

Warmly,

Shaya

Live Music Project Means Community || Let’s Celebrate!

Giving Tuesday 2018 with Live Music Project

Dear Live Music Project Friends,

Our goal at Live Music Project is to connect people with live classical music in a way that strengthens community, celebrates listener agency, and amplifies the resources of local arts organizations. Which means, Live Music Project is about you, our community. We measure our success by seeing how many people interact with Live Music Project online. In the last year, more than 60,000 people visited livemusicproject.org to find events and learn more about our community. We also measure our success by how many tickets we give away each year with our Spontaneous Free Tickets program. In the 2017-2018 season, we distributed 800 tickets worth $20,000 to eager listeners – for free. We feel the most successful, though, when we see the smiles on your faces or hear about your positive experiences at classical music events across Seattle.

We have so much to be thankful for throughout the season. We are particularly grateful for how you give your time, energy, and resources to support this community. Volunteers make our world go ’round – in our most recent Fall event-a-thon, our volunteer Calendar Squad prepared more than 150 concerts for the coming season. Your support directly helps increase arts access, arts audiences, and arts community. If you would like to reaffirm your commitment to Live Music Project as a volunteer or with a donation, we would be thrilled.

Now, it’s time to have a little social media party!! Whether you are near or far, please join us in celebrating Giving Tuesday. Visit our Facebook or Instagram as we highlight our favorite aspect of Live Music Project: OUR COMMUNITY!

With gratitude,
Shaya

Finally, #GivingTuesday is so much more than one day in November. Year-round, our programs connect people with live classical music in a way that strengthens community, celebrates listener agency, and amplifies local arts resources. We hope you’ll support our efforts to maximize the reach of these artists and their beautiful, important work.

Welcome, Megan Ihnen!

Megan Ihnen
Mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen.

Exciting news! Live Music Project is growing and we are happy to bring Megan Ihnen on board to help with communications. Keep an eye out for her name on our regular emails!

Megan comes to us with a passion for classical and new music, creative placemaking, and coffee. With more than 10 years of experience in arts administration and communications/marketing, Megan is cut from our cloth when it comes to shared love for music, community, and accessible data. We’re so excited to be working with you, Megan – welcome!

(P.S… Please feel free to drop Megan a line and say “hello” at megan@livemusicproject.org!)

Seattle Auditions, Arts Jobs, & Announcements: July 2018

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Submissions

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Auditions, jobs, announcements

  • Music Center of the Northwest, a non-profit community music school, seeks an executive director.
  • Northwest Folklife seeks a programs coordinator to work closely with many cultural communities and performers.
  • Seattle Opera is accepting applications for the audience services lead representative; technical director; senior communications manager; stewardship and events associate; and direct sales & telefunding representative.
  • KING FM seeks a development coordinator.
  • The Seattle Symphony is accepting applications for the following positions: senior manager of creative projects & community engagement; annual fund coordinator, and part-time ticket services associate.
  • Music of Remembrance seeks a full-time, paid development associate starting immediately.
  • Town Hall Seattle seeks an institutional giving manager.
  • Pacific Northwest Ballet is hiring for the following positions: Children’s Division teacher (part time); master carpenter; school accompanist; DCM sales representative; and certified pilates instructor.
  • Bremerton Youth Symphony is hiring a music director; director; and stage assistant.
  • City Arts is hiring a marketing and communications specialist
    (temporary position).
  • West Seattle Community Orchestras (WSCO) is in search of its next Symphony Orchestra conductor.
  • Seattle Festival Orchestra, a community orchestra of experienced musicians, announces auditions for the position of concertmaster.
  • The Seattle Choral Company is holding auditions through the summer.
  • Seattle Pro Musica holds auditions for all voice parts in August.
  • Northwest Boychoir is looking for boys ages 6-9 for fall enrollment; no prior musical training required, just musical aptitude and enjoyment of music.
  • Northwest Mahler Festival is seeking musicians: strings, winds, percussion, and harp.
  • Cascade Symphony has openings for principal trombone, principal cello, and principal 2nd violin, with auditions on July 23rd.
  • Ensign Symphony & Chorus is seeking to fill the following symphony personnel positions: string bass, section horn, section trumpet, all other section strings, and sub positions for all instrumental positions.
  • Seattle Festival Orchestra seeks community musicians for principal oboe, principal trumpet, section trumpet, and strings for the 2018-19 season.
  • Seattle Wind Symphony is holding auditions for oboe / clarinet / bari sax / string bass for regular membership (and ongoing sub-list positions).
  • Bremerton Symphony Orchestra will hold auditions for local and regional musicians with experience on August 30.
  • Gallery Concerts classical chamber music non-profit organization seeks board members.
  • Thalia Allied Artists Music Library seeks a rental space for its large collection of scores and parts.
  • 4Culture provides a financial incentive to book roster performers; sign up for the 4Culture Touring Arts Roster and check out the Presenter Incentive Program.

Notable deadlines

Media calendar deadlines

  • Seattle Magazine – submit events 3 months ahead for the print calendar
  • City Arts – to submit to Current or the print calendar, send event details to calendar@cityartsmagazine.com
  • Seattle Times – submit 14 days ahead for consideration in the curated classical listings (online & print)
  • The Stranger – submit any time to the online “Things to Do” calendar; for the quarterly Seattle Art & Performancesubmit at least 5 weeks before the start of the quarter in which the event will take place
  • Seattle Met – submit 2-4 weeks ahead of event for the online calendar
  • Live Music Project – submit 1 week prior to performance date; deadline for weekend email listings is Mondays @ 5pm

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Seattle Auditions, Arts Jobs, & Announcements: June 2018

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Auditions, jobs, & announcements

  • Auburn Symphony Orchestra is hiring an executive director.
  • West Seattle Community Orchestras (WSCO) is in search of its next Symphony Orchestra conductor. For details, contact info@wscorchestras.com.
  • Gallery Concerts, a non-profit organization presenting baroque and classical concerts, seeks a part-time administrative director.
  • Music of Remembrance seeks a full-time, paid development associate starting immediately.
  • Town Hall Seattle seeks an institutional giving manager to lead and grow its portfolio of foundation, corporate, and government partners in close collaboration with the development director.
  • City Arts Magazine welcomes applications for their events team (paid hourly).
  • Music & Arts seeks full-time education sales representatives to work directly with school music programs throughout Western Washington.
  • Seattle Wind Symphony is holding auditions for oboe / clarinet / bari sax / string bass for regular membership (and ongoing sub-list positions).
  • Northwest Mahler Festival is seeking musicians: strings, winds, percussion, and harp.
  • Operamuse is holding auditions on June 8th in West Seattle.
  • The Seattle Opera Youth Opera Project will hold placement auditions on June 14 & 16, 2018; all applicants age 7-18 will be accepted, regardless of skill level (no prior experience necessary).
  • Northwest Boychoir is looking for boys ages 6-9 for fall enrollment; no prior musical training required, just musical aptitude and enjoyment of music.
  • Vocalpoint! Seattle will hold Girls Prep auditions on June 2, 2018.
  • Tuned In! chamber music festival is now accepting applications for students ages 13-24 (July 9-14 at Haller Lake United Methodist Church, financial aid available).
  • Cascade Symphony is looking for a 2nd Clarinet and strong amateur violinists and violists for the 2018-2019 season (auditions on June 11), as well as Principal 2nd Violin and Principal Cello (auditions on July 23).
  • Seattle Chamber Music Society seeks volunteer concert ushers for the 2018 Summer Festival in July – join us for world-class music at Benaroya Hall!
  • Thalia Allied Artists Music Library seeks rental space for its large collection of scores and parts.
  • Announcing the launch of the first annual Cascade Conducting Masterclass at Pacific Lutheran University with Symphony Tacoma music director Sarah Ioannides (June 25-29, 2018).

Notable deadlines

Media calendar deadlines

  • Seattle Magazine – submit events 3 months ahead for the print calendar
  • City Arts – to submit to Current or the print calendar, send event details to calendar@cityartsmagazine.com
  • Seattle Times – submit 14 days ahead for consideration in the curated classical listings (online & print)
  • The Stranger – submit any time to the online “Things to Do” calendar; for the quarterly Seattle Art & Performancesubmit at least 5 weeks before the start of the quarter in which the event will take place
  • Seattle Met – submit 2-4 weeks ahead of event for the online calendar
  • Live Music Project – submit 1 week prior to performance date; deadline for weekend email listings is Mondays @ 5pm

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Seattle Auditions & Announcements: May 2018

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Auditions & announcements – May 2018

  • Music of Remembrance seeks an Administrative Specialist responsible for ensuring the efficient and reliable functioning of MOR’s office operations.
  • Pacific Northwest Ballet seeks an Assistant Craft Teacher for the FRC Summer Dance Workshop.
  • Cascade Symphony is looking for a 2nd Clarinet and strong amateur violinists and violists for the 2018-2019 season (auditions on June 11), as well as Principal 2nd Violin and Principal Cello (auditions on July 23).
  • Seattle Symphony is hiring an Assistant to Vice President & General Manager (deadline for applications: May 4, 2018)
  • Opera on Tap is holding auditions for their Seattle/Tacoma roster. Auditions are May 29 & 30 (applications are due on May 21).
  • Breath of Aire, an all-volunteer choir, is looking for tenors.
  • Young Musicians & Artists summer camp in Salem, OR is accepting applications for youth musicians grades 4 through 12.

Notable deadlines

Media calendar deadlines

  • Seattle Magazine – submit events 3 months ahead for the print calendar
  • City Arts – to submit to Current or the print calendar, send event details to calendar@cityartsmagazine.com
  • Seattle Times – submit 14 days ahead for consideration in the curated classical listings (online & print)
  • The Stranger – submit any time to the online “Things to Do” calendar; for the quarterly Seattle Art & Performancesubmit at least 5 weeks before the start of the quarter in which the event will take place
  • Seattle Met – submit 2-4 weeks ahead of event for the online calendar
  • Live Music Project – submit 1 week prior to performance date; deadline for weekend email listings is Mondays @ 5pm

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Seattle Auditions & Announcements: April 2018

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Auditions & announcements – April 2018

Notable deadlines

Media calendar deadlines

  • Seattle Magazine – submit events 3 months ahead for the print calendar
  • City Arts – submit 6 weeks ahead for the online/print calendar (and/or send releases to editorial@cityartsmagazine.com)
  • Seattle Times – submit 14 days ahead for consideration in the curated classical listings (online & print)
  • The Stranger – submit any time to the online “Things to Do” calendar; for the quarterly Seattle Art & Performancesubmit at least 5 weeks before the start of the quarter in which the event will take place
  • Seattle Met – submit 2-4 weeks ahead of event for the online calendar
  • Live Music Project – submit 1 week prior to performance date; deadline for weekend email listings is Mondays @ 5pm

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Seattle Auditions & Announcements: March 2018

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Auditions & announcements – March 2018

  • St. James Cathedral seeks a full-time Associate Director of Music with competence in choral directing and keyboard performance.
  • The Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra invites musicians to apply for the 2018 Bushell Concerto Competition, now through March 18.
  • Seattle Symphony is holding auditions for section viola.
  • Seattle Opera is seeking a boy soprano for the role of Miles in Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw (auditions March 3) and volunteer male supernumeraries to play soldiers in Aida.
  • KEXP is seeking an outreach coordinator and part-time social media assistant.
  • Town Hall seeks a development coordinator and a special events coordinator.
  • KING FM is seeking a part-time board operator.
  • Sound of Late is hosting a call for collaborators to identify teams of composers to present as part of their 2018–2019 season in Portland and Seattle.
  • The Pacific Northwest Ballet is hiring a school accompanist.
  • Breath of Aire, an all-volunteer choir, is looking for tenors.

Notable deadlines

Media calendar deadlines

  • Seattle Magazine – submit events 3 months ahead for the print calendar
  • City Arts – submit 6 weeks ahead for the online/print calendar (and/or send releases to editorial@cityartsmagazine.com)
  • Seattle Times – submit 14 days ahead for consideration in the curated classical listings (online & print)
  • The Stranger – submit any time to the online “Things to Do” calendar; for the quarterly Seattle Art & Performancesubmit at least 5 weeks before the start of the quarter in which the event will take place
  • Seattle Met – submit 2-4 weeks ahead of event for the online calendar
  • Live Music Project – submit 1 week prior to performance date; deadline for weekend email listings is Mondays @ 5pm

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Auditions & announcements: February 2018

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Auditions & announcements – February 2018

  • The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture & Seattle Department of Transportation seek a practicing composer and/or musician to be an Artist-in Residence in the northwest tower of the Fremont Bridge.
  • Seattle Chamber Music Society seeks 2 part-time, seasonal Marketing & Community Engagement Coordinators for May-July.
  • Sound of Late is hosting a call for collaborators to identify teams of composers to present as part of their 2018–2019 season in Portland and Seattle.
  • Registration is open for Chamber Music Madness’ Day of Chamber Music Madness, designed for amateur adult musicians (individuals and groups) with coaching from the Skyros Quartet.
  • PSSO seeks beer-loving trumpets and percussionists for its Respighi Roman Festival concert on 3/10!
  • The Pacific Northwest Ballet is hiring a school accompanist.
  • Breath of Aire, an all-volunteer choir, is looking for tenors.
  • KING FM is seeking a major gifts officer, an account executive, and a senior account executive, and is also looking for volunteers for events and fund drives.

Notable deadlines

Media calendar deadlines

  • Seattle Magazine – submit events 3 months ahead for the print calendar
  • City Arts – submit 6 weeks ahead for the online/print calendar (and/or send releases to editorial@cityartsmagazine.com)
  • Seattle Times – submit 14 days ahead for consideration in the curated classical listings (online & print)
  • The Stranger – submit any time to the online “Things to Do” calendar; for the quarterly Seattle Art & Performancesubmit at least 5 weeks before the start of the quarter in which the event will take place
  • Seattle Met – submit 2-4 weeks ahead of event for the online calendar
  • Live Music Project – submit 1 week prior to performance date; deadline for weekend email listings is Mondays @ 5pm
  • Second Inversion – submit performances to the new music event calendar

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