For the past four years, June has been New York Music Month, the official New York City celebration of the most diverse music scene in the world, with events across five boroughs.
This year, however, the city’s music scene has been dealing with the pandemic, which has brought almost all live performance to a standstill. In response, MOME has supersized Music Month to include an anticipated 40-plus events over the course of six months, all safe, virtual and free.
“We are excited to roll out New York Music Month Extended Play,” said MOME Commissioner Anne del Castillo. “We are pleased to be able to feature a diverse range of artists, professionals, companies, and organizations that represent a broad cross-section of NYC’s world class music ecosystem.”
As always, New York Music Month Extended Play (NYMMEP) will have something for artists, industry and fans, but with an added urgency in order to support the music scene at a time of unprecedented concern.
New York Music Month Extended Play will include three main categories of free events: Resources for Musicians, workshops and master classes to help musicians hone their craft and sharpen their business skills; Get Tuned In, programs for music fans such as performances and workshops on topics like music production and podcast creation; and NYMM Talks, conversations with experts that dig into the challenges and opportunities facing the music industry.
For more information about scheduled events visit nymusicmonth.nyc. Some upcoming events of note include:
• Making Money with Music, with Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan Friday, January 29, 11:30 AM - 1 PM
Musicians will learn how to take advantage of 45-plus revenue streams that do not require in-person performance; boost income and audience; and lower expenses to take home more money.
• Make it Live! with Mehmet Dede of Drom Thursday, February 11, 5 - 6:15 PM
Led by the talent buyer for one of NYC’s top live performance venues, this online presentation is an essential primer for independent artists and performers who will be introduced to tools, tactics and insider tips on how the independent booking world operates.
The presentation will cover an introduction to booking NYC venues, crafting the perfect pitch email and an overview of setting up virtual shows in the age of a pandemic.
• Remote Recording for the Modern Creative with the Recording Academy New York Chapter Wednesday, February 17, 12 - 1 PM
Social distancing has placed new restrictions on travel and studio operations, leading many engineers and producers to completely transform their workflow and explore effective solutions for remote collaboration. The audio engineer and producer, Ebonie Smith, will explore the different applications that allow artists to collaborate remotely and analyze the problems and potential solutions that come with these applications.
• Digital Strategy: Stand Out from the Crowd with A2IM Tuesday, February 23, 5 – 6 PM
Artists will learn how to connect with their fans online. Presented by A2IM, the association that represents independent record labels.
• Grow it Live! with Mehmet Dede of Drom Saturday, March 6, 2021, 1 - 2:15 PM
A companion to the “Make it Live! A Practical Approach to Getting Gigs in NYC” workshop, this session will cover marketing concerts, identifying your fanbase and grassroots promotion tools. Led by the talent buyer for one of NYC’s top live performance venues.
• Cross Cultural Collaboration: How Blending Cultures Leads to Innovation with the Recording Academy New York Chapter Wednesday, March 17, 12 - 1 PM
During this master class, students will learn how to use technology to seamlessly combine elements from different cultures into a commercially successful recording through the use of music production software (ProTools, Logic, FL Studio), loops, samples and much more.
• A Masterclass on Laptop Production: From Nothing to Something with the Recording Academy New York Chapter Wednesday, April 21, 12 - 1 PM
In this class with the multi-platinum music producer, Jerry Wonda, students will learn:
• How to produce a song by using a laptop with VSP and software programs including ProTools, Logic, Ableton, FL Studio and Akai MPC.
• How to turn a “loop” from a “bucket sound” into a fully produced and structured song using drum patterns, synthesizers, and finalized and pre-cleared vocals from various artists including Wyclef, Ras Baraka, and Cokah.
• The importance of online collaboration with producers, songwriters, artists, musicians, and engineers, as well as efficiently managing your workflow.