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“They also serve who only stand and [applaud].”

F.A.M.E. Benefits for Members Who Are Not Musicians If a musician plays notes on a guitar and nobody hears it, is it music? It’s practice, certainly, which is important, but for me, “live music” implies a listener. The process of making music is all about the...

Call to Action!!

Do you know a young musician that needs a mentor or a place to “play out”? Do you have a great idea for a F.A.M.E.-endorsed activity, a suggestion for a new performance venue to cultivate or a fund-raising plan? Bring it! Here are the steps to follow to make your idea...

Tips for CDs

Hi folks! A bit of conversation between a couple of Board members (Karen Fetters and Ron Goad) regarding Loralyn Coles and evolving into some helpful suggestions about CD artwork and such. In a message dated 6/11/2012 12:48:47 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,...

How to Write a Good Press Release for your new album

From “Music Promotion 101: Album Press Release Guide” on TrackHustle.com A well written press release is the first step in getting some attention for your new album. Use this template to help you organize your information. Note that this template was written with...

Courtesy & Consideration- Ron Goad

Manners are in the ear of the beholder, and quite subjective. During the routines of regularly scheduled open mics, showcases, and other events, there are many opportunities to demonstrate good character and practice courtesy. The effects are not only professional,...

Why LA Club Owners are Totally Lost and Some Advice from a Musician

Here is an open letter from Jazz musician Dave Goldberg concerning musicians being asked by club owners to play for free (or minimal compensation). His point is that this is bad for the club owner! Click on the title to read the full letter. What do you think? What...

Defining “Acoustic” Music? – Todd C. Walker

The definition of acoustic music has changed. At one time, acoustic simply meant ‘un-amplified’. It now also means, in a performance sense, music that is generated by acoustic instruments that have had their sound enhanced by some sort of amplification device (mics,...

Song Circle at Dublin Roasters – Tomy Wright

F.A.M.E Starts Monthly Traditional Folk Song Circle at Dublin Roasters, February 2012 The Frederick Acoustic Music Enterprise (F.A.M.E.), in partnership with Dublin Roasters, announces its monthly Traditional Folk Song Circle Saturday, February 11th 2-4 pm, 1780 N....

Importance of Good Live Sound – Todd C. Walker

For many acoustic performers, it can be difficult enough to afford a good quality instrument (a must), but equally important is the ability to perform your music (live) so that it sounds good. Thus it is imperative to have quality sound reinforcement. Many venues have...

Live Performing

So you want to perform your music in public - terrific ! It really doesn’t matter whether it’s your first time at a local open mic, a pre-scheduled gig at the local coffee shop, at your Sunday church service, or at a major venue. It’s a ‘live performance’. First and...