The CSSSA College Connection Visits Bennington College

Brennan Dignan Music, Performing Arts, Sponsors, Student Resources

Meet Isabel, CSSSA 2012 Los Angeles native Isabel Wing attended the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) music program in 2012. If you asked her in high school if she would end up in rural Vermont for college she would have said it wasn’t even on her radar.  Isabel came to CSSSA when she ran across an advertisement for the …

Jacob Davich Makes Music One Step at a Time

Samantha Jacobs Acting, Artist Profiles, Career Advice, Music, Performing Arts

An Interview with Musician Jacob Davich When Jacob Davich was 12, he went to the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, CA. What started out as a morning of tagging along while his mom shopped turned into the day that would kickstart Jacob’s music career. Right outside this flea market, casting directors were auditioning for a new TV commercial project. …

Nancy Bennett Virtual Reality Producer and Creative Mind

Christine Griswold Artist Profiles, Career Advice, Music, Performing Arts, Visual Arts

“Trust your heart and listen to it.  It takes you to what you’re good at.” Nancy Bennett has worked on the cutting edge of numerous media and tech advances over the past three decades, so it’s no surprise that she’s involved in the developing world of Virtual Reality storytelling. From starting in music videos as they were emerging in the …

About The Bots

Jacqueline Abelson Career Advice, Music, Songwriting, Uncategorized

Can you name any other band that has performed at The Festival Circuit, Coachella, Outside Lands, Bonnaroo, Riotfest, Shindig, Afropunk, Japan’s Summer Sonic, Sasquatch, Fun Fun Fun Fest, as well as National Dates with Dropkick Murphys, all while being under the age of 21? Didn’t think so. The answer to “name that band”? The Bots. Brothers and bandmates Mikaiah Lei (vocals …

4 Things to Know About Marketing Your Band

Marshall Ayers Beyond, Branding, Getting Started, Getting Started, Music, music management, Performing Arts, Practical Advice, Tips

The New Rockwells share four things they have learned about effectively marketing your band. This article is being published in partnership with Soundfly in celebration of #BetterBand week! Friends from college, musicians, composers and now out in the world making their way, with their indie-rock band The New Rockwells, Ben Muller and Marty Boyle got together and drilled down their …

3 Reasons Songwriters Should NOT Quit Their Day Job

Marshall Ayers Career Advice, Music, Performing Arts, Songwriting

This article is being published jointly on Artzray and Soundfly  in celebration of #SongwritingWeek! By Alan Semerdjian, featured photo by Kenny Janosick There’s this idea out in the world that unless we’re working as songwriters and doing music full-time — music solely — we’ve somehow failed or compromised our integrity as artists. I’ve come to understand this notion as flawed thinking.

Daydreaming With Indie Folk Singer Juliet Piper

Jacqueline Abelson Artist Profiles, Career Advice, Music, Practical Advice, Songwriting

Juliet Piper was destined to become a musician. Born into a musical family in Los Angeles, Juliet has been writing songs, singing and playing instruments including guitar and piano for as long as she could remember. In 2009, Juliet released 5 acclaimed EPs, then in 2010 she received her first major radio support from Rodney Bingenheimer at KROQ and Jim Nelson …

Behind the Scenes at Summer Music Festivals

Jacqueline Abelson Ask TVK, Career Advice, Cool, Cultural Experiences, Music, Uncategorized

The sounds of summer music festivals are in the air! Across the US (and around the world) there are thousands of summer music festivals of every type and genre, from classical to jazz, from New England to the Southwest. If you are an aspiring musician, stage manager or production designer, a music festival looks like a dream summer job, right? …