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Get schooled on the rock biz at the Homemade Music Symposium




Coming Saturday and Sunday to Ybor City: The second annual Homemade Music Symposium, a two-day series of free seminars for musicians on how to get their work into the hands of the public.

The symposium isn’t about lectures, said David Audet, founder and president of Artists and Writers group, which hosts the event. It’s about dialogue.

"We listened to the musicians, and we said, ‘What do you want? What do you need?’" Audet said.

For example: At last year's Sympoisum, organizers threw in a sidebar on electronic press kits (EPKs) that turned out to be really popular. So this year there's a session titled Using Your Electronic Press Kit and Website to Put More Money in Your Pocket.

You'll also get seminars on video production, online marketing, home and professional recording, photography, social networking and advice from some of the local scene's most visible movers and shakers: Brett Steele, Joe D'Acunto, Ivan Pena, Steve Connelly, Julie Garisto, Scott Harrell, Lee "Flee" Courtney and many more.

And let's not forget the music -- performances by Will Quinlan, Rebekah Pulley, Ronny Elliott (above) Dynasty, 10th Concession and more, at venues all over Ybor City. Get more details on the concerts here.

One of the featured speakers is Peter Wells, co-founder of TuneCore, a digital service that allows musicians to bypass industry gatekeepers and get their songs onto iTunes, Amazon and the like for a nomimnal fee. 

TuneCore's co-founder, Jeff Price, says digital distribution and EPKs are changing the music industry -- unlike CD shops, the Internet offers unlimited shelf space and no up-front manufacturing costs, so independent artists can post music online and still get noticed. Thus ends the need to hire a deep-pocketed label to schmooze with the gatekeepers at Wal-Mart and Best Buy.

"F--- that," Price said. "Anyone can have access to distribution now."

For more with Price and Audet, read Dalia Colon's story about the Homemade Music Symposium. And after the jump, get the full schedule of events for the weekend.

Saturday, June 13

At the HCC-Ybor Performing Arts Center, main stage

9 a.m.: Opening reception Featuring a live generative deconstruction sound/performance installation by AVAACC. 

10 a.m.: Poets of Popular Song — The Lyrics and Lyric Writers of the Great American Songbook. With Rosa Rio, Paul Wilborn and Eugenie Bondurant.

Noon: Lunch

1 p.m.: TuneCore and Digital Media Distribution: Peter Wells, Co-Founder of TuneCore 

2 p.m.: Area Record Labels and Artist Managers Panel: Ivan Pe?±a (Mohawk Bomb Records), Brett Steele (Steele Management), Joe D‚ÄôAcunto (THX MGMT), Steve Dube (Decadent Suite) 

3 p.m.: Alternative Media Promotion: Making the Most of Twitter, Facebook, and the Blog Network: Julia Gorzka (Social Media Consultant), Megan Voeller (Editor,, Darrin Guilbeau (, Stephen Hammill (Creative Loafing), Bryan Childs ( 

4 p.m.: Marketing, Touring and Band Management: Content Managing for Bands: Joran Oppelt (Creative Loafing), Ivan Pe?±a (Mohawk Bomb Records), Stephen Hammill (Creative Loafing), Shawn Kyle (REAX Magazine), Joe D‚ÄôAcunto (THX MGMT) 

5 p.m.: How to Get the Most Out of a Studio Session: Steve Connelly (Zen Recording), Wes Price (Polysound Studios), Brian Merrill (Studio B), John Stephan (Springs Theatre) 

6 p.m.: Meet the Press: Area Music Critic Panel: Julie Garisto (St. Petersburg Times and tbt*), Curtis Ross (Tampa Tribune), Lee Courtney (WMNF Radio), Scott Harrell (REAX Magazine), Leilani Polk (Creative Loafing

At the HCC-Ybor Performing Arts Center, studio theatre

3 p.m.: Theatrical Concepts in Video Recording: Stan Arthur (Filmmaker and Musician), Fred Smith (Grown Man Brand). Featuring Hypnophonic. 

At the HCC-Ybor Performing Arts Center, rehearsal hall

3 p.m.: The Pranayama of Voice: Denise Moore (jazz vocal stylist and yoga teacher) 

5 p.m.: Using Your Electronic Press Kit and Website to Put More Money in Your Pocket: Ivan Pena (Mohawk Bomb Records) 

At the HCC-Ybor Performing Arts Center, art gallery

3 p.m. Special exhibit featuring art works inspired by music and music makers. 

Saturday night music showcases

All start at 8 p.m. Admission is $5 per venue or $10 for an All-Access Pass (sold at the Symposium and New World Brewery):

At New World Brewery: Will Quinlan, Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets, Lorna Bracewell, Skull and Bone Band, 10th Concession,, the Aripeka Stompers, Rayzilla, Lee Hinkle, John McCoy, The Hole 

At Crowbar: Hat Trick Heroes, The Orchid Thief, Ascending to Avalon and Rise of Saturn 

At the Roosevelt (1812 15th St. N):  Dynasty, Slimm Hustle, Shardz of Glass, DJ Furious, Xzanthia, and Katie Punto.

At Arts on 9th: Next Exit and Friends  
Sunday, June 14

All shows and lectures start between 1 and 1:30 p.m.

At the Ybor City Museum (1818 E Ninth Ave.): Stephanie Carpenter, Hypnophonic, Francillia, Lorna Bracewell, Ella Jet, Experimental Pilot

At Tre Amici @ The Bunker: Bunko Squad, Ronny Elliott, plus seminars by Jesse Stehlik on photography, a town hall meeting to discuss the state of the local scene, and a presentation by Tony Michaelides, plus a wrap party from 6 to 8 p.m.

At Reax Space (1911 19th St. N): DIY sound recording with Stephen Hammill (Creative Loafing), Brian Merrill (Studio B) and Alastair St. Hill; and Using Homebrew Software in the Nintendo DS and Audiomulch, with John McCoy

At Arnold Martinez Gallery (1909 19th St. N): Steve Vaclavic, Papos Frassica, Emily Roff
At the Mermaid’s Slipper (1903 19th St. N): 10th Concession, Liz Hollister, Fred Slutsky, Charlotte Lee, Harry Hayward


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