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BeatControl DJ Specialists join forces with legendary record shop BM Soho

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BeatControl.co.uk DJ equipment specialists have joined forces with legendary record store BM Soho to bring a unique buying experience together for DJs in Central London.

BeatControl Soho
BeatControl’s second hub in the home of the famous independent record store BM Soho.

BeatControl has moved into the basement of London’s longest running independent record store to offer equipment and expertise to the digital DJ in this prime location. Stocking everything from Pioneer digital controllers to Shure cartridges and needles BeatControl can cater to everyone, from the absolute novice to the guys who really know their stuff. Since BeatControl launched its website and first store in Edgware in January 2011, its mission has always been to bring the upbeat friendly atmosphere to the industry and modernise the generic electronic store feel. With the help of each of our existing loyal customers as well as the many future ones we hope to gain this could be a venture that could serve London’s hard working DJ for a long time to come.

“For the first time ever in London, you can now pick up the most cutting edge tunes, latest DJ supplies and accessories under one roof.” Adam, founder of BeatControl

“It’s a big step for us as a company and I feel privileged to be invited into such an iconic location.” Jodie, Manager at BeatControl Soho.

More information: BeatControl

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Hal Leonard publishes Minding Your Business

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Hal Leonard Books has published Minding Your Business, a guide to money and taxes for creative professionals by Martin Kamenski.

Hal Leonard Minding Your Business

If there is anything a creative person tends to dislike more than talking about money, it’s talking about taxes. But paying attention to the business side of your art is important, and author and practicing CPA, Martin Kamenski, takes you by the hand and leads you through the tangled web of the IRS.

This book will end your fear of taxes and will help you lead the life you crave as a creative professional. The language is easy to understand for even the most number-illiterate. Minding Your Business provides guidance about when to treat yourself as a business, including all important considerations before incorporating and shattering some of the most prevalent (and costly) myths existing in the artistic community.

Minding Your Business is suitable for any actor, writer, musician, dancer, photographer, director, model, visual artist, band, or production company. The author’s Chicago-based practice serves clients nationwide and offers artists and creative professionals the explanations they need. Kamenski has taken the very fine-tuned method of explaining taxes that made his practice successful and condensed it in a book that will pay for itself tenfold. The playing field is about to be leveled. Prepare to feel in control of your financial future!

The book is available to purchase for $19.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard Books / Minding Your Business

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Shure distributing DIS products

Danish Interpretation Systems

As of January 1, 2013, Shure Incorporated began distributing conferencing products manufactured by Danish Interpretation Systems (DIS), a division of Informationsteknik Scandinavia Group of Copenhagen, Denmark, which Shure acquired in February 2011.

“When we acquired Informationsteknik two years ago, we saw it as an opportunity to significantly strengthen our position in the installed sound market, specifically conferencing, by increasing our presence with customers in the corporate, government, and education sectors,” said Mark Humrichouser, General Manager of the Americas Business Unit at Shure. “We want to continue to build on the successful foundation of the DIS brand by using our strong, well-established network of sales reps throughout the U.S. and engaging our talented market development team with these customers.”

DIS is one of the world’s leading brands of advanced conference electronics, providing conference solutions to the global meeting industry. It offers complete solutions for simultaneous interpretation, discussion, voting, language distribution, online streaming of meetings, and software management.

“Both Shure and DIS have long been committed to creating innovative, quality products and providing customers with the highest level of service and technical support in the industry,” added Humrichouser. “In the U.S., we recently adapted our organization to better fit the needs of our customers with the creation of our Systems Support Group. With multiple layers of support now available, we are well-positioned to take over distribution of DIS products.”

More information: Shure / Danish Interpretation Systems

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Shure launches Get the Gig artist relations internship competition

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Shure Get the Gig

Shure has announced its second annual Get the Gig Artist Relations internship competition.

Entries are now being accepted for the summer 2013 program, where one winner will get an “inside look” at the music industry and learn how to outfit some of today’s most talented artists and bands with the right equipment to produce the best sound possible — in the studio or on stage.

“If your world revolves around music and you’re not afraid to get your hands dirty…you could be our next summer intern,” said Cory Lorentz, Artist Relations Manager for Shure. “Our requirements are simple – be hungry to learn and be ready to expect the unexpected. While artist relations has its perks, it’s definitely not a ‘walk in the park.’ There’s no such thing as a typical day.”

Shure Artist Relations manages the relationships between musical artists and bands and the Company, providing product and technical support and assisting their front of house, monitor, and studio engineers as needed. Fans around the world enjoy music created by Shure artists such as Cage the Elephant, Foster the People, Jason Mraz, Matt & Kim, Mos Def, The Band Perry, The Black Keys, and Toby Keith, among others.

During the summer, the “Get the Gig” intern’s responsibilities may include providing support for social media initiatives, helping to manage Shure artist endorsers, assisting in the evaluation of potential endorsers, working with the Company to negotiate endorsement contracts, and coordinating Shure-sponsored events, including clinics and trade shows.

College juniors, seniors, and recent graduates from the class of 2012, who reside in the U.S., are eligible to enter and take part in up to three rounds of competition to demonstrate why they deserve to be the next Shure Artist Relations intern.

More information: Shure

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Hal Leonard Books introduces Welcome to the Jungle by Jim Klein

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Hal Leonard Books has announced it is now shipping Welcome to the Jungle by Jim Klein, a guide for freelancers who want to succeed in the music and audio industries.

Jim Klein Welcome to the Jungle

Thousands of people try to make a living as musicians and audio professionals. Most of them fail, and not because they lack talent or the will to succeed. They fail because no matter how much training they’ve received or how hard they’ve practiced, they don’t know how to face the challenges that await them in the “real world.” No matter how much technical or musical skill aspirants may have acquired, there is always a huge gap in their understanding of how that world works.

Do they understand how to behave in a professional environment? When to talk and when to listen? What about developing a personal work ethic, a support system, and a reasonable set of immediate and future plans to make goals into realities? In his dual role as a successful music and audio freelancer of over 30 years and tenured college professor, Jim Klein has not only the knowledge of what it takes to succeed as a freelancer in the competitive fields of music and audio, but also the understanding of exactly what the new aspirant needs to know to take on that world.

Klein has crafted his advice into a book that is detailed, complete, and easy to understand. Welcome to the Jungle includes chapters on setting goals, networking, building a portfolio, time management, personal and professional finances, and dealing with the ups and downs of the freelance career. The book also includes interviews with successful music and audio freelancers, such as legendary producer Howard Benson (Kelly Clarkson, Santana, Daughtry), producer/engineer Kevin Killen (Peter Gabriel, U2, Elvis Costello), bassist Julie Slick, and others.

The book is available to purchase for $24.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard Books / Welcome to the Jungle

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Hal Leonard publishes Making the Scene: Nashville

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Hal Leonard Books has announced Making the Scene: Nashville, a step-by-step guide by Liam Sullivan, showing you how to live, network, and succeed in Nashville.

Hal Leonard Making the Scene: Nashville

How hot is Nashville? So hot that when ABC was looking for a setting for a musical/drama series to compete with Fox’s Glee and NBC’s Smash, it landed in Music City, U.S.A. Aspiring singer-songwriters, country music fans, and musicians of all stripes inspired by ABC’s Nashville to move to country music’s hometown will find a wealth of invaluable information about what it will take to make their mark in Making the Scene: Nashville – How to Live, Network, and Succeed in Music City by Liam Sullivan.

One could argue that moving to Nashville is the easy part. Getting acclimated and gaining a foothold in the Nashville music scene can be another story. Making the Scene: Nashville addresses those challenges, while serving as a comprehensive guide for musicians and artists looking to move to and establish themselves in the city. Making the Scene: Nashville is filled with interviews with Music Industry professionals, who provide insight into how the music scene in Nashville works and what the best plan of attack is for hitting the big time.

There are also uplifting and heartwarming interviews with singer-songwriters from around the country who have made the move and embrace Nashville as their new musical home. Music venues in Nashville are plentiful and bustling with singers and songwriters every night, and Sullivan lays out a step-by-step approach to figuring out not only how to get gigs, but also understanding how the music business in Nashville works. With the help of interviews with a host of Music Row professionals, Making the Scene: Nashville covers every facet of Nashville’s music scene: from tips to performing “live” to understanding music publishing terms that every musician should know. Sullivan explains the best way to approach an open mic or writer’s night, and maps out the most musician-friendly neighborhoods. He also looks at Nashville’s hundred years of music history, important to know when speaking with music publishers and executives alike.

Van Morrison once said, “Music is spiritual, but the music business is not.” From where to buy gear to where to see live music and where to network and exchange ideas with other musicians, Making the Scene: Nashville provides the tools newcomers will need to meet the challenges of the business and make the move to Nashville.

The book is available to purchase for $19.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard Books / Making the Scene: Nashville

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Steinberg opening Research & Development center in London

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Steinberg has announced that it is establishing an R&D center in London, United Kingdom, to focus on developing software for the music notation and education markets.

Marketing director at Steinberg, Frank Simmerlein, comments: “Steinberg has a good standing in both the education and composing markets, but we’ve always believed that these markets and its customers deserve the best support we can give. Therefore we are more than delighted to have found the perfect team of extremely talented and experienced individuals to make this possible in the foreseeable future.”

Ben Timms, head of Steinberg’s new London-based R&D team, remarks: “I’m delighted and proud that we are becoming part of the Steinberg family. Our collective expertise combined with Steinberg’s world-leading products and technologies can only mean exciting things for the customers.”

“As musicians, we are very excited to be joining Steinberg, a company whose unrivaled tradition of ground-breaking technologies we have always admired. As a development team, we are looking forward to bringing our extensive experience to bear on a new generation of products, designed by musicians for musicians,” adds Daniel Spreadbury, new product marketing manager for Steinberg.

The London-based office begins its operation in the middle of November, 2012.

More information: Steinberg

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