Ava DuVernay Says Knock It Off & Make Something

shockleewebpic_avaduvernaykeynoteIndependent filmmaker Ava DuVernay, Sundance Award-winning director of the film ‘Middle of Nowhere‘ and of the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. feature drama ‘Selma‘ gave a keynote speech last weekend at the 2013 Film Independent Forum event held in Los Angeles that offers some of the realest advice we’ve heard in a while. All people who aspire to be or are in the creative and startup industries should hear this.

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Be An Artist, Right now!…Just Do It

Some inspiring advice for the creator in all of us! Filmed at TEDxSeoul, Korean writer Young-ha Kim makes a case for how our society is filled with ‘oppressors of art’ who are responsible for the artistic impulses inside of us being suppressed, killed off at some point while we are growing up, but how this artistic side in us is not gone.

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OneBeat Music Residency & Tour Program Now Accepting Applications

OneBeat is an international cultural exchange that celebrates the transformative power of the arts through the creation of original, inventive music, and people-to-people diplomacy. In the fall of 2013, approximately 25 musicians [ages 19-35] from around the world will come together in the U.S. for four weeks to collaboratively write, produce, and perform original music, and develop ways that music can make a positive impact on our local and global communities.

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Bracing For The Copyright Cliff: A Second Wind For Legacy Artists

You may soon be hearing more of the songs you love being used and reworked in popular culture. What is being termed the ‘copyright cliff’ is actually an opportunity for musicians, authors and copyright holders who have released works around the 35 year ago mark to renegotiate their original agreements. In the case of musicians who released through record labels for instance, this means many now have the ability to regain ownership of their work if they choose to go through the legal procedures to request termination.

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RIP Nick Ashford of Songwriting Team Ashford & Simpson

Nick Ashford may have passed away but his legacy will surely live on. An artist, musician, producer and one half of the songwriting team Ashford & Simpson, Nick wrote and worked with the best soul music legends of our modern music history such as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Teddy Pendergrass, Chaka Khan and Rufus.

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