Music Journalism and Publicity Panel: Newsworthy Tips for Artists
In this instructive discussion, music journalists and music PR professionals will address what constitutes newsworthiness, what does and doesn't get covered, as well as best approaches/practices and timing. Non members, click here to register http://bit.ly/2J3DftV
Monday, June 10, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Central Standard Time)
4245 North Knox Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA Get Directions
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In this instructive discussion, music journalists and music PR professionals will address what constitutes newsworthiness and more!
Music Journalism and Publicity Panel: Newsworthy Tips for ArtistsWhen it comes to news coverage these days, music or otherwise, there's a seemingly never-ending stream of it. However, having something noteworthy for coverage or hiring a PR pro takes more than just releasing a new project (or scheduling an upcoming show), sending that information around and hoping for the best. In this instructive discussion, music journalists and music PR professionals will address what constitutes newsworthiness, what does and doesn't get covered, as well as best approaches/practices and timing.
Althea Legaspi, Music Journalist
Heather West, Western Publicity, Owner
Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, Music Writer
Shannon Nico Shreibak, Promotions Manager, The Empty Bottle and Empty Bottle Presents and publicist, Indie Publicity
August Forte, Plublicist and Marketing Specialist, NoVo Management and Publicity,
About our speakers:
Althea Legaspi is a full-time freelance music journalist/critic based in Chicago. She is a night editor and writer for RollingStone.com and regularly contributes to Chicago Tribune. Her work has also appeared in USA Today, Spin, Vulture and MTV News, among other outlets. In addition to writing and editing, she serves as the Senior Music Curator for ReverbNation’s CONNECT program—an artist incubation initiative, has produced and reported on-air stories for NPR-affiliate WBEZ and has taught at Columbia College Chicago as an adjunct faculty member.
Heather West has over 25 years experience working with musicians as a talent buyer, radio promotions rep, label manager and publicist. A native Texan, she was raised in Austin and spent a decade in New Orleans before moving to Chicago. Owner of Western Publicity for the last decade, she works on myriad album projects for labels and bands, festivals like Riot Fest as well as books and film projects. When not working, she can be found sipping good bourbon and exploring the vast array of incredible yet inexpensive dining options in Chicago and around the country.
Leor Galil began freelancing for the Chicago Reader in 2010, and he joined the staff in 2012. He's also written for The Washington Post, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Forbes.com, MTV News, The A.V. Club, and the Washington City Paper. He's been called anything but Leor by people who can't pronounce his name.
Shannon Nico Shreibak is the Promotions Manager for The Empty Bottle and Empty Bottle Presents and a publicist affiliated with Indie Publicity. Previously, she has worked with brands including The Metro, Smartbar, and The Adler Planetarium. She is also a freelance writer whose work has appeared in TASTE, Chicago Reader, The Takeout, and beyond.
August Forte is a publicist and marketing specialist. He represents emerging and established musical artists in promoting album, single and video releases as well as live performances, events and tours. August has also promoted music festivals and special entertainment events. August’s outreach includes all manner of print, blogs, radio and online marketing.
August has worked as a freelance writer and editor and his writing has appeared in magazines, periodicals and Websites, including New City, PopMatters, Clutter, Lumpen, Select, Fred Perry Subculture and Relix. August attended Columbia College, where he studied film and video. He earned his BA in 1999.
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