2017 Viva Vera Fall Fund Drive begins!

The Viva Vera Fall Fund Drive Has Begun!

The annual Fall Fund Drive raises important money needed to keep the lights on and the music playing for another year at the Vera Project. From today until December 31st we will collect donations to fund all of the programs and events you love here at Vera.

A huge thank you to Barsuk Records for being the very first donor to Fall Fund Drive 2017 and getting us started with a $1,500 donation! Barsuk Records is a beloved independent record label here in Seattle since 1998, and they have always been staunch supporters of the Seattle DIY music scene.

Because of Barsuk Records we have already raised $1,500 out of our $15,000 goal, and YOU can help us get the rest of the way before December 31st

Simply  visit www.theveraproject.org/donate to support The Vera Project. Every donations counts. Any amount counts. Donate today to support all-ages music and DIY art in Seattle.

Thank you for all of the ways you support the Vera Project. We wouldn’t be here without you!

Vera Workshop #3: In The Studio

The Vera Project Presents
Vera Workshop #3: In The Studio
REGISTER HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/JBUxmRYxl7mON3QY2

Learn what it takes to succesfully record an EP or an album from the experts who do it for a living! From DIY recording to professional studios, from recording to mastering, this workshop will teach you what it takes to create a great release for your band or project.

12:10 – 12:20PM
Opening & Ice Breaker

12:20 – 12:50PM 
Keynote: Critical Listening
This opening portion of the event features an industry professional playing 5-8 recognizable songs and relaying their recording information. In this session attendees may hear something that sounds like their own music. 

1:00PM – 1:30PM 
Conversation One: What is a Recording Studio?
Who do you encounter in the studio? What is a studio? Role of the producer – why would you need this? Role of the engineer. What are my options in Seattle?

1:45PM – 2:30PM
Conversation Two: Pre-Production Panel
What do I need to do before I start recording? Artists, a studio owner, and an engineer discuss balancing budget vs comfort vs quality, how much time preparation takes, what exactly a producer is, and why recording is so different from artist to artist and studio to studio. Also features some discussion of DIY vs Professional and everything in between. 

2:45PM – 3:45PM 
Break Out One: DIY vs Professional – I’ve never been in a studio! Help!

2:45PM – 3:45PM 
Break Out Two: Recording A-Z (step by step guide) —– Recording to Mastering

3:50PM – 4:15PM 
Wrap-Up: A Brief Look at How to Leverage your Recordings

This workshop features the wise words and expertise of…
Ernie Ashwood (The Complex Dialect)
Maria-Elena Juarez (Acapulco Lips)
Paul Morgan (WisCon)
Ian Kurtis Crist (Health Problems / Bat / Bosnia)
Eric Lilavois (London Bridge Studio)
Jeffery M. McNulty (The Vera Project / The Killroom Studio)
Lilian Davis (The Vera Project / London Bridge Studio)
Ben Jenkins (The Killroom Studio / Killroom Records)

REGISTER HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/JBUxmRYxl7mON3QY2

Vera’s Super Sweet 16 this Saturday!

Happy Birthday Vera!
We’re turning 16 this year, and we’re celebrating with a sweet 16 party! 16 bands, two stages, beer, cupcakes, a raffle, and all to benefit your favorite all-ages art and music space!!

Bobby’s Oar
Casual Hex
Emma Lee Toyoda
Girl Teeth
Hoop (Caitlin Solo)
Shane Diamanti
Sundae Crush
Taylar Elizza Beth
Beer from Lagunitas
Cupcakes from Cupcake Royale
Sliding Scale $5-$20
12pm – 11:30pm

FREE Vera Workshop: The Art of the Tour

The Vera Project Presents: The Art of the Tour

Saturday July 8, 12-5:30pm
A FREE workshop designed to help up & coming bands learn the skills necessary to plan and complete a successful tour!

Featuring panels and talks with Lisa Prank, IVVY, Emma Lee Toyoda, Ryan Nails Leyva, Votiv, Jason Clackley, Jodi Ecklund, and Shenandoah Davis!

Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/2B49fkfJYT85EM7A3
More info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/175955669606096/

Vera Workshop #1: Marketing & the Internet

Are you in a band? Join us at this workshop to learn the best ways to market yourself–from social media, to press kits, to licensing your music.

Register here: http://bit.ly/VeraWorkshop1
RSVP on FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/449353985456871/


12:00-12:30PM Welcome

12:30-1:00PM Keynote Conversation with Sassyblack

1:00PM – 2:30PM Panel: Marketing Yourself: Using social media to build a strong brand with:
Megan Ternes (Suicide Squeeze Records, SASQUATCH! Music Festival)
Tristan Carosino (The Billions Corporation)
Reed Juenger (Beat Connection, The Capitol Hill Block Party)
Gwendolyn McKenzie (The Crocodile, Night Shift)
Taylar White (aka Taylar Elizza Beth)

3:00 – 4:30PM Workshop: Publicity + Analytics: Building a press packet, Tracking Progress, and Gaining Traction with:
Jason Baxter (Hardly Art)
Emily Cripe (Filson, Youryoungbody)

3:00 – 4:30PM Monetizing 101: Licensing, Streaming, and Platforms for Music Distribution with:
Erik Metzger (Washington Lawyers for the Arts (WLA))

4:45-5:30PM Networking Mixer

The Vera Project & Napster Present: Viva Vera After-Party at Washington Hall

Saturday March 25  | 9:30PM – Midnight
Washington Hall

The Vera Project and Napster are celebrating their 16 birthdays at a gala celebration proudly presented by community partners Sub Pop and Napster. The 10th annual Viva Vera Gala takes place on Saturday, March 25 at the historic Washington Hall, and will feature performances by local favorites and Sound Off! alumni PARISALEXA and Otieno Terry.

After the intimate gala dinner, please join us in celebrating Napster & Vera’s sweet 16 as we open up to the public for an after-party presented by Napster. Get down on the dancefloor to music from DarqnessReverend Dollars and enjoy hosted beverages: cocktails expertly mixed by Madres Kitchen using spirits from Oola Distillery, wine from Underground Wine Project, beer from Georgetown Brewing, and ginger beer from Malus.

EDIT: This event is now all ages!! Super excited to be able to include the whole Vera fam in this special celebration <3

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DIY Holiday Fair Vendor Applications Now Open!

Vendor applications are now open for the annual DIY Holiday Fair, brought to you by The Vera Project and Hollow Earth Radio!

Date: December 3, 11am-4pm
Location: The Vera Project
Vendors: The DIY Holiday Fair is a celebration of local record, tape, and CD labels, as well as printing/small press, and other crafts that make our DIY music community so full and special!

Apply by Nov 4: diy-holiday-fair-vendor-form-2016