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2008 Indiegrrl Women in the Arts Conference Announces Workshops, Panels

United States
History-making Event Calls On Professionals’ Expertise to Educate Women in the Arts

June 20, 2008, Martinsville, VA - The history-making First Annual Indiegrrl Women in the Arts Conference taking place in Spencer, VA from August 21 - 24, 2008, has announced their panel and workshop lineup featuring over 15 music businesses and musicians with subjects ranging from Song Critiques to Alternate Guitar Tunings to Web Design and Touring. Professionals will offer their expertise in various aspects of the music business.

The following panels and workshops are currently confirmed with additional inclusions TBA:

1. Songwriting Critique Room - A room open for 4 hours on Friday and Saturday for artists to go into and give friendly and informative critiques to each other on their songwriting skills.

2. Performance Critique Room - A room open 4 hours on Friday and Saturday for artists to go into and give self help suggestions to each other on their personal stage performance.

3. Meet The Keynote Speaker - Bonnie Bramlett - A question and answer session with singer, songwriter, actress Bonnie Bramlett.

4. Alternate Guitar Tunings - Vicki Genfan - Guitarist, songwriter and singer, Vicki Genfan has been called the ’Jimi Hendrix of acoustic guitar’. Bill Milkowski writes in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, "Her dazzling displays of two handed tapping, bell-like harmonics and funky bass note slapping, along with her deft finger style approach, have guitar aficionados in the house sitting slack-jawed in sheer awe." Endorsed by Gibson Acoustic Guitars and D’Addario Strings, Vicki has performed extensively to an ever growing national and international audience. She will share and teach some of her unique styles of alternate tunings for acoustic guitar.

5. Bob Kilgore’s Harmonic Capo Workshop - Find out about the new gadget that Vintage Guitar Magazine called "Accessory of the Year?" It looks like a capo, but what’s it doing at the 12th fret? It’s playing harmonics! Guitarist Bob Kilgore will demonstrate his invention and talk about its potential for making music in a whole new way.

6. Booking Your Tour Made Easy – Robin Hinnant of Onlinegigs - Onlinegigs is the only fully automated music booking and promotional tool and home to one of the fastest growing Music Industry Directories in the business. Streamlining your day to day tasks is the only way to stay competitive in today’s music industry. Find out how Onlinegigs can help you take control of your live music career today. Robin Hinnant will go over how Onlinegigs Version 4 fully automates the booking and promotional process for bands, artists, booking agents, record companies and music managers. Onlinegigs v.4 is a comprehensive Artist & Event management solution that is revolutionizing the way performance opportunities are tracked, booked and promoted.

7. Creating Your Image - Margaret Johns of Sage Design, LLC - An in-depth look at selling yourself and your music. How do you make yourself marketable? How to determine what sells. How to stand out from the rest. Margaret is a native Atlantan who has over 20 years of experience in graphic design. She has a BFA in graphic design from the University of Georgia. She owns her own company, Sage Design, LLC. Sage Design offers graphic design services including logo/branding with market research, cd cover design and illustration, brochures, web sites and illustration. There is attention to detail and unsurpassed customer service. Jobs are handled from concept to finished product and everything in between.

8. Web Design - Lee Ann Tarducci of Baydog Graphics in Myrtle Beach, SC will be teaching a basic web design program that will allow you to easily create a simple and clean web design and maintain it on your own.

9. Music Talks Presents “The Balancing Act” - Maggie Hernandez - "The Balancing Act" program, designed to assist artists in striking a balance between personal & career needs for better physical, mental and professional health. Using a custom "Assessment Chart", commonly neglected areas – such as finances, exercise, eating habits, personal relationships – are addressed to help support and sustain momentum in our careers. The guide is used as a tool for initiating a goal in each area and setting a balanced life plan of your own in motion.

10. Podcasting - Comedian Shelly Ryan of Atlanta, GA will go over how to create a podcast to enhance your website, newsletters, myspace page, and more.

11. Professional Press Kits - Vicki Blankenship of Spotted Kiva Productions and head of Indiegrrl Women in the Arts – Making your first impression a professional one. This workshop will go over what important pieces of material you need to include in your press kit and how to design and create a professional first image.

12. Touring on a Tight Budget - Vicki Blankenship & Sonya Heller - This will be a moderated group discussion of question, answers, and suggestions offered up by all that attend the workshop, sharing personal experiences and knowledge.

13. Long Term Survival as an Indie - Honorary Indiegrrl Sonya Heller, and Honorary Indiegrrl Holly O’Reilly - How to last over the decades as an Indie artist by revamping your career to meet the ever changing times.

14. Non-Profit Development 101 - Kerline Astre of Koncept Consulting - Drafting a mission and vision statement. Formulating a Board of Directors. Fundraising basics. Attaining 501c3 status. Incorporation. Volunteerism and more...

15. Indie Artist Assistant - Rob Slocumb of Indie Artist Assistant in Auburn, AL - How often do you say to yourself "I wish I had an office assistant" or "I just don’t have time to do everything" or "I can’t work on my songs because I spend all day in the office." If you are a DIY artist, most likely you cannot afford to pay a part-time office assistant, although you really could use one. Founder Rob Slocumb will go over how Indie Artist Assistant can help you get organized and maintain all of your daily office needs and can be your office assistant at a fraction of the cost of hiring a full or part time person. Indie Artist Assistant’s mission is to assist Indie or DIY artists & bands with their day to day office task to make them more organized than ever before, giving them more time to work on their craft.

16. PR Development: It’s all about the FANS - Sandy Serge and Mark Waterbury of Serge Entertainment Group LLC, Atlanta, GA. PR is about developing relationships with your publics. And your publics are your FANS. We will talk about the various ways to get and keep your fans interested in you and your music, and the different avenues for creating awareness for your music. Please be willing to share ideas and attend with an open mind. Q & A format.

In addition, the 2008 Indiegrrl Conference will feature two keynote speakers - musician/actress Bonnie Bramlett and The Donnas’ manager Molly Neuman.

Main sponsors for the Indiegrrl Conference are Oasis CD Manufacturing, Serge Entertainment, MPress Records, Onlinegigs, Songsalive, Rockin’ Moms, Females On Fire, Spotted Kiva Productions, Music Talks Sessions, Daisy Rocks Guitars, Indie Artist Assistant, Linq Songs Publishing, Koncept Consulting, Sage Design, Bassett Printing, and more. Planned workshops and panel discussions on Friday and Saturday at The Spencer Penn Center will feature alternate guitar tunings, song writing, web design, graphic design, podcasting, booking your tour, press kits, press releases, touring on a tight budget, long term survival as an indie, balancing personal life and career, Non Profit 101, and more. The conference will also feature an Exhibit Hall featuring different industry vendors and an artist row where you can talk directly with some of the showcasing artists, along with two stages showcasing live performances in music, comedy, and spoken word. Showcasing artists are being selected now and the showcase schedule will be posted on the Indiegrrl website soon. Showcasing artists will be a combination of members from the Indiegrrl Women in the Arts organization as well as Songsalive, Females on Fire, and Rockin’ Moms.

A full conference pass is $100 and will allow you to attend all workshops, panels, exhibit hall and both live performance stages on Friday and Saturday. Although the showcases will feature women, men are welcome to attend the conference and take part in the workshops and panels. Thursday night banquet tickets are $30. A general public one day ticket will be sold on Friday and Saturday for $10 that will allow access into the exhibit hall and the two stage areas. A food vendor will be on site at The Spencer Penn Center selling a selection of sandwiches, salads, desserts, snacks and beverages. The Dutch Inn Hotel located at 2360 Virginia Ave., Collinsville, VA 24078 is offering room discounts of $64.95 for two people and comes with a free full breakfast buffet for those attending the conference. Phone (276) 647-3721 to make your room reservations. Purchase your complete conference pass online at www.indiegrrl.com. The one day passes for the exhibit hall and stages will be sold at the doors on Friday and Saturday at The Spencer Penn Center.

For more information about the Indiegrrl Conference, please visit www.indiegrrl.com/2008conference.html.
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