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COVID-19 Relief Package Will Help Pro Audio Industry

Congress / Capitol Hill / covid relief packageNew York, NY (December 21, 2020)—Late Sunday evening, Congressional leaders finally came to agreement on a long-awaited and long-negotiated $900-billion COVID-19 Relief Package; while the bill has yet to be voted on at press time, it is expected to be passed this week. The relief package would enact additional unemployment benefits, including extended assistance for the self-employed and gig workers, and would additionally reopen the Paycheck Protection Program, allotting relief funds that could aid live production pros, as well as nonprofits, radio and TV broadcasters, and more.

Crucially for the live event/touring production sector, the new bill includes the Save Our Stages (SOS) Act, under which $15 billion in PPP relief would be specifically earmarked for live venues, cultural institutions, independent cinemas and more. This marks a notable step up from the original amount that the SOS Act requested when first proposed in mid-2020.

The SOS Act, co-authored by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), originally asked for $10 billion to provide six months of economic relief to independent venues. Issued in the form of grants, money would be disbursed to qualifying smaller venues, promoters, producers and talent representatives, and could be used, according to Klobuchar’s office, towards “rent, utilities, mortgage payments, PPE, contractor payments, maintenance, administrative costs, taxes, operating leases, and capital expenditures related to meeting state, local, or federal social distancing guidelines.”

While not aiding audio professionals directly, if passed, the Save Our Stages Act could help keep venues going until they can reopen in a meaningful fashion, ensuring sound professionals have an industry to work in on the other side of the pandemic. When first introduced, the bill quickly gained the co-sponsorship of Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and 28 bipartisan co-sponsors in the Senate.

Under the overall $900 billion COVID-19 Relief Package, the revived PPP program from which the SOS Act funds would be derived, would include more than $284 billion for first and second PPP loans to small businesses, both of which can be forgiven. The new program would also expand eligibility for the program in order to be more inclusive of nonprofits and smaller, independent media outlets such as local newspapers, and TV/radio broadcasters.

News of the SOS Act’s inclusion was met with excitement in the industry. Dayna Frank, board president of the 2,600-member National Independent Venue Association and owner/CEO of First Avenue Productions, said, “We’re thrilled that Congress has heard the call of shuttered independent venues across the country and provided us a crucial lifeline by including the Save Our Stages Act in the COVID-19 Relief Bill. We’re also incredibly grateful that this bill provides Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, which will help the millions of people who lost their jobs through no fault of their own during this economic crisis. We urge swift passage of this legislation, which will assist those in the greatest need and ensure the music lives on for generations to come.”

Original Resource is ProSoundNetwork.com

Theo Parrish announces new album, Wuddaji

Turn the lights down low…

Theo Parrish is releasing a new LP called Wuddaji, via his Sound Signature imprint this September.

The awaited album follows the release of 12” single ‘This Is For You’ – featuring vocalist Maurissa Rose – in late 2019.

Parrish also shared a mesmerising video of Rose during a recording session for the tune last year:

The LP features 8-tracks, including ‘This Is For You’ alongside 7 previously unreleased tunes.

As usual, the track names do not disappoint, with ‘Hambone Cappuccino’ a particular favourite.

Head here for more info in advance of Wuddaji’s 22nd September release and check out the tracklist below.

Tracklist:

1. Hambone Cappuccino
2. Radar Detector
3. This Is For You
4. Purple Angry Birds
5. Wuddaji
6. HenryWeed BuckDance
7. All Your Boys Are Biters
8. Knew Better Do Better

Photo: MoMA.

Original Resource is The Vinyl Factory

Exclusive video album mix – Flip Fantazia – The Trip

Fresh from their release on John Digweed’s Bedrock Records under their more covert Techno guise ‘Cypherpunx’ the Brighton based duo Flip Fantazia unleash their debut album ‘The Trip’.

Touching on influences from Air to Bonobo, The xx to DJ Shadow, ‘The Trip’ guides you down a road less travelled meandering through Downtempo, Electronica & Trip Hop with a few Jazzy twists & turns.

Essentially Flip Fantazia is a meeting of two minds, four hands, several synths, quite a few guitars, some very clever computer software with a variety of drum machines. The prolific duo spend most of their time writing, recording, producing, mixing & mastering original music down in an old bank vault in Brighton… well, Hove actually! Their real names… Douglas Horner & Tim Belcher.

Born from a project focussed mainly on music for Sync, writing for Ninja Tune PM, Cavendish Music, Delimusic, BMG PM & Deep East + more this is their first artist album to be commercially released.

Their first brief for Ninja Tune’s Production Music company was to create an authentic 60s sounding Samba song and a Boogaloo / Salsa, both of which appear on the Ninja Tune Latin Excursions album. Along with a contemporary breaks / glitch remix of the classical masterpiece Flight Of The Bumblebee and a piece of funk with a foodie flavour for two other Ninja Tune production music albums. Another brief came in for some Australian influenced Beach House from delimusic to be used on the BBC Commonwealth Games Gold Coast 2018 coverage, so out came the Didgeridoo and five new tracks were born. Writing to brief is a delight & an adventure for Flip Fantazia covering many genres from authentic Samba to electro disco new-wave post modern cosmic soul funk afro-boogie punk alt+indie dance crossover and everything in between! So it was tough to narrow The Trip down to 10 original tracks which best illustrate the authentic Flip Fantazia sound.

I wanted to make a video every week from the day of release for each track on the album to post across our socials and i tried to remain sympathetic to the lyrics and feel of each songs with the visual elements so it reflects the mood nicely but with a trip across the globe in mind too! Starting off The Trip around a troubled America, passing through tropical waters and over the bushfires of Australia, then on to the Far East taking in the beautiful waterfalls of Asia. Heading North to the Nordic forests then up into outer space to discover life on other planets.

The Trip is a 10 track album which we hope encapsulates just that with a vinyl release set on Ellon Music with orders available from https://flipfantazia.bandcamp.com

Artist ~ Flip Fantazia
Title ~ The Trip
Format ~ Vinyl LP + Digital
Cat.No. ~ ELLONLP001
Label ~ Ellon Music
Release Date ~ 29.05.2020
Style ~ Downtempo / Electronica

Tracklist:
A1 Hombre – 5:54
A2 Breathe – 3:58
A3 Wombarra – 3:42
A4 S900 ft ERaze- 3:22
A5 Protect & Serve ft Ursula Rucker – 4:36
B1 Play The Crowd – 3:29
B2 Fracture – 5:25
B3 Fly By Night – 5:33
B4 Sliver Spoon – 3:36
B5 Free By Design – 4:13

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