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CityMusicDeal(™) to launch in a city near you
CityMusicDeal.com will help to identify and expose emerging artists in the top music cities across the U.S. This program is modeled after the Seattle Music Initiative that started in series of meetings held in Seattle back in 2007. It expresses a vision and development strategy for Seattle’s music industry and the larger community for the year 2020. They identified that building bridges between the music, business and university communities ensured the future of Seattle that was tied to it’s music. (Seattle City of Music vision document (http://www.cityofmusic.com/
Altavoz CEO Nelson Jacobsen said, “After observing several city experiences with music and the value placed upon the cultural, economic vibe that clearly comes from each city’s music, Altavoz and it’s partners came to understand that we needed deals specialized by city. Hence a CityMusicDeal will be developed in each city to attract and keep artists by giving them access to distribution without having to leave town.”
The first city to launch the program is the city that was the inspiration behind Seattle’s effort, Austin, Tx., as AustinMusicDeal.com. Altavoz believes the time is right to help cities like Austin that have identified music as a key driver for their local economy. Kevin Sarmiento joins to Altavoz team, as a City Music Deal Ambassador, to lead the program in Austin, which will make its debut at SXSW in April. Kevin will ensure the program build the program with local partners that believe music is an important part of Austin’s “weirdness”
About Kevin Sarmiento
Originally from Houston, Tx., Kevin has called Austin home for the last decade. Kevin is an entrepreneur, with a background in movie production finance and new venture startups. His passion for music and the arts has taken him around the world to experience the variety of positive impacts art and music can have on culture in society. A ameatuer trumpeter, Kevin focuses his efforts on helping other artists bands and labels get a foothold in today’s music business.
About Altavoz, Inc.
Altavoz is an independent, full-service entertainment distributor offering a wide range of physical and digital distribution, marketing and payment solutions. Altavoz ensures that artists and producers have access to a unique array of traditional and out‐of-the‐