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RTDNF First Amendment Awards

Tinley and I are back in the office today after having a great trip to DC this week for the RTDNF First Amendment Awards. Stephen Arnold Music was the entertainment sponsor (very fitting!) for the 25th annual event honoring individuals and organizations for their work on behalf of First Amendment freedom. SAM also provided special silver pens for all attendees, commemorating the 25th year of this amazing event.

Some of the highlights included getting to visit with many of our friends from around the country whom we are privileged to create music for, including Nexstar Broadcasting, Raycom Media, Sinclair Media Group, Gannett and CNN, along with The Associated Press, ABC news and many others.

Since we sponsored the music, of course Tinley had to take the stage and grab the mic while I banged away on the congas. And fortunately, we weren’t kicked out of the venue for having live music as so often happens at our Promax events.

It was a privilege for us to represent SAM and toast so many of our talented and dedicated clients and friends. It was truly an honor!

Congratulations to the 2015 Honorees!

Lifetime Achievement Awards
Bob Simon, Correspondent
CBS News and 60 Minutes

First Amendment Leadership Award
Kathleen Kirby, Attorney at Law
Wiley Rein, LLC

First Amendment Service Award
Perry Sook, Chairman, President and CEO
Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc.

RTDNF Citation of Courage
Steven Sotloff and James Foley

Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award
Ann Compton, Former White House Correspondent
ABC News

First Amendment Award
James Risen, Correspondent, Washington Bureau
New York Times

KCAU-TV – Winner of “What’s the Sound of Your Story?”

A big congrats to station KCAU with their winning video entry “Sioux City Musketeers Intro Video 2014″.  You are now the proud owners of one of my favorite and treasured guitars: a 1980 Gibson Les Paul Custom signed by Les Paul!

This has been a really fun contest for us at SAM, and we are excited to have received so many entries, such enthusiasm and thousands of votes. It’s been great to see what amazing creative is being produced by our friends and colleagues at local stations. Really cool. While there is only one winner, I think we can all be inspired by seeing all these great spots!

We want to thank everyone for their participation in our first “What’s the Sound of Your Story” contest.  And I want to say “good-bye” to my guitar.

Authenticated signed Gibson Les Paul

You can view all local station video entries here:
www.stephenarnoldmusic.com/yourstory

Promax Asia 2014!

We’ve had quite an eventful year here at SAM – which we’ll no doubt touch on very soon, so check back here in the coming weeks! But in a year where we saw one of our largest rebranding projects EVER in CCTV International, we just had to get out to Promax Asia, held this year in Singapore!

Stephen Arnold Music was pleased to be a sponsor this year, and if you attended and didn’t pick up one of Stephen’s books – A Story of Six Strings – then be sure to let us know, and we’ll get one shipped out to you.

Our partners in the CCTV rebrand – Flint Skallen – were presenters in the session “A Deep Dive Into The Rebranding of CCTV International”

 

We’re very pleased to continue our long standing relationship with Promax and look forward to many more international projects!

NAB: Small Market Television Exchange…Everything but SMALL

My first ever SMTE conference, in San Antonio, Texas, was much bigger and better than I could’ve imagined! I mean—Small Market—it’s right up my alley being from a tiny little town in Arkansas. These guys really are the heart and soul of their towns. I remember what a big deal it was when the local news stations would come to our high school football games to get highlights for the 10pm news–Talk about some excited kids, doing everything they could to be on TV!

I had a blast manning the SAM exhibit. We definitely stood out—I mean we were giving away a vintage ’77 Takamine 12 String signed by James Taylor…HELLO! Can’t tell you how many people asked me if they could drop their entire stack of business cards in the ballot box!

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This year’s guitar giveaway turned out to be a pretty cool moment. David Praga, GM at KIMA in Pasco, WA was the card that I drew from the fishbowl. I immediately start cheering and congratulating him—grab the guitar off the stand—and happily hand it over to him. To my surprise, and every other person standing there for that matter—HE GAVE IT AWAY!!!! Yes, you read that correctly—HE GAVE IT AWAY. He handed this gorgeous, sought after guitar over to Bob Berry, his Station Manager. Bob was like a kid at Christmas! Beyond excited! He is a huge guitar junkie, and had come by our booth a few times just to admire it—always reminding me that it was going to be HIS guitar this year. And then low and behold—he got his wish. Such a cool moment to witness. There ARE some pretty great bosses out there, right? Loved it.

I met so many great people who, like me, love and appreciate their small towns. I am grateful to have met such passionate, hard-working people.

Can’t wait to build on these relationships made, and already looking forward to seeing them all next year!

PMC 2014 – SAM goes Hollywood!!

Well, more like Inglewood actually…

 

If you didn’t know that Stephen Arnold Music has a production music catalog called “The Vault”, then shame on you. And if you didn’t know that we’re also proud members of the Production Music Association, then double shame on you. And if you didn’t know that the 1st Annual Production Music Conference is THIS FRIDAY, then well, you get the idea…

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This new day-long event that brings together Composers, Libraries, Technology Providers, Music Users and More.  The industry’s thought leaders will be on hand and on panels to provide YOU with tools to create better, work smarter, and license your music more wisely!

 

So, if you’re planning on attending, drop us a line and we’ll see you in Hollywood! Or Inglewood really… pretty much the same right?

 

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