Why We Support Addiction Recovery
Live music is a $10B industry and growing.
Ever since the near-collapse of the recording industry in the early 2000s, there has been a dramatic shift to artists & musicians making their primary income from their live performances. Industry trends predict a revenue increase of 20% by the end of the decade.
While that is great news and we like to believe that it’s all about the music, there is an undeniable truth that the live-performance industry revolves around the sale of alcohol. Whether it’s a large music festival or a small hotel bar, there is seldom a musical performance that is not within earshot of alcohol service. We believe that in order to truly support our musicians, it is essential to support addiction recovery.
Austin has so many great resources for addiction recovery and several with a specific focus on our musician population. Most notable among those is the SIMS Foundation, which offers mental health and addiction recovery services to Austin musicians, music industry professionals, and their families. We are partnered locally with SIMS and Gibson Guitar on the MusiCares® Sober Jam, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary. Read on to learn more about the Sober Jam and check out our feature video on Grammy.com.
Nicole “Hoopz” Alexander is back in the spotlight
Nicole “Hoopz” Alexander is known for three things: winning the VH1 reality television shows “Flavor of Love,” and “I Love Money,” and getting her heartbroken by NBA vet, Shaquille O’Neal. Now she has launched a new app for the ladies out there, called “GET THE BAG”
Nicole “Hoopz” Alexander went from nothing to something right before our very eyes. Clearing an estimated $250,000 from her reality tv show run, Nicole slowly faded into a world of “WHERE DID SHE GO” reality TV stars when she can very well become one of the brightest to do it. But first she has another bag to get and you to can get the bag with Nicole “Hoopz” Alexander as she has partnered with Otaku Gang Interactive to bring you “GET THE BAG”.
Make your way through New York, London, Paris and Tokyo matching luxury gems, dollar bills and bags to win the ultimate prize. Reality TV star Nicole “Hoopz”Alexander accompanies you as the host on your journey to “Get The Bag”. An please keep in mind, very few women out there really know what it feel like touching that bag, so I think she may make a great tour guide.
NHRA Top Fuel Pilot
Antron Brown is an American drag racer, currently driving the Matco Tools Toyota He is known for winning the 2012, 2015 and 2016 Top Fuel championships. Antron is the sport’s first African American champion. Brown continues to add to his prestige as he hunts down another NHRA title for 2017 in Las Vegas.
In all my days I have never heard of a black man or african american driving in the NHRA, it is almost as if now we can start expecting blacks to be walking around, talking about they are a part of the NRA now. Just one of those things that is unheard of, in today’s times or any times in American history.
Yet Mr. Antron Brown has broking that barrier and has been setting the record straight for the last few years, staying under the public radar amongst the inner city youth, when he should be highly considered as a role model part of a diverse trade and industry to be followed. I sure hope Antron will be inspiring more black boys and young men to want to be TOP FUEL dragsters, or even just more blacks in the sport of NHRA and NASCAR.
Beer giant gets in bed with marijuana business
The brewer of Corona beer has bought a 10 percent stake in a Canadian cannabis producer.
Constellation brands, which also distills Svedka vodka, shelled out $191 million for its stake in Canada-based Canopy Growth Corp., making it the first major wine, beer and spirits producer to invest in legal cannabis.
The high-dollar pot pounce comes as Canada and a growing number of US states move to legalize marijuana for recreational use, despite the fact that it’s still illegal at the federal level.
Constellation shares rose as much as 1 percent in premarket trading in response.
“We’re obviously trying to get first-mover advantage,” Constellation Chief Executive Rob Sands told the Wall Street Journal.
He expected the cannabis industry to be legalized nationwide in the United States in coming years.
”We think that it’s highly likely, given what’s happened at the state level,” Sands said.
Eight states, including California and Nevada, have legalized marijuana for recreational use. At least 22 other states have legalized the plant for medicinal use.
A number of drug companies have products that are cannabis derivatives and an index of Canadian marijuana stocks calculated by research house Canaccord Genuity rose 36 percent in the month to Oct. 11.
But major firms in other sectors have kept their distance, worried by the connotations of involvement with a banned substance.
Constellation said it had no immediate plans to sell cannabis products in the US or any other market unless it was legally permissible to do so at both a state and Federal level.
Eight Capital analyst Daniel Pearlstein said the move validated the cannabis industry as both a threat and opportunity for larger established companies in industries including alcohol, tobacco and pharmaceuticals.
“This move is a complete game changer, not only for Canopy, but also for the entire industry,” he said.
Analysts said a more immediate option for Constellation could be to develop non-alcoholic cannabis-infused beverages for the Canadian cannabis market, which consultants estimate could be worth around $5 billion to $10 billion.
The deal also comes ahead of the widely anticipated move by Canada to legalize cannabis for recreational use nationwide by July 2018. The following year, edible and drinkable products are expected to become legal.
Canopy Growth is the biggest licensed producer of medical marijuana in Canada and is traded on the Toronto Stock exchange with a market capitalization of C$2.2 billion.
Constellation said the deal also gives it the option to purchase an additional ownership interest in Canopy in the future.
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Melissa Lebron is a woman of very high standard a loyalty. She finds her footing in her faith in GOD, family, and friends, and getting to that bag. There are no shorts taking when this lioness of Zion is marching forward, she is very decisive in her decision making and has a keen eye for the next investment to add to her already impressive portfolio.
Nascar has drastically changed over the years with more blacks seeming to be involved in not only the racing but ownership also. As of now, we are seeing the partial divider and maybe one-day we will see a Black figurehead have the full ownership of a Nascar team. One step at a time. But this is about the now, I want the young men and women out there that read BAZILMUZIK.COM to know this woman, follow her journey and dare to dream as she has.
Melissa Lebron has seen limits and boundaries I am sure, yet her drive and will to be something great and in all respects, a positive example for her 7 children, is I am sure on a bet, her main reason for striving as she does.
Nowadays, a lot of artists have grown accustomed to writing checks with their mouths that their asses can’t cash. Moreover, artist arrogance is not a new phenomenon it has existed ever since the people who cut the checks told average musicians that they were superstars. Nevertheless, artists like Kanye “I am Michelangelo, I am Walt Disney, I am Steve Jobs” West have gotten more and more famous for being high off their own supply (rants) rather than their music. Sure it is arguable that Kanye West is, in fact, a genius; however, at least he has a string of hit records to build his argument on. As for you….not so much! The first rule of being a drug dealer is never getting high off of your own supply, but many artists who aren’t even qualified to be Kanye’s assistant’s assistant’s assistant rapper seem to believe that overconfidence is the recipe for the day…not the case!
My colleagues and I (other music industry professionals) find it quite comical, yet tragic that so many unsigned or indie level artists are so overconfident that they fail to FOCUS ON THE BASICS LIKE BUILDING A FAN BASE THAT DOESN’T CONSIST OF “LIKES” AND “RETWEETS”, perfecting their live performance, or better still, making music that is relevant and breathtaking.
I get it, generation Y are lazy geniuses, but paradoxical as that may be, I haven’t met a genius who had to tell you he or she was a genius but never exhibited the actions to substantiate the claim. Nobody likes a smart ass or a know-it-all, which begs the question if you know everything there is to know about making it in the music industry, why are you are broke and unknown?
Case and point, I asked an indie artist at a recent music conference, what I could do to help him further his music career; the artist looked at me as if I had said something offensive about his mother. His reply, “I’m already on my grind, and my team and I have started a movement.” WTF?
Okay, if your team is on the grind and you’ve started a movement, then where the fuck is all of your fans? Oh, my bad, your fans are only in cyberspace, which makes them as fake as the cubic zirconia chain you are wearing and as fake as your grind, your movement, and your team!
BELIEVE ME, I CANNOT MAKE THIS SHIT UP!
During another conversation, a female artist told me that she wanted to find a manager that could help her advance her career. When I inquired about the current state of her music career, she told me that she hadn’t recorded any songs that were original, she didn’t have an artist website, and she wasn’t going to change her image or sound in order to fit into what the music industry deems commercially pleasing.
YEAH, I KNOW, WOW, RIGHT?
What sound, could she have possibly been referring to if she had never recorded an original song? What image? She didn’t have an artist website or even a video for that matter, and as for her style, well, I ask again what image?
SHE WAS 100% DELUSIONAL!
In addition, she has nothing to manage, therefore finding a manager is a waste of her time and energy.
Examples like the ones above are why it is of paramount importance that artists today take a good look in the mirror and self-assess their lives, goals, and music careers.
Since a man who represents himself has a fool for a client, I expect that artists will self-assess with the same biases that have been the primary causes of their unfounded arrogance.
So the D.I.Y mindset can break you more than make you. Cause the truth is, you cannot do it all yourself. Otherwise, why aren’t you famous or something near there? You don’t need a record deal!! but if you cant do what a record label can do for you, then shut the fuck up and go look for help.
Stay Humble. Do you want me to help you? Well I need an answer:>>>>>> bazilmuzik.com
Chris Brown drops a new double-feature video from his forthcoming ‘Royalty.’