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MBJ Cut Time: Episode 1 - Interview with Ralph Jaccodine

MBJ Cut Time Episode 1 - Interview with Ralph Jaccodine
Berklee College of Music's 'Music Business Journal' Podcast.

Exclusive interview with industry professional and Berklee professor Ralph Jaccodine discussing current industry management techniques and trends.

Artists as Activists

Artists as Activists
Cohosted by the Music Business/Management Department at Berklee College of Music and the Dance Division at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, this residency was designed to highlight artistic collaboration between musicians and dancers on themes of activism and using art as a platform for empowerment, political expression, social justice, and fighting oppression. During the residency, artist will offered master classes and clinics, working together to create a new work in real time, then demonstrated it in performance.

Artists as Activists featured Kemp Harris, singer-songwriter, actor, and educator; Christal Brown (Urban Bush Women and program chair of Dance at Middlebury College), choreographer, educator, performer, and writer; Vincent Thomas (Urban Bush Women BOLD facilitator), dancer, choreographer, and teacher; and Chad Stokes, cofounder of Calling All Crows, a nonprofit organization. The residency also featured Barry Lynn, American journalist and writer; and Jim Lucchese, former CEO of Echo Nest/Spotify.

It was made possible because of generous support from the AVK Foundation.

Missing From Your Job Description

Missing From Your Job Description

If you're working in an office, here are some of the checklist items that might have been omitted:

  • Add energy to every conversation
  • Ask why
  • Find obsolete things on your task list and remove them
  • Treat customers better than they expect
  • Offer to help co-workers before they ask
  • Feed the plants
  • Leave things more organized than you found them
  • Invent a moment of silliness
  • Highlight good work from your peers
  • Find other great employees to join the team
  • Cut costs
  • Help invent a new product or service that people really want
  • Get smarter at your job through training or books
  • Encourage curiosity
  • Surface and highlight difficult decisions
  • Figure out what didn't work
  • Organize the bookshelf
  • Start a club
  • Tell a joke at no one's expense
  • Smile a lot.

Now that it's easier than ever to outsource a job to someone cheaper (or a robot) there needs to be a really good reason for someone to be in the office. Here's to finding several.

Live Nation Rules Music Ticketing, Some Say With Threats

Live Nation Rules Music Ticketing Some Say With Threats

In 2010, when the Justice Department allowed the two most dominant companies in the live music business — Live Nation and Ticketmaster — to merge, many greeted the news with dread.

Live Nation was already the world’s biggest concert promoter. Ticketmaster had for years been the leading ticket provider. Critics warned that the merger would create an industry monolith, one capable of crippling competitors in the ticketing business.

Federal officials tried to reassure the skeptics. They pointed to a consent decree, or legal settlement, they had negotiated as part of the merger approval. Its terms were strict, they said: It would boost competition and block monopolistic behavior by the new, larger Live Nation.

“There will be enough air and sunlight in this space for strong competitors to take root, grow and thrive,” said the country’s top antitrust regulator, Assistant Attorney General Christine A. Varney. And she went further, suggesting that reduced ticket service fees, even lower ticket prices, might be on the horizon.

Mentoring for the Modern Musician Podcast

Mentoring for the Modern Musician Podcast

#34 Living legend Livingston Taylor LIVE @ Berklee College of Music

The Mentoring for the Modern Musician podcast, often featuring interviews with industry insiders who would never take your call, is designed to help cut the learning curve for musicians in and ever-changing music industry. Through in-depth topical discussions, the Scharff Brothers look to help musicians cultivate the skills necessary to forge a career as a creative artist. Pioneers in Virtual Artist Development, the Brothers steer each interview and conversation in an entertaining, informative, upbeat and completely original direction. In an ever-changing music industry, up to date and often cutting-edge information can make all the difference in a successful career. As the boys will tell you “You got this…We got your back.”

In this episode of Mentoring for the Modern Musician the Scharff Brothers were privileged to sit down with living legend Livingston Taylor In front of a live audience of students and faculty from the Berklee College of Music!!!Livingston Taylor’s career as a professional musician has spanned 50 years, encompassing performance, songwriting, and teaching. Described as "equal parts Mark Twain, college professor, and musical icon, Livingston maintains a performance schedule of more than a hundred shows a year, delighting audiences with his charm and vast repertoire of his 15 albums and popular classics. Livingston has written top-40 hits recorded by his brother James Taylor and has appeared with Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Fleetwood Mac, and Jimmy Buffet. He is equally at home with a range of musical genres - folk, pop, gospel, jazz - and from upbeat storytelling and touching ballads to full orchestra performances. In addition to his performance schedule, Livingston is a full professor at Berklee College of Music, passing on the extensive knowledge gained from his long career on the road to the next generation of musicians.

Ways You Can Defeat Distractions and Win Your Day

Ways You Can Defeat Distractions and Win Your Day
“Distractions destroy action. If it’s not moving towards your purpose, leave it alone.”—Jermaine Riley

Almost everything around you is designed to steal your attention.

That’s why it’s essential to learn how to shield yourself and develop your ability to focus on command.

You will need to fight off five types of distractions, and below you will find different ways that will help you do exactly that.

Ralph Jaccodine Management Welcomes Stu Kimball

Ralph Jaccodine Management Welcomes Stu Kimball

For the past 25+ years I have managed the careers of some great artists such as Livingston Taylor, Ellis Paul, Martin Sexton, The Push Stars, Magic Dick & Shun Ng and many others. Helping musicians has been my passion.

It is not often that I add artists to my roster but, today, I have some exciting news... I have recently teamed up with my 20+ year friend the multi-talented Stu Kimball who has a long and varied career as a band member, sideman and producer and, for the last 15 years, as the guitarist for Bob Dylan.

Between joining Bob Dylan’s “Never Ending Tour” in 2004 and leaving it in 2018, Stu strapped on his guitar for 1,323 shows; the most that any guitarist has ever played alongside the iconic singer-songwriter. He has made significant contributions to seven Dylan albums, including 2006’s Grammy-winning, Platinum-selling "Modern Times," and has been hailed by preeminent Dylanologist Peter Stone Brown as “One of the top five guitar players to play on-stage with Bob Dylan — easily.”

Besides working with Bob Dylan, Stu has played with a variety of amazing talent. Check out the list here.

Welcome Stu Kimball! We will be looking to get Stu back out on the road touring as a sideman, playing sessions and producing for his next chapter.

I look forward to hearing from you if you have any questions about Stu.

Culture Shocks with Barry Lynn - 3.14.19 Episode with Ralph Jaccodine

Culture Shocks with Barry Lynn - 31419 Episode with Ralph Jaccodine

Cultureshocks is a podcast and blog that takes a sometimes serious, sometimes comedic, look at the politics and culture of today. Barry Lynn’s goal is to do just the opposite of David Letterman’s new podcast “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction”. He introduces folks to people they well might not know because our media has a tendency to recycle “famous people” and ignore innovative voices out there.

Barry Lynn was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. His family moved to nearby Bethlehem when he was a child. He attended Bethlehem's Liberty High School, graduating in 1966.

Lynn received his B.A. in 1970 from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and his theology degree from Boston University School of Theology in 1973. After attending law school at night, he received his J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

After law school, Lynn continued to work with the United Church of Christ to gain amnesty for young men who refused to fight in the Vietnam War. Later, Lynn held various positions related to religious liberties.

From 1974 to 1980, Lynn held positions within the national offices of the United Church of Christ, including two years for the Church's Office of Church in Society in Washington, D.C., as legislative counsel

In the mid-to-late 1980s he was legislative counsel for Washington's ACLU office, where he frequently worked on church–state issues.

From 1992 until his retirement in 2017, the Rev. Barry W. Lynn served as executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to the preservation of the Constitution’s religious liberty provisions. In addition to his work as a long-time activist and lawyer in the civil liberties field.

Lynn is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, offering him a unique perspective on church-state issues. An accomplished speaker and lecturer, Lynn has appeared frequently on television and radio broadcasts to offer analysis of First Amendment issues.

In 2006, Lynn authored Piety & Politics: The Right-Wing Assault On Religious Freedom (Harmony Books). In 2008 he coauthored (with C. Welton Gaddy) First Freedom First: A Citizen’s Guide to Protecting Religious Liberty and the Separation of Church and State (Beacon Press).

His latest book is God & Government: Twenty-Five Years of Fighting for Equality, Secularism, and Freedom Of Conscience (Prometheus Books), published in 2015.

Lynn has appeared frequently on radio broadcasts and television to debate and discuss First Amendment issues, including The MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour, NBC's Today Show, Nightline, Fox Morning News (Washington, D.C.), CNN's Crossfire, The Phil Donahue Show, Meet the Press, CBS Morning News, ABC's Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, and Larry King Live. He is also a weekly commentator on church-state issues for UPI Radio, and served for two years as regular co-host of "Pat Buchanan and Company" on the Mutual Broadcasting System.

Lynn hosted the radio program Culture Shocks, from 2005 until 2013, which could be heard from Washington, D.C., to Southern California on AM and FM radio stations. The show was syndicated nationally by "GCN Live", The Genesis Communications Network.

In October of 2018, Barry Lynn returned to the airwaves with a weekly podcast of Culture Shocks. The show airs at 3 p.m. Pacific Time, every Friday on Radio Station KCAA AM-FM, Loma Linda, California.


MBJ Cut Time: Episode 1 - Interview with Ralph Jaccodine

MBJ Cut Time Episode 1 - Interview with Ralph Jaccodine
Berklee College of Music's 'Music Business Journal' Podcast.

Exclusive interview with industry professional and Berklee professor Ralph Jaccodine discussing current industry management techniques and trends.

Happy Holidays from Ralph Jaccodine Management!

Happy Holidays from Ralph Jaccodine Management!

Greetings from Ralph Jaccodine Management!

2018 has been a great year for our management team of Brittany Bethune, Jeremiah "Ice" Younossi, and Ralph Jaccodine and our roster of amazing artists!

We are proud to work with hardworking and talented artists serving music fans all around the world. Thanks to Livingston Taylor, Rebecca Loebe, Shun Ng, Magic Dick, Ellis Paul, Flynn, Kemp Harris, and Pat Pattison.

Collective, our artists have performed over 225 shows in 14 countries including Canada, Bermuda, Panama, Ireland, Singapore, China, Malaysia, UK, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Australia, Cameroon, and all across America.

In October, Ralph was honored with the 2018 Club Passim Legacy Award, recognizing years of dedication to the organization and the Boston music industry. This comes after 12 years of serving on the Passim Board of Directors and 25+ years of our artists performing on their historic stage. Ralph will continue to be on the Passim Advisory Council.

Some highlights from the year:
Livingston Taylor

With a busy touring schedule & teaching at Berklee College of Music, Liv hosted his first retreat this Summer with folks from all over the country in attendance.

The documentary film about Liv, "Livingston Taylor - Life is Good" premiered at film festivals across the globe & was picked up by Amazon Prime.Click here to watch the trailer!

Liv also taped a live performance for American Public Television. Big news! See it around the country next year.

LIVe - Livingston Taylor Live box set is a project finally ready for your collection. It features 86 previously unreleased live recordings from 50 year, from 1969 through present. This set will also include the documentary film & a photo book with notes from Liv. Out spring 2019!
Rebecca Loebe

Rebecca signed to Blue Corn Music & has been working on her next studio album. With a release date of February 2019, "Ghosts" has already received the attention of Billboard, who premiered her music video "Ghosts". Check it out here!

She has continued to tour throughout the US, UK, & Europe & is touring all three markets in support of her new album.

Her newly formed trio Nobody's Girl debuted this year. They completed two great tours in the spring & fall. They signed with Lucky Hound Music & released their EP "Waterline" this fall. The title track was listed on Rolling Stone Country's top 10 songs of the week over the summer.
Kemp Harris

New to the RJM roster this fall, Kemp is a Cambridge-based composer, musician, children’s author, actor & teacher.

As a musician & composer, Kemp has shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Gil Scott-Heron & Koko Taylor. He wrote & performed “If Loneliness Was Black” for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater & Complexions Dance Company. He has also composed for WGBH TV / Boston.

Kemp also composed the credit soundtrack for “An Unreasonable Man”, a documentary about the life & career of Ralph Nader. It is now the theme song for Mr. Nader’s weekly radio talk show.
Shun Ng

Shun continues to tour as a duo with Magic Dick, founding member of the J. Geils Band.

He also has a new project, Shun Ng & The Shunettes, that began touring last year.

Shun has been touring internationally solo, with Magic Dick, and with The Shunettes, with trips across the USA, as well as Bermuda, Panama, Canada, China, Singapore, and Malaysia.
Pat Pattison

A legendary professor at Berklee College of Music, Pat is recognized as one of the top songwriting instructors of all time. Past students include John Mayer, Gillian Welsh, David Wilcox, & Mike Gordon (Phish), to name a few.

"I took a class with a great teacher named Pat Pattison... I learned a lot in that class...and I still read that book, Writing Better Lyrics. I think it's great."‚Äč
- 7-time Grammy winner John Mayer

For the first time in 10 years, he is hosting a Boston songwriting workshop Writing Better Lyrics, also the title of his best-selling book. This will take place at theCenter for Adult Education on April 6.

Pat also hosts masterclasses around the work, including Australia in January.
Ellis Paul

We continue to work with our longtime friend and client Ellis Paul.

The ever-touring Ellis has been working on his next album "The Storyteller's Suitcase". He's been funding the project through his fan base & will be releasing the album in spring 2019.
Jeremiah Younossi at RJM, management & international agent for Albert Johnson pka Prodigy frontman of iconic new york hiphop duo, Mobb Deep from 2001 until Johnson's passing in June 2017.

During his tenure with Prodigy & Mobb Deep, Ice produced hundreds of successful concerts across the world & supported Prodigy’s endeavors including catalog reissues, books, speaking engagements, activism for prison reform, a Blue Note NYC Residency & more.

"Ice" wanted us to share this wonderful Podcast he worked on this past year with NPR / WNYC chronicling the life & illness of the beloved New York MC.

Introducing The Realness:
The Untold story of Albert “Prodigy"

The slate wrote:
Prodigy was known for his ability to tell gritty and often nihilistic stories grounded in the black experience of what Cornel West calls the underside of the American democratic experiment, and The Realness beautifully and empathetically reveals why his songs have such an edge. It’s not because he was, like Jay-Z, born into a family where he felt he had to sell drugs or that he, like Nas, felt his genius was underappreciated. Prodigy’s struggle was more personal, and it took his life on June 20, 2017, at the age of 42.

From Ralph, Brittany, Ice, and our team of interns, we wish you a happy, healthy, and rockin' 2019!

Ralph Jaccodine Receives the Club Passim Legacy Award!

Ralph Jaccodine Receives the Club Passim Legacy Award

For Immediate Release
Contact: Adam Klein

Ralph Jaccodine Recognized with Passim Legacy Award

Award Recognizes Individuals Who Have Demonstrated Extraordinary Commitment to the Organization

Cambridge, MA, October 30, 2018 – Recognizing years of dedication to the organization, Passim announced that it has bestowed the Passim Legacy Award on Ralph Jaccodine, founder of Ralph Jaccodine Management and faculty member at Berklee College of Music.

“For more than a decade, Ralph has been a part of the Passim family, serving on both our Board of Directors and our Advisory Council,” said Jim Wooster, Executive Director of Passim. “His unwavering commitment, depth of knowledge and willingness to help guide the organization over the years has been unmatched. We are thrilled to honor him with this award and publicly recognize his contributions.”

The Passim Legacy Award recognizes individuals who have shown extraordinary commitment and dedication to the organization, and whose contributions have had a profound and lasting impact on Passim, its members, and the community served by Passim. These contributions have enriched the lives of members of our community, consistent with Passim’s mission of helping the performing arts flourish by providing exceptional live musical experiences, nurturing artists at all stages of their careers, and building a vibrant music community.

Jaccodine’s work with Passim traces back to the organization’s transformation from a music club, under the leadership of Bob and Rae Ann Dolin, to a non-profit organization. He served as a member of the Board of Directors for twelve years, ensuring the financial stability of the organization while helping to expand the mission to serve a greater community. He currently serves as a member of the Passim Advisory Council.

“Passim has been an integral part of my life, first as a fan and then throughout my career where many of my musicians began to play. Over the years, I began to see my support of the organization as a way to give back to the music community that has shared so much with me,” said Jaccodine. “Like many members of the Passim community, I view the organization as a national treasure. I am honored to receive this award and look forward to continuing to share Passim’s mission to the greater music community.”

As founder of Ralph Jaccodine Management, Jaccodine has emerged as an important voice in the music community in Boston, helping musicians build lasting careers by focusing on hard work and doing things for the right reasons. Jaccodine is also a full-time faculty member in the Music Business/Management Department at Berklee College of Music.

About Passim
The mission of Passim is to provide truly exceptional and interactive live musical experiences for both performers and audiences, to nurture artists at all stages of their career, and to build a vibrant music community. Passim does so through their legendary listening venue, music school, artist grants and outreach programs. As a nonprofit since 1994, Passim carries on the heritage of our predecessors-the historic Club 47 (1958-1968) and for-profit Passim (1969-1994). We cultivate a diverse mix of musical traditions, where the emphasis is on the relationship between performers and audience and teachers and students. Located in Harvard Square, Passim serves Cambridge and the broader region by featuring local, national and international artists. Our ultimate goal is to help the performance arts flourish and thereby enrich the lives of members of our community. For a complete schedule, visit www.passim.org.

Ralph Jaccodine Management Partners with Kemp Harris!

Ralph Jaccodine Management Partners with Kemp Harris
Ralph Jaccodine Management is proud to announce the expansion of the the roster to include Cambridge-based artist Kemp Harris. Kemp has a long and varied career as a songwriter, storyteller, actor and activist. For 40 years Kemp has been an educator as well as a children's book author. He has acted in films, TV shows, commercials and is as comfortable on stage with artists such as, Taj Mahal, Koko Taylor and Gil Scott-Heron as well as performing sold out shows playing solo or with his smokin' band.
Check out Kemp in action (put Link to video here)
Blues Revue nailed Kemp with a review stating: "Harris has his finger on the pulse of the modern world with an intensity born of awareness, and he writes with an understanding of what our lives lack.  He delivers this wisdom with a timeless voice.
Ralph Jaccodine Management a 25 year old artist management company in the Boston area. They have helped develop careers of artists such as: Livingston Taylor, Martin Sexton, The Push Stars, Ellis Paul, Rebecca Loebe, Shun Ng & Magic Dick, Antje Duvekot, Adam Ezra Band, Bang Camaro and others.
Welcome Kemp Harris!
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"Kemp Harris is a thief, a tease and a heartbreaker. He knows too much. And it’s all right there when he sings. Beautifully there. He'll take your breath away."
- Tom Ashbrook, Host of NPR's On Point

Kemp Harris is a composer, musician, children’s author, actor, and teacher. Born in North Carolina, Kemp taught himself piano and was writing songs at age 14. As a musician and composer, Kemp has shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Gil Scott-Heron, and blues artist, Koko Taylor. He wrote and performed “If Loneliness Was Black” for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Complexions Dance Company. Kemp has also composed for WGBH Public Television/Boston.

Kemp’s album, “Sometimes In Bad Weather”, is a thoughtful tapestry, exploring the intersection of American Roots music, Jazz, and African Folk influences. Kemp’s second release, “Edenton” is a blues inspired journey, featuring the Grammy-nominated Holmes Bros providing additional vocals. Kemp composed the credit soundtrack for “An Unreasonable Man”, a documentary about the life and career of Ralph Nader. It is now the theme song for Mr. Nader’s weekly radio talk show.

Kemp taught kindergarten and 1st grade in the Newton Public Schools system for 38 years. He wrote the
children’s book/song “Snow”. He has since retired yet continues his storytelling in elementary schools. Kemp
looks forward to exploring all aspects of his artistic interests.

"Earthy, insightful, haunting... sacred and profane. Harris is in perfect communion with the Holmes Brothers and his earthy band."
- Frank-John Hadley, Downbeat

"Harris has his finger on the pulse of the modern world, with an intensity born of awareness and he writes with an understanding of what our lives lack. He delivers this wisdom with a timeless voice."
- Art Tipaldi, Blues Revue