WAMI finally combines the joys of local music with the horrors of speed dating
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Trying to wrap your head around the Wisconsin Area Music Industry—or WAMI, if you’re nasty—can be a frustrating endeavor. On one hand, the group bills itself as “a volunteer organization whose purpose is to educate and recognize the achievement and accomplishments of individuals in the Wisconsin music industry.” On the other hand, those individuals always seem to be involved with hot local bands like The Gufs, BoDeans, or Garbage, and just happen to be members of the very organization that’s honoring them. And while WAMI does occasionally take a step in the right direction—see the belated nod to Die Kreuzen earlier this year—it often immediately mucks things up again. Take the group’s upcoming “Fast Pitch” event:
Imagine a room full of Wisconsin Talent Buyers and you have just 3 minutes to tell them why they should book you or your band at their next event. WAMI will give area musicians that chance at the 3rd Annual “WAMI Fast Pitch” on Sunday, November 13, 2011 starting at 12:00 p.m. at Club Garibaldi, 2501 South Superior Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Representatives from area festivals and clubs will be looking for talent at WAMI Fast Pitch to book for their 2012 events.
This will be a great opportunity for you/your band to be creative, leave an impression and get your press kits directly into the hands of Wisconsin Talent Buyers. Each Artist/Band will only be allowed 3 minutes with each Talent Buyer, so it will be extremely important for you to really nail your pitch. For efficiency, a maximum of two representatives per Artist/Band will be allowed. This is a unique opportunity for Talent Buyers and Artists to meet in-person, so please, no electronic audio or video presentations. That’s what websites, email and EPK’s are for.
Yes, imagine a room full of “Wisconsin Talent Buyers,” quietly suffering countless 18- and 50-year-olds explaining why their cover/metal/country/cover band should play at Rooters next month. All in three minutes! Finally, a speed dating service for frustrated local musicians and bookers alike.