Entertainment gurus in Tampa Bay and surrounding areas are moving to take the music industry in the area to a new level through weekly networking meetings. Known as the Bay Area Coalition, members include but are not limited to local artists, producers, managers and promoters who meet to create a market place for ideas, collaborations, and progress for the industry in the city.

“The major mission is to organize and create a national presence for the Bay area in the music industry by working to promote one another and create a strong bond here in our city,” according to Tampa Tony, the coalition’s organizer.

Yesterday marked the sixth meeting for coalition members. They finalized details for their first trip to the annual Gainseville Music Summit. Their goal is to network with influential people in the industry from all over the nation and get the sound of Tampa Bay into as many ears as possible. Members will wear shirts that signify membership of the coalition.

“The idea of the weekly meetings is to bring together the hardworking and dedicated artist in the industry here in Tampa,” said Lori Lynn Allen, a representative for the Bay Area Coalition. “We encourage people who are serious about their work to meet with other industry people to learn, teach and create.”

Seminars are held every Tuesday from 8  to 10 p.m. followed by an industry night, which will be open to the public at the Jerk Hut on Fowler Ave. until 3 a.m. A panel of experts will be available to answer industry questions and members will be introduced to new topics each week. Weekly topics include production, promotions, contracting, public relations and publishing.

“I’ve been working on music for years here and I’m glad to finally have a forum to work with other industry people outside of my immediate circle. It’s an easy way to pass on singles to DJs and meet with different producers,” said Smitty, a member who joined two weeks ago when he heard about the coalition through a flier.

Anyone interested in becoming a member is encouraged to register at the Tuesday night meetings.  The monthly dues are $20, which includes a membership card and a t-shirt.


6 Responses to “THE BAY AREA: IT’S A MOVEMENT by Courtney A”

  1. usfadvancedreporting Says:

    What part of Tampa where you covering? It’s a cool concept; uniting everyone in the music buz in the local area. I thought you could have spiced it up the lead a bit.

  2. usfadvancedreporting Says:

    Good story with solid information. If i had to change one thing I would break up the first graph and shorten the lede.

  3. Christine Wolstenholme Says:

    Interesting story, thorough reporting.

  4. usfadvancedreporting Says:

    What is the difference between a seminar night and industry night? The article does not make that clear.

    You should probably state that “Tampa Tony” is his stage name or give his real name in addition to his DJ name.

  5. usfadvancedreporting Says:

    Is the story about bringing Tampa’s music scene together? This is an interesting idea. I would like to hear more from local bands. Your lead was a little too wordy, but overall good story.

  6. usfadvancedreporting Says:

    good quotes, very interesting entertainment article.

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