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 The Creative Connector

November 30th, 2022  Volume 1 Issue 3   

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A Note From Our Director

We Have BIG News to Share with YOU!

On November 15th, King County Council passed the $16.4 billion 2023-2024 budget. In support of Executive Constantine’s priorities, and of particular note here, the Council identified film and music production as County priorities, and funded the establishment of the Office of Economic Opportunity and Creative Economy. This is a huge win for the creative sector, and we are excited to drive this work forward, informed by community and industry. Establishing this office will cement this work into the future. My colleague Ashton Allison and I will co-lead this office.


King County Council also allocated $2.2 million in additional funding for capital improvements at Harbor Island Studios, which will allow some critical improvements to be made in the coming year. Exciting times!


There is much work to be done as we establish this office and clarify our workplan for the coming year. As a new office we have a vision for where our limited resources can be best focused in the upcoming years. Priorities include:


·      Activating Harbor Island Studios fully

·      Workforce development in the film, music and production industries

·      Resource development for the creative sector 

·      Networking and professional development opportunities 

·      Raising the profile of working creatives and creative industry small businesses in King County 

·      Refining the film permitting process throughout King County 

·      Collaborating and partnering to maximize impact


As always, we welcome your input and will invite you to participate via both in-person events and surveys.


In service,

Kate Becker


King County Creative Economy


News & Updates

Cloudbreak Update

In partnership with Visit Seattle, we wrapped up the Cloudbreak Music Festival on Wednesday, 11/23 at the Tractor Tavern with the Dusty 45’s and Betsy Olson Band. This music tourism campaign entailed 68 shows at 28 venues featuring more than 150 local musicians, over 21 days. 70 downtown hotels were involved and tourists who rented a downtown hotel room had free access to the Cloudbreak shows. While we are actively analyzing the results of this initiative now, it appears to have been successful in highlighting Seattle’s amazing music scene and engaging music tourists. Folks rented downtown hotel rooms, and came to the shows, venues welcomed music tourists, local musicians got paid, and the Cloudbreak Music Fest had significant media coverage. 

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SMASH Update

On Sunday 11/20/22, SMASH – Seattle Musicians Access to Sustainable Healthcare – held their fifth annual benefit show at The Moore to raise funds for musicians’ healthcare. Local musicians brought their all to this David Bowie tribute, and Executive Constantine gave an inspiring speech. Click the picture below to enjoy the highlight reel!


Executive Constantine and Kate Becker participated in the Music Ecosystem Forum in Washington, DC on Nov. 17th & 18th. Executive Constantine did a keynote conversation with interviewer and Mishiwaka Amphitheater owner Dani Grant. Music ecosystem strategists from 27 cities and 5 countries participated in panels and focus groups, working to address the challenging issues facing the music industry and community.

Click the image below to watch the video .


More Music @ The Moore

October 3rd-December 29th

More Music @ The Moore auditions are open for only ONE more month! 🎶 Now is your chance to perform on the Moore Theatre stage, build your music community, and learn and connect with industry leaders. Auditions are open to artists ages 14-21 and we invite bands, ensembles, soloists, and more to consider! Auditions are due by December 19th.

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December 2nd 12pm PST

NFFTY is offering a free Zoom workshop on Building A Career In Film: Dec 2 at 12pm via Zoom. Breaking into the FIlm Industry isn’t easy. It takes a lot of hard work, passion and commitment. Join Director, Writer and Producer, Rebecca Eskreis for insights into building a career as a Director. 

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SAG-AFTRA is hiring a Business Agent – Seattle Local 

SAG-AFTRA is the iconic American labor union that represents approximately 160,000 media professionals. SAG-AFTRA employees support our members and thrive on securing the strongest protections by negotiating the best wages, working conditions, health and pension benefits. We preserve and expand members’ work opportunities, vigorously enforce our contracts and protect our members against unauthorized use of their work

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Northwest Film Forum is hiring an Education Director

Northwest Film Forum believes in coalition-building and horizontal models of collaboration and leadership. The candidate for this position will be self-motivated and able to work independently as well as work in close collaboration with a larger team. All Film Forum staff wear many hats and are comfortable working in a passionate, shared environment of collaborative decision-making and visioning.

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4Culture seeks King County artist for West Duwamish Wet Weather Storage Facility commission

Up to two artists or artist-led teams from King County, WA will work with 4Culture and King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) to create innovative, new work that creates an emotional connection to one of the most important resources of our world: water.

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Seattle University seeks Associate Professor & Director of Arts Leadership Programs

The Department of Performing Arts and Arts Leadership in the College of Arts and Sciences at Seattle University seeks a full-time, tenure track, Associate or full Professor who will serve as Director of Arts Leadership Programs, MFA and BA, beginning in September of 2023. The Director position is for three years with the possibility of renewal.

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