Resources & Links

Other Fort Mason Center programs – In addition to Blue Bear, there are more than 40 nonprofit organizations at Fort Mason involved with the visual and performing arts, humanities, education, ecology and recreation.

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Education Resources – More than 100 music apps – Cool online ear training exercises – Free printable staff and tab paper – Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers is a nonprofit hearing information source for musicians and music lovers founded by Blue Bear alumnus Kathy Peck, formerly the bass player and singer for SF punk band The Contractions. – The Musicians’ Exchange has a wealth of information about being and becoming a musician, from legal resources to finding lyrics, from education to getting gigs. – Former Blue Bear Celebrity Sponsor Tuck Andress has some very interesting insights on playing and living.

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Other Bay Area music programs – San Francisco Community Music Center – The East Bay Center for the Performing Arts – San Francisco Conservatory of Music

jazzschool – The JazzSchool in Berkeley – The Stanford Jazz Workshop – Cazadero Performing Arts Camp – Jazz Camp West  

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Music Resources

Sources for (legal) music downloads:

Sources for tablature, chords and lyrics:

Places to buy and sell independent music on the internet:

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Songwriters Resources

westcoastsongwriters.orgWest Coast Songwriters is very active in the Bay Area nourishing, educating and promoting songwriters. – The Songwriter’s Notebook has many helpful songwriting resources including writing tools like Thesaurus and Rhyming Dictionary, plus links to many songwriting organizations and magazines.

The Rhyme Desk is a nice tool for poets and songwriters. – An excellent singer/songwriter magazine.

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Pop Music History – You can find a lot of rock history on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website. – A good resource for early rock n’ roll history. – The All Music Guide’s on-line Allmusiczine has in-depth interviews, reviews and news. Check out the Music Maps and Music Styles section for some interesting history. – An encyclopedic, personal (Jan Geerinck) and very interesting history of just about every style you can think of as Popular Music: Blues, Soul, Disco, House, Reggae, Jazz, Funk, Jazz-Funk, Dub, Rap and Hip-Hop, Garage, Techno, Electro, Rare Groove, Acid Jazz, AfroBeat, Rock, Brazil, and R&B. – Visit the Rockabilly Hall of Fame for the latest news and to read artist bios, reviews and articles. – An excellent starting place to explore blues history.

A couple good sites for jazz history: – Learn what happened on today’s date in rock history.

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Miscellaneous – Little Kids Rock is dedicated to bringing free musical instruments and music instruction to public school children. Their West Coast office is in San Francisco and can be reached at 415.674.1303. – An excellent grassroots music lobbying organization.

calawyersforthearts.orgCalifornia Lawyers for the Arts provides lawyer referrals, dispute resolution services, educational programs and publications to artists of all disciplines and arts organizations. – Provides recording/computer/electronic
news and links. – An excellent alt country magazine.

makingmusicmag.comMaking Music is a magazine for adult amateur musicians who play music to meet friends, stay healthy, and have fun – articles to inform and inspire the recreational musician, including product reviews, musician spotlights, and news about the latest research into the link between making music and lifelong health.

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Live Music – Going Out and Playing Out

Bay Area venues:
Boom Boom Room
Bottom of the Hill
Cafe Du Nord
Elbo Room
Hotel Utah
The Independent
Red Devil Lounge
Rickshaw Stop – An excellent guide to live music at local venues.

Listings of open mics in the San Francisco Bay Area: – Blue Bear partner Lennon Studios is a favorite location for Blue Bear bands to schedule extra rehearsals.

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