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The Best Places to See Live Music in Los Angeles

California native Jeremy Geffen is a music manager and television producer who has worked with hip-hop performers D12 and J-Kwon, and basketball player Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest. His passion for work extends to his personal life; Jeremy Geffen enjoys experiencing new music and attending live performances at some of the top music venues in the country.

Los Angeles boasts some of the most famous music venues in the United States. The city is home to many of the world’s most famous entertainers and performers, and its performance venues are steeped in history and prestige.

According to LA Weekly, the city’s top music venue is the Troubadour. Performers including Elton John, Guns N Roses, Tom Waits, and Prince have started and built their careers on the Troubadour’s small stage. The venue’s intimate setting ensures the audience’s full engagement.

The Hollywood Bowl is another quintessential LA music venue. The Bowl has more than 17,000 seats; the inexpensive top seats offer breathtaking views of the city. In the Bowl’s 90-year history, it has been home to the LA Philharmonic Orchestra and offered performances by Simon and Garfunkel, Cher, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nat “King” Cole, to name a few.

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Jeremy Geffen: How to Break into the Music Industry

With so many up-and-coming artists, many may wonder what it takes to break into the music business and become a success. Jeremy Geffen, president of Los Angeles-based Geffen Management Group, has managed musical artists such as Mel B, D-12, and Ron Artest, among others, for nearly a decade. Here, Jeremy Geffen shares his thoughts on how to break into the music industry.

Do whatever it takes: Whether it is becoming an intern, working in the mail room, or working as an assistant, many music industry executives acknowledge that with passion and perseverance, these entry-level jobs can lead to successful careers in the music industry.

Build a team: In order to succeed, a person must have a talented team of people behind them, including a manager and attorney who can help guide and advise. People should try to refrain from hiring friends or family as managers in order to avoid any sort of personal conflict. A manager should be hired based upon references and a solid reputation.

Engage in social media: With the advent of technology, social media sites are now the vehicle of choice for artists trying to break into the music business. Whether through Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter, aspiring artists are relying on social media to obtain attention and exposure for their work.

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The Importance of Exercise

by Jeremy Geffen

My name is Jeremy Geffen. I am the President of a management company for musicians and other talent. In addition to running my company, I also act as a consultant to Gene Roddenberry productions and am working on two unscripted television series and three scripted series. Yet I still make time to include an exercise regimen in my daily life.

Exercise is important in many ways. Naturally, many people immediately think about the physical benefits, of which there are many. Exercise helps you manage your weight and also fights health diseases and conditions. Individuals who stay active can lower cholesterol levels. People who are active are at a lower risk for strokes, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer and arthritis. Regular exercise increases stamina, which helps maintain energy through the day. The body learns to become more efficient with its energy supplies as it gets accustomed to regular aerobic activity. Finally, regular exercise also tones your muscles, giving you a healthier, more attractive appearance.

However, exercise is also beneficial for your career. People who exercise sleep better overall. Additionally, exercise is a great stress reliever. While people are concentrating on their exercise, they forget to think about stressors. And though it may sound contradictory, people who exercise have more energy than people who don’t. When they are done exercising, they enjoy the feel-good effect of released endorphins. Physical activity can improve mental clarity and focus, enabling people to perform at their very best during the work day. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, exercise improves an individual’s overall mood as it stimulates certain brain chemicals. Exercise is one of the best treatments for depression.

I urge you to begin an exercise regimen today and join me in reaping many of its benefits.

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Jeremy Geffen Discusses Royalties and Recording Contracts

A seasoned music and entertainment industry professional with more than a decade of experience, Jeremy Geffen has worked with some of the most prominent names in talent representation, management, and consulting. He has helped to guide the careers of many major artists, including D12, Three 6 Mafia, and Sisqo. Currently, Jeremy Geffen serves as President of his own consulting company, Geffen Management Group. Here, Mr. Geffen discusses how royalties work in a basic recording contract.

Like any contract, a recording contract is enforceable by law. When artists consider signing one, they should always try to obtain the advice of an experienced professional with their interests at heart. They may include an agent, manager, or entertainment lawyer. The professionals can look at the specifics of any contract and help explain what they may mean for an artist’s particular situation. For many artists, the chief goal in signing a contract is the opportunity to get paid for making music. Generally, this process works through royalties. A record company handles the recording, mastering, production, and sales.

The firm also pays the artist a percentage of each album sold, which is known as royalties. While artists may obtain income from other sources, like ticket sales on a tour or merchandise, the main source of revenue in a recording contract is royalties. A recording contract will stipulate that a percentage be paid in royalties, usually ranging from between 10 and 20 percent. The more established that an artist is, the higher the percentage he or she may receive.

The amount of revenue an artist makes depends both on the percentage of royalties and on how well the record sells. It is important to note that most contracts pay royalties on the wholesale price of the album rather than the retail price. Since the wholesale price is substantially lower, this may seriously impact the projected earnings from royalties.

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Jeremy Geffen on Project Angel Food

Los Angeles resident Jeremy Geffen is an entertainment executive and has worked with well-known musical acts including Sisqo and Three 6 Mafia. In addition to his career, Jeremy Geffen enjoys giving back to the community. He contributes time to the nonprofit, Project Angel Food in California.

Project Angel Food strives to nourish individuals who are affected by life-threatening illnesses such as AIDS and cancer. To this end, the volunteers at the nonprofit cook and deliver food to those in need throughout Los Angeles County. The meals are nutritious and fresh, cooked by professional chefs and volunteers. In addition to assisting the chefs, the volunteers play an important role in addition to delivering food. When they deliver food, they are also providing compassion and an escape from the isolation that is experienced by many individuals who suffer from terminal illnesses. In the previous year, Project Angel Food delivered more than 700,000 meals to 2,200 people.

The nonprofit was founded in 1989 by Marianne Williamson as a branch of the Los Angeles Center for Living. At the time, the Project prepared 15 meals daily. Since then, the number of meals prepared has grown tremendously and the program’s outreach has expanded. Not only does the Project provide meals, but they also give each client presents on birthdays and during the holidays. Volunteers also provide clients with nutrition counseling in order to educate them about maintaining or improving their health.

Project Angel Food relies on its volunteer workforce to achieve its goals. Volunteers can help in the kitchen, in the office, with outreach, or at special events. To learn more about volunteering, visit www.angelfood.org.

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