PLANET ARTS in collaboration with CREATE presented a free Music Industry Workshop

PLANET ARTS in collaboration with CREATE Council for Resources to Enrich the Arts, Technology & Education (formerly the Greene County Council on the Arts) presented a free Music Industry Workshop – Part 3  at CREATE’s Catskill Gallery, 398 Main Street, Catskill, NY. The free workshop was open to public with 13 artists in attendance. Call Tom Bellino at 917-699-5339 or for more information about upcoming workshops. Visit

There were two areas of focus in this workshop. The first on getting music on broadcast and internet radio and the second about getting projects in the eyes of print publications.  Special guest, Jay Hunter, provided insight on how to present music to various radio outlets as well as to offer helpful advice to musicians and presenting organization on getting projects noticed and reviewed.

Jay Hunter is a radio DJ and print/internet journalist. He has worked in commercial radio including stops at Q104/WQBK and K100/WKLI and is currently a music host on Jazz2K radio at Sienna College located in Loudonville, NY. “Jazz2K” is all about everything happening in this incredible, adventurous, international musical genre – right now, this minute. Hunter also covers the music scene in the Capital Region and beyond for, Nippertown, an online beacon to the Capital Region arts community since 2009, as well as many print journals.

Thomas Bellino is a GRAMMY, AFIM and ASCAP award winning producer as well as an educator and arts administrator. As an arts administrator, Bellino worked as Jazz Program Specialist for Chamber Music America where he administered the New Works Creation and Presentation Program funded by the Doris Duke Foundation. His administrative work also includes Program and Artist Development for Young Audiences/New York and coordinator for THE MAX Program for the New York Philharmonic.

His recording projects have received a total of 14 GRAMMY nominations, 2 GRAMMY awards and one AFIM award His presenting programs received the prestigious ASCAP award for Adventurous Programming in 2005. His music has been referred to as “original and engaging” by John Schaefer in his book, New Sounds, and featured on public and college radios stations across the nation.

Bellino created and serves as Managing Director/Producer of Planet Arts Inc., a not-for-profit recording / education / presenting company, where he worked on behalf of artists and organizations such as the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-stars, Karl Berger’s Creative Music Studio, the Jimmy Heath Big Band, The Gary McFarland Legacy Project, Jazz At Lincoln Center, The GRAMMYs, Sony/BMG and The New York City Department of Education to name a few. He is the founder/producer of the Kingston International Jazz Festival and the creator/producer of the innovative one2one Jazz Series.

Planet Arts and CREATE have a long relationship working together through various projects and events since 2008. In addition, Planet Arts’ 2019 programming was made possible, in part, with public funds from the Greene County Legislature through the County Initiative Program (CIP), administered in Greene County by CREATE (formerly the Greene County Council on the Arts).

For more information about upcoming Music Industry Workshops, as well as all other CREATE programs and services, call 518-943-3400, or visit

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