***'TUNESMITHING OFF MUSIC ROW'... "Tunesmithing Off Music Row" will spotlight 10 professional and emerging songwriters with performances from 7-10 p.m. July 18 (Wednesday) at Taps, 2117 Belcourt Ave. in Hillsboro Village. Taking the stage for professional songwriter spotlights from 8-10 p.m. will be singer-songwritersCasey Kelly ("Cowboy Rides Away"/George Strait), LORENA 2 (Diane King and Crystal Miller), Mike Mitchell, and Susan Shann. An opening guests segment from 7-8 p.m. will feature songwriters Marie Ann Bell, Butterfly, Meghan Saletta, My Little Austrian Friend, and Stacia Watkins. Learn more about "Tunesmithing" at http://www.Tunesmithing.com . To sign up to perform for the "Opening Guest Segment", send an email inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org . (See "Songwriting")
PUBLICIZE YOUR DREAM!... The annual "Publicizing Your Dream" PR workshop for artists and entrepreneurs will occur from 8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. July 28 (Saturday) at O Gallery at Marathon Village with a day of hands-on publicity training, followed by an artist-sharing event called "Arts On The Row". The first 15 people to sign up will receive complimentary tours/Q&A sessions on July 27 at a news media operation (TBA) and the Music Row office of NSAI. Artists can share their talents at "Arts On the Row". Free writing and editing critiques will be offered on July 29. Many other surprises are in store. The seminar will be led by former newspaper reporter Chuck Whiting. For information or to register, visithttp://www.PublicizingYourDream.com or write PublicizingYourDream@earthlink.net orArts@WhitingPublicity.com .
WATERCOLOR PAINTING CLASSES... Artist/instructor gail McDaniel's next round of watercolor painting classes will begin on July 31 in Brentwood and Aug. 1 in Nashville. (See "Artist Resources")
CONGRATULATIONS TO... The WannaBeatles, who have launched a Betty White look-alike contest for their new song and video, "Oh Betty (The Betty White Song)". (Scroll down to the bottom of this newsletter to read the full story.)
BLIND GOLFERS SELECTED... The United States Blind Golf Association has selected eight blind golfers to compete in the World Blind Golf Championships in Truro, Nova Scotia. Two of the players, David Meador and Jim Baker, live in Nashville. (See "Sports" or check out the full story athttp://www.MusicCityArtsUpdate.blogspot.com . )
NAMM ARRIVES IN NASHVILLE... The music products industry's mid-year gathering will occur through July 15 at the Nashville Convention Center with hundreds of exhibits showcasing the latest products, gear and technology, along with live performances, professional education and more. Learn more:http://www.namm.org/summer/2012 .
ARTIST QUOTE FOR JULY... "O, had I but followed the arts!" -- William Shakespeare