Monday, February 25, 2013

MCAU Artist Newsletter - Feb. 25, 2013

Feb. 25, 2013

Providing resource information and exposure for artists of all kinds

We proudly support Americana Music Association, Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), Country Music Association (CMA), The Recording Academy, SongU, Indie Connect, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, Film Nashville, Nashville Composers Association, Artists in Nashville, Arts Council of Williamson County, Positive Music Association, Nashville Artists Guild, TJBS, Nashville Songwriters Festival, Nashville Musicians Association, Nashville Screenwriters Conference, AFM Local 257 and other organizations who do so much for emerging and professional artists.

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Opportunities and Achievements:

***JOIN US AT THE 'IC VIRTUAL MUSIC CONFERENCE AND EXPO' -- Are you signed up to attend the first "IC Virtual Music Conference and EXPO" (Feb. 26-28).  If not, it's not too late. In fact, we still have a few free passes to give away. To obtain your free pass to the conference, please visit . Then write "Music City Arts Update" in the "Referred By" field. The conference will begin at 10 a.m. (CST) Feb. 26 (Tuesday) and end at 10 p.m. (CST) Feb. 28 (Thursday). Chuck Whiting will be available at various times via "Chat" to answer questions about PR. Please request an appointment at the Whiting Publicity booth. Learn more about the conference:

'TUNESMITHING' TO RETURN IN APRIL...  "Tunesmithing", our monthly songwriters showcase, will return to a new venue in April 2013. Learn more about "Tunesmithing" at . Would you like to perform at one of our shows? Write us at .

CONGRATULATIONS TO... The WannaBeatles, who recently celebrated Betty White's birthday with a special show at 3rd and Lindsley. The popular Nashville band has released the new song and video, "Oh Betty! (The Betty White Song)". Learn more:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BETTY! The WannaBeatles and crew celebrate during the "Betty White
91st Birthday Bash" at 3rd and Lindsley in downtown Nashville. (Photo by Lucy Hart)

EARTH MAMA RELEASES 'BLESSINGS OF THE UNIVERSE'... Earth Mama (Joyce Rouse) has released the new CD "Blessings of the Universe". The project features 13 inspirational songs "for the foreground and background of your days." Joyce recently celebrated with a special benefit performances in Abingdon and Independence, Va. Learn more:

AMY ALLEN RECORDS VIDEO... Country/pop/adult contemporary singer-songwriter Amy Allen recently shot footage for her new EPK video. Sites included W.O. Smith School and the Center for Spiritual Living Nashville, with participation from The WannaBeatles and Denny Martin. Amy's second album will be released during the spring. Stay tuned for more details.

MARY BETH CROSS SHOWCASES AT FOLK ALLIANCE... Mary Beth Cross celebrated the release of her fourth CD, "Beyond Good and Evil", by performing several times at the Folk Alliance in Toronto. Learn more about the artist's new CD at

-- Artist/instructor gail McDaniel will teach a series of watercolor painting classes in Middle Tennessee this spring for artists at all levels. Learn more:

"Painting is just another way of keeping a diary" - Pablo Picasso


Sundays -- Scarritt-Bennett Center hosts "Vespers & All That Jazz" in Wightman Chapel every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. The free event allows individuals to encounter the sacred in a new and unique way through this music-shaped, experiential worship service. Inspired by jazz as a process of making music and using the music to help individuals experience the interruptive spirit of God, the event encourages compassion, peace, justice and wonder.  Info: . (SB)

Congratulations to...

Visual artist Meredith Green, who recently exhibited her painting, "Java Day", in the Jasmine and Joe National Juried Exhibition. (MG)

Country radio Hall of Famer Ed Salamon, whose book, "WHN: When New York City Went Country", will be published by Archer Books. (BSE)

Singer-songwriter Aaron Carmona, whose group The Carmonas will perform from 9-10 p.m. Feb. 26 (Tuesday) at the Rutledge, 410 Fourth Ave. S. (AC)

Screenwriter/songwriter Dan Wunsch, who is now pursuing his dreams in LA. (DW)

Blues artist Mark Robinson, who will celebrate his new CD, "Have Axe - Will Groove", at 7 p.m. March 2 (Saturday) at The Building, 1008 Woodland St. (MR)

Visual artist Camille Engel, whose "Alice in Wonderland" painting was chosen for the "Art Feast" fundraiser in Santa Fe. (CE)

Music industry professional Sheree' Spoltore', who has launched the Global Songwriters Connection. (SS).

Education (Hone Your Skills):

Watercolor Painting Classes -- Gail McDaniel, an acclaimed watercolor artist/instructor who has served as an associate member of the Winsor & Newton Creative Artist Network of London, England, will teach a series of watercolor painting classes in Middle Tennessee this spring for artists at all levels. * Two separate watercolor painting classes will be offered to beginning, intermediate and advanced artists on selected Tuesdays beginning March 5 at the Brentwood United Methodist Church, 309 Franklin Road.  The classes will meet from 9 a.m.-noon and 6-9 p.m. on March 5, 12, 19 and 26; and April 2, 9, 16 and 23. Tuition is $150 for eight, three-hour sessions. * A watercolor painting class will be offered to intermediate and advanced artists on selected Wednesdays at Plaza Artist Materials, 633 Middleton St., in downtown Nashville beginning March 6. The class will meet from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on March 6, 13, 20 and 27; and April 3, 10, 17 and 24. Tuition is $165 for eight, three-and-a-half-hour sessions. Because space is limited for the classes, reservations are required.  Both check and credit card payments are accepted.  For more information or to register, contact the artist by phone at (615) 599-5115 or send an inquiry to Individuals can learn more about the artist/instructor and view her artwork at (Whiting Publicity)

"I Create Music EXPO" -- ASCAP's "I Create Music EXPO" will occur from April 18-20, 2013 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles.  Learn more: . (ASCAP)

JOIN NSAI! -- NSAI is the must-join organization for every emerging songwriter.  Receive a free gift and tour coupon at the next "Tunesmithing Off Music Row".  Breaking news! You can try out some of NSAI's services for free.  To learn more, visit or  If you join, please say you heard about it from MCAU.  (MCAU)

BMI Showcase Info -- BMI hosts songwriter showcases in Nashville, New York, LA and other cities.  Info: .  (BMI)

SongU -- There are always opportunities to hone your songwriting chops and learn from the pros at . (DA)

PR Career Building -- Artists and entrepreneurs of all kinds can learn the nuts and bolts of the public relations process (and receive career-changing advice) by attending "Publicizing Your Dream" brainstorming sessions in Nashville. The sessions are specially designed for artists with specific needs. Attendees can learn all aspects of publicity... or they can receive insights on how to develop "can't miss" newsworthy events. The sessions are led by Chuck Whiting, founder of Whiting Publicity and an adjunct professor of journalism at MTSU and Motlow College.  To learn more:, or visit (Whiting Publicity)


Learn About the Latest Nashville film news and opportunities at .

Food and Drink...

March 14 (Thursday) -- Sample the latest creations from food and drink artisans at "Tennessee Flavors", an event benefiting the Nashville State Community College School of Culinary Arts. Learn more: (NSCC)

Get Well Soon...

Singer-songwriter Ron Young, who has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.  You can write Ron at 205 Brooks Ave., Shertz, TX 78154.

Here's a special note from Ron: Well hello there, my name is Ronny Cash-less. Once again I need your help to raise funds to pay my medical bills. I have a new CD out titled, "Forever Young: The Songs of Ron Young, volume 1." It's available through me via snail mail for $15, which includes shipping or you can visit any one of the internet stores, including, Grace Note,, Spotify, and 11 other Internet locations for only $5.99. If you're a member of Facebook, you can listen on my FB page at Ronald Lee Young. All proceeds go to help me keep the wolf at bay. Thanks, your pal, Ron

In Memoriam...

Nashville music industry professional Ron Hebert, who passed away recently.  Read about his life and career: . (T)


New Book Release -- Butterfly, host of the monthly "Co-Creators' Coffeehouse", has released a laugh-a-minute book of original poetry titled "Dirty Dishes". To learn more, write Butterfly at or visit . (B)

Feb. 28 (Thursday) -- Scarritt-Bennett conference center will host the "Poet's Corner" from 7-8 p.m. Noted poets/writers read selections at Fondren Building @ Scarritt-Bennett (second floor), 1008 19th Ave. S.  Admission is free. This month's featured poet is David M. Harris. Details: . (SB)

Dates Announced for Nashville Screenwriters Conference -- Registration is now open for the 15th annual Nashville Screenwriters Conference. The popular Nashville event will occur from May 31-June 2 at the Union Station Hotel. The Country Music Hall of Fame will host the "Music In The Movies" lunch and panel from noon-2 p.m. Register: (NSC)


March 1 (Friday) -- The "Co-Creator's Coffeehouse" will occur from 7-10 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Living Nashville, 6705 Charlotte Pike in west Nashville. Artists of all kinds will share their talents at an open circle from 7-8:45 p.m. Singer-songwriter Michael Elley will perform from 9-10 p.m.  For more information, send an e-mail to Butterfly at . (B)

Free PDF Guide -- Disc Makers is offering the free guide, "10 Effective Strategies to Get Your Music Noticed". Learn more: (DM)

Americana Music Fest Dates Announced -- The "Americana Music Festival & Conference" will occur in Nashville from Sept. 18-22. Learn more: (AMA)

The Rumor Mill: There's word that the "Paste Untapped Indie Music and Beer Festival" will make a stop in Nashville in October.

Networking Events...

March 15 (Friday) -- The monthly Music City Mixer gives artists and others the opportunity to learn from a distinguished panel of communication and music professionals. The educational lunch occurs at noon at Nashville's Hard Rock Cafe (upstairs). RSVP: . (GU)

News You Can Use...

The Vine Should Suffer, Not The Artist, By David Newhoff (Copyright Alliance) -- W. Somerset Maughm in "Of Human Bondage" writes, "Money is like a sixth sense, without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five." This is instructive as to how I believe most working artists relate to money -- as a means, not an end. Read more: (ASCAP)

Why Move to Nashville?: A Q&A with Randy Houser --
Mississippi native Randy Houser arrived in Nashville in 2002 and quickly planted himself on the leading edge of country’s new breed of songwriters. He garnered early attention for Trace Adkins’ hit “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” which Houser wrote with frequent collaborators Jamey Johnson and Dallas Davidson. Houser’s own performing career launched not long after, with the release of his albums Anything Goes in 2008 and They Call Me Cadillac in 2010. Read more: (BMI)


***Returning in April 2013 -- "Tunesmithing Off Music Row", a monthly showcase spotlighting professional and emerging singer-songwriters. Admission is free. "Tunesmithing" is sponsored by Whiting Publicity & Promotions, Music City Arts Update, and Shine Time Books & Music.  For more information about the event, call (615) 242-9857, write, or visit . (Whiting Publicity)

Songwriting Competition -- SongU.Com invites tunesmiths to submit songs for its "Staff Writer for a Day" competition. The winner will co-write with hit songwriter Doug Johnson. The deadline to submit songs is March 3. To learn more, visit . (DA)

Wednesdays -- The Tennessee Songwriters Association International (TSAI) meets regularly, benefiting tunesmiths at all levels.  Wednesday gatherings typically occur from 7-9 p.m. in Room 200B or Room 413 at the Massey Business Center Building at Belmont University. Details: . (TSAI)

Thursdays -- Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) stages workshops every week. For more details, visit . (NSAI)

Music Publishing...

HFA Town Hall -- The Harry Fox Agency will host a "Publisher Town Hall" webinar from 2-3 p.m. Feb. 28 (Thursday). Register: (HFA)

Visual Art...

First Friday -- Bennett Galleries hosts its "First Friday" from 5-8 p.m.  The spotlight artist on March 1 will be Robert Van Vranken. Learn more: . (BG)

Second Friday -- The Arts Council of Williamson County's "Brown Bag Lunch Bunch", occurs from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the main conference room of the Williamson County Public Library, 1314 Columbia Pike in Franklin, Tenn. "The Art of Origami" by Malachi Brown: March 8.  Details: . (ACWC)

First Saturday -- A host of galleries participate in Nashville's monthly "Art Crawl". The next "Art Crawl" is March 2.  Times vary.

Free Art Newsletter -- Subscribe to the national PleinAir Today newsletter for free: (PA)

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