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BLUE RIDGE MUSIC TRAILS: The Trail Ahead: Current Trends and Innovations in the Music Industry

Join us for a series of free online workshops where you’ll find ideas and options for virtual opportunities for the music business. The three workshops will feature expert panelists including International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) award-winning artists who will share with participants what they’ve learned during the COVID-19 crisis. The workshops will be offered via Zoom and livestreamed on Facebook @blueridgemusictrails. Please register for the individual workshops below or Learn More Here.

Cutting through the Noise: Harnessing the Power of Social Media
Wednesday, June 24, 2-3:30 p.m.
The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has radically shifted the role of the arts sector. Panelists will discuss building a social media voice, strategies for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and emerging trends.
Presenters will include Darren Nicholson, award-winning traditional musician and member of Balsam Range; Laura Boosinger, traditional musician and director of Madison County Arts Council; Sandra Davidson, North Carolina Arts Council content director; and Leslie Hartley, Blue Ridge National Heritage Area communications manager. REGISTER HERE



Going Virtual: Tips to Present Meaningful Streaming Events
Wednesday, July 8, 2-3:30 p.m.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on live, in-person performances and lessons. Now, artists, venues, and presenters are turning to virtual opportunities to support their income and provide their constituents and communities with the art they need. Panelists will share emerging online trends for performance and arts education.
Presenters will include Sam Wharton, member of a member of Songs from the Road Band and founder of Bands2Fans livestreaming concerts; Kruger Brothers, internationally renowned, award-winning musicians; Beth Fields, Stecoah Valley Center executive director; Sandra Davidson, content director and Sam Gerweck, program administrator with the North Carolina Arts Council. REGISTER HERE

Necessity is the Mother of Invention: Adopting New Ways to Connect
Wednesday, July 15, 2-3:30 p.m.
From benefit concerts and online fundraising to pivoting their services, venues, arts centers, and artists are adopting new strategies to connect with their audiences and communities to generate income and help others in need.
Speakers include Frank and Allie Lee, traditional musicians; Emily Epley, Cleveland County travel and tourism director; Scott Woody, owner of Isis Music Hall; Carly Jones, senior program director and Zoe van Buren, folklife director with the North Carolina Arts Council. REGISTER HERE


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We are a one-of-a-kind magazine that provides local, regional, national and international information about women’s lives and education, performing and visual arts and writing, the environment, green living and sustainability and regional Western North Carolina business, people and events. “Villages preserve culture: dress, food and dance are a few examples. As villages grow in population and turn into towns, local cafes make way for large American chains. Handmade leather sandals are discarded for a pair of Western sneakers. Due to its small size, a village fosters a tight-knit sense of community. explains the meaning of the African proverb, “It takes a village,” by stating that a sense of community is critical to maintaining a healthy society. Village members hold a wealth of information regarding their heritage: they know about the ancient traditions, methods of production and the resources of the land. When villages become dispersed or exterminated in times of war, this anthropological knowledge disappears. Large cities are not as conducive to growing and producing foods such as fruits and vegetables. Villages, on the other hand, usually have ample amounts of land and other resources necessary for growing conditions.” The Importance of Villages by Catherine Capozzi Our Mission provides readers with information important to women’s lives and well-being. We focus primarily on the areas of education & health, business & finance, the arts & the environment. We are particularly interested in local & regional resources, organizations & events.

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