Monthly Archives: August 2022

Networking In The Ever-Evolving Music Industry

For the past 25 years, Jenna Rose has had an unparalleled passion for supporting musicians, and an unmatched penchant for building relationships.

What started as superfandom for Tulsa-based sibling trio (and “MMMBop” songsmiths) Hanson has turned into two-and-a-half decades of connecting with people through music. Upon moving to Nashville in 2020, Jenna quickly immersed herself in the music industry, co-founding her own female-owned community organization, Music City Movement; becoming a contributor for Underground Music Collective; and, most recently, joining Nashville-based artist development company AGD Entertainment as an artist coach and program manager.

How has Jenna done it? By mastering the art of networking. Today, we’re honored to have Jenna share her insights and expertise with us!

UMC20: Jenna’s Edition (Aug. 9, 2022)

This week’s UMC20 follows that hot topic theme we keep bringing up – NETWORKING – and its jam with BANGERS.

3/4 the artists included this week are people I’ve built personal relationships with through working in the industry, attending shows, and being active on the scene and in my community. The other ¼ are artists that were discovered through someone I met via the aforementioned avenues. And now, we’re paying it forward.

Get out there and make friends, kids. It’s good for your life, your career, and all of our ears. Take a listen to what friendships can do:

Track listing

Arbo – Whiskey River Road
Sam Varga – Sugarcoat 
Tree Shelf – Antifreeze
Smart Objects – Something Happened 
Matthew Paige – My Dreams Don’t Do You Justice 
The Minks – Take it Easy
Abigail Osborne – Gonna Get Over You
Steve Everett – Believin’
Dylan Whitlow – You Oughta Know 
Butch Walker – Holy Water Hangover
Jax – Victoria’s Secret
Noah Kahan – Stick Season
Matt Nathanson – German Cars
TROY – Guilty
Brady Riley – Welcome to Chambers County 
Sierra Ferrell – Years
Annika Bennett – Scared of Getting What I Want 
The Ghost Tour – Why the **** Can’t I let You Go 
Arts Fishing Club – Space Cow 
Manny Blu – Put Your Whiskey Where Your Mouth Is

Checking In from the Nation’s Largest Free, Non-Gated Music Festival

UMC is Nashville-based, but our roots are planted in a small former steel city about an hour north of Philadelphia.

We began our journey in the indie music blogosphere in 2016 as Lehigh Valley Underground, a regional publication covering the local music scene in Eastern Pennsylvania. Every August, Musikfest served as an anchor point — a 10-day celebration featuring artists at all levels, from talented locals, to mid-range independent artists catching fire, to some of the biggest names in music.

I had the honor of joining the team at ArtsQuest — the Bethlehem-based non-profit behind Musikfest — as Event Staff in time for the 2014 festival. I tell that story here. Here in the 2020s, I’ve begun taking an annual “vacation” to rejoin the Musikfest family, with the number one goal of making sure you don’t cause a ruckus.

I’m telling you this, because I’ll be a little tied up over the next week or so. I’m also looking at this as an opportunity to find new inspiration from the festival that spawned this publication’s very existence. Expect us to come out swingin’ upon my return from “vacation.”

In the meantime, we’ll still be delivering the goods here over the next week. That includes a new UMC20 (curated by UMC’s own Jenna Rose) and an episode of The Quinn Spinn. Keep an eye out!

And, if you’ve been following UMC since it was LVU, maybe I’ll see you at ‘Fest?

Songs You Should Hear… from UMC Contributor Jenna Rose!

Hey, everyone! Gerard here. I’m up in Bethlehem, PA (the cradle of UMC’s very existence) for Musikfest, the nation’s largest free, non-gated music festival. I’m throwing it back with my northern work family and pitching in with this year’s festival, which means you’re going to see some guest contributions here over the next week and a half.

That includes next week’s UMC20, curated by our very own UMC Contributor Jenna Rose! But… before we get there, Jenna is popping in to give you all a little preview with this week’s Songs You Should Hear.

Get ready for a whole lot more where this came from next week. In the meantime, I’ll let Jenna take it from here with her picks!

Hear What You Should

Joining the ‘Dystopian Book Club’: Hanging with Nicole and Alex of Nicole Boggs & The Reel

Born in the pandemic, Nicole Boggs & The Reel‘s new album, Dystopian Book Club, is a brilliant account of these modern times. The band uses this new album to get comfortable sharing the uncomfortable truths about life — from alcoholism, to anxiety, to relationship troubles, to the realities of the digital age. Listen to this episode to hear where the songs come from, as we muse on the life crossroads that inspire the creative journey.

This episode of The Quinn Spinn was recorded and produced at Helping Our Music Evolve (H.O.M.E.), Nashville, TN.

Opening theme: REVEL 9 – All I’ve Become

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UMC20: Upcoming Shows, Interview Guests, and More (Aug. 2, 2022)

We have so much to get to with this week’s edition of UMC20, and that includes providing clues about what’s coming down the pike in the near future.

We have upcoming (and previous) Quinn Spinn guests featured here, as well as artists set for forthcoming NashLive! shows this fall. We have submissions from multiple different continents and, of course, we touch as many genres as possible across these 20 tracks.

Sound exciting to you? Good, because it does to us. Let’s go!

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NEW SHOW ALERT: CH3LS, Allan Fine & The Finites, and The Z-Man Experience at The 5 Spot Sept. 30

Let’s kick off your month the best way we know how: with yet another NashLive! show announcement!

We’ll return once again to The 5 Spot (1006 Forrest Ave., Nashville) for another night rooted in the grand tradition of rock and roll. This time, we’re bringing CH3LS, Allan Fine & The Finites, and The Z-Man Experience into the fold!

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