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A List of Holiday Benefits in Nashville (UPDATED 12/6)

‘Tis the season for charitable giving! Whether you’re interested in making a monetary donation, or you’re focused on giving in other ways, Nashville’s music community is serving with open hearts this holiday season.

Below, we’re keeping a running list of some of Music City’s holiday benefit events!

Want us to add yours? Let us know!

P.S.: Speaking of holiday giving, please consider donating to our Underground Rising initiative. Via the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville, you can make a tax-deductible donation to help UMC become a more robust, collaborative, and community-driven platform through our content, events, and outreach. Get started here!

Onto the List!

Introducing our Underground Rising Initiative

At Underground Music Collective, we strive to develop an ecosystem that empowers independent creatives to pursue their passions.

We live by the phrase, “the rising tide raises all boats.” Our efforts will only go as far as they impact the community around us; therefore, we are focused on building a robust, collaborative, community-driven platform through our content, events, and outreach.

To realize our noble mission to its fullest potential, we need your support.

We are delighted to present our Underground Rising initiative. Beginning on Tuesday, November 29 (that’s Giving Tuesday!) and continuing through the end of 2022, we will share stories from within our community, highlighting the impact Underground Music Collective has had on the careers and lives of those who #GoUnderground.

We share these stories, so that you may feel encouraged to support our cause with a monetary donation, made tax-deductible via our fiscal sponsorship from The Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville. Every dollar raised throughout our Underground Rising initiative will be invested into avenues that make our platform stronger, to ensure that the songs and stories from within our community have a greater opportunity to impact the masses.

Our fundraising goal? It’s $5,000 by January 1, 2023. If 200 people just like you donate $25 each, we’ll meet our goal.

By supporting Underground Music Collective, you find yourself in good company. Over the past year, esteemed national and global brands like Red Bull, Tennessee Titans, Redfin Real Estate, Universal Music Group (via °1824), and Creative Artists Agency (CAA) have recognized the value of UMC by leveraging our platform to build brand awareness, spotlight their events, and spread their messages.

Your support empowers us to develop our collaborative, community-driven ecosystem, and to provide meaningful opportunities to independent creatives – in Nashville, and anywhere else.

I hope that you will consider including Underground Music Collective in your charitable giving this holiday season. To make your contribution, please visit abcnashville.org/donations/umc.

Thank you for your support, and please have a safe and happy holiday season!

Yours in music,

Gerard T. Longo
Founder, Underground Music Collective

What is Women’s Equality Day & Why it Matters

According to NPR, only 12.7 percent of songwriters and 2.8 percent of music producers were female in 2021.

This alarming statistic shows how far the music industry has to go to achieve true equality.

Today is Women’s Equality Day, and our good friend Erin McLendon (co-founder of Music on the Move Studios) shares why it is important for those in the music industry to acknowledge the continued battle for equal rights — for reasons that stretch far beyond music.

Get Erin’s thoughts on the Music on the Move blog, and don’t forget to get tickets to Music on the Move’s next showcase — featuring an all-female, all-LGBTQ+ lineup — at The East Room on August 31.

Using Art to Affect Positive Change: An Inspiring Conversation with Ken Newman

Powerful. Inspiring. Insightful. All of those words are fitting when describing this conversation with Ken Newman. Ken is a musician, actor, comedian, photographer, magician, and all-around good human being whose new album, What Am I Afraid Of?, tackles modern political and social issues head on.

Beyond the music, Ken is known for his charitable spirit. His charity, Blanket the Homeless, has provided care packs to between 8,000 and 9,000 unhomed individuals and families in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, the organization’s eponymous album features contributions from Grammy-winning artists, notable producers, and many more. Ken’s passion for helping others comes through in this raw, vulnerable conversation which is sure to uplift.

#GetSpunn

FULL DETAILS: ‘Hear Her Voice’ Safe Haven Family Shelter Benefit (June 7)

Last week, we delivered the news that we (in conjunction with NashLive!) are producing Hear Her Voice, an all-female songwriters night to benefit Safe Haven Family Shelter on Tuesday, June 7. The lineup features eight female performers, who will join us for featured sets at LTH Coffee & Social, located at 7113 Charlotte Ave. in West Nashville.

Are you ready for the lineup? Good, because we’re ready to give it to you!

Meet the Lineup

TONIGHT: NashLive! Teams with Glasse Factory on ‘Songs for Ukraine’ Livestream

Tonight, we’re doing it live for the people of Ukraine.

Join NashLive!, Glasse Factory, Cole Law Group, and Helping Our Music Evolve tonight at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT for Songs for Ukraine. Donations throughout the event will benefit World Central Kitchen, which provides support for Ukrainian refugees in this time of crisis.

The concert features performances from Nashville-based artists across multiple genres. They include:

Watch the full stream at twitch.tv/glassefactory. Click the button below!

Why Support UMC? We’ll Give You 30 Good Reasons

In case you didn’t know, Underground Music Collective is a fiscally-sponsored project of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville. That means that any donations you make at that link are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permissible by law.

And, if you ask us, that’s just one of many reasons we can think of to support UMC!

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Crowdfunding Spotlight: ‘Ten Year’ is ‘A Queer Story Not Just for Queer People’

We’re back with another Crowdfunding Spotlight — and this time, we’re taking a turn into the realm of musical theatre.

We had a chance to chat with Wesley King, a singer-songwriter and composer who, together with writing partner Jacob Heinz, is part of the creative force behind Ten Year. Ten Year is a musical which followed the journey of a gay man as he approaches his 10-year high school reunion, while addressing the feelings we all encounter when we come to a crossroads in life.

Hit the button below to donate, and learn more about Ten Year after the jump!

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