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Sunday Replay: Tennessee Titans and Nashville Hip Hop; Communicating the Truth Through Music

Earlier this week, we announced that we’re giving you a daily taste of our Official Podcast, The Quinn Spinn, by sharing the show’s most insightful, inspirational, and/or hilarious moments on-demand.

We encourage you to subscribe to UMC on YouTube, to ensure that you don’t miss a moment. However, we’re also making it easy for you to find the goods every weekend with our new Sunday Replay feature, right here on UMC!

Every Sunday, we’ll roll all of the week’s clips into a recap, giving you the opportunity to catch them all under one roof. From there, if you want even more Quinn Spinn goodness where that came from, might we suggest the following links?

#GetSpunn
Spotify
Apple Podcasts
Instagram

Anyway, onto the first-ever Sunday Replay!

Catch Up here

INTERVIEW: Keeping Music on the Move — Through Education and Community Building

Erin McLendon and Caitie Thompson are the co-founders of Music on the Move Studios. Both Erin and Caitie are music educators — Erin teaches voice, while Caitie teaches multiple instruments — who are passionate about helping budding performers achieve their potential. In addition, Music on the Move’s all-female showcases provide independent artists and small businesses with a chance to build community in a live setting, while Caitie’s Paradox Jukebox podcast gives the members of that community an opportunity to share their stories.

Through Sept. 30, buy one month of lessons from Music on the Move Studios, and get the second month half off: https://www.musiconthemovestudios.com/musiceducation

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NEW SHOW ALERT: Edgar Derby, Aaron Friend & The Enemies, and Leoncarlo, Sept. 27 at The Cobra Nashville

We (under the NashLive! banner) are teaming once again with our friends at Music City Movement to bring you a live music experience quite unlike any other in Nashville.

On Tuesday, September 27, we’ll head back to The Cobra Nashville to bring you a diversified lineup featuring the talents of Nashville’s Aaron Friend & The Enemies, in between touring artists Edgar Derby and Leoncarlo.

Meet the lineup

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.

Do What Feeds Your Soul: Communicating Your Truth Through Music with Kyshona

Kyshona Armstrong believes in the power of music to heal and communicate. Kyshona used her artist platform and background in music therapy to launch Your Song, a collaborative songwriting program that connects performing arts centers, musicians, and artists with vulnerable communities to promote healing and community connectedness.

This conversation is about building community, lifting each other up, and remaining fearlessly authentic to your truth and your vision. Listen to get inspired!

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Question: Where Do You Want to See a NashLive! Show?

We’ve got a few NashLive! shows announced for the fall, and more to come. Some are at old haunts, and some are in previously uncharted territory (including this special one at Nashville’s iconic Listening Room Cafe).

Tell us what you think!

Tennessee Titans Battle of the Bands Finalists Announced

Back in July, the news broke that the Tennessee Titans are set to hold their second annual Battle of the Bands competition Thursday, September 8 at the Skydeck at Assembly Food Hall.

Now, the finalist lineup has been announced, and it features these five artists:

See the Lineup

GUIDE: Supporting the Mental Health & Well-Being of Musicians

Nearly 70 percent of musicians are struggling or have struggled with depression — an alarming statistic brought to light during the COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest of the past couple of years.

Function Central has stepped in to help curb the trend. The U.K.-based booking agency — which manages 3,000+ live entertainment bookings yearly for companies like Gucci, BBC, Microsoft, and more — has developed a guide to supporting the mental health and well-being of musicians that is loaded with statistics and best practices to guide music industry professionals toward better mental health.

In this guide, you will find:

  • Important mental health statistics.
  • Information on the impact of working environments on mental health.
  • Healthy practices for mental well-being.
  • Additional support resources, including mental health support organizations.

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?

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