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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.

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?

Sunday Funday Xperience Returns to Flash Me Xperience Aug. 7

While you enjoy your Sunday Funday, we turn your attention to next Sunday, August 7.

That’s when the Sunday Funday Crew — that’s Lord Goldie, Foundation Mecca, and ViB — will once again bring their Sunday Funday Xperience to Flash Me Xperience, located at 1048 Jefferson St. in Nashville.

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ON SALE NOW: A Night of Nashville Hip Hop II, May 27 at Cobra

It was only a few weeks ago that we delivered the news of A Night of Nashville Hip Hop II, the sequel to the blockbuster hip hop R&B showcase hosted by NashLive! last October at The Cobra.

Well, we have good news for you early birds: you can get your tickets for this one in advance!

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ON SALE NOW: Tickets for ‘Ten Year: The Musical’

Back in March, we featured a Crowdfunding Spotlight on ‘Ten Year,’ a new musical composed by friends Wesley King and Jacob Heinz.

Tickets are now on sale for the production, which will run June 2-4 at Nashville’s Darkhorse Theater.

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It’s Sunday Funday with Lord Goldie, Foundation Mecca, and Chaun Davis of ViB

“Sunday Funday” is more than just a country-hip hop crossover single. It’s a movement unto itself.

Today on The Quinn Spinn, we have the leaders of the movement joining us in a roundtable discussion. We go in-depth about the release, their big plans for 2022 (and beyond), and the ever-increasing presence of Nashville hip hop and R&B in the musical landscape.

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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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Songs You Should Hear: International Flavors; Spring Approaches

We felt it was important to highlight a couple of international artists this week, because we are all one, global community. That goes for music and everything else. We stand for peace and unity across countries and cultures here at UMC.

In tandem with that, we received some excellent, dynamic submissions from artists who originated on the other side of the Atlantic this week. So, let’s expand those horizons — before we bring it back home — with some Songs You Should Hear!

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