Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Call For Submissions: Red Carpet Project @ Open Lot. Deadline: 10-9-09

Open Lot is accepting proposals for the Red Carpet exhibition, scheduled to run at Open Lot Nashville, November 13th and 14th. Please follow the link here: http://www.theopenlot.org/Submit.htm for more information on submitting a proposal.
Red Carpet

Everyday we encounter signs and signals that tell us where to go and when to wait. Traffic lights and colored lines direct us on the road and architecture guides us through space, while maps and blueprints document these conventions. Red Carpet is a show of spacial or interactive pieces that deal with the most basic kinds of social mediation caused by the space and architecture. All media are welcome to apply.

The submission deadline is Friday, October 9 at 5pm. The show runs Friday and Saturday, November 13 and 14 with a reception Friday night from 6-10 pm.

Send a completed application form, a brief description of the proposed project, up to 3 images, and a $15 processing
fee to: Open Lot, 1307 Jewel St, Nashville TN, 37207. Digital submissions may be sent to skyegilkerson@gmail.com

Open Lot

1307 Jewell Street
Nashville, TN 37207

Monday, September 28, 2009

Plate Tone Printshop Fall 2009 Workshops


Collagraph Workshop

Instructor: Patricia Jordan

2 workshop dates available:
Sept. 19th, 1:00 – 4:00
Oct. 3rd, 1:00 – 4:00

This one-day workshop will cover the basics of collagraph, which is a plate-making method using a texture collage on a simple mat-board plate. Materials used may include paper, fabric, lace, leaves, grass, string, etc., and various acrylic mediums. Collagraph prints can be made using two different inking techniques, which will be demonstrated.

Participants may use materials supplied or bring additional textures to work with, and must bring their own printmaking paper. A supply list will be sent to registrants.

All levels of experience. Beginners are encouraged to come and explore this easy method of printmaking!

Workshop fee: $35 for members/$45 for nonmembers

For more information contact
Patricia Jordan

Monotype Workshop
Instructor: Carrie Cox

2 workshop dates available:
October 10th, 1:00 - 4:00
November 7th, 1:00 - 4:00

This one-day workshop will introduce techniques for making one of-a-kind prints using oil based inks in a low toxicity environment (vegetable oil clean up).

Participants will learn to use layers of color, shape and texture in the creation of a multi-layered surface. All skill levels are welcome and additional instruction will be tailored to suit the needs of the individual.

Participants should bring brushes, rags, and a selection of printmaking papers to work with. Additional information on printmaking papers needed will be sent to participants prior to workshop.

Workshop fee: $35 for members/$45 for nonmembers

For more information contact
Carrie Cox

Abstract Painting Workshop Nov 2009

Abstract Painting Workshop

With Whitney Ferre’

Friday, Nov. 6th 6:30 to 8:30p

Saturday, Nov. 7th 10 to 4p

At University School of Nashville

$100 includes paints/brushes, you bring a canvas.

In this class Whitney leads you step by step through the layered, textured, “mixed media” approach to acrylic painting. On Friday night you layer fabric, papers and collage items onto your canvas with acrylic paint. Next, we create an abstract, organic design to compliment the free-flowing nature of this painting technique. Saturday we paint in more color, add gold/silver leaf, more collage/paper items and more color! The last step is the “drizzle” step. There will also be a demonstration Saturday afternoon of the gloss technique, using an epoxy gloss.

E-mail Whitney at creativelyfit@aol.com to register.

Tennessee Rep art & crafts fair at O'More College

Art for the Arts, an arts & crafts fair benefiting Tennessee Repertory Theatre in partnership with O’More College of Design, is currently accepting vender applications.

The event will take place on Saturday, October 17 outdoors on the campus of O’More College near downtown Franklin, TN.

contact for an application:

Kate Foreman
Props Assistant/Technical Coordinator
Tennessee Repertory Theatre
(615) 349-3220

Visit us online at:


Top Industry Executives and Professionals Will Lead Top Notch Discussions During This Year's Festival

September 23, 2009

(Nashville, TN) The International Black Film Festival Nashville, (IBFFN) presents it's signature Industry Panel Series during the Festival, which runs September 30 - October 4, 2009 at the world-famous Gaylord Opryland Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee. The IBFFN panel series will offer in-depth conversation, lively debate, and critical insight into a broad range of issues important to the independent filmmaking community. In addition to the impressive lineup of executives and industry professionals from Hollywood , New York and local communities. IBFFN will showcase 0ver 50+ films from the USA, South Africa, Senegal, and Ghana.

"We are extremely proud to have assembled some of the industries top professionals who will share their expertise with our filmmakers and festival audiences,” said Ingrid Brown, IBFFN Chief Operations Officer and Panel Series Producer. “This year, we've curated the panels to focus on a few key topics like the independent film climate and the role film plays in social change.” Filmmakers and festival guests will have a unique opportunity to network and get up and close with industry professionals. Highlighted workshops and featured guests are:

Diversity Initiatives In The Industry: Priority One
Panel highlights how entertainment and corporate entities around the globe are aggressively adopting diversity initiatives that could open doors for various projects.
10:45 a.m. – 11:45a.m.
Thursday, October 1
Max Siegel, Head of Diversity for NASCAR and Verity Records President
Ruth Paul, Official Representative for the Screen Actors Guild

A "Sound" Track Mind: Preparing Your Music for the Big Screen
This panel is designed for singers, songwriters, composers, musicians, and a filmmakers selecting music for their projects.
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Friday, October 2
Max Gousse, Senior VP of A&R for Island/Def Music Group and Executive Producer for popular projects such as Beyonce Knowles' I am Sasha Fierce, and The Dream Girls Soundtrack
Jabari Ali, noted Music Supervisor for Laurence Fishburne's Bikers Boys, Tyler Perry's Daddy's Girls and Denzel Washington's Training Day, Donna Caldwell, former Music Supervisor for Paramount Pictures

Film Delivery Workshop
The Film Delivery Workshop provides valuable information for filmmakers on what comes next after the a distribution deal is received.
1:35 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Friday, October 2
Brett Dismuke , VP of Acquisitions and Urban Programming for One Village Entertainment
Eric Tomosunas, CEO/Producer of Swirl Films

Book Signing: “Family Affair: What It Means to be African American Today” with Celebrity Author Gil Robertson IV and Friends
“This thoughtful collection of short essays. organized into five themes (family, culture, relationships, community and self), contributors range from celebrities like Isaiah Washington and supermodel Beverly Johnson to education administration authority Ontario S. Wooden, while documentary filmmaker Muta'Ali Muhammad confesses his ambivalence toward "modern black women."
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Wednesday, September 30

“Hello Beautiful: Investing in Yourself Q&A”
Renown cosmetic surgeon shares how minor or major changes can improve your appearance and help boost your self-image and confidence with your budget in mind.
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Saturday, October 3
Dr. Nathaniel Johnson, cosmetic surgeon to the stars.

“Pitch Perfect: A Tutorial”
The popular workshop a prelude to the popular Fast Pitch Session, highlights the basic elements that industry executives look for in the first few seconds of the pitch
11:05am – 12:05am
Friday October 2
Angela Northington, Film Distribution Guru and Former VP of Acquisitions for Code Black Entertainment
Hal “Corky” Kessler, Entertainment Lawyer and Film Funding and Investment Expert

“From Passion To Profit”
This panel with top industry professionals will explore how independent filmmakers take their passions of filmmakers to create a business model. Panel will focus on how to secure funding to new hybrid-distribution and controlling your own destiny.
11:30am – 1:00pm
Saturday, October 3
Tangi Miller, Producer/Actor and CEO of Olivia Entertainment
Rashid Bahati, Founder and Executive VP of Acquisitions for Lead Dog Entertainment
Patrick Coleman, Professional Television/film Editor

IBFFN will also screen a host of groundbreaking films:

“Skin” - scheduled for its official national theatrical release on October 30, 2009, starring Academy Award Nominee, Sophie Okonedo is one of the most moving stories to emerge from apartheid South Africa is the story of a ten year old with distinct African American traits while her parents were white Afrikaners and did not know they had black ancestors until their child was born.

“My Girlfriend's Back” – starring Celebrity actress Tangi Miller and celebrity actor Malik Yoba is the story of how the "road less traveled" intrigues Derek Scott so much so that he considers throwing away his entire well orchestrated life to experience the one thing his plan has yet to provide...love.

“A Mother's Prayer” – scheduled for national DVD release in October 2009 starring Celebrity Actress Robin Givens, R&B Sensation Johnny Gill and Gospel and R&B Sensation Shirley Murdock will have it‘s official premiere as the Centerpiece film at the festival. Alvin Moore, playwright, singer/songwriter, a resident of Nashville, TN and graduate of Tennessee State University also stars in the stageplay as his signature character “Gramps” and also directs this heartfelt yet funny story of a family's struggles that lead them from heartache, pain and suffering to a place of healing.

“American Violet” – The Official Closing Night Film - starring Celebrity actress Alfre Woodard and Celebrity Actor Charles Dutton - Based on true events, this impressive new film tells one woman's story of abuse at the hands of a hostile legal system. For different reasons, it evokes such past films as Erin Brockovich, Mississippi Burning, and the works of Sidney Poitier in the Civil Rights era. American Violet tells the story of legal injustice and systemic, institutionalized racism -- and the struggle to overcome such prejudice.

"Kiss and Tail" – Explores the darkest corners of the groupie lifestyle, follows young girls who use sex to get closer to hip-hop and rap artists. The often grim investigation offers insights from the young women such as video vixen Karrine Steffans who have slept their way into careers as background dancers, and commentary from top hip-hop stars such as Big Boi and Ja Rule.

For a complete list of workshops and screenings go to www.ibffnashville.com under festival tab for dates and scheduled times.

IBFFN officially commences on Wednesday, September 30th and ends on Sunday, October 4th. The new festival host site is the breathtaking Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center and Regal Cinema Opry Mills 20 & IMAX.

The IBFFN is made possible in part with by our valued sponsors; Delta Airlines, The Film House, The Documentary Channel, HCA, The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, One Village Entertainment, the Africa Channel, The Tennessee Arts Commission, The TN Film, Entertainment and Music Commission, The Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, IBIS Communications, Booker and White Law and The Screen Actors Guild. IBFFN would like to welcome their growing list of new sponsors, Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center and Regal Cinema Opry Mills 20 & IMAX, Comcast, TV One, Broadway Video, B-Side, Nissan, Infiniti, Dell , Inc., and the Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce. With the support of our corporate partners, the community and its leadership the International Black Film Festival of Nashville is on course to becoming one of the top festivals in the country.

Over the next few weeks please expect updates, highlights and exciting announcements. If you would like to setup an interview, obtain media credentials, and/or request information in regards to the bios, photos, and film synopsis, please contact Jessica Johnson at (615) 417-8306 or via email atjessica@ibffnasvhille.comor Sherlene Shanklin at (502) 295-0435 or via e-mail atsshanklin@vippcommunications.com.

Please check out our new website for up to the minute updates and information about the International Film Festival of Nashville at: www.ibffnashville.com.

Music City Burlesque Poster Design Contest Deadline Oct 2 2009

Music City Burlesque

Poster Design Contest

Here's the information for the poster :

Friday October 23rd The Belcourt Theater $15

Music City Burlesque Presents 2nd Annual Boolesque at The Belcourt
with Musical Guests The MCB Jazz Quartet

Please email high resolution images to : MusicCityBurlesque@yahoo.c


The winner will be awarded TWO (2) tickets to the Oct 23rd MCB show, an MCB T-Shirt and ONE (1) free admission to Dr Sketchys Anti Art School!

Winner will be announced by Wednesday October 7th.


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Intern Art Opportunities

Mel Chin Studio is currently seeking interns across the country to facilitate regional participation in a nationwide collaboration, THE FUNDRED DOLLAR BILL PROJECT. The project is gaining momentum right now, and the armored truck will depart from New Orleans this fall to begin a 5 month journey across the country to pick up each and every FUNDRED to deliver to Washington, D.C. in the spring.

Internship opportunities are still available during the Fall 2009 semester, with potential to extend into the spring. If you know Mel, you know that this will be a unique, worthwhile, and FUN opportunity.

Internships are open to exceptional students, recent grads, and other motivated community members. We would appreciate your assistance in contacting and encouraging strong candidates within your networks.

For internship application specifics, go to:
Additional questions regarding the internship or project in general can be sent to: news@fundred.org

p.s. Beyond internships, the project is open to anyone to participate. If you haven’t already checked out the project, please visit fundred.org to see how you can participate in this simple and rewarding project!

Oliver Herring and Call for Contemporary Artists Gallery Submissions - Frist

Oliver Herring
October 2, 2009–January 31, 2010

New York-based artist Oliver Herring collaborates with friends and strangers in the creation of his sculptures, performances, and video art. This exhibition includes figurative works in which the artist first makes photographic close-ups of his subjects’ entire bodies. He then sculpts the form of their bodies out of polystyrene. The photographs are cut into jigsaw puzzle-like shapes and adhered to the sculpted figures, lending the uncanny quality of a photograph seen in the round. Herring manipulates the color and value contrasts in his photographic fragments, giving the sculptures a camouflage-like surface, emphasizing the inherent artificiality and social masking that are a subliminal consequence of photography.

Organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

2009 Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery Exhibition Sponsor:
Welling LaGrone and Morgan Keegan

Location: Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery

How can I have my art exhibited at the Frist Center?

The Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery is a space in the Frist Center that is dedicated to the work of living artists. The space is booked approximately five years in advance, and the Exhibitions Department entertains proposals throughout the year for exhibitions in that space. Review the CAP Gallery Submission Guidelines and send proposals to:

Exhibitions Department
CAP Gallery
919 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203

Due to the volume of proposals submitted, patience is requested.


Andee Rudloff
Community Relations Manager
Frist Center for the Visual Arts
919 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 744-3351
Fax (615) 744-3993


Indoor Lebanon Craft Show - Nov 7, 2009

Great show opportunity for Christmas sales

This is a one day show in Lebanon, INDOORS!
Price is right and they still have a few openings left.
Its prime time for Christmas sales.

Contact for application.
Better hurry, this will fill up quickly!

Show date is Nov 7th.

Contact info is Mary Ruehle

email: homefortheholidaycs@gmail.com

phone 615-547-0424

Call for Artists - October 3rd "Arts in The Park" - Robertson County

We are currently looking to add a few more slots to our artist roster for our inaugural "Art in The Park" for The Robertson County Arts Council.

Important information is a s follows:

Saturday, October 3rd

The 1st Annual
"Art in the Park "
@ J. Travis Price Park
Springfield, TN

The Event will be from 10am - 5pm
(with setup from 7am until 9am)
Artist entry fee is $10 per booth
Booths must be covered by an (EZUP style) canopy type tent (preferably white) (Can be purchased at Lowe's, etc.)
Artist must supply all tables & chairs and any materials needed to display their work.
You will also be responsible for your sales and what forms of payment you will accept.
Your $10 gets you a 10x10 space, it's up to you to fill it :o)

We are taking NO, NONE, 0% commission on sales!

We are in need of visual artists & crafts persons.

Of particular interest are artists who specialize in the following:

Glass (blown & stained)
Wood working
Tell us what you do or make!

For more information or to become involved email our Arts in the Park Ranger Jay

Online art gallery seeking Nashville artists - free

Online art gallery seeking artists of all mediums to display their creations on the site.

Artists can display their work for free. A page equivalent to three scrolled screens will be provided where they can show their work, videos, offer tutorials, or write about art. All web work is done by the host (me). This is another venue for artists. Can they have too many?

Please see the contact page for specific information.

Twilight Visions Film Series @ Frist - FREE

Twilight Visions Film Series
Surreal to Reel: Paris on Film featuring

Un Chien Andalou and L'Atalante

Friday, September 25, 6:30 p.m.

Auditorium, FREE

In conjunction with Twilight Visions: Surrealism, Photography, and Paris, the Frist Center is partnering with the Belcourt Theatre and Vanderbilt University’s International Lens film series and French and film departments to offer a three-part series of Surrealist and Poetic Realist films.

The film series, Surreal to Reel: Paris on Film, will start this Friday at the Frist Center with the screening of Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí’s well-known and influential film Un Chien Andalou. This 17-minute film follows no conventional plot, but takes viewers through a dreamlike narrative from the wayward minds of two important Surrealists. Directed by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí, 1929, 17 minutes. 35mm. Not Rated.

The second film, L'Atalante, tells the story of a newlywed couple living together on a barge. It illustrates the turbulent nature of learning to live with the one you love and presents realistic yet magical images of peasant and working class life. Directed by Jean Vigo, 1934, 89 minutes. 35mm. Not Rated.

Dudley Andrew, the R. Selden Rose Professor of Film and Comparative Literature and co-chair and director of graduate studies of film studies at Yale University, will introduce these two films.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

ART MAKES PLACE discussion at Frist - Sept 17, 2009

Please join us Thursday, September 17th, 6:30 - 7:30 pm at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts as Adrienne Outlaw presents the seventh and final project of the year-long program ART MAKES PLACE: contemporary artists make community-oriented, temporary and performance-based art for public spaces, or AMP.

Working with neurologists, ethicists, lawyers, philosophers, doctors and historians, Outlaw is making a multi-part artwork about the ethics of pharmaceutical cognitive enhancement. On the 17th, she will lead a conversation with a panel of experts debating the ethics of healthy people taking prescription drugs to enhance brain power. Audience members may participate in the conversation.

Participants invited to the Frist Center conversation include four distinguished scholars from Vanderbilt University.

Director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society and Professor of Law and Pediatrics, Ellen Wright Clayton, Ph.D., J.D., M.D., is an internationally respected leader in the field of law and genetics. Associate Professor of Law and Philosophy, Nita A. Farahany, J.D., M.A. & Ph.D., focuses on the legal, philosophical, and social issues arising from biosciences, particularly related to behavioral genetics and neuroscience. Dr. Howard Kirshner is a Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry, and Hearing and Speech Sciences. Board certified in vascular neurology, he is also Vice Chair for the Department of Neurology and Director of the Vanderbilt Stroke Center. Interested in the social and cultural impacts of technological change, Chancellor's Professor of History Michael Bess, Ph.D, is currently working on his fourth book entitled "Icarus 2.0: Technology, Ethics, and the Quest to Build a Better Human." Interested in bioethical issues developing with the rapid advancement of technology, cross-disciplinary artist Adrienne Outlaw exhibits internationally in public art collections, galleries and museums. She holds an MLAS from Vanderbilt University and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Outlaw considers the talk at the Frist Center as the first public phase of her piece titled "The Enhancer." During the summer she met with small groups of teenagers, college students and professionals to discuss ideas behind the work. In these smaller talks, many people admitted taking or knowing someone who has taken non-prescribed drugs such as Ritalin to help them focus. The Frist Center talk kicks off the public phase of her project. The next phases include a conversation about drugs and creativity, an informative and participatory blog, 1000 brain-shaped, hand-held viewfinders distributed to the public, and an interactive installation for the AMP exhibit at the Nashville Public Library, which opens Oct. 14th.
Encouraging partnership between artists and the public, AMP projects address the artist's role in society and how artists help to create a sense of place and identity within a society. Projects, which began last fall, have each started with a lecture/workshop with public school students, continued with participation from Vanderbilt University and the larger Nashville community, and result in a temporary artwork presented in public spaces throughout Nashville. AMP culminates in fall, 2009 with a catalogue and an art exhibition at NPL main gallery.

AMP is organized by the Nashville Cultural Arts Project and has as its collaborative partners Metro Nashville Public Schools, Frist Center for the Visual Arts and Vanderbilt University. AMP funding and assistance comes from Metro Nashville Arts Commission, Vanderbilt University, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation and FCVA.

Dr Sketchy's Nashville - The Bellydance Extravaganza! Sept 20, 2009

Join us on Sunday September 20th when Dr Sketchy's Nashville presents The Bellydance Extravaganza!

We will have two of Nashville's FINEST bellydancers posing and performing for your artistic enjoyment!

Come to Drink or Draw or both!

The fun starts at 6 and goes till 9! There will be several bellydance performances throughout the night so come early and stay late!

Sunday 9/20
The 5 Spot
1006 Forrest Avenue 37206

Dr Sketchy's Anti-Art School - Nashville

Tennessee Master Craft Artist / Apprenticeship Program Announced - Deadline: Sept 30, 2009

Tennessee Master Craft Artist / Apprenticeship Program Announced
Deadline: September 30
Nashville, TN
The Tennessee Arts Commission has announced the Tennessee Master Craft Artist / Apprenticeship Program. The program is a cooperative partnership of the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC) and the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists (TACA). "The program is a cooperative partnership created to encourage and invest in the continuation, advancement, and creation of Tennessee craft by recognizing the role of the master craft artist/apprentice relationship as a way to preserve the state's cultural heritage," says Julie Horn, director of visual art, craft, and media for the TAC. The program will contact master craft artists to offer a period of concentrated learning to apprentices who demonstrate a commitment to further develop their abilities as specialized craft practitioners. Three master craft artist/apprentice pairs will be chosen to participate in the program, with funding available for intensive, one-on-one training to qualified apprentices by recognized master craft artists. Approved applications will receive a total of $4,000 to be divided - the master craft artist is awarded a stipend of $2,200 and the apprentice is awarded a stipend of $1,800. more...

Transit Now Nashville - Video Competition - Deadline: Nov 7, 2009

Transit Now Nashville (transitnownashville.org)is seeking submissions for on-line videos that seek to persuade and motivate people to ride and/or to support mass transit in Nashville. The winning video and runner ups will be screened at TNN’s Red Carpet event in mid-November 2009. In addition, videos will be used to by Transit Now Nashville to continue to promote mass transit in Nashville.

First prize is $500. A People’s Choice Award of $250 will be awarded to video with most votes on YouTube. All videos will be submitted via YouTube starting two-weeks prior to the deadline. Contest starts September 3, 2009 and will end November 7, 2009.

Contest Rules and Requirements

Video length: 1 to 3 minutes.

Audience: General audience

Deadline for Submission: All videos will be uploaded to Transit Now Nashville’s Youtube Group via Youtube within 2 weeks of deadline. Deadline is 6:00pm Central Standard Time on November 7, 2009. All entries submitted after this time will not be considered.

First Place-$500 
People’s Choice Award-$250

Awarding of Prizes: TBA (Transit Now Nashville Red Carpet Event Mid-November)

Registration: To enter you must submit your name or group name, name of all author’s of the video, youtube username you will be submitting under, address, email address, and phone number to admin@transitnownashville.org by November 7th. Notification of changes will be posted on our blog, but also will be provided via email, so it is important to register early.

Indemnification: By submitting an entry to the contest, you certify that no other person owns any portion of the content of your video. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Transit Now Nashville, if it faces any claims, liability, demands, or penalties of the content your submitted work. In addition, entry to the contest certifies that your video is original and does not infringe on copyright laws.

By submitting an entry, you agree to release, discharge, and hold harmless Transit Now Nashville against all claims related to the contest or future uses of the winning work that you may have. Transit Now Nashville will do their best to run the contest in a fair and efficient manner, but they assume no responsibility for any direct or indirect losses or consequences you may incur in participating in this contest. Transit Now Nashville reserves the right to modify the competition rules at any time and the decision to not issue award. By uploading your submission, you agree that it conforms to these rules. Transit Now Nashville reserves the right to remove any submission and disqualify an entry from the Contest, in its sole discretion.

Use of Videos: By submitting an entry, you understand that the contest winner must permit Transit Now Nashville to broadcast and publish the winning work in any manner that it sees fit. For example, Transit Now Nashville may decide to use the video in another campaign or project. You understand that the winner will not receive any compensation beyond the prize money for these future uses. Also, you agree that Transit Now Nashville may edit out parts of the winning work and/or reassemble, prior to publication.

Eligibility: All board members and the immediate family members of, and any persons domiciled with, any such board member are not eligible to enter or to win. The term “immediate family members” includes spouses, parents, grandparents, siblings, children, and grandchildren.

Criteria: Videos will judged on originality, quality, and effectiveness of getting the intended message across.

Disqualification. By uploading your submission, you agree that it conforms to these rules and requirements. Transit Now Nashville reserves the right to remove any submission and disqualify an entry from the Contest, at its sole discretion. Examples of content that would be disqualified include use of profanity, drug use, reference to drug use, nudity, disparage individuals or groups, and/or does not meet the intent of the contest as described within the rules and requirements. All content must also meet YouTube's terms and conditions.

Use of Local Transit Services: The production of videos shall not disrupt the service of local transit services or infringe on the rights of the users of the system. Videos shall not include any video sequences taken within transit vehicles.

Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville: Fall 2009 Seminar Series

Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville www.abcnashville.org
Fall 2009 Seminar Series

RSVP by either calling (615) 743-3055 or emailing vlpa@abcnashville.org. There are a limited number of slots per seminar, so the sooner confirmed the better.
Seminars cost $10 for ABC members and $15 for General Public.
If the seminar is CLE approved, ABC member attorneys seeking CLE credit pay $50, while non-member attorneys pay $75.

Starting a Nonprofit Arts Organization: Incorporation and the Application for Tax-Exempt Status
Tuesday, September 22 | 5:30-7:00 PM
Speaker: Baker Donelson Nonprofit Institute (Corey Stringer, Nicole James, Melissa Wibbens)
Location: The Arts Company

Are you considering starting a nonprofit? Are you committed to a mission, passionate about a cause, but a little more than iffy when it comes to the legal ins and outs of forming a 501(c)(3)? If so, this seminar provides valuable information about the pros and cons of starting a nonprofit organization – discussing topics such as articles of incorporation, bylaws, and building a Board, as well as the challenges of administrating, funding and sustaining a new nonprofit. The Arts & Business Council requires all applicants seeking Nonprofit Incorporation and Tax Exempt Status services through VLPA to attend this workshop before a volunteer attorney can be assigned to them.

Building a Business Plan: For Artists & Arts Organizations
Wednesday, September 23 | 5:30-7:00 PM
Speaker: Dick Sullivan
Location: Cummins Station

As artists pursuing our passions, we all too often artfully forget the business of business. But just as much as ideas and talent, a solid business plan is essential to the success of an individual artist, as well as an emerging arts organization. To ground creativity in economic potential, this seminar explains the fundamentals of authoring an arts business plan, offering every artist and arts organization a stable base to build on. Participants will engage in active workshop that articulates their vision. The workshop will focus on breaking down their long term vision into achievable short term goals and action steps that will move them in the right direction. Artist attending will be exposed to a methodology that is imperative to their success. Participants will leave with a workable 90-day plan that they can begin implementing the next day. This workshop will give artists the business foundation on which to pursue their creative goals.
Dick Sullivan is a certified business coach and firm owner with ActionCoach, the number 1 ranked business coaching firm in the world by Entrepreneur Magazine. Prior to joining ActionCoach, Dick was a Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Eckerd Drug, at the time a Fortune 500 company. Dick also started his own small business after the sale of Eckerd and grew it to over $8 Million in revenue. Dick helps small businesses and non-profits in Nashville put the necessary systems in place to become more efficient and profitable.

Protecting Your Creativity: Estate Planning for Artists
Tuesday, October 13 | 5:30-7:00 PM
Speaker: Stacey Schlitz
Location: Nashville Children’s Theatre

Whether you are at the "starving artist" stage in your career, or you have already begun to accumulate creative property, assets, and wealth, this course will provide you with the basics of estate planning. If you are entering into a life change, such as marriage, same-sex union,
divorce, beginning a family, or planning for retirement, you should ensure that your creative property and creative rights, as well as your loved ones, are protected. This seminar will discuss the basics of prenuptial agreements, wills, trusts, living wills, powers of attorney, and the additional planning that is necessary to protect your intellectual property, including copyrights, trademarks, patents, grand rights, merchandising rights, musical and literary compositions, master recordings, recording contract rights, publishing contract rights, and performance rights.
Stacey Schlitz, estate planning and entertainment attorney from the law firm of Drescher & Sharp, PC provides advice and planning to musicians, artists, and entertainers. Stacey graduated from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2003 and received her LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center in 2004.

Intellectual Property for Craft Artists
Saturday, October 17 | 2:00-3:30 PM
Speaker: Jon Rose
Location: Watkins College of Art, Design & Film

In Marketing Crafts and Visual Arts it’s written that, “The real challenge for artisans and visual artists (painters, sculptors and photographers) is not just to produce and market winning new products that cater to changing consumer tastes, but also to prevent — or, if unable to prevent, to deal effectively with — unfair competition or theft of their creative ideas.” This seminar, led by attorney Jon Rose, is created specifically to help familiarize craft artists with trademark, copyright, patent and other intellectual property concepts – ultimately making the “real challenge” for artisans real easy to navigate.
Jon Rose is an attorney with Bradley, Arant, Boult & Cummings. A graduate of Harvard’s Law School, Jon focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and other commercial litigation.

The Debate Over the New Royalty for Performers
Tuesday, November 10 | 5:30-7:00 PM
Speaker: Sam Reed
Location: Bradley Arant Boult Cummings

The fight for a performance right in a sound recording that is currently being debated in Congress is the biggest legislative copyright fight in decades. Is this merely an attempted bailout for the recording industry and an irrational label response to their dramatic drop in revenues? Or are performance rights more about a fundamental fairness to US artists based upon the theory that they should be paid for producing something of value? Find out the very latest on this hot-button issue.
Sam Reed currently serves as the staff attorney for Congressman Jim Cooper (D-TN), with a specific focus on intellectual property, music and entertainment issues. Before joining Cooper’s office, Reed worked as a lawyer at the Nashville-based firm Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis.