Sunday, November 23, 2008

Global Entrepreneur Week {Aura}

This week has been crazy busy...but that seems to be the norm these days for me. Tonight I made my way over to Aura (a yummy new restaurant nestled between Centro's and Harlows on J) to photograph the Global Entrepreneur Week's panel on the state of the music industry in Sacramento. I convinced Brian that this was probably something he wouldn't want to he joined me on my shoot. The panel consisted of local blues legend - Mick Martin, hip hop artist - Crazy Ballhead, Dig Music CEO - Marty DeAnda, Editor and Publisher of Alive and Kicking Magazine - Jerry Perry and Brian Fischer of Midtown Monthly and Co-Owner of moderated the event.
It was a fascinating discussion on the state of music in this community and how as a community we can come together to elevate the importance of musicians and artists in our town. Most of the discussion centered around educating children and giving them an outlet to discover, experiment and make a living with music. I was completely enthralled with the entire conversation and wish there were more ears in the room taking it all in. This was only the first of many conversations on the topic...and I'm excited to see where it all leads. Here are a few pics from the event.

Lindsey Cook enchanting us with her beautiful lyrics and voice before the panel discussion. If you see here playing around town - stop what your doin and go check her out. You won't be disappointed...I promise.

Jerry Perry

Crazy Ballhead

Marty DeAnda and Jerry Perry

Fabulous attendees...including the super duper Rebecca Johnson!

And Ricardo Robles...the mastermind behind the Sacramento GEW.
Tomorrow is another great panel discussion on the arts hosted at Kristel Durand's studio downtown at 500 N Street from 1-3pm. Admission is free.

The topic is Making a Living as an Artist -- Local artists paint a realistic picture of the risk taking, passion and determination involved in making a creative living.

Top 3 Reasons to Attend:
1. Learn how to maintain your creativity and make money
2. Find resources (grants, fundraising, free publicity, pro-bono assistance) to build the business side of your art
3. Learn to balance art, business and family

**And a big thanks goes to Monica Lynn who was pulled off an excellent job of coordinating this entire week's event. If you need an eventer coordinator/designer...this woman is fabulous! And we have a little something in the works that I hope to be able share soon with you all...oh so exciting...I can hardly standit!


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