4th annual Periscope Pitch open to the public

Periscope Class of 2017    (Photo by Lauren Newman  Nashville Entrepreneur Center)

Periscope Class of 2017 (Photo by Lauren Newman Nashville Entrepreneur Center)

The Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville will present their 4th annual Periscope Pitch Event on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. This live crowdfunding event is intended to get collectors, critics and community members invested in Nashville’s artists and this year is open to the general public — that means you!

After six weeks of intensive training and three months of one-on-one mentorship, a select group of artists will have the opportunity to showcase their artwork and business plan with community patrons while competing for prizes at the Periscope Pitch event. The event is the culmination of the Arts & Business Council’s Periscope: Artist Entrepreneur Training program.

The Periscope program provides a cohort of high-level artists with the tools they need to see their artistic vision through an entrepreneurial lens. Periscope was designed to help bridge the real-world gap between passion and profession, and participants strive to take their artistic practices to the next level.

This year’s artist-entrepreneurs will put their training to the test during the Periscope Pitch. An all-star panel of judges will provide insights along the way, and attendees can participate in live voting to help determine which artists will walk away with cash prizes. Twenty-dollar tickets will be available in advance and at the door with all proceeds going directly to the artists.

2016 Pitch Winners Left to Right – Judges’ Choice ($2,500) – Amelie Guthrie; People’s Choice ($1,500) – M. Simone Boyd; Pitch Perfect ($3,500) – Megan Lightell.

2016 Pitch Winners Left to Right – Judges’ Choice ($2,500) – Amelie Guthrie; People’s Choice ($1,500) – M. Simone Boyd; Pitch Perfect ($3,500) – Megan Lightell.

The 19 members of Periscope 2017 are: Alysha Malo (multi-disciplinary), Brian Somerville (visual art), Chip Boles (visual art), Colleen Phelps (multi-disciplinary), Danielle Duer (visual art), Donna Woodley (visual art), Jama Mohamed (multi-disciplinary), James Adams (metal sculptor), Jordan Holland (music), Julia Whitney Brown (multi-disciplinary), Kat Jones (drama/theatre), Kristin McCalley (drama/theatre), Rebekah Alexander (performance art), Richard Barrow (photography), Ryan Rowland (multi-disciplinary), Saran Thompson (music), Susan Prado (visual art), Tony Sobota (visual art), and Tony Perrin (jewelry).

Periscope’s six-week intensive training opportunity was hosted at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC) and empowers working artists to see their vision through an entrepreneurial lens. Led by the EC’s Director of Education, along with break-out sessions facilitated with Nashville’s top arts professionals, Periscope gives artists the perspective and tools to organize, plan, and sustain their creative careers with the goal of preparing each artist to take their career to the next level.

The Arts and Business Council created and delivers the Periscope program with these key partners: The Nashville Entrepreneur Center (training and host partner); Metro Nashville Arts Commission (artist mentorship partner); Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce (promotional partner); the Mayor’s Office of Economic & Community Development; and Southwest Airlines (opportunity partners).

The Arts & Business Council (ABC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that leverages and unites the unique resources of the arts and business communities to create a thriving, sustainable creative culture in Nashville. To deliver its mission, ABC offers four core programs: Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts, Education for the Creative Community, Arts Board Matching, and WorkCreative. More information is available at www.ABCNashville.org.

For more information, visit the website at www.abcnashville.org or contact (615) 460-8274.