March 21, 2019
Nashville receptionist Coretta King has been selected for The Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville 2019 Periscope: Artist Entrepreneur Training (Periscope) program. Comprised of promising artists of an array of disciplines, Periscope is a year-round professional development opportunity that helps accomplished artists take their careers to the next level of sustainability and growth by looking at their artistic practice through an entrepreneurial lens.
Participants are chosen through a competitive application process. Applicants were scored by panels of community reviewers including leading artists, curators, and musicians in Nashville’s arts and culture scene, Periscope program alumni, as well as representatives from program partners such as the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and Southwest Airlines.
“My voice and music are very important to me. With this opportunity, I am grateful for the challenge to dig deep and jump further into my passion with a business mindset,” King said. “This program will open the door for me to immerse myself in the knowledge, mentorship, and resources necessary to be innovative and thrive in this competitive industry.”
As a small-town native and Memphian, King spent her childhood thriving around a vibrant music community. She was encouraged to share her musical talents and voice locally and abroad in church, service projects, and performance groups. After graduating from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME, King embraced her passion for singing-songwriting. During her time in Memphis, she honed her craft with The Consortium Memphis Music Town, an organization founded and mentored by renown Songwriter Hall of Fame Inductee David Porter. King’s voice and jingle compositions have hooked listeners to on-air radio programming, like the Earle Augustus Show (103.5 FM, V101 FM). In addition, King opened for Grammy-nominated singer Michele and played music events at Hard Rock Café (Memphis) and Backstage Nashville. Since moving to Nashville, King continues to use her artistic skills to spearhead marketing campaigns and assist branding initiatives for various businesses and influencers in the media and entertainment industry.
Training continues through May 2, meeting once weekly. Following the training portion, artists are matched one-on-one with high-caliber mentors to help them further develop their business strategies and prepare for the Periscope Pitch in September. There will be a special opportunity prior to the Periscope Pitch for credentialed members of the press to meet the artists and hear from each of the program partners.
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