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BCM Marketers Achieve TMP Certification

Kim Davis and Charlene Tipton Baker

Congratulations to BCM Marketing Director Kim Davis and Charlene Tipton Baker, our Marketing Specialist in Communications, on achieving their Tourism Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society (STS) upon graduation from STS Marketing College.

STS is dedicated to improving the economic vitality of the Southeast by uniting all segments of the travel and tourism industry, promoting tourism within their member states, fostering cooperation, sharing resources, and providing continuing education.

For one week each year, STS Marketing College hosts tourism professionals at the University of North Georgia where students participate in a curriculum of courses designed to teach marketing techniques from all facets of the tourism industry. STS Marketing College is a 3-year program.

Nominate Bristol to Receive Park Grant with #Parkies

April is Earth Month and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney/ABC Television Group, and ESPN, to revitalize parks across the U.S. for a third year. The city that receives the most nominations will receive a $20,000 grant to improve a local park.

Local parks make Bristol a better place to live and are essential to our city’s health and wellbeing. They provide safe places to be active and enjoy nature; they also help preserve the environment and bring people together. That is why from April 1 to April 30 Bristol, Tennessee residents will have the opportunity to nominate our city to receive $20,000 in grant funding to make improvements at a local park.

By visiting NRPA.org/BeInspired, park supporters can nominate our city. At the end of April, the city with the most nominations will receive the grant funding. New this year, everyone who nominates a city will be entered into a drawing for a tablet outfitted for the outdoors.

“We are so eager to get the word out that Bristol is in the running for this grant. We have so many people who visit our parks each year and feel so strongly about them that I believe they will actively participate in the program,” said Terry Napier, Director of Parks and Recreation for Bristol, Tennessee.

NRPA Director of Conservation, Lori Robertson said, “Supporting local parks is essential to the health and vitality of communities everywhere. That’s why we are proud to collaborate with The Walt Disney Company to help fund critical park improvement projects for communities in need. We encourage everyone to join us in giving back to the places that shape so much of our lives by voting in this year’s Meet Me at the Park campaign.”

This Earth Month, Bristol can show what parks mean to our community by nominating our great city. Encourage your friends and family to nominate our city by taking a selfie in your favorite park and using the hashtags #MeetMeAtThePark, #Parkies, and #BeInspired on social posts.

For more information, and to nominate your city, visit NRPA.org/BeInspired

Support What You Care About With GIFT-A-TAG


Now you can buy a GIFT-A-TAG voucher for the purchase of any of Tennessee’s Specialty License Plates. There are over 100 to choose from! Vouchers are $35 and you can purchase as many as you want.

Tennessee Specialty License Plates support over 100 different organizations and charities including colleges and universities, branches of the military, nonprofits, and other topics.

Each GIFT-A-TAG is good for the purchase of a Specialty License Plate, the renewal of a Specialty License Plate or the personalization of any license plate.

Visit www.tngiftcenter.com/giftatag/ to browse the selections and learn more.



BCM Hires Brett Davis, New Operations & Logistics Manager


The Birthplace of Country Music is excited to announce that Bristol, Virginia native Brett Davis will be joining the nonprofit organization as its new Operations & Logistics Manager. With more than a decade of professional experience in the outdoor industry, Davis brings a variety of valuable skills to the position including his experience with the organization as a volunteer for the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival; he has served on the Logistics Committee since 2007. Brett is excited to return to his hometown with his wife and young son after working and living for several years in Blacksburg, Virginia where he served as General Manager of Back Country Ski and Sport, Inc. A dedicated advocate of Bristol’s vast music heritage, Davis enjoys spending time with his family, supporting live music, and bicycling in his spare time.

AAME Speaker Series “Banjo Romantika” at the Museum


The Arts Alliance Mountain Empire has partnered with the Birthplace of Country Music Museum and the William King Museum of Art to present its 2016-2017 Speaker Series. Five speakers will present six talks around the common theme: “Art in Appalachia, Appalachia in the World.” A number of events will be held over the course of the series including a film screening of “Banjo Romantika: American Bluegrass Music & The Czech Imagination” at the museum on Tuesday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m.

Filmmaker and ETSU professor Shara Lange will lead the discussion of the documentary “Banjo Romantika” which broadcast on PBS across 40 states in the country. Czechs first heard bluegrass during World War II when the Armed Forces Network broadcast American music for soldiers. The music represented freedom to dissatisfied Czechs living in a communist state. Inspired by classic American bluegrass sounds, an assortment of musicians from across the formerly communist Czech Republic have melded the past, the political, and the present into lively musical tradition entirely its own.

Click here to view the entire listing of AAME’s Speaker Series events.

Support BCM By Shopping AmazonSmile


For every gift you purchase through AmazonSmile, AmazonSmile gives back to the nonprofit organzation of your choice. This holiday season, we hope you’ll consider setting up your AmazonSmile account to donate to the Birthplace of Country Music every time you make a purchase.

Log on to https://smile.amazon.com/, select the Birthplace of Country Music as your charity, then shop as you normally would. There is no added cost to your purchases and it helps BCM with funding for the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, and Radio Bristol. Your support is greatly appreciated!

BCM Top 25 Finalist for $25K Levitt AMP Grant


Thank you to everyone who registered and cast a vote in support of the Birthplace of Country Music for the Levitt AMP Grant Awards. The Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards is a matching grant program made possible by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national private foundation dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of America through the power of free, live music. Grantees receive $25,000 in matching funds to present a minimum of 10 free outdoor concerts presented over 10 to 12 consecutive weeks during 2017. If the Birthplace of Country Music is the chosen winner, BCM and Believe in Bristol will use the funds to expand Border Bash, Bristol’s premier free summer concert series that takes place May through August annually.

Now that the Birthplace of Country Music has been named among the Top 25 finalists—chosen by you!—the Levitt Foundation will review each applicant and announce 15 winners on January 5, 2017.

Each Levitt AMP Music Series will feature a musically diverse lineup of high caliber entertainment, in keeping with the permanent Levitt venue program. Since Levitt AMP is a matching grant program, each applicant must show a minimum dollar for dollar match of $25K from other sources such as foundations, municipalities, businesses, etc. Up to half of the matching grant requirement may be in-kind, such as donated sound equipment or contributed marketing.

Visit Levitt AMP website.

Support the Birthplace of Country Music on #GivingTuesday

Give the Gift of Music

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Be a part of Giving Tuesday by making a tax-deductible donation to the Birthplace of Country Music, Inc.  Your gift will go towards supporting our many projects and outreach programs, including the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, and Radio Bristol.




ETSU Bluegrass, Old Time, & Country Music at the Museum

On Tuesday, October 25, at 7:00 p.m. several of the top student performing groups from ETSU Bluegrass, Old Time, & Country Music Studies will perform at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Virginia.

etsu-2_webFounded in 1982 by Jack Tottle, Bluegrass, Old Time, & Country Music Studies at ETSU is the oldest established program of its kind at any four-year institution and boasts the world’s first bachelor of arts in Bluegrass, Old Time, & Country Music Studies.

etsu-3_webBands within the program are comprised of outstanding student performers, often with many years of experience accounted to each member. Over the course of the program’s history, student bands have performed at prestigious venues across the United States, as well as with bluegrass and country music luminaries such as Alison Krauss, Del McCoury, Ralph Stanley, Ricky Skaggs, and the late Porter Wagoner.

Tickets for the concerts are $10 and can be purchased in advance by contacting the Birthplace of Country Music Museum at (423) 573-1927. Tickets will also be available at the venue (520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, Bristol, VA) the evening of the concert.

For more information, contact ETSU Bluegrass, Old Time, & Country Music Studies at (423) 439-7072.



Believe in Bristol Presents: PUSH! Film Festival


The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is proud to be a venue for the 2nd annual PUSH! Film Festival, presented by Believe in Bristol October 21-23 in Historic Downtown Bristol, VA/TN.

PUSH! is a competitive, 3-day celebration of the cinematic and visual arts. Director/producer Bobby Farrelly (There’s Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber) will be part of the opening night events.

In addition to a diverse variety of curated films, the film festival will host a juried competition that devotes categories to Best Tennessee Films and Best Virginia Films (shot in the two states or made by a filmmaker from Tennessee or Virginia), as well as Best Short and Best Feature (open to all films—local, national, and international). This year we will also be recognizing an Audience Award.

PUSH! will also offer exciting parties and gatherings, along with a variety of educational opportunities for filmmakers and audience members of all ages. Films and workshops will be held across several venues including the museum, the historic, art-deco Paramount Bristol, and the Bristol Public Library.

Visit pushfilmfest.com for more information.