On Monday, February 6, Belmont University hosted a curb seminar featuring guest speakers Tatum Allsep, founder and executive director of the Music Health Alliance, Deborah Deloach, vice president of Veva Sound, Elizabeth Porter LCP, MHSP of Entertainment Health Services and Nolan Neal, recording artist/musician. The event was moderated by Debbie Carroll, senior executive director of MusiCares. The panel focused on life skills for artists and creators and shared the purpose of their organizations, particularly MusiCares, which provides emergency financial assistance to those within the music industry.
Carroll started the conversation by discussing bumps along the way–the thing she said was never talked about enough. Porter said it is good to remember that you are not going to make a lot of money right away; therefore, it is important to maintain your hope and passions and develop relationships with the people around you.
Deloach advised students to work hard, stay positive and keep contacts through the years without burning bridges as they begin their careers. Allsep said that if you are breathing, there’s hope. She also assured students that the music industry is like a family–we’re all in this together.
Porter shared with students that by being true to who you are, people will buy into your brand. Carroll shared that it is okay to make mistakes and realize you can be successful. She also emphasized the importance of just “fakin’ it til you make it,” and that when you stumble, you must get back up and dust yourself off. Neal said that the trick is to stick and stay. Porter concluded by advising students there is a time for business and practicality but also a time to let go of the wheel and have faith.