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Kentucky Arts Council

Aug. 9, 2017

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Lydia Bailey Brown Dear Arts Lovers:

In June, during a National Endowment for the Arts roundtable the Kentucky Arts Council hosted, I had the opportunity to meet and chat with Louisville-based composer Vince Emmett.

After his first score for the 1995 film “Pharaoh's Army,” starring Kris Kristofferson, Chris Cooper and Patricia Clarkson, Vince began to receive requests for compositions and productions from major networks and film companies. His current soundtrack release “The Song,” can be heard on Capitol Records and Lakeshore Records.

Vince EmmettAfter that roundtable, I had the chance to chat with Vince about the entrepreneurial side of being an artist. The full interview is available on The Lane Report website.

Lydia Bailey Brown: Vince, are you an entrepreneur?

Vince Emmett: Entrepreneur, yes. I am CEO, musician and chief bottle washer. I now have employees but I still "wash the bottles” and all the rest of the dishes. The buck stops with me.

LBB: Why don’t many folks think of artists as entrepreneurs?

VE: Most people only know folks who do music or paint as a hobby. Being an artist full-time is a bizarre concept for so many who get up daily and work for a company. I understand that. My parents were very hard working people. I grew up with my grandfather’s stories of building roads in Adair County, Kentucky. Back breaking work, human breaking work. So, in just one generation I'm playing and writing music for 30 years and making a living. That's quite a social, cultural shift in just my family.

LBB: What skills are required for an artist to be financially viable as an entrepreneur?

VE: It's not news a young artist likes to hear, but you have to be a business minded, informed artist, otherwise the art will stop. My life consists of 60 percent new business pursuits, managing business partnerships and straightforward day-to-day connecting the dots. Then some music happens.

LBB: As an artist, are you working with the film industry in Kentucky?

VE: I am. I compose music for film and television, so I'm here.

We believe enough in Kentucky’s efforts and those heading the effort, that we are willing to put a considerable financial investment into the future here. I have a 251-year-old log cabin that was a recording studio for years near Louisville. It is now our new post studio for my composing work.

I was honored to be invited to Los Angeles with former Gov. (Steve) Beshear and the First Lady as they made the announcement that Kentucky was “Open for Business” to the film industry a few years ago. And I’m encouraged by the excellent work of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and its agency leaders, including those leaders at the Kentucky Arts Council, who collaborate in the name of creative business. It's going to do well.

Knowing Vince and hearing about his career was an honor. It amazes me to get to know Kentucky’s artists, see and hear their innovative work and learn about what they have had to overcome to be entrepreneurial in their pursuits. I encourage each of you to stop and talk with artists you may not know. Just hearing their stories creates new ideas in you and provides for them an opportunity to inspire.

Lydia Bailey Brown
Lydia Bailey Brown
Kentucky Arts Council
Executive Director


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The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will honor the 225th Anniversary of Kentucky becoming a state in 2017, with the exhibit 225: Artists Celebrate Kentucky’s History.



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