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Kentucky Arts Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Musgrave
502-892-3122
tomr.musgrave@ky.gov

Four Americana Music Acts Added to Performing Artists Directory

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 11, 2018) — JoAnna Oldfield and James Moore practiced together for about two years before starting to perform live in May 2016. That perseverance paid off for the Americana duo, known as JOANNA~JAMES, as they became one of four Americana music acts adjudicated into the Kentucky Arts Council’s Performing Artists Directory.

“People recognize the arts council as being reputable and being a part of the Performing Artists Directory means a lot,” Oldfield said. “I think it will help us reach the clients we want to perform for, and help point us in the direction we want to take our music in Kentucky.”

The arts council endeavors to promote, showcase and provide professional development opportunities to a diverse selection of Kentucky's finest contemporary and traditional performing artists through the Performing Artists Directory.

The Performing Artists Directory is an online roster of adjudicated performing artists used by in-state and out-of-state presenters and others as a resource for identifying artists for performance bookings and projects. Inclusion in the directory is a recognition of artistic excellence by the state arts agency and boosts the profile of the region where those artists are from, as well as Kentucky’s profile when those performing groups travel out of state.

Groups in the Performing Artists Directory are eligible to apply for consultancies from members of the Kentucky Peer Advisory Network (KPAN), a feature Oldfield said was one that JOANNA~JAMES would use.

“We’re excited about the opportunity for a KPAN consultancy,” she said. “It will help us further our knowledge of marketing and promoting the act. James and I both work, so it will be awesome to learn how to do marketing and promotions within our limited time.”

The four new acts are:

  • Barrenhart, Hart County
  • Jeri Katherine Howell, Franklin County
  • JOANNA~JAMES, Morgan County
  • The Local Honeys, Woodford County

For more information on the Performing Artists Directory, contact Tamara Coffey, individual artist director, at 502-892-3121, or tamara.coffey@ky.gov or visit the arts council’s Performing Artists Directory page.

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The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.