ArtsNash Launches Internship Program Fundraising Campaign

ArtsNashFrom ArtsNash Co-Founders John Pitcher and Evans Donnell

Dear Readers,

At ArtsNash we certainly strive to inform, but we also want to educate. It’s our hope that arts lovers will continue to read about the groups and artists they love from a new generation of writers. And our nonprofit organization needs your help to do that.

Giving at the Indiegogo page accessed by clicking here (or on the widget at the top right of the sidebar on each ArtsNash page) over the next 60 days will provide more training and publication opportunities for emerging writers like Vanderbilt University student Kelby Carlson. Kelby has written several music articles for us already, including a review of the Nashville Symphony’s 2012-13 season-opening concert in September. Kelby, by the way, attended that gala concert with his seeing-eye dog Elvis. Since Kelby cannot see, he was unable to take notes during the performance of Mahler’s mighty “Symphony of a Thousand.” Nevertheless, he remembered every detail and wrote a beautiful review that ran the next morning. We couldn’t be more proud of him.

Others have joined our intern program, including college students Quinton ParkerKatie Mills and Maranda Orrell. And we want to continue with them and others not just during the fall and spring semesters but into summers as well. That costs money in terms of time and resources from ArtsNash staffers, though, and we’d also like to offer stipends to these developing journalists/authors, so that’s why we’re asking for your donations now.

We’re honored to have a monetary donation of any size, and you’ll be a “Vice President of Promotion” – with the certificate to prove it – for ArtsNash when you give at least $5. Everyone who contributes that or more will also be listed on our website. Our fundraising goal is $5,000.

Want to give more? For at least $50 we’ll send you a coffee mug emblazoned with our distinctive logo or an ArtsNash T-Shirt if you so choose; for $100 or more you can accompany one of our reviewers to a show or concert listed on this page – check back during the campaign because we may add more – for free if you decide that’s what you want to do (first come, first served – when someone has picked a particular event we’ll note on this page that it’s no longer available; limit one per donation). Yes, you can give those amounts or more without picking an incentive, but we want to offer them since we greatly appreciate your faith in us.

When you give, you’re not just helping develop young arts writers – you’re helping to expand the coverage of the exciting and eclectic Nashville arts scene we all love. We are all partners in this endeavor because the arts do more than entertain, as worthy as that is; today’s arts fire the imagination that fuels society’s progress tomorrow. Please help by donating today.

Thank you,

John and Evans

PS If you have any questions about our educational efforts, please write us at

“Go with the Critic” For $100 or More Donations List (first come, first served; one per donation; subject to change)

Thursday, Feb. 28

Nashville Children’s Theatre presents Kenneth Grahame’s family classic The Wind in the Willows.

Giancarlo Guerrero leads the Nashville Symphony in “Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5,” Copland’s “El Salon Mexico” and Mason Bates’ new violin concerto (with the brilliant violinist Anne Akiko Meyers).

Tuesday, March 5

Tennessee Performing Arts Center presents the national tour of Green Day’s hit American Idiotat Jackson Hall.

Thursday, March 7

ACT 1 and Actors Bridge Ensemble present the regional premiere of In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) at the Darkhorse Theater.

Friday, March 8

Blackbird Theater presents Peter Shaffer’s award-winning Amadeus at Lipscomb’s Shamblin Theatre.

Thursday, March 14

Leonard Slatkin leads the Nashville Symphony in John Corigliano’s “The Red Violin” (with violinist Elina Vähälä), Chabrier’s España and Elgar’s “Enigma Variations.”

Tuesday, March 19

Tennessee Performing Arts Center presents the national tour of Flashdance the Musicalfeaturing Grammy Award-winning music at Jackson Hall.

Wednesday, March 20

Roxy Regional Theatre presents Stephen Adly Guirgis’ acclaimed The Motherf*&ker with the Hat.

Friday, March 22

Pianist Chick Corea and banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck perform at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Saturday, March 23

World-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma performs with his Silk Road Ensemble at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Thursday, March 28

Giancarlo Guerrero leads the Nashville Symphony in Wagner/Maazel’s “Ring Without Words” and Ravel’s “Concerto for the Left Hand” (with pianist Louis Lortie).

Wednesday, April 10

The Final Dress/Preview of Nashville Opera’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute at TPAC’s Jackson Hall.

Friday, April 19

Boiler Room Theatre presents the acclaimed Floyd Collins musical at its historic site in Franklin.

Saturday, April 20

Tennessee Repertory Theatre presents the regional premiere of David Auburn’s The Columnistat TPAC’s Johnson Theater.

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