Today the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce announced the creation of the HearBG Music Committee. The event, held at the Capitol Arts Center, was attended by several well- known local musicians and featured a gallery with information on local artists and the HearBG initiative.
The new committee, an initiative of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, is designed to stimulate economic growth in South Central Kentucky through the arts and music scene and other events. The committee hopes to be able to work collaboratively to develop musical events around other popular events to increase the economic impact for both. The group is committed to building a local music heritage spanning all genres. The group also hopes to grow interest in the local arts and music scene through increased educational efforts in schools and throughout the community.
“Our community has a great music history and is home to so many current, award-winning artists and bands. All of the members of The HearBG Committee have a true passion for Bowling Green, South Central Kentucky and Music and we’ve been given a great opportunity to honor our musical heritage and to grow our local economy thru our growing music scene. ”
"The people Bowling Green and Southern Kentucky have so much for which to be proud; including its long list of distinguished artists of every type. Perhaps one day, because of our efforts, our children's children will be inspired to challenge themselves in pursuit of great things, bringing further distinction and honor to our region," said Chris Carmichael, of HearBG.
In addition to developing musical events, the HearBG Committee is working toward adding Newgrass as a genre to the Americana Music Trail and earning Bowling Green a designation as a stop on the proposed expansion of the Trail. The Americana Music Trail hosts 35 million visitors annually and will grow as the initiative continues to add stops.
According to Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Executive Director Vicki Fitch, “Arts and music are an important part of the fabric of South Central Kentucky. From ragtime to Newgrass, this area has long been a rich source of musical influence. I am delighted to see the creation of the HearBG initiative, and I look forward to being a part of the economic development and tourism growth they will bring into the community.”
“Bowling Green is a unique town full of outstanding talent. I am excited to see this initiative that links economic development and the arts and music community, and I am excited to see the future impact this influential group will have,” said Bruce Wilkerson, Mayor of Bowling Green.
Members of the committee include:
Darius Barati, WKYU/PBS
Brent Bjorkman, WKU/Curator, Kentucky Museum
David Brinkley, WKYU/PBS
Mike Buchanon, Warren County Judge Executive
Zac Bush, SkyPAC
Marissa Butler, Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
Telia Butler, Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
Chris Carmichael, Arranger, Studio Musician
Keith Coffman, Lost River Pizza Co., Fisher Bug Events Promoter and The Lost River Music Fest Promoter
David Dorris, Lezpedza Music (Nashville)
David Downing, Yellowberri
Vicki Fitch, Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
Josh Hampton, Yellowberri
Scott Harris, WKU Music Department Head
Tony Lindsey, Son Rhea Foundation
Matt Pfefferkorn, Mellow Matt’s Music & More
Jeff Reed, Orchestra Kentucky
Justin Rivers, Artist
Mike Simpson, Chandler Property Management
Kenny Smith, Artist and Promoter
Bruce Wilkerson, Mayor of Bowling Green
Mitch Wilson, DGA Director
Jan Zarr, SkyPAC
About the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce:
Incorporated in 1935, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is a 5-Star Accredited Chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and was named the 2009 Chamber of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. As the fourth largest chamber in Kentucky, the Chamber serves as a premier business advocate for its more than 1,200 partners and is the driving force for economic development in South Central Kentucky. Its primary goals are to promote growth and success in the business community, reaching its small business partners and those in large industries alike. With leadership programs, governmental relations projects, educational initiatives and involvement opportunities, the Chamber aims to support the community and its neighbors in order to enhance the business climate and continue to grow the region.