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Four Americana acts added to Kentucky’s Performing Artists Directory

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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.                                                        

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.

(provided by Kentucky Arts Council)

Paul Hitchcock earned his Masters in Communications from Morehead State University and Bachelors in Radio-TV/Psychology from Georgetown College. A veteran broadcaster for more than 40 years and an avid fan of blues, jazz and American roots music. Hitchcock has been with WMKY since 1986 and was named General Manager in 2003. He currently hosts "Muddy Bottom Blues" (Fri., 8pm-9pm), "Nothin' But The Blues" (Sat., 8pm-12am), "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" and "Live From The Jazz Lounge" (Sun., 8pm-9pm) and "The Golden Age of Radio" (Sun., 2pm-3pm). He also serves as producer for "A Time For Tales" and "The Reader's Notebook."
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