Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail: The Crooked Road recently announced a new program for heritage musicians who live in the southwestern region of Virginia.
The new Artist-in-Residence program will give local musicians a way to become an ambassador for heritage music by participating in educational events and workshops. The initiative will be a one-year engagement, with a financial allowance, for the selected artist. The artist would attend various events, participate in educational activities, and be required to produce an original piece of music or a new interpretation of an existing traditional piece of music for the use of The Crooked Road.
âThe Crooked Road is delighted to expand its programming to support local heritage musicians. We know the past year has been difficult for performers and this new program will provide the opportunity to partner with a heritage musician to promote The Crooked Road as well as the music. This is one of many programming expansions that the organization is starting that will provide visibility to musicians in communities across the region, âsaid Larry Yates, Chairman of The Crooked Road Board of Directors.
Musicians who specialize in a heritage musical genre and live in the following counties and cities in the Southwest Virginia region are encouraged to apply: Bland, Bristol, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Floyd, Franklin, Galax, Giles , Grayson, Lee, Montgomery, Norton, Patrick, Pulaski, Radford, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise and Wythe.
The app can be found on The Crooked Road’s website under âAbout Us-Jobs and RFPâ. Interested parties can also contact the Crooked Road office directly to obtain a copy of the request.
âHeritage music is the primary focus of The Crooked Road, so any new program or project that directly supports musicians in the area is positive,â said TCR CEO Carrie Beck. âThis will benefit both the organization and the selected artist in residence. “