How LCAF Can Help You.
By Stacy Keith, Director
Talent is in abundance in Lubbock. It is a rich environment for creativity not only through its storied past (with music giants Buddy Holly, Mac Davis, Joe Ely and numerous others), but also because of a dynamic culture of talented individuals. Be they dancers, artists, musicians, authors or performers, Lubbock has an increasingly diverse culture of performers and artists. There is a unique energy in our arts and culture community with a cooperative and caring feeling that nurtures young artists. With Lubbock’s friendly culture and low cost of living it is an ideal place for artists to live and work.
Lubbock Cultural Arts Foundation has sought to nurture this spirit of creativity and artistic culture. One way we have found to do that is to provide learning opportunities for those in the creative sector. We’ve done this through partnerships with area organizations and experts to create networking and professional development events to allow artists to connect and learn. Some of the workshops we’ve facilitated include “Social Media Mastery” with Design Envy, “Creative Industries Marketing Bootcamp” with David Ramirez and “Money Management for Creatives” consisting of a panel of financial experts.
In August of 2020, Lubbock was designated a certified Music Friendly Community by the Texas Music Office. Since that time, Lubbock’s Music Friendly Advisory Team has worked hard to create relevant professional development opportunities focused on the music industry. Some of the workshops we’ve offered include “Copyrighting and Publishing”, “Getting the Gig” (an opportunity to meet venue owners and managers) and “Buffalo Grass Fest” (a three-day music summit for music students and industry pros.) Buffalo Grass Fest is an ambitious program to consolidate music and learning together for a unique experience for attendees. Featuring trending YouTube educators (2022 Aimee Nolte and Taylor Roberts and 2023 featured Rick Beato) paired with local music and fantastic local panels. Buffalo Grass Fest is an attempt to pack learning, networking and inspiration together in a one-of-a-kind opportunity for Lubbock’s musicians.
Early on we wanted to make this content accessible to everyone even for those who can’t attend the live workshops. We desired to develop a way to help all creatives in the Lubbock community strive to become the very best professional they can be and support the cultural industry in the hub city. The way we have tackled this is to record many of these sessions and release them on our YouTube channel for viewing. They are free and available to anyone who has an interest in the topic.
We also have some terrific additional content on the channel including some discussions with local artists, examinations of local landmarks and even some of our commercials which highlight our great community. Check out the content on the LCAF YouTube channel here.
We want you to watch, share and enjoy them. We will continue to develop this content as it is vital to cultivating the creative economy in Lubbock and encouraging artists to think about building their businesses and lives in the 806 doing what they love. Do you have an idea for a workshop you’d like to see us offer? Reach out to us anytime and shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.