Early Morning Coffees as Aly Attends Thriving Roots From 13,500 Kms Away
The Coffee will be brewing and the lights will be on in the small hours of the morning at Aly Cook’s place over the week-end, as Aly attends the Americana Music Association Foundation ‘Thriving roots’ virtual conference some 13,300 km away from Music City Nashville in rural Nelson, New Zealand. Aly will get a front row seat hearing inspiring talks from Musicians such as Rosanne Cash, John Leventhal, Mavis Staples, Jackson Browne, Rhiannon Giddens and T Bone Burnett.
Via the support and invitation of the New Zealand Commission, Aly has been able to attend the online event presented by the Americana Music Association Foundation. Thriving Roots is a brand new event with almost 100 online sessions that go beyond today's webinar-style virtual conferences with seminars on subjects in all facets of the music industry.
Like many musicians around the world, even the mildest of lockdown and border controls caused by Covid-19 has meant the cancellation of tours and travel. Cook, who’s career takes her to Australia several times a year for recording, writing and performing, has had her wings severely clipped with an Australian Tour Cancelled, including festival appearances, and of course with Border closures is unable to travel.
Aly says “It's been very hard to keep the chin up as an artist who normally travels internationally with all that's going on via Covid. As a musician, who has not had a lot of funding in the past, I am very grateful to the New Zealand music commission for this opportunity to attend Thriving Roots, making me feel a little closer to a world that I cannot travel to, and already through the Thriving Roots platform I am making new friends before the conference has even started. The New Zealand Music Commission has also supported overseas marketing of my latest single ‘Cold Wind’ via the outward sound program and APRA awarded me a sustainability grant and indeed I am grateful to the New Zealand Government who have put millions into helping us to keep going in the Artistic industries. So I feel very fortunate as a musician from Aotearoa to have such support. I am looking forward to learning more and growing business networks across the globe via Thriving Roots. ”
Aly Cook’s latest album ‘Caught in the Middle’ has been on both the ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) and New Zealand Official album charts with her singles Cold Wind & Red Dirt Road Tripgaining good traction in radio in New Zealand & Australia.
Thriving Roots - A Virtual Community Conference
September 16 - 18, 2020
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