Atlanta arts collective Deer Bear Wolf has spent the past couple of years showcasing and supporting the creative efforts of a wide variety of local artists in an effort to better connect and integrate the city’s arts communities. They’ve done this in large part through various media channels including a magazine, a record label, and a publishing press, as well as by curating various events and exhibitions such as the Natural Selection variety show and the Transgression reading series.

As part of their latest initiative, DBW has made the decision to transition to a nonprofit, and are currently seeking to create a grant program for independent musicians. “It seemed like a void that needed to be filled,” explains DBW founder Davy Minor, “especially in a time period where it’s not easy to sell music. We want to offer a springboard to success for independent artists that goes beyond just functioning as a label.”

In an effort to figure out what resources are most valued by local musicians and how best to allocate funds for the program, DBW is hosting a community meeting and info session tonight at Downtown Players Club. Attendees will be able to share their own thoughts and listen in as Minor and his team outline their preliminary plans. The event is free and open to the public.

Joining DBW at the meeting will be entertainment lawyer John Seay, who serves as a volunteer attorney at Georgia Lawyers for the Arts. In addition to answering any industry-related questions attendees might have, Seay will also offer interested parties the opportunity to sign-up for his free music business clinics.

Like most of the work DBW undertakes, the goal here is to empower and educate people by providing resources and helping to stimulate collaborative thinking. Although the program is still in the brainstorming stage, Minor hopes to begin implementing programs by the end of the year.

“We want to reach to out to as many people involved with the music community as we can so that we can develop programs that best serve the city. We want everyone to have a voice in the process. And we want to help foster more sense of community.”

The Atlanta Music Grant Info Session take place tonight at Downtown Players Club. Meeting starts at 8 p.m. Admission is FREE.

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