Arts graduate study brings hope, but fails to address tough issue

In case you missed it, I wrote an article about a study released by Indiana University regarding arts graduates. The study of 13,600 arts graduates found that 92 percent found some type of employment in their field within one year of graduation. Those surveyed range from theater to architecture graduates.

While the study revealed mostly positive statistics, as it was conducted by the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project, it ceased to take an important area into consideration —  artists’ pay level and revenue satisfaction. About 30 percent of formal professional artists surveyed indicated that debt, including student loans was a reason for pursuing a different career path.

I interviewed Jamie Buxton, a graduate of University of Central Oklahoma, and David Herendeen, an OCU professor for the article, which examined pursuing an acting/music theater degree in Oklahoma.

To view the full article published in The Oklahoman and Look at OKC, visit NewsOK.com.

 

Davis declared CMT contest’s national grand prize winner

Brittany Davis, music theater junior

Brittany Davis was named as the national grand prize winner for Country Music Television’s Country Strong Singing Challenge. The music theater junior received the most public votes out of 16 regional winners.

Sony Records officials called Davis on Thursday to notify her of her win.

Voting on the contestants began Dec. 10 at cmt.com.

Davis’s winnings will include:
-Tour of CMT offices and a visit to the set of and possible appearance on CMT’s “Top 20 Countdown” show,
-Possible “meet & greet” with a Sony Nashville Music executive,
-Filming by CMT representatives of the grand prize winner and his or her travel companion throughout portions of their Nashville travel experience,
-Recordings made by CMT of the winner’s experience and the opportunity for the grand prize winner to experience his or her own recording session at CMT’s CMT 330 Studio,
– And recording the authorized song that the grand prize winner performed in his or her winning taped performance, according to official contest rules.

Davis was chosen as Oklahoma’s regional grand prize winner from a pool of 27 local singers. Davis sang the song “Country Strong” a cappella in front of a panel of local celebrity judges. Judges included a recording artist, radio DJs, and a KFOR-TV personality, said Michelle Langston, publicist for Sony Entertainment. Entrants were judged on their execution, originality and stage presence, she said.

“Brittany was chosen for her fantastic voice,” Langston said after Davis won the regional competition. “She is incredibly talented.
“We could not have been more pleased with the judges selection. This is a big deal.”

Davis won $500 and a special advanced screening for her and her friends of “Country Strong” for her regional win.

“I would be so incredibly thankful and honored to have you vote for this contest with CMT.com,” Davis said after winning Oklahoma’s regional contest. “I know it’s going to be hectic with finals but if you have any down time please go online and vote.
“This truly is a chance of a lifetime for me and I really need your help to make this happen.”