Front Row Center Newsletter from the Greater Columbus Arts Counsil
Building a Music City
Tracy Zollinger Turner

By Tracy Zollinger Turner

Trying to cut a career path as a musician can be a bit like trying to traverse a maze blindfolded.  It can be complicated to navigate whether to invest time and resources into recording, booking live gigs, selling merchandise, trying to create viral interest online, finding representation, or simply honing one’s craft and hoping for the best. And at this particular moment, the future of the music industry – whether record labels will continue to exist, and if so, how and what size, or what copyright and creative licensing laws will look like – is unpredictable.

But forces in Columbus are working to create a framework for musicians to help each other through the maze and to knock down some of its walls.  The city is now home to the third largest songwriters’ association in the United States, founded just over two years ago. Helping its membership find stability and growth in a field where the ground is constantly shifting has made it a vibrant source of not just talent-sharing, but solution-finding for local musicians.  The founders of the Columbus Songwriters’ Association are determined to not only help create a better creative climate for its membership to be heard, collaborate and make a living, but to seize the opportunities presented by the decentralization of the traditional music industry to better position the city and its deep pool of talent nationally.

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The Salty Caramels: She'll Be Coming for Ya Artist Profile
ANTHONY MOSSBURG Headshot singer, songwriter

As the most comprehensive online events guide and resource for arts and culture in central Ohio, offers a virtual guide through the Columbus art world with a searchable database of events, concerts, performances and more. is an engaging place for artists and arts organizations to share what they do, with thousands of users per month. The Artist Directory allows visual, performing and literary artists to create a profile and portfolio to showcase their work—for free—and enables art enthusiasts to easily search for and connect with them. Our monthly artist profile series features interviews with some of the many talented individuals who make up central Ohio’s thriving creative community.

This month’s profile features Anthony Mossburg, a multi-award-winning acoustic artist from West Virginia who is currently residing in Columbus.  According to comments made on his website by his fans, Mossburg is known for writing moving lyrics, creating melodies that stick with you long after the song is over and for his deep, rich, unforgettable voice.  He’s also the winner of the recent CSA Finale Showcase presented by the Columbus Songwriters Association this past December.

“I find that I am most inspired by seeing someone else do what they do at a very high level. There is something extremely special and rare about someone who has given up everything and dedicated their life to their craft. Seeing that pay off and seeing them in their sweet spot might one of the most inspirational things to experience! “

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Sneak Peek

Jazz Arts Group Presents Jeff Coffin and the Mu’tet

The Jazz Arts Group’s Inside Track series continues its 2014-15 season with Grammy Award-winning saxophonist

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Glass Axis Grand Re-Opening in Franklinton

Glass Axis invites Columbus to celebrate their grand re-opening in Franklinton January 16 and 17

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Ohio State Theatre presents Alice Childress’ Trouble in Mind

Ohio State Theatre's Trouble in Mind is the first professionally produced play written by Alice Childress, a pioneering African-American playwright.

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GCAC appreciates and acknowledges support from: City of Columbus, Franklin County and the Ohio Arts Council.

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