Ahhhhh, it’s that time of year again!
October? Fall? Oh, right. No, I was talking about the annual Nuçi’s Space Jam series. Every Thursday in October, you can go to Nuçi’s Space for some prime local live music. But, these just aren’t you regular agent-booked shows. Students from a class in the Music Business Certificate program- MBUS for short- are divided into groups who each have a mission to put on a concert benefiting the Nuçi’s. All they’re given for certain is a venue and date. Finding artists (who are cool playing for no monies), decorating the space, providing hospitality, promotion, organizing raffles/art displays/other interesting exhibits, and all other tasks fall to the young confidants. Talk about weight on your shoulders… this project is also graded. But, the professors know exactly what they’re doing here. It’s like moving to Spain after taking an introductory Spanish language class for two months. The Space Jams are tangible experience for us MBUS student.
But, before I continue this abnormally-long post, I bet some of your are asking what Nuçi’s Space is. Nuçi’s Space came about after the tragic suicide of UGA student and local musician, Nuçi Phillips. His family created this place, located on Oconee Street, for musicians struggling with depression and other disorders to actually get help for suicide prevention. It’s a safe environment for bands to practice with four rent-able spaces, and free of substances. Nothing I say can truly express how immensly important this institution is for our city. I love and support everything about it. Want to get involved? Volunteer, tell others about it, come to a Space Jam- the net of ticket collections go straight to the Space.
And not to mention, every Space Jam is so fun. When it’s your groups night, you’re either running around like a chicken with its head cut off, wringing your hands like a middle school boy about to ask a girl to dance because you’re so nervous about people showing up, or you’re standing in front of the sound booth just chillin’ because this is the first group meeting you’ve graced you presence with. Personally, my Nuçi’s Space Jam ended up attracting a lot of people. I remember looking around as our headliner took the stage, watching the audience cheer and jump with excitement. I thought, We did this. We are not experienced, not professionals, but we did this. It was the first time I realized that college isn’t a waiting period… just let me roll out the cheese mobile for a second… we will always be in metaphorical college. We will always be learning, but its not formal so no one thinks it really counts. No wonder most college seniors are terrified to graduate. School is a security blanket. As long as you study, you get to stay! But, if all you do is study, how will you ever relieve any anxiety about not knowing what you want to do for the rest of your life (which is also another myth I’d like to dispel on another occasion)? We bind ourselves by invisible limits on what we are capable of achieving because we consider ourselves ‘inexperienced’ and ‘lacking direction’. You’ll continue to be those things for the rest of your life if you keep waiting ’til you ‘have you act together’. This one project was a wake up call. It’s terrifying and its awkward… for a while… but that’s how you know you’re getting somewhere. So, get out there.