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Let The Tunes Flow For Tennessee Songwriters Week

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Qualifying rounds are taking place this week and next for Tennessee Songwriters Week.

It’s a chance for songwriters of all genres to perform - and to support music venues - across the state.

Select songwriters from the qualifying rounds will perform in showcases near the end of the month - including at Songbirds here in Chattanooga on Tuesday, February 21st.

Jill Kilgore is with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.

Reed Caldwell is executive director of the Songbirds Foundation.

Donna Elle Harrison is director of cultural tourism at Chattanooga Tourism Company.

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  • A musical celebration of Roland Hayes on the UTC campus. Let the tunes flow at this year’s Tennessee Songwriters Week. Photographer Stacy Kranitz on “As it Was Give(n) to Me.” These voices - and more - on this edition of “Scenic Roots.”
  • The concert hall in the fine arts center on our campus - the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - bears the name of Roland Hayes. The early years of the African-American lyric tenor and composer were shaped in this city. Next week, tenor Jackson Caesar will perform the music of Hayes in a one-person show from the stage of that hall.
  • Stacy Kranitz is a photographer who was born in Kentucky and now lives in the Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee. Her exhibition - “As it was Give(n) to Me” - is now on display at the Institute of Contemporary Art on our campus, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.