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Daily Inspiration: Meet Krista Darting

Today we’d like to introduce you to Krista Darting.

Hi Krista, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
My career has been multi-faceted. 🙂
After spending two years as a radio morning show host, I moved to Nashville in 2001 to enjoy the city and learn about the music industry. I spent two years meeting many creatives, falling in love with Music City, and learning how everything worked. Although I left Nashville for four years to work in the MBL for the Kansas City Royals and the NBA for the Orlando Magic, I couldn’t get music out of my system.

In 2007, I moved back to Nashville. By day I worked in advertising, and at night I attended shows all over town and wrote a music review blog. I had the opportunity to see artists and songwriters before they ever wrote/sang a hit on the radio. I was blessed to watch their careers grow. It was during that time that I found my passion for the art of songwriting. I didn’t write the songs, but I loved working with those who did. This led me to a job at the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), where I was Director of Development and booked corporate events with the songwriters. I found joy in putting together songwriter rounds for groups. Truly felt the magic of music during those shows. The people who create the songs sing them the way they are meant to be sung. You also get to hear the stories behind those tunes. I watched as people started the show with mild disinterest and, within two songs, would be completely engrossed in the show. There were tears, dancing, and laughter. More than once, guests would talk to the songwriters after a show about how much a particular song meant to them. It was a meaningful experience every time. Nothing breaks down walls and unites people like music. All of those jobs and years led me to create Notes Entertainment. We create those songwriter rounds for companies all over the country with some of the best songwriters in Nashville. A portion of the proceeds from each show goes to a youth music/performing arts non-profit organization within the host city.

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It never goes exactly like you think it will. My journey has never been a straight line, but I wouldn’t change one turn. The people I’ve met at each stop have made each detour worthwhile. Starting a new business is never easy. You spend a lot of money before you can make any. You test many social media marketing strategies before you hit your stride. You try to find numerous ways to convince people who have never seen/heard a songwriter round to try it. All it takes is one show. After that, they want to see/hear more.

I started Notes Entertainment in 2019 but didn’t ramp up marketing until January 2020. Two months later, the world shut down and halted entertainment indefinitely. We are just now starting to get back to normal. It felt great to do that first live show in 2022. It ended with a standing ovation for the songwriters. My face hurt from smiling so much.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Notes Entertainment (https://notesentertainment.com) is the company I created to book songwriter rounds for corporate events. Although we focus on companies in the Midwest, we do events for companies all over the country. It is a truly unique entertainment experience. Nowhere else can you hear the stories about how you wrote some of your favorite songs. I am most proud of putting together amazing shows for people. The songwriters are talented and do all of the hard work. I specialize in finding the three that work well together to put on the best show for the audience in attendance. What sets us apart is that we do everything from booking the songwriters to working with the audio/production team at the venue to suggesting corporate partner gifts for your guests. We also give a portion of the proceeds from each show to a music/performing arts non-profit in the host city.

Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
I have learned that people need people, and people need music. These shows do not have the same effect in virtual form. They need to be in person. Not being able to attend live events for almost two years has made people hungry for it. The reactions to shows are even bigger than they were pre-COVID. It just reinforced how much music matters to everyone.

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