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Hidden Gems: Meet Tatia Rose of Nashville Music Academy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tatia Rose. 

Hi Tatia, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?

I am a West Virginia native who moved to Nashville in 2003, although I still operate a 154 acre goat and agriculture farm in my home state (Lacie Lee Farms). I have a BA in Music from WVU where I studied classical piano. My early Nashville days were spent in hospitality while I pursued my career as an artist. In 2006 I began promoting and producing concerts with my new company Rose Music Group. By 2008 that had expanded into education, with a particular emphasis on serving the special needs community. Particularly those with Autism. In 2013 I was awarded the Artist Award from the Office of the Mayor for my work with individuals with disabilities. Eventually, the education sector was separated from the entertainment side in 2015 and rebranded as Nashville Music Academy, which is still in operation today. We are excited to open our new North Nashville location (Buchanan District) in Spring 2022. I also have two children, Sophia and Isaac.

Rose Music Group currently offers talent management services for Funk, Gospel and Soul musicians and artists. In 2017 we received a Louisa Nelson Award.  As part of the recognition, Nelson’s Greenbrier Distillery made a generous donation to the NMAAM which is an invaluable organization worthy of much support. They have made a huge difference in the careers of my clients, both past and present.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
When I was a teenager, my father was diagnosed with Alzheimers. The events that resulted from his diagnosis left deep, prolonged grief which fueled alcohol abuse that plagued me through my Nashville hospitality years. When I took the chance of becoming a self-employed music teacher, it healed my heart in ways I could have never imagined. I’ve also been in business long enough to ride out several severe economic impact events (2008 and Covid). Both were daunting from a leadership perspective, but Covid was and still is, uncharted territory.

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
Education is the MOST important tool for building an equitable future for all of humanity. I expect that it will continue to be front and center in many political discussions. I also expect further privatization of arts education and after school programs, which would benefit my business but hurt those who cannot afford supplemental education services. That forecast informs my planning for certain programs, ensuring that they remain accessible and available for anyone who is interested in music. In terms of the entertainment industry, I am very excited to see diversity burgeoning in Americana and Country Music, with much of the tide turning in Nashville.

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