More Than One Million See BCMA's Expanded Website12.14.2005
During fiscal year 2005, the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance (BCMA) had 1,106,621 visitors to its website.
With the 75th anniversary of the Bristol Sessions in 2002 and the 2003 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the region has benefited from millions of dollars of national/international media exposure to this area's musical heritage.
As a result, the BCMA has been expanding its website as a tool to provide information about the region, its artists (both historic and contemporary), and its venues — while working on plans for a new Cultural Heritage Center and the details of a transition from the Bristol Mall to the downtown historic district.
Over the past 18 months, the BCMA has spent more than $46,000 upgrading its website to make it a resource for area artists and residents as well as tourists. Enhancements include providing a redesigned interface, which offers easier use and maintenance; e-commerce capability; an interactive calendar of events; an on-line database of venues, festivals, and artists; biographies of historical musicians from the region; an interactive mapping feature; and, most recently, audio/video capabilities.
In 2006, with funding from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, the BCMA will upgrade its website to include the ability to stream audio and video content. Using technology, the organization will engage audiences around the world in the richness, diversity, and living heritage of the region.
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