This Is Noteworthy is a 501(c)(3) organization started in 2011 in Charleston, SC (originally called The Music Initiative) as a digital magazine and creator of video content, with the goal to promote independent musicians, venues, and organizations using music or film to elevate their communities.
The initial volunteer staff was 40 young professionals and college students from all over the United States, interested in furthering their skills and talents with real world experience in writing, designing, storyboarding, filming, and producing in a way that celebrated the artistic process.
Over the past decade, This Is Noteworthy added programs requested by the community, including:
In 2014, This Is Noteworthy started CHARM (Charleston Health Alliance for Regional Musicians) to subsidize healthcare and health insurance premiums for touring musicians and people in the music industry.
This Is Noteworthy programming has cumulatively created 720 jobs, featured 4540 musicians, and worked with 210 college students and 70 high school students.
As we celebrate the first decade of This Is Noteworthy, we aim to expand its life-affirming programs and grow its impact significantly over the next 3 years, ensuring the legacy of elevating communities through the arts for decades to come.
2022 welcomes program availability to Mississippi, Texas, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
We transform communities into entrepreneur centers and dream zones for people in the Arts, Entertainment and Hospitality industries by curating interactive experiences, spaces and programming. We cultivate unexpected talent. We look for people who are doing good work in communities who need to be elevated, and find a way to make things happen. We care for the people who entertain, create, host, serve and inspire.
Eclectic Evenings, our first season, featuring CHS Poet Marcus Amaker
A 60 city collaboration with Sony Orchard bringing you acts around the globe
What we've been working on for nearly a decade, movies take time y'all
2012 Year Two, following up strong, an SEC tour and theme song
Brendan James and our students head out into the woods to simplify in 2014
A bigger space was required, and off to The Royal American for 7seasons.
Becca Finley is an award winning writer, photographer, Emmy nominated television & event producer, creative director, and culture consultant who specializes in audience engagement. In 2011, she was named as a 40 Under 40 by the Charleston Business Journal, and in 2016 one of Charleston’s 50 Most Progressive People. Currently, she is an NEA & MAC fellow for the state of Mississippi focusing on media arts, in pre-production for a special edition of the NPT Ear to the Common Ground, and co-producing the Citizens Revival summit in Nashville, TN. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Oxford Film Festival and the Advisory Board for the Rural Communities Impact Fund
John Steele Davis
Advisory Board Members