July 2020 Newsletter


"Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too."  Yogi Berra 

We agree that baseball is pretty good and believe that what baseball represents is stability in this time of uncertainty and hope for the future.

Even though our celebrations might look different this year, now is the time for us to come together and unite around our common traditions of family, friends, and great food.  And, of course, BASEBALL!  We are so excited that Major League Baseball is back on and that we can experience the camaraderie and connection that makes the game of baseball so great. 

This month, Music City Baseball is eager to share an article published by The Tennessean which you can read HERE, an insightful interview with Dave Stewart on MLB NOW, the latest Nashville Stars merchandise, inspiring stories from our Star of the Month, and the profile of our MCB Board Member: Gail Williams.
Music City Baseball has received a significant boost to its ownership group with the establishment of “Nashville Baseball Investment Group, LLC”, (NBIG) an alliance of primarily African American and young professional business leaders who are investing a stake in the franchise and helping secure the team.  Chaired by Patrick Johnson, senior vice president of Meharry Medical College, NBIG will bring $250,000 in investment to Music City Baseball while assuring that the franchise has diverse ownership and participation long-term while providing a pathway for Nashville’s leaders of the future. The newly established fund is the latest in a series of initiatives by Music City Baseball to assure that the future franchise and team bring equity and celebrate diversity.

Watch the video above to see Dave Stewart's interview with MLB NOW where they discuss diversity in baseball, his Postseason dominance, the Nashville Stars, and more!  

If you would have told Pat Mitchell Worley 20 years ago, that today she would be almost two years into an Executive Director role at Stax Music Academy, she says she would have laughed at you. If you ask her today, she will tell you, “This is one of the most fulfilling things I have ever done.” After a successful career in commercial radio, music journalism, and PR, she began working with several non-profits doing fundraising and development. Viewing each position she held along the way as a new and exciting opportunity to learn, she can now look back and say, “Everything I did was so I could be here at Stax.”
The culture at Stax Music Academy is centered around the culture and history of the legendary, Memphis-based record label Stax Records. It was not just a record label; it was a family that was very involved in the community as well as the civil rights movement. The programs at Stax are structured to be very intentional about community involvement and engagement, with a focus on how they are helping the music industry and the black community in Memphis. In June of this year, Stax Music Academy celebrated its 20th anniversary.
After spending years in the entertainment industry, Mitchell Worley has developed a unique perspective on music education. Most arts schools focus only on the craft, leaving out the skills necessary to make a living being a great musician. Thankfully, this is beginning to change with Mitchell Worley’s pioneering efforts in composition and songwriting programs, where students learn how to make income from their music. In August of 2019, Levi’s Music Project and Justin Timberlake partnered to create a songwriting lab and masterclass at Stax. Justin even surprised students by spending two days on-site doing songwriting and performance workshops.


Most recently Music City Baseball learned of her efforts to allow students to add their voices to the current Civil Rights and Black Lives Matter Movements and knew immediately they wanted to partner with Mitchell Worley and the academy. Stax launched its Juneteenth “Songwriting Showdown” challenge to allow Memphis-area teens a chance to add their voices to the movement for racial equality.
“We are dealing with two life-altering situations right now: being forced to work virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread protests against racism in the United States in the wake of the horrific killings of black Americans. It’s our responsibility as music educators to do our best to tackle these issues head-on, and we think giving a voice to young aspiring musical artists and writers is one way to help empower a new generation to affect change by using music.” They will have one week to submit their song, with the winner announced on June 30th. 
At Stax, Pat Mitchell Worley has created a holistic curriculum that focuses not just on nurturing great musicians but also great people who care about their neighbors, lift others up and speak out about injustice; an environment where women entrepreneurship, minority-owned businesses and financial independence are all built into the programming. The history and culture of Stax Records allows them to be more than just a youth music program. They get to focus on things that ultimately help their students build a better world.


If you know of someone who is making a positive difference in our community, please let us know. Click here to submit your hero for our “Star Of The Month.” This form will remain open all month, but we will choose our August “Star of the Month” on July 15th. Submissions received after the 15th of each month will be considered for the following month. 

Gail Williams along with her late husband, David Williams II, the first African American vice-chancellor, and the first African American Athletics Director in the SEC, have made Nashville home since 2000 and both have been dedicated community leaders throughout Nashville for many years.  David’s legacy is strong here in Nashville and across this country.

Gail was responsible for meaningful community partnerships for Vanderbilt University and recently departed to discover other opportunities and to deepen her independent relationship with the community.  Gail was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan.  She practiced criminal defense and domestic relations law in the Detroit area, however, most important she was a Detroit Tigers fan, she has fond memories of watching Tiger baseball with her Dad and selling peanuts at Tiger Stadium.
To honor David Williams and his excitement for what Music City Baseball is doing, we decided to create a shirt with an inspiring quote that was taken from a phone call between David and our core team regarding the work of Music City Baseball. 

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