We had the good fortune of connecting with Kari Nott and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kari, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
70% of the income in the music industry comes from touring at this point. Touring musicians, even well-known bands, are generally only paid when they are on the road. We depend heavily on live events and merchandise sales. 2020 has devastated not only our industry, but others that rely on concerts as well (restaurants, bars, hotels, etc).
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am proud of the ideas I generate to help people understand issues of inequity through storytelling. I got to this point of my career through not being afraid of hearing no. I took chances, threw myself into work with determination and humility and sacrificed my personal life in order to live a fully realized professional life that is incredibly fulfilling. I overcome challenges by leaning on my community and myself, grounding in taking care of my physical health. I have learned to trust myself and my intuition, and to be relentless in my pursuit of a world that values all people and the planet.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Safta, hiking in the mountains outside of Ned, the swimming holes off of Clear Creek Canyon, shops on South Broadway
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Carolyn Mugar, the executive director of Farm Aid, changed my life entirely. Prior to working for her, I had a very limited worldview of what my life might be. Her humor, talent for asking questions and pulling more out of people inspires me. She is a brilliant activist and advocate.