Support Nuçi’s Space When You Shop: Kroger Community Rewards

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It is Kroger Community Rewards program enrollment time again and we want you to consider supporting us.

How do you enroll? It’s easy.

 

  • Get your Kroger card and head on over to Kroger’s Community Rewards Enrollment Page, and sign up.
  • When you are asked which organization want to support you write in The Nuci Phillips Memorial Foundation, or you can write in our number, 75623
  • Shop and Swipe every time

It really is that simple.

Then Kroger cut us a check four times a year with their donation from your shopping- Nuçi’s Space gets much-needed dollars and it doesn’t cost you a penny! It’s like your giving Nuçi’s Space a hug every time you shop!

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Georgia Lawyers for the Arts-Clinic at Nuçi’s Space

 

 

Here at Nuçi’s Space we try to link with services and organizations that can assist and better our musical community so when the Georgia Lawyers for the Arts asked if they could use Nuçi’s Space to hold their clinics as they move into Athens we didn’t hesitate to link up.  If you are a musician or artist and need a lawyer,  the membership fee is worth its weight.

Georgia Lawyers for the Arts 

Is a non-profit that provides artists and inventors with pro bono legal services. GLA recently expanded services into Athens where it hosts monthly legal clinics.

The next Legal Clinic is scheduled at  Nuçi’s Space

Wednesday August 23rd 6-8PM

Wednesday September 20th 12-2PM

The clinic is free to GLA members and is by appointment only. Each appointment is 30 minutes with an attorney. Attorneys will answer questions regarding contracts, trademarks,  and copyright law.

To make an appointment please call GLA at (404) 873-3911 or contact the organization at gla@glarts.org . Membership to GLA is $50.

To find out more about membership or to apply for membership, go to www.glarts.org

Camp Amped Summer 2017 Registration Open

Camp Amped Summer Session 2017 is Ready for Sign Up

We are excited for another summer session of campers! Learn from the best local musicians and practice teamwork, improve showmanship, and build self-confidence in our safe setting. Registration deadline is Friday, April 21st.  More information about the audition/interview process will be sent out after registration has been received.

Session 1:

June 5 – 17

Monday-Friday 9-5pm

Grand Finale on Saturday, June 17th

Session 2:

July 10 – 22

Monday – Friday 9-5pm,

Grand Finale on Saturday, July 22nd

Register Here  – Registration CLOSED

Scholarships are Available

Click Here for more Information About the Program

Alternatively, email Debbie or call 706.227.1515

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A Beautiful Here: by Linda Phillips – Wins Gold Award

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Linda’s book A Beautiful Here took GOLD

Congratulations to Nuçi’s mom and our Founder,  Linda  Phillips for winning   1st place from the prestigious Feathered Quill Book Awards 2017. She won the category of  Best Memoir, for her superb book A Beautiful Here: Emerging from the Overwhelming Darkness of My Son’s Suicide.

The following has been taken  from the letter informing Linda of her well-deserved win.

“Dear Ms. Phillips:

We are excited to announce that the book “A Beautiful Here” has won the Gold/1st Place award in the 2017 Feathered Quill Book Awards Program for the Best Memoir category!  Congratulations!  We had a HUGE response to our annual awards program, with many excellent books vying for top places.  Your title rose to the top and you should be quite proud.”

She also goes on to say

“Attached, please find a digital award seal for use in your promotional materials.  You are granted the right to use the seal in all your marketing materials.

Again, congratulations on your win!

Sincerely,

Ellen Feld

Editor ”

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Everyone here at Nuçi’s Space is delighted and excited to share this news.

Linda’s book is uplifting and inspirational to each of us on a daily basis and is,  of course,   a survival tool bringing hope to those of us left behind after the loss of a loved one to suicide.

For us, and all who know Linda, she is an inspiration and is in our hearts. “A Beautiful Here” helps spread her wisdom expertise and experience to inspire and help even more people heal from the loss of a loved one to suicide.

The award-winning book, A Beautiful Here: Emerging from the Overwhelming Darkness of My Son’s Suicide by Linda Phillips can be purchased from Amazon or collected directly from Nuçi’s Space.

 

Edgar Allen Poe Found Alive and Well in Athens

One hundred and sixty-seven years ago, Edgar Allan Poe died a mysterious death, the cause unknown even today.

Or so we have been led to believe.

Prepare to be amazed as I present you with a hitherto unknown mystery and then be amazed for a second time as I link Nuçi’s Space and master of the macabre Edgar Allen Poe without a second thought, like only an 80’s goth can.

Yeah, I ‘m gonna do that.

Working at Nuçi’s space is a privilege.  The people I work with are fantastic, very talented and it turns out, very, observant. I could wax lyrical about each of them all day but today I am focusing on the one who calls himself Glen.

Let us talk about this, so called, Glen.

Dave our Volunteer Coordinator and silent auction maestro was in a particularly good humor on Monday evening and happened to point out that Glen, one of our night guys, ’ Night Guys’, in that he chooses to work only at night!  has a doppelganger. Well Glen, Mister Night Guy, looks remarkably like one of my favorite writers, only  Edgar Allan bloomin’ Poe.  Dave showed me an image I had seen a million times before and wow! The resemblance hit me like a hissing black cat jumping from behind a box on a shelf in the basement.  I cannot believe I had never noticed it before.E A Poe image

So similar are they, I put it to you they may well be one in the same.

The evidence is clear.

 

 

Poe has been known to use a pseudonym.

 Is Glen your friend on Facebook under his pseudonym?

Coincidence?

 

 

Poe wrote Murders in the Rue Morgue.

Glen is often seen at shows around Athens including those of Eight Track Gorilla! Coincidence?

 

Poe wrote Tell Tale Heart.

Glen is a drummer. Trying to hide anything Glen?

Coincidence?

 

Poe wrote The Fall of the House of Usher.

Glen works for Jittery Joes,   a coffee house  who’s roaster had to relocate due to demolition!

Coincidence?

 

Is the resemblance and all this solid evidence just a simple coincidence?

Is Glen Reese a direct descendant of the great man?

Did Poe actually die or is he still alive today working at Nuçi’s Space in between gigs?

 

You decide.

First Call of the Morning…Genetic Testing

 

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The first call of the morning was…Genetic Testing.

He had always been hesitant about taking medication for his condition due to the (commonly held) fear of not being able to find the right drug or combination of drugs.  Recently he heard about Genetic Testing and wondered if we had any information on it.

I sent him an email with all the information he needed and the Genetic Test is incorporated into his moving forward therapy plan.

For some people finding the right drug or combination of drugs can take a lot of time and trial and error often accompanied by unwanted side effects adding to the problems the brain illness has already wrought. This is where the test comes into its own.  So many of the drugs suitable for a specific condition can be ruled out, leaving fewer to try, cutting out months,  even years of trial and error.

Resources

A simple quick and painless DNA cheek swab test is available right here in Athens via Athens Behavioral   (706) 316–1908 .You don’t need a prescription or an appointment. You can walk in any Friday and if you have insurance the test will cost $20.00.

Without insurance however  (not mentioned on their web page) the cost is a whopping $4000.00.  DNA tests are of course readily available elsewhere between $250 and $500

Highlighting a regular start to the day at Nuçi’s Space  ‘The First Call’ is literally the first call put through to our counseling advocate that day. 

First Call of the Morning…California

 

blog header img telephoneThe first call of the morning was an Athens musician recently moved to California and in need of mental health services. He wanted to know if there was some place like Nuçi’s Space on the west coast. Sadly there isn’t but we did manage to get him fixed up with a list of sliding scale resources that helped him out.

He found a counselor and a psychiatrist.

 

National calls such as these are frequent at Nuçi’s Space

When in good mental health a Google search or a telephone call is something we can usually do without a second thought. In the grip of anxiety or a depression,  however,  such simple tasks seem insurmountable and can become not only impossible but the source of even more severe stress and anxiety.

 

Whilst we have no therapy partnerships outside of Georgia we can still search your city for helpful resources to ensure you have a solid starting point when you are unable to do such tasks yourself.

 

Resources

You can check out  American Foundation for Suicide Prevention &  National Institute of Mental health  as starting points for lots of useful information.  Espanol

During office hours you can call us 706-227-1515 or E-mail lesley@nuci.org

 

Highlighting a regular start to the day at Nuçi’s Space  ‘The First Call’ is literally the first call put through to our counseling advocate that day. 

 

Ear Protection-Priceless. Casting Day with ACS

Ear Protection is Vital to Musicians.

So Nuçi’s Space teamed up with MusiCares and ACS Custom USA to bring free professional grade ear plugs to Athens,  for musicians and the people they work with.Ear Protection-Ellie gets protected

Casting the Molds

Quick, easy and painless foam castings were made today.

The team from ACS are consummate professionals and adept at creating the molds. Molds which are then used to create a unique custom earplug fitted with a chosen dB level filter and mailed out to us in a few days.   The molds are kept on file for 4 years and during that time replacements can be had. Even the filters can be changed to meet new demands.

50 Appointments Made Available

It was great to see so many old friends today and to meet some new ones from Atlanta too.  47 people attended their $200 appointment and showed their ears some serious care and protection.  The value of the ear plugs cast today is a whopping  $9,400.00. The total cost to each of our 47 clients, zero dollars!

All of us at Nuçi’s Space are thrilled that we could partner with MusiCares and ACS to provide this awesome service, often so far out of financial reach of most musicians it is not even a consideration and so hearing suffers.

Thank’s guys, you rock!

And now we can too, without damaging our precious hearing. It was a pleasure meeting you both and working with you at Nuçi’s Space today.

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Tell Your Friends.

Athens professional musicians and people who work in the industry, if you did not manage to get an appointment, send an email to lesley@nuci.org and we will give you a heads up when the next event takes place.

All our services are advertised on our calendar and on our Facebook page, check them out and don’t forget to like and follow so you always hear what’s going on first.calendar image for ear clinic

When the Universe Taps You on the Shoulder

Although I already know how special and magical Nuçi’s Space is, it never gets old when I’m reminded. There have been several circumstances over the years where “the universe” has tapped us on the shoulder to let us know we’re headed in the right direction. Depending on who you ask, there are many names and explanations for these moments. However, I like to think they are reminders that we are not alone in this world and that powers greater than you or I can influence our path in life.

There was a time, shortly after Nuçi’s Space opened its doors, when we had very little money in our checking account and prospects for raising additional funds were bleak. We had just received a bill for $1500 and I didn’t know where the money was going to come from to pay it. Although I could have passed the bill on to Linda to pay on our behalf, I was trying to convince her that it was time for Nuçi’s Space to thrive on its own. I didn’t want to have to eat my words. For me it was a pride thing. A couple of days went by and the stress of my predicament increased. On the third day I collected the mail on my way into work. Among the stack of junk mail and advertisements, was a handwritten envelope to Nuçi’s Space. The envelope contained a donation for exactly $1500, with a note attached that read “keep up the great work.”

Within the next day or so you’ll hear about a unique project that Nuçi’s Space is about to launch called Amplify. In short, the project will serve as a recording and video production studio to help us better advocate for brain illness treatment and allow us to “amplify” the work that we do to a much larger audience. Up to this point, almost all of the gear we’ve needed has been donated. One piece of gear that we didn’t have, but have been wanting to acquire, is a mixing console. We could move forward without it, but its presence in the studio would be an enhancement to the quality of what we can produce.

You can imagine my surprise when I arrived to work this morning and a 24 channel mixing console was sitting on the table in the library. I skipped my normal “hello” to staff and immediately started asking “Where did this come from?” and “Who’s is it?” I was told that it was a donation we received over the weekend. Wow!

Thank you Garrett. This place, the universe and the kindness of strangers will never cease to amaze me.

The First Callof the Morning was…High Five Nuçi’s Space

 

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The first call of the morning was from a young woman who has been a Nuçi’s Space client for most of 2016.  She called to say thank you and to let us know that she now has a full-time job with the benefit of health insurance and her mental health needs are now fully covered.  She was grateful for the assistance received and was glad that the assistance could now go to another client.

Visiting a counselor can be hard for anyone on a low wage but visiting a psychiatrist is almost impossible. Most musicians (and their colleague’s) often working more than one low waged job,  tend to fall under the radar as they are working but earn such a low wage they can’t afford health insurance. In an ironic twist, their wage is often so low that it does not even appear on the health care application as an option and so cannot get the rebate benefits afforded to people with a much greater income.

Hearing from a client who has her life under her own control and back on track is what makes us happy. It means we’re doing it right.

If you are interested in receiving support through Nuçi’s Space, or simply want to find out more our program, please give us a call (706.227.1515) Monday – Friday between 10 – 6pm and ask to speak with Lesley Cobbs. You can also contact her via a confidential email to lesley@nuci.org.