You’ve watched them grow. Now see them emerge.
Celebrate the next generation of artists and creative innovators. 

An exciting evening infused with the creative spirit of UNCSA, NextNow includes a dynamic performance that demonstrates the impact of your support followed by an exclusive cocktail soiree with the next generation of artists and creative innovators.

Proceeds benefit student scholarships.

NextNow 2018 - Presented by Wells Fargo

Jim LauderdaleHonorary Chair: Multi-Grammy Award Winner Jim Lauderdale
Jim Lauderdale (Drama '79) is both a “songwriter's songwriter,” who's written/co-written many modern classics for iconic artists, as well as an intuitive sideman, who's enhanced the music of a bevy of esteemed musicians. As a solo artist, since 1986 up until now, he's created a body work spanning 29 albums of imaginative roots music, encompassing country, bluegrass, soul, R&B and rock, as well as helping pave the way for the current Americana movement. A longtime ambassador of the Americana genre, Jim received the WagonMaster Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by George Strait, on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, as part of the 15th annual Americana Honors & Awards.

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Fantastic Finale Concert at the Stevens Center—an energetic, high-octane musical triumph honoring the School of Music graduating class in their final UNCSA performance. Cocktail soiree immediately follows at the Benton Convention Center.

The most fun time I’ve ever had with School of the Arts!

Sue Henderson, Board of Visitors

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