Scott Family Amazeum Hosts Living the Dream for Aspiring Musicians

January 25, 2017

  Professional artist Anthony Gomes shares how it is possible to make a living in the arts 

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (Jan. 24, 2017) — Pursuing a creative career and making a living can seem like a far-fetched dream. The Scott Family Amazeum will host a workshop for young adults, ages 14-25, who want to take their musical talent to a professional level.

Award-winning blues rock singer/songwriter/guitarist Anthony Gomes will share how to make a living from the arts by investigating the creative process and business aspects of a career in music. The workshop, “Living the Dream,” will be held Sun., Feb. 5, from 11 am until 4 pm at the Amazeum.

“Creative thinking and the arts play a vital role in our burgeoning STEAM economy,” said Sam Dean, executive director of the Scott Family Amazeum. “The opportunities for professional artists are definitely diverse right now and for the foreseeable future.”

Gomes gained national recognition in 1998 by winning Buddy Guy’s “Best Unsigned Band” competition and released “Blues in Technicolor” later that year. In addition to 12 albums, Gomes wrote “The Black and White of Blues”, which was nominated for Best Book of 2014 by Blues 411. He also founded Music is the Medicine Foundation, which funds songwriting scholarships, offers music education programs and provides musical instruments for those in need. Gomes’ latest offering, “Electric Field Holler”, is his most successful to date. The album has been highly acclaimed, has reached No. 1 on both Roots Music Report’s Blues Rock Chart and ReverbNation’s Global Blues Chart. It also has earned several nominations for Blues Rock Album of the Year.

The workshop is $30 for Amazeum members and $40 for non-members. Pre-payment and pre-registration are required at Space is limited.

“Living the Dream” is made possible through the Arvin Artists Series, funded by past Amazeum Board President Bob Arvin and his wife Theresa. To learn more about Anthony Gomes and his award-winning work, visit

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About the Scott Family Amazeum
The Scott Family Amazeum is a hands-on, interactive museum for children and families located in Bentonville, Ark. A museum with a foundation in the arts and sciences, the Amazeum encourages creativity, curiosity and community through exhibits, educational collaboration, and programs, workshops and camps. Amazeum experiences include a climbable tree canopy, indoor cave, tinkering hub, nearly one acre of outdoor space, and ever-evolving daily pop-up activities. For more information, visit