Business Briefs - August 22, 2019
CALLING ALL SONGWRITERS!
Dockery’s, the Daniel Island restaurant, brewery, and music venue, is looking for talented songwriters. The business is conducting a songwriting contest for local artists that will run through Sept. 13. Entrants to the contest will have their songs judged by three world-class songwriters from Nashville - Steve Dean, Clay Mills, and Billy Montana - who between them have won Grammys, topped the Billboard charts, and worked with some of the best-selling artists of all time, including Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McIntire, Tim McGraw, George Strait, and local favorite Darius Rucker. Winners will perform at Dockery’s alongside the judges in October.
“We are always trying to elevate the local music scene,” says Dockery’s general manager Chuck Isenberg. “The contest comes from wanting to place local songwriters alongside their national counterparts in an intimate setting and letting them showcase their talents.”
Anyone who writes and performs their own original songs is eligible to compete. Entries will be judged based upon composition of lyrics and melody, and not upon performance ability or recording quality. Performances by the panel of judges and the local winners will be held at Dockery’s throughout October. Tickets for these events will go on sale on Aug. 29 through Eventbrite.
Contest entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Sept. 13 through the web form at dockerysdi.com/contest. Complete rules are posted on that web page.
DANIEL ISLAND’S FRANK ABAGNALE RELEASES NEW BOOK
Every year, scammers and con-artists steal billions of dollars from unsuspecting Americans. Modern technology – even those meant to protect us – have only made it easier for scammers to steal victims’ money, information or even life. From identity theft to scam phone calls and insurance fraud, con artists are always out there, waiting for the right moment to commit their crime.
As a former con artist, bestselling author and now one of the world’s most respected authorities on the subjects of fraud, forgery, and cyber security, Frank Abagnale knows how scammers work.
Through a series of real-life anecdotes, stories and his own experiences conning, Abagnale’s new book, “SCAM ME IF YOU CAN: Simple Strategies to Outsmart Today’s Ripoff Artists” reveals the very latest tricks that today’s scammers, hackers, and con artists use to steal your money and personal information—often online and over the phone.
Among the topics addressed in the book are charity scammers, the wild world of dating app scams, the dark underbelly of autonomous vehicles, social media and identity theft, DNA testing, password protections, and robo-calls and phone scams.
“With his simple but counterintuitive rules, Abagnale offers guidance to Americans in every stage of life, from young people navigating credit and identity for the first time to older people getting calls for free health services,” stated a press release. “‘SCAM ME IF YOU CAN’ is a guidebook for outsmarting every scam imaginable – even those you didn’t know existed.”
A resident of Daniel Island, Abagnale is a former professional impostor and the author of the bestselling memoir, “Catch Me If You Can,” as well as “The Art of the Steal and Stealing Your Life.” Trusted by the FBI for more than four decades, Abagnale lectures at the FBI’s Academy and field offices.