How many people in the world are using Bitcoin or cryptocurrencies and why?

For years I’ve been asked this question and many like it. Why would anyone trust Bitcoin? Why would you think Bitcoin would have value when it cannot be “backed” by anything tangible or a government? Why would I put money into a currency that has already grown over 35,000% – haven’t I missed the boat? What happens if someone hacks “it?” Can someone get their hands on our money? How can you protect against risk? WHy do people call it “the new gold” or a “store of wealth?”

In 2011 I had all these same questions. And all of them are valid………… – at first.

Rogers Adoption of technology Bell curve is familiar, but can you find where 1.2% of the population falls?

Let me back up. Here we are in the early stages of the 4th “Crypto Spring & Summer” as it were, since Bitcoin launched in early 2009. AND still today, it’s nice to see so many people who have an open mind and questions about something that is still so new, “unproven,” or mass-adopted yet. If you are asking any of these questions, then you, my friend, are already far ahead on the technology adoption timeline than 98% of all others.


I’ll share what I’ve researched and also an article to help answer your question. 
In 2011 I invested in a technology incubator that was going to launch young tech startups into the stratosphere. The day I sat down to cut the check, one of my partners told me to put that money into Bitcoin rather than our incubator. That measly $20,000 would be worth $29,330,400 in 2017 or 2020 Bitcoin dollars. The incubator became a non-profit and my 20k is worth zero. Do I still get to help young entrepreneurs launch their tech companies? Sure, and I enjoy it. Yet, since that day, I waited and waited and waited some more (“Oh, once it get’s back down under$250 I’m in” I said) and waited some more.. to finally buy in after watching it cross the $1,000 dollar mark. My belief each time I did not buy was that I had missed the boat or that surely it was volatile enough to get back down to my ideal price point – where I thought I “Deserved” to buy it after all my years of following along without it. What I did not get through my skull is that it is an algorithm; a transparent, immutable, hack-proof algorithm. It cannot be changed, or artificially inflated (well, maybe unless your are Jamie Dimon*).

The biggest reason it’s value will continue to increase over the long term is because that algorithm has a stopping point. It ends. It stops producing blocks at 21 million. That limited number which cannot change (or be increased or devalued by printing more) creates a natural inflation. It creates a genuine need-based inflation and thus a true value. As you and I both know, The value of anything we wish to barter is based only on the value we assign it. If I’m starving in a desert with only a gold coin in my pocket and you are the only person in site and you have a banana, then to me I guarantee you that your banana is worth my gold coin. This is where the value of FIAT which is assigned a value by a third party begins to fall apart. This is why cryptocurrency will eventually replace most Fiat’s at least for progressive people and those forced to by their corrupt governments (can you say Most every country), but these topics are for another day and a longer forum. I’m posting this on my own blog shortly with more detail and an ongoing forum, but I’m glad that you got me thinking and willing to share. You may never find a use or a need personally. But if you live beyond the next 8-10 years you will at least witness a large adoption and a plethora of use-case scenarios whether it’s strictly in Bitcoin or in similar cryptocurrencies that have proven themselves in their own use cases. It’s like witnessing the explosive growth of the internet since 1992, and at this stage we are in now it is like discussing (and projecting the growth of) the internet in year 1993. We are in 1993-1994 right now. Do you see the Rogers Adoption of technology Bell curve diagram above? Do you see where a delineating inflection point at 2.5% of the population sits? Good. Now think about this. Only 1.2% – 1.3% of the connected world are involved in any cryptocurrency right now.** We all still have time, not much, but time, to fall in that 2.5% or that early adopters range. Remember that when you think you waited too long and when you have that $100 you might blow on some bike part or nice dinner, or shirt you don’t need.

I look forward to looking back on these discussions a few years from now (differently from how I look back on my 20k mistake 8 years ago. 
I will gladly share more of my knowledge on cryptocurrencies and how it is already changing the world. Like dollar inflation since 1971, it is already happening. – Nelson Wells, Athens, Georgia . For more follow me here and on Twitter at @Clermont1

Bitcoin Users At a Glance

  • Over 42 million bitcoin wallets had been set up globally by Dec 2019
  • An estimated five percent of Americans hold bitcoin
  • There are 7.1 million “active” bitcoin users
  • Leading exchange Coinbase has over 13 million users
  • Emerging markets users, who are often not considered in statistics, are
    likely in the millions

Nelson Wells is a CEO, a publicist, and a contributor of cryptocurrency articles from Athens, Georgia . For more follow him on Twitter at @Clermont1

I’m gonna make a bold prediction. Today is a good day. Here’s why.

A Bold Prediction? Maybe more like an investor’s Opportunity. Feel the fear in the “markets” today? How will you use that fear?

An immediate 25% drop in price = a discounted buying opportunity. … in ANY nominally-utilized asset class. But especially in immutable worldwide currencies.

Today the markets dropped (crashed?) over 10%. Bitcoin crashed down 25%+ (it’s currently still dropping as I write this and more than half of where it was 30 days ago). Oil is dirt cheap at under $30 per barrel – I bought premium gasoline for $2.79 per gallon.

So, what have you done? Did you let fear motivate you to sell some of your stocks? Or hoard a few groceries in your cupboard? That’s ok. I don’t judge anyone for these things. These kind of fear responses are what sometimes saves us in a tough spot. But I do want to use your answer to help motivate you. To allow you to use your fear for something that benefits you. Now is your chance to use that fear for a longer term investment without fear – or without as much as you may have previously had when the market was at all time highs, or #bitcoin was at $10k or $20,000. Or before this new virus gripped our nation… Just do one thing today. Invest in something today.

Anything. I don’t care what, as long as the price today is at least 10% less than it was yesterday. I’ll start with whatever pennies I can scrounge together from a few Apple shares I sold. Then I’ll invest a little more time with my twin daughters, looking them in the eye and just being present. What will you invest in today? #BTC?, #bitcoin?, #Litecoin?, #Apple ($AAPL)?, #microsoft?, you name it. Just do it. #blockchain companies, currencies, – not hand sanitizer unless you’re going to make your own.

On that note, maybe today is a great day to start your own business.

I told you it’s a good day. You may just be able to look back on it and say that.

#investing, #cryptocurrencies, #crash, #useyourbrain, #coronavirus, #covid19, #dontfalpreytofear, #bestrong, #crypto, Nelson Wells

US Marshals to auction 4,041 Bitcoins. Whales-only apply…

Yes, it’s true. Anyone who wants to can get in on some Bitcoin at a potential giant discount to market. Well… only those with already deep pockets, that is.

Here’s what the US Marshals .Gov site posted just this week.

Washington – U.S. Marshals Holding Bitcoin Auction
Approximately 4,040 bitcoins to be sold. $200,000 deposit required by Feb 12, 2020. Contact U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699

That’s right, The U.S. Marshals are auctioning approximately 4,040 bitcoins “in connection with various federal criminal, civil and administrative cases” their press release reads.

In order to bid, potential bidders must complete all registration requirements by Feb. 12 and submit a $200,000 deposit (in U.S. dollars of course) which is required to simply participate, though all bidders except for the winner will have their deposits returned according to the release. Pre-registered bidders are the only ones whose bids will be accepted, and those bidders will be a part of a 6-hour “Sealed-bid” bidding session on February 18th.

According to the USMarshals.gov site, the winning bidder will be notified Feb. 18, also implying that only one bidder will win and thus there is only one Lot consisting of all 4,000+ $BTC up for auction. #Hodlers of #BTC during the climb of 2017 may remember other US government auctions of seized Bitcoin, all but solidifying that the #cryptocurrency was legitimized by the US Marshals and more importantly by the Internal REvenue Service (#IRS) simply by the nature of a government entity selling and receiving US dollars for the asset. Here again, and recognizing that the IRS has since 2016, offered taxation guidelines for owners of the currency to submit taxes on profits, the crypto seems to be legitimized as a tradable asset in their guidelines and dockets.

Further details on the auction are available posted on the site and in the press release at www.usmarshals.gov/assets/2020/febbitcoinauction. According to the site, the Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture Program is a key component of the federal government’s law enforcement efforts to combat major criminal activity by disrupting and dismantling illegal enterprises, depriving criminals of the proceeds of illegal activity, deterring crime and restoring property to victims. The U.S. Marshals Service plays a critical role in identifying and evaluating assets that represent the proceeds of crime as well as efficiently managing and selling assets seized and forfeited by the DOJ.

Now, it seems to us there are just a few more questions that arise here than are answered.

  1. Does the IRS, thus the US government still consider Bitcoin an asset?
  2. Does the one-bidder-takes-all model seem fair to you or average US citizens or does it favor hedge funds, whales, and institutional money only?
  3. Should the auction be broken down into varying lot sizes allowing for average retail consumers to be a part of a government auction, one that their tax dollars help fund?
  4. … more question below, but first…

We’d love to hear your thoughts. Noting some of these concerns however, in a more detailed read of the most recent updates on the site, it turns out there are 4 total lots up for auction, each of varying size. AND, to the sured delight of the #twitterati and the #cryptotwitter followers, WHERE and WHO each of these lots was seized from is now listed on the US Marshals site (and below).

FEB 18 AUCTION includes seized assets as outlined below:

DEA Forfeitures

United States v. Tyler Lee Ward et al., (Case No. 18-cr-438)
United States v. Ryan Farace (Case No. 18-cr-00018)
United States v. Matthew Lee Yensan (Case No. 17-cr-00303)
United States v. Alexandre Cazes, et al., (Case No. 17-cv-00967)

FBI Forfeitures
United States v. Ronald L. Wheeler, III (Case No. 17-cr-377)
United States v. Konrads Voits (Case No. 17-cr-20689)
United States v. Seth Bangert (Case No. 19-mj-00073)

HSI-USCBP Forfeitures
United States v. Donte L. Gibson, et al. (Case No. 18-cr-094)
United States v. Gal Vallerius (Case No. 17-cr-20648)
United States v. Darcy Wedd (15-cr-00616)
United States v. Sky Justin Gornik (17-cr-2796)
United States v. Matthew Mulford (Case No. 19-cr-028)

This sealed bid auction for 4,041.58424932 Bitcoin separated into four series: 

Series A (5 blocks of 500 Bitcoin) and 

Series B (10 blocks of 100 Bitcoin) and 

Series C (10 blocks of 50 Bitcoin) and 

Series D (1 block of 41.58424932 Bitcoin). 

You will not have the opportunity to view other bids. You will not have the opportunity to change your bid once submitted.

Final questions for this reader…

4. If the deposit was not a concern, would you buy Bitcoin from the U.S. Government? If so what’s the right amount, or too much?

5. Is this yet anothe rway for the US Gov to make money at the ‘expense’ of its people while making it harder and harder for US citizens to own, purchase or pay taxes on the same asset?

6. What questions does this all bring up for you, good Hodler?

  • Nelson Wells is a CEO, a single dad of twin daughters, a cryptocurrency hodler, a believer in the long term world-redefining power of blockchain. Reach out & follow him at Clermont1

Will Bitcoin Price Double as Halving Date Looms Closer – Our Countdown Clock is on (now 2 clocks)

(Today 2020) Well, I wrote the following article over a year ago, mid March of 2019, and my numbers were mostly spot on. For the month of April 2019, Bitcoin’s price averaged $4,836.79. Here just 4 days from the halving bitcoin is at $9,433.16 according to Coin Market Cap, and almost exact doubling in price from one year ago despite it’s large dip to the $3,000’s just weeks later in May of 2019.

The top countdown clock counts down to the actual halving at the 210k block late May 11, early May 12th. The bottom clock was my year-out prediction of a price doubling as we approached the halving with a peak price just 3-5 days prior to halving. I’d say it’s right on the money. Now let’s see if my prediction of a slight correction comes as non-Hodlers sell off near $10k and BTC price stagnates for 8 months as it did after the previous halving just before it ran up new bull market highs straight through 2017.

Who’s gonna call me out, correct me or give me that “Atta-Boy, Nelson” down below? shhhh, I predict no one. We have a damned pandemic on or hands and minds. Best of luck and love to you all, friends. These are strange times indeed. – I”m out. – Nelson

Original article of March 2019.

Our Bitcoin halving countdown clock is on and counting backwards to May 7, 2020, the date I predict the price of Bitcoin will be doubled it’s current $4,800 average and just 4-5 days prior to the point when the blockchain will reach the next halving. I predict $BTC will be more than double its year previous price per coin at that point and if similar to the previous halving in 2016 the price will correct by 15%+/- for the following months. [Share our clock or copy our code and embed it yourself]

Athens, Georgia. Nelson Wells is an investor, Co-founder, CEO, and Blockchain “Futurist”

If you’d like to see the countdown clock from respected exchange company, Binance, you may do so here, https://www.binance.vision/halving. Binance predicts the having will occur 3 days later than my prediction on May 10, 2020.

Atlanta Digital Currency Fund’s chief investment officer, Alistair Milne, has said that the block reward halving of Bitcoin could push the price of the dominant cryptocurrency to massive gains in the next 12 months, or any 12 month period leading up to the halving.

Do YOU believe Milne’s claim and basis? If so tell me why, and if not, let’s hear it. Personally, I believe the greatest gains to Bitcoin’s value will come in the 12-24 months AFTER the halvening event. By the way, what this date represents simply is the day the “reward” for mining one full block of Bitcoin on the blockchain will drop from 12 BTC to 6.5 BTC per block which miners get to keep for creating that block. This is how miners create “income” by running their very expensive computers 24-7 and racking up the electricity bills that go along with such “hash power.”

The halving occurs each time Bitcoin’s block height reaches 210,000 blocks, or approximately every 4 years. See the chart below from Binance for an outline of when havings occur and what rewards change to.

According to an article in CCN Friday March 8, 2019 titled, “Bitcoin’s Impending ‘Halving’ Could Spark Meteoric Price Boom,” the impending ‘halving’ could lead to these massive gains.

bitcoin price halving

Bitcoin’s May 2020 halving could lead to a meteoric price boom for the flagship cryptocurrency. | Source: REUTERS / Dado Ruvic / Illustration / File Photo

Bitcoin’s Impending ‘Halving’ Could Spark Meteoric Price Boom

A block reward “halving” in Bitcoin is referred to as the mechanism that decreases the amount of Bitcoin generated by miners after mining a block.

On the Bitcoin network, the blockchain, miners solve complex cryptographic problems using computing power to process transactions, which are then placed in blocks to form a blockchain.

To compensate miners, every block generates a fixed number of Bitcoin to “pay” the miners for serving the community and running the nodes which create the blocks, and this “mine” the cryptocurrency “coin.”

The block reward, or fee to miners, of the Bitcoin network decreases by half for every 210,000 Bitcoin mined. Traditionally, a block reward halving like this has led the price of Bitcoin to rally because it reduces the rate in which new BTC is produced.

As Bitcoin nears its fixed 21 million supply, the scarcity of the digital asset increases, which boosts the price and the demand from the market.

Historically, the Bitcoin price has tended to move a year before the block reward halving. While a few analysts claim that the halving is already priced in, the numbers show that it gradually gets priced over time, and even accelerates, as the cryptocurrency approaches its halving date.

See the related article by cryptocurrency author Joseph Young of Bitcoin Analysis, Bitcoin Price News at CCN.com

Meanwhile, leave me your comments and thoughts on where (and why) you think Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies are headed into 2020 and beyond.

Sharing the Artist’s Story – Is the Music Enough?

Nelson Wells Sharing Artists Story

2-minute guides for the indie musician or band from an industry PR pro:
Is the music of an independent musician enough to get noticed??

Nelson Wells, Publicist from Team Clermont based in Athens Georgia, sat down with Jay Coyle of the Berklee College of Music Online to answer this question and how the music business uses Public relations for Press and Radio, in a series of interviews for the modern role of PR, Press, and Radio for today’s independent recording artists in the industry.

Nelson Wells sold his first startup company at the age of 21. Now he is on his 5th venture facilitating the launch of other technology startups and consulting in fields as diverse as blockchain investing (Bitcoin) and tech startups marketing and music marketing.

Wells’ company, Team Clermont , a music and technology public relations firm, now in its 20th year, was the first of its kind to accept cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin for music or tech PR campaigns. He actively consults and still finds time for designing and prototyping his own inventions as a “toolshed” inventor while heading up Public Relations firm, Team Clermont.

Currently you may find Wells filling any one of the following roles: mentor & angel investor at FourAthens, the newest technology incubator in the Southeast, as President & CEO of tech & music PR firm #TeamClermont, speaking about PR & marketing at conferences like SXSW, Geekend, or CMJ, or surfing different waves in Nicaragua, Costa Rica or France.

As CEO of Team Clermont Wells lead the team through its first 20 years tripling its valuation in a niche market in less than three years. Team Clermont has since quickly become North America’s premier boutique music & tech PR firm specializing in National Publicity campaigns, independent Radio marketing, technology startup launches, blockchain investment consulting, & film sync licensing pr. Nelson began Team Clermont in 1997 as the independent radio promotion division of his PR firm, Wells & McLean, Inc with partner Jimmy McLean, artist manager for such successful Southern acts as Jason & The Scorchers, Five-Eight, and Allgood.

In 2001, as cofounder of Team Clermont with industry pro Bill Benson, Wells expanded the company to incorporate a full-service traditional media department and an online media and press department. In 2004 Wells & team were the first Music PR company to officially service a full list of blogs with their clients’ recordings making the team a household name with online press pitching to music blogs such as Gorilla vs Bear, Brooklyn Vegan and from the smallest blogs like Baby Sue Music Review to online forces like Pitchfork, MTV. com and Huffpost.

Now 20 years of successful music PR campaigns has catapulted Team Clermont to the top of their field. Clients include Warner Bros. Records, Mute Records, Astralwerks, Domino, R.E.M., Asthmatic Kitty, Merge Records, SubPop, SXSW, Forbes blockchain contributor and author George Howard and more.

As CEO of Team Clermont, Wells spends his time on tech & music PR, and on funding and advising small startup software ventures, surfing waves, crafting handy inventions that may change the world or may only improve his kitchen technique, and taking care of his twin daughters.

For consulting services contact Nelson Wells below. [Consulting services may include technology startup launch marketing, public relations for tech startups, public relations for record labels, pr and radio marketing for artists and musicians, startup consulting for those interested in investing in blockchain assets such as Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, Stellar.org’s XLM Lumens, IOTA, or any other cryptocurrency. Disclaimer: Nothing contained herein should be construed as investment advice.]

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Excerpt:
one of the things we talk about in these
courses is publicity and the concept of
an evergreen story and obviously it’s
something that’s very topical you know
when you’re working with a client or
maybe you’re talking to a client for the
first time or you’re in you’re figuring
out their kind of momentum in what you
want to bring to the project walk me
through a little bit about you know what
do you think is important in crafting of
a story or and I don’t want to use it in
such a way that says you’re you’re
making up something on this and I said
craft in it but you know crafting the
tale to bring to the marketplace to
basically separate this artist you know
walk me through a little bit about the
process that you do for that that’s good
because we can’t make up a story for an
artist we have to take what they give us
and and hope that there is a story there
that we can share because that’s all
we’re doing we’re sharing their story
whether it’s just the music doing the
talking or whether there really is
something there to talk about to gain
more exposure and that’s what separates
the artist without a story from those
width and so that’s it in a nutshell
like I can’t make up a story for an
artist I can say there is no story here
the music is enough to carry it will
that get the their package even open
interview sometimes it might not other
times you’ve got an amazing story that
just is elaborate and might involve
independent films or tour buses breaking
down in Europe and fistfights and all
kinds of stories we’ve heard but if they
don’t detract from the band and the
action
music that’s what’s important so we’re
so independent that we really looked the
artists to say you tell us what
distinguishes you from everyone else and
if we can sell that story and your music
is strong enough to back that up then we
can take it on but we really only take
on artists who we believe in and
sometimes that comes from a story that
just gets us to listen and we can use
that same story to get others to listen
whether they’re at a magazine or a
dot-com
you know zine or at a radio station…

Interview: Nelson Wells Talks Indie & College Radio Promotions

Nelson Wells Radio and PR

One thing we’ve tried to *gently* hit our TuneCore Artists over the heads with is the importance of marketing their music before and after they release it. It starts with telling your friends and family, continues with staying on top of your social media channels, and after you begin playing shows and building a network in your local scene, you can start focusing on getting your music into the hands of radio music directors and media professionals. It requires a lot of work, but hard work can pay off!

At this point you’ve likely learned that getting your music heard on commercial radio stations isn’t an easy process. Why not change your route a bit and zero in on the often undervalued college and independent radio stations?! Here to explain the values of these types of stations and other ways DIY promotion can pay off is Nelson Wells – founder and CEO of indie PR and radio promotion powerhouse Team Clermont!

When an independent artist is releasing their first album or single, what do you consider to be some of the first and foremost basic avenues of self-promotion?

Nelson Wells: Number one, get your list of contacts together, both industry and fan and begin to reach out to see who else they could add to the inner circle. Number two, use the age old industry formula that says for every dollar you spend recording and pressing an album, be prepared to spend $4 to promote it. Many a great album have been written, recorded and produced only to sit and fill a warehouse or someone’s closet simply because no one explained the need (and cost) of getting it out. Even with personal social media and digital file sharing there is so much more that can be done on a much larger and broader scale.

Number three, get your social media (and file sharing) in line and begin the build up and smart tactful accumulation of fans and industry types. Number four, prepare and launch a well thought out funding campaign, whether it’s having family and friends fund your release, attracting a label, or executing a crowd funding campaign with any of the well known funding sites or the newer more hands-on type sites like MusicRaiser that focus just on musicians. Number five, research publicists and national radio promoters to partner with you on your release months before you actually release it. You can walk a copy down to your local college radio station or the weekly zine yourself, but it’s a really good idea to have a short list of 2-3 professionals who have reviewed your material and are ready to schedule you in their release calendar if you’ve raised your funds and can afford them.

What do you feel are few of the most common misconceptions from artists when it comes to getting heard on the radio?

“If we send it out they’ll play it.” The truth is radio stations still get so many releases that this myth just isn’t true; it’s physically impossible. Also, if you haven’t done your homework as to whether your style music fits the genre of each station you are sending to then you further decrease your chances of being heard and reviewed at those stations because your style simply doesn’t fit. Do your homework or hire people who do it for a living and who have relationships with the music director at each station whether that’s college MD’s or programmers from A3, or Americana, or modern rock radio.

What do you consider to be some wise DIY tactics for brand new indie artists pushing their first releases to different radio formats?

Other than what I stated above, if an indie artist does not raise funding or cannot afford an indie radio promoter then a handful of the indie promoters actually sell DIY packets that allow you to set up and manage a radio campaign on your own for a fraction of the cost of hiring the firm. You just have to remember that while you may have all the correct addresses and contacts and some solid pointers for doing your own radio promotion, the real value to a radio promotion company is their relationships. They can utilize these relationships weekly, yet you’re just getting started building these relationships most likely just by sending out your first release.

How important is college radio when it comes to influence and trendsetting?

There is a key element to this question as well as to the value of college radio in general, and that is the value of tastemakers. College radio stations are made up almost exclusively of tastemakers, or people who influence and set trends. In other words those music directors, program directors and DJ’s are the first ones whose friends listen to them when it comes to what the newest releases are that are landing a radio stations. These radio people leave campus after class and their DJ hours and go work in the local venues, the local music magazine or the record store on the corner.

So in the big picture even if your record is getting a few spins on the local college station that may or may not mean that potential fans are hearing it, but if the workers surrounding the station like it, you can be sure that others are hearing it.

Given that college stations are typically staffed with students/directors used to dealing with labels, firms & DIY pitches alike, do you have any advice for follow-up?

Some of the best follow up is simply researching email addresses of the music directors at each station ahead of time. Many are posted publicly online or on the station’s own website. Of course you may include your email, facebook and twitter accounts, but don’t assume that radio station people have the time to reach out and contact you; that’s your job. Another old school form of getting stations to contact you with information about your record at their station is by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope that is easy for them to send back after they check off √yes, we are spinning your record, or Sorry, we passed on your release…

Other ideas for that card: “Is there a venue you think we should play?___” “Would you like extra CD’s for your DJ’s or to give away on air?”

As the radio industry has gone through conglomeration over the past couple of decades, how has the way independent firms pitch to commercial stations?

I don’t know. We mostly service non-commercial radio, but I’d guess it involves a LOT more money, and more “consultants.”

What roles do public and community radio play when it comes to promoting independent music?

To me these play the largest role for up and coming artists, new artists, and those without a mainstream sound or a major label deal. Public, community (and college) stations are Team Clermont’s bread and butter. These are the stations and the people who “get” the indie artist and the Team Clermont client.

How can indie artists be better utilizing radio promotion when it comes to embarking on their initial regional and national tours?

The most important thing in music PR is simply getting word out and making it a continual practice each day of your career, and yes, you can make a career out of your music. This means doing it yourself whether you are hiring an indie radio promotion company like ours or not. In fact I’ll tell most touring artists to save their money by not hiring us for a tour but to rather wait until a full length release is a few months away. Then use that money to just survive on the road. It’s tough out there,

And you’ll be glad you have enough money for PB&J’s and for buying fans some beers for allowing you to crash on their couches.


Learn more about Team Clermont and their services for indie artists here!

 

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“Nelson is an amazing host with many thoughtful touches and great communication. The location is amazing and the house is stylish and comfortable.” – Cherie, June 2020

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“Nelson was an amazing host!   He went out of his way to make us feel welcome in his home and everything was just perfect! It’s SO close to downtown, the stadium and so many great restaurants.” – Lea, November 2018

NEW UPDATE 2020:  Our home has just been nominated as one of the first AirBnB *Verified Home* Listings in Athens!  The Nelson Wells House is an ideal modern build in classic cottage style just 3-blocks to downtown Athens, Georgia. I’m Nelson Wells, entertainment industry publicist, and I designed and built this cozy little home just steps to UGA, downtown and the stadium.  16-foot ceilings welcome you to a large open-format living-dining area with all stainless steel, slate fireplace & backsplash, hardwoods, custom cabinetry, and lots of sunlight. It’s a comfy cottage that easily sleeps 6 and 7 or 8 with little ones.  Safety, privacy & discretion are #1 here. 

We are proud and excited to share that our home has been nominated to be a part of “AirBnB Verified” launching this year. (Anyone thinking UGA bulldogs football? – Let’s hope so).  “Safety, Discretion, & Attention to Detail” are all top priority which is what garnered the nomination.  With the current Covid19 situation we’ve worked hard to offer not just a cut above the rest but the absolute best vacation rental Athens has to offer.  We bring in the best cleaning crews who have been thoroughly vetted for professionalism and disinfecting know-how.  We leave our guests with only the best cleaning products for their own use; products like Mrs. Meyers Clean Day in every room as well as disinfectants. And with a background in the entertainment industry with a nod to those seeking privacy, we are host to discerning guests some of whom are members of SAG or worldwide touring acts.

The Nelson Wells House is a Downtown Athens Cottage near the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens, Georgia. This is our home, and it’s also a vacation rental house designed by me, Nelson Wells, publicist, promoter and co-founder at Team Clermont, indie music PR firm and talent house.  I’m also co-founder of two of the cutest identical twin girls this side of the Mississippi.

Below are the details of our little home we rent out for UGA football games, weddings, and more.  We typically rent directly through AirBnB, however it is possible to rent and contract our home directly through us.

An exquisite home in a quaint “cottage” footprint in Athens, Georgia designed for comfort and efficiency, this 3 bedroom home sleeps 6-7 comfortably and is only blocks from UGA, the University of Georgia bulldogs’ (the “bulldawgs” as they’re known locally) Stanford football stadium and just a 3-minute walk to 4-star and 5-star restaurants, unique bars, pubs, and coffee shops on the western edge of downtown Athens. As you enter the front door, our home welcomes you with 16-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, stainless appliances, and black granite surface tops.  Slate stone surrounds the gas log fireplace and covers the backsplash.

The Nelson Wells House on AirBnB ©2020 Nelson wells team clermont athens georgia

Rental Rate: We have specials regularly & rates change; See our page on AirBnB.com.

This is a recently-built modern Dwell-style 3-bedroom 3-bath custom-designed home in the shell of a quaint Craftsman cottage, fairly unique to downtown Athens. We are just a block or two from nationally ranked and James Beard-awarded restaurants (The National, Seabear Oyster Bar, Last Resort Grill, 5 & 10  and more), cafes, oyster bars, nightclubs, the UGA campus & all of downtown. Built in 2007, updates were completed in 2012. More updating has taken place in 2018.

You can expect the very best of in-town convenience with fine attention to detail. As you can see this home is designed with an eye for modern and minimalist detail yet with cozy bedrooms and living areas and also in a quaint Historic neighborhood just steps away from downtown Athens (literally 3 blocks walk) & the campus of The University of Georgia (UGA), as well as the Medical School Of Georgia on Prince Avenue just down the street.   

Seven high-quality restaurants are within a 1 to 2 block walk.  Three coffee shops and two coffee roasters are within a 2-3 block walk including Jittery Joe’s Coffee Roasters, The National, Seabear Oyster Bar, Viva Argentina, Hendershots Coffee & Bar, and the newest French-style cafe, Buvez! 

We have a WALK SCORE of 89! (at the walk score site), which means EVERYTHING you could need is within walking distance from this charming edge-of-downtown neighborhood including 85+ pubs, restaurants, coffee shops, and 2 charming local grocery stores. Here’s a partial list: Gift shops, high-end liquor stores with wine tastings, MTB-mountain bike trails, mapped cycling loops, 5k & 10k run courses, jogging trails, bicycling neighborhoods, the Historic district of BLVD, the tour of homes routes, The State of Georgia Botanical Gardens and hiking trails, bird watching trails of Sandy Creek Nature Center, the beach & swimming & fishing lake Chapman at Sandy Creek Park and their frisbee-golf course, the public pool at Bishop Park, 3 top golf courses, and the walking tour of Athens Music History.

For rentals and details please go to AirBnB.com and come see us in Athens. You won’t be disappointed. – Thanks, Nelson

The Nelson Wells House- AirBnb Verified.
UGA downtown Athens Georgia cottage

***We sometimes get Georgia football game tickets; it’s rare, but it can’t hurt to ask just in case we end up with an unclaimed ticket or two for sale, purchase or trade.

Contact Nelson Wells for more information at AirBnB.com or

hit this google link: The Nelson Wells house –  Downtown Athens Georgia at UGA

or I may be contact directly for special rental needs at

  • email nelson wells (a t ) teamclermont  (d o t)  c o m

Purchase: This Barrow Street home is our full-time residence and not currently listed, but inquiries are welcome. For now, book in confidence and book it early to lock in your big weekends. We can’t imagine not being in this terrific neighborhood.

We are also now on Trip Advisor here. 

 Guest Reviews:

15 Reviews ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Bryan
September 2019
Perfect house for a weekend in Athens. Can’t wait to come back!
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Response from Nelson:
Thanks, Bryan. Come back any time. – and keep bringing the winning scores, amazing weather and creature comforts IPA’s. cheers, Nelson (Nelson Wells, Team Clermont, Athens, GA)
September 2019

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Sherri
May 2019
This house is perfect for families or friends that need some room to spread out. This is the second time we rented the house and hope to rent it again someday! The layout is perfect to allow is to all be together but have our own space if we need it. Nelson is an impeccable host!

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Lea
November 2018
Nelson was an amazing host! He was so pleasant to work with upon securing the house 6 months in advance of our stay. He reached out 2 weeks before arrival asking me about what kind of beverages and coffee we liked. He went out of his way to make us feel welcome in his home and everything was just perfect in the house! It’s SO close to downtown, the stadium and so many great restaurants. We walked everywhere! This is a spot we’ll seek out every time we need a place to stay in Athens!
Nelson User Profile
Response from Nelson:
Thanks, Lea. We were so glad to have you and your family and friends. You all must have been out on the town enjoying the restaurants because our home was immaculate. What a great and easy crew. (I left them some locally brewed beer and they left me some great Savannah-brewed beer!) We will welcome you all back any time. Sincerely, Nelson
November 2018
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Portia
October 2018
Charming Athens home in a fabulous location! Nelson was extremely accommodating and very nice to work with! THANK YOU for opening your home to our family! We hope to return for another visit so the boys can meet Darla!
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Charisse
September 2018
Nelson was a gracious host offering his home during the hurricane Florence evacuation. He was quick to reply and easy-going, and though we did not need to stay in Nelson’s home it is obvious that he is a professional and kind host.
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Jamee
November 2017
What a fantastic weekend! The weather was perfect, UGA won and Nelson was a thoughtful and attentive host. His home was comfortable and the location was really great.   A+
Nelson User Profile
Response from Nelson:
Come back any time, Jamee!
(Nelson Wells, Team Clermont, Athens, GA)
November 2017
Don User Profile
Don
September 2017
Thanks Nelson, we had a great time. The house was perfect for our weekend in Athens. We will defiantly be back. Don Wilson
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Response from Nelson:
Thanks, Don. You and your family were the most immaculate we’ve had yet. It doesn’t go unnoticed and is greatly appreciated. Come back defiantly again and again. LOL.. we’d love to have you all. 🙂
(Nelson Wells, Team Clermont, Athens, GA)
September 2017
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Sherri
May 2017
Nelson’s place was a great spot for us while in Athens for my son’s graduation! Walkable to downtown, great parking for everyone who stayed, easy to get in touch with Nelson and really loved it! Thanks!
Barbara
November 2016
Nelson’s Athens Cottage was exactly how he described it! Charming, comfortable, and clean! We loved the neighborhood and how easy it was to walk to the game at UGA, and the wonderful restaurants just down the block. The neighborhood was quiet and safe. Nelson was very welcoming…
Nelson User Profile
Response from Nelson:
So glad you all enjoyed your stay (& the dogs won). Come back any time. (Nelson Wells, Team Clermont, Athens, GA)
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More photos… (MANY more are on our AirBnB site above).

230 Barrow street by Nelson Wells, Athens GA
230 Barrow street by Nelson Wells