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Jul 24, 2015 1:24 PM

Sony/ATV Nashville promotes Van Valkenburg to senior VP

Sony/ATV Nashville has promoted Josh Van Valkenburg to senior vice president, Nashville A&R, MusicRow.com reports.

Van Valkenburg will oversee Nashville A&R and new songwriter and artist signings. He will continue to develop the existing Sony/ATV roste and will report to Sony/ATV Nashville President and CEO Troy Tomlinson, according to the music publication.

Read more here.

Jul 23, 2015 7:15 AM

Indie film production company opens local office

Independent film production company Ridgerock Entertainment Group has opened an office in Nashville, Nashville Business Journal reports.

The company worked on Black Mass, which releases in September and stars Johnny Depp.

Gary Granstaff and Brett Granstaff founded REG in 2005. The company has an office in Las Vegas.

Read more here.

Jul 22, 2015 7:20 AM

Live concert service Jukely now available in Nashville

Jukely Unlimited — a mobile and web subscription-based service that gives members access to attend one concert per day for $25 per month — is now available in Nashville.

The New York City-based entity, which some have called the “Netflix of Concerts,” is now available in 15 cities: Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto and Washington D.C.

Concerts range from DJs and international EDM stars, to lesser known indie, blues, folk and punk-rock bands, as well as local artists.

The Chicago Tribune offers a nice overview of he service here.

Jul 20, 2015 12:18 PM

CMA, EC to partner again on Project Music

The Country Music Association and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center have announced they will partner for a second year on music business accelerator Project Music.

Earlier this year, the two entities hosted eight “promising” entrepreneurs for a 12-week music business program and Demo Day. Music-related startups that participate in the program have access to year-round support from the center from both the 2015 and upcoming 2016 cohorts.

According to a press release, music tech startups in social media, big data, content monetization, hardware, distribution and engagement can apply for the accelerator program beginning Sept. 1. Selected startups will receive $30,000 investment to start their businesses.

EC CEO and President Stuart McWhorter said he believes the partnership will create more opportunities for the center as it continues to grow.

“CMA has a strong leadership history in the music industry and we recognize the importance of the partnership to attract innovative entrepreneurs and industry experts to the program,” he said. “This is a unique partnership and we are excited to get to work.”

John Esposito, CMA Board President and President and CEO of Warner Music Nashville, added that the future of music could lie in the businesses that start in Project Music.

Jul 17, 2015 8:30 AM

Music industry vet Mobley starts CAM Creative Services

Veteran music industry executive Carole-Ann Mobley has formed CAM Creative Services to target independent and emerging artists in Nashville, musicrow.com reports. Mobley once served as vice president A&R at Warner Music Nashville and co-founded Girls On The Row with Rachel Proctor. Read more here.

Jul 16, 2015 8:30 AM

Digital music company ONErpm expands to Nashville

The Nashville Business Journal reports that digital music distribution company ONErpm is setting up shop at 632 Fogg St. in SoBro.

Company Founder and CEO Emmanuel Zunz will oversee the Nashville office, according to NBJ. Jarrod Copper, VP of strategy, also will be based in the Nashville office.

Billing itself as offering a “new breed” of music distribution, the company provides artists multiple distribution channels such as YouTube and strategic marketing support.

ONErpm has offices in New York, Brazil and Mexico.

Coworking entity InDo Nashville owns the building from which ONErpm will operate. Other tenants include Wonderful Union and Acklen Avenue. 

Read more here.

Jul 14, 2015 1:30 PM

Buddy Lee Attractions promotes Meade

Buddy Lee Attractions has promoted veteran employee Mike Meade to vice president, musicrow.com reports.

Meade, who oversees the company’s speaker and guest appearances division, started with Buddy Lee Attractions as an intern in 1996.

Read more here.

Jul 7, 2015 2:52 PM

Report: Big Machine acquires Republic Nashville

Big Machine Label Group, led by Scott Borchetta and known for its being the label home to Taylor Swift, has acquired full ownership of Republic Nashville.

Billboard first reported the deal, financial terms of which have yet to be disclosed.

Republic Nashville’s current talent roster includes Florida Georgia Line, The Band Perry, Eli Young Band, Cassadee Pope and A Thousand Horses. Republic Nashville is led by President Jimmy Harnen.

The acquisition increases Big Machine’s market share, according to Ed Christman of Billboard.

“Big Machine’s total industry market share including track equivalent albums is 1.7 percent year to date while [the] Valory imprint provides an additional 0.27 percent and now the Republic Nashville label adds another 0.37 percent for a total market share of 2.34 percent,” he reported.

Republic Nashville was started in 2009 as the third imprint of Borchetta’s label group. It was created as a 50/50 partnership with New York’s Universal Republic President and CEO Monte Lipman.

Jul 6, 2015 1:11 PM

Show Dog names Waters as regional promotion director

Show Dog Nashville has tapped Chris Waters to serve as director of Southeast regional promotion, musicrow.com reports.

Waters most recently worked as Southeast regional manager at Warner Music Group and, prior to that, held radio promotion roles at Sony Music Entertainment and Cumulus Media.

Jul 6, 2015 10:20 AM