HitShop Records has restructured its promotional and marketing departments to focus on streaming, satellite and syndication platforms as it prepares for its 2015 release schedule, musicrow.com reports. As part of the restructuring, various HitShop Records employees have left the company. Read more here.
Two-year-old recording, publishing and management company RPM Entertainment has laid off its three-member radio promotion team. President Scott Siman, who signed The Dixie Chicks to Sony, said he made the decision because “the playing field was not conducive to us breaking through as an independent label at mainstream country radio.”
City Winery Nashville — the cosmopolitan night spot that is expected to help spur growth within SoBro — will open Oct. 1.
A combination restaurant, music venue and fully functioning winery, City Winery will be located at 609 LaFayette St. and will be the fourth City Winery location, joining those in New York, Chicago and Napa Valley, California.
The facility will be housed in a 30,000-square-foot warehouse space that is being dramatically overhauled (read more here). City Winery Nashville will feature a 300-seat concert hall, restaurant and private dining operation. A head chef has not been announced yet, but the menu will feature more than 400 wines and house-made City Winery selections on tap, according to a release.
“We’ve been eyeing Nashville for a long time and we’re thrilled to finally become a part of its flourishing cultural and culinary scene,” Michael Dorf, City Winery founder and CEO, said in the relase. “The heart of City Winery is its music and what better place than Music City to showcase all types of music in a unique, upscale setting with fine wine and food. We can’t wait to open our doors and provide our guests with a one-of-a-kind concert and dining experience.”
City Winery has a series of soft opening events planned leading up to October’s grand opening. It has partnered with the Americana Music Association to host an awards show after party and has booked a full calendar of shows during the Americana Music Festival. It will also serve as the after-party location for the second annual Music City Food + Wine Festival.
Michael Powers, the former president of Bigger Picture Group, has teamed up with former colleague Matt Corbin to form Star Farm Nashville to handle various artist project management services. The duo are promising artist signings and staff additions will come soon. Bigger Picture closed its doors earlier this year.
Black River Entertainment has hired Dave Pacula as creative director of BRE Publishing, musicrow.com reports. Pacula is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and holds an audio technology diploma from SAE Institute of Technology. Read more here.
Nissan today announced it will serve as the exclusive automotive partner of the Americana Music Association for 2014 and 2015. The two-year partnership, which Nissan terms an extension of its Nashville Proud initiative, boosts the company's efforts to support Nashville organizations that maintain a "local, national and international presence" and allow Nissan to be the "Official Vehicle of Americana."
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed in a release.
"Nissan and Americana have a history of making big impacts in their respective communities, music and the automotive industry, in innovative and unique ways," said Erich Marx, director, Interactive Marketing and Social Media, Nissan North America, Inc. "With the announcement of the two-year partnership, Americana and Nissan will work together to create a more involved experience for Americana consumers and artists."
"The Americana Music Association is committed to authenticity, integrity and artistic qualities," said Americana Music Association Executive Director Jed Hilly. "Nissan echoes similar sentiments and is committed to having a positive effect on Nashville and beyond. We are thrilled to enter in to this partnership and cannot wait to see the sound waves and miles of impact we'll make together."
Through its partnership, Nissan will feature the 2014 Rogue and LEAF models at Americana's signature events, including Americana Cross County Lines and the Americana Music Festival and Conference. Additionally, Nissan will create an engaging experience for car and Americana music fans alike. The partnership was developed through Americana's sponsorship agency, MMA Creative.
Matchbox Twenty guitarist Kyle Cook has joined forces with longtime collaborator Mike Fiorentino and web developer Ben Shaw to create Berry Hill-based label Tennessee Recording Co., musicrow.com reports. Angela Everett, who formererly worked with the Country Music Association and Haber Corp., is the new company’s director of operations. Read more here.