Bigger Picture alums regroup with Star Farm Nashville

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.

Jul 23, 2014 9:53 AM

BRE adds Pacula as creative director

Black River Entertainment has hired Dave Pacula as creative director of BRE Publishing, reports. Pacula is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and holds an audio technology diploma from SAE Institute of Technology. Read more here.

Jul 18, 2014 12:05 PM

Nissan to partner with Americana Music Association

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.

Jul 17, 2014 2:30 PM

Matchbox Twenty guitarist helps form local label

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., 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.

Jul 17, 2014 9:15 AM

SAE Institute Nashville taps Harrington program chair

Dr. E. Michael Harrington has been named SAE Institute Nashville’s music business program faculty chairperson.

Harrington will oversee the school’s associate-degree-level and diploma-level curriculum.

“We’re thrilled that ‘Dr. E’, as he’s referred to by our students, has joined our team,” SAE Nashville Campus Director Lynn Dorton said in a release. “His understanding of the complex landscape of today's fast-paced entertainment business, combined with his passionate approach in the classroom, helps students to form a strategic approach to real-world music business challenges, situations, and opportunities. This training will provide our Music Business Program students with a powerful competitive advantage when they enter the job market.”

Harrington has taught music business and entertainment law courses/sessions a various schools, including Berklee College of Music, Belmont University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of Miami, the University of Pittsburgh, Ohio State University and William Paterson University.

Similarly, Harrington has been interviewed by The New York Times, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Huffington Post, Forbes, Fortune, Reuters, Rolling Stone Magazine, the Today Show, People Magazine, ABC News Radio, Billboard Magazine and Fox News Radio

“In 2014, it’s no longer an option for a musician or creative professional to be isolated from the worlds of technology, communication, business and law,” Harrington said in the release. “I was attracted to the faculty chairperson position at SAE because I’m able to show students the many ways that these areas converge, and how they can provide economic value to prospective employers by understanding how to navigate them successfully and profitably.”

Jul 16, 2014 2:09 PM

Ryman owners open Opry Mills concept store

Southern lifestyle boutique selling apparel, branded items
Jul 15, 2014 2:49 PM

Country Radio Seminar taps Sanders brand marketing director

The Country Radio Seminar has appointed Brooke Sanders as director of brand marketing and strategic partnerships, effective July 21. Read more here at

Jul 14, 2014 1:30 PM

Allen Fey to oversee Leadership Music program

Strategy and Leadership LLC CEO Liz Allen Fey will facilitate the annual program for Leadership Music, reports. Allen Fey is the seventh facilitator in the organization’s 25-year history and the first woman to serve in that capacity, according to Read more here.

Jul 11, 2014 10:56 AM

YEP names leadership council members

The Nashville-based Young Entertainment Professionals network has announced its YEP Leadership Council, reports.

The council consists of the following: Emilija Clark (Made In Network), Kristen Kee (Sony Music Nashville), Caroline Melby (Sea Gayle Music), Katie Roth (Crush Music/I.R.S. Records Nashville), Shannon Saunders (WME), Josh Saxe (BMG Chrysalis), Alina Thompson (CMT), Anna Weisband (THiS Music), Laura Williams (Regions Bank) and Jamie Younger (Warner Music Nashville).

Read more here.

Jul 10, 2014 12:30 PM

Warner/Chappell taps Beuschel as A&R director

Warner/Chappell Music, the global publishing arm of Warner Music Group Corp., has appointed Ryan Beuschel to artist and repertoire director.

Beuschel (pictured) will provide A&R resources and creative support across the publisher’s roster and catalog, and assist in the discovery of new talent and development of existing songwriters.

Beuschel comes to Warner/Chappell from ASCAP, where he spent the last four years as associate director of membership for the licensing entity’s Nashville branch. He will report to Ben Vaughn, Warner/Chappell Nashville executive vice president.

“Ryan understands how to work with talent, as demonstrated through his years helping grow the careers of songwriters at ASCAP and artists at Universal, and we look forward to the excellent service he’s capable of providing to our writers," Vaughn said in a release.

During his time at ASCAP, Beuschel co-founded the ASCAP GPS Project, which helps Nashville’s unsigned writers navigate the city’s publishing community.

Prior to working at ASCAP, Beuschel served as A&R manager at Universal Music Group.

Beuschel holds a degree in management and finance from Hope College.

Jul 9, 2014 9:40 AM