We know Nashville is hot — whether the industry is health care, real estate or music. It's also gaining stature in the TV world, it appears: Jack Black and Dwight Yoakam are reportedly teaming up to executive produce Belles & Whistles, a Fox comedy-with-some-music series set in Music City. Adam Gold with the Scene passes on the info here.
Cole Law Group has announced the addition of music industry attorney Wayne R. Halper as senior attorney and head of the firm’s Entertainment Law Practice Group.
Halper will maintain an office on Music Row and at the Brentwood office of CLG, musicrow.com reports.
According to the CLG website, Halper was the first in-house attorney at a major record label in Nashville. He eventually served as general manager for DreamWorks Records.
Cole Law Group also has offices in Minneapolis and in Tallahassee, Florida.
Read more here.
The Trevecca Nazarene University Department of Music has announced the formation of a board to advise TNU faculty regarding a proposed songwriting certificate program.
“Students will learn the practical skills they need as songwriters,” David Diehl, chair of Trevecca's department of music, said in a release. “In addition, they’ll also have the experiences they need to connect to the industry.”
From the release:
The songwriting advisory board members include:
Dave Clark, the creative director for Lillenas Music Publishing, producer of two Grammy®-nominated projects, and a well-known songwriter.
Benji Cowart, worship leader for more than 15 years, serving alongside his wife, Jenna. Their songwriting credits include songs for Big Daddy Weave and Ben Catelone.
David Diehl, director of Trevecca’s music business program and a member of the faculty at Trevecca’s Skinner School of Business and Technology. He also serves as senior vice president of Provident Music Group and has worked with artists such as Casting Crowns, Third Day and Michael W. Smith during his 20 years in the industry.
Bart Herbison, the executive director of the National Songwriters Association. He previously worked as a journalist and was instrumental in the passage of the Songwriters Capital Gains Tax Equity Act, which helped songwriters get royalties when their music was purchased through subscription services.
Dann Huff, formerly of the Christian rock band Whiteheart, the rock band Giant, and has played guitar in sessions with the likes of Michael Jackson, Taylor Swift, and Celine Dion. He has also worked as a producer for Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, and Brantley Gilbert, among others. He is a two-time CMA Musician of the Year.
Pamela Lewis, founder and president of PLA Media, a marketing and PR firm. She was a member of the team that launched MTV and has worked with clients ranging from Dolly Parton and the Judds to Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks.
Mike Meade, vice president of Buddy Lee Attractions, where he leads the agency’s speaker and guest appearance division. He has also worked with TLE, Tracy Lawrence’s management company, and at his own company, The Meade Group.
Ralph Murphy, artist, author, and songwriter. He has written hit songs for Crystal Gayle, Don Williams, Ronnie Milsap, and Randy Travis. He works with ASCAP to facilitate workshops for songwriters as well as protect songwriters’ rights. He is the author of Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting.
Devon O’Day, radio broadcaster known for her work with Gerry House and the House Foundation. A voice professional, she has been the voice of Hilton Hotels, KFC, and was the announcer for the Dove Awards for nine years. She is also a songwriter, with songs recorded by George Strait, Trace Adkins, Lee Ann Womack, and others. She owns Hippie Chick Twang Media, has written six books, and narrated more than 20 audio books for Harper Collins.Diehl and Kim McClean (Trevecca alumna and songwriter) will serve as moderators for the advisory board. McClean also teaches songwriting at Trevecca.
“Students will learn the practical skills they need as songwriters,” said Diehl. “In addition, they’ll also have the experiences they need to connect to the industry.”
Former Warner Music Nashville Senior Vice President Jeremy Holley and Creative Artists Agency agent Laura Hutfless have teamed up to launch FlyteVu, a marketing agency that looks to combine strategy, creative services, partnerships, music licensing and event activation to link artists with big brands. Between the two of them, Holley and Hutfless have worked with blue-chip names such as Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, Kraft, Pepsi and Samsung, among others. MusicRow has more info here.
Veteran music writer Craig Shelburne has been hired by MusicRow to be the publication's first-ever general manager. Shelburne spent more than a dozen years at CMT, which he left early this year before taking a contract job at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Veteran music journalist Brian Mansfield will depart USA Today after an 18-year run as the paper’s Nashville correspondent and join locally based Shore Fire Media in the newly created senior post of content director.
According to the Shore Fire Media Twitter page, Mansfield will begin his duties Oct. 13.
Shore Fire founder Marilyn Laverty said on the Twitter page that Mansfield will be in charge of creating and unifying the company’s written materials and will create a stream of text, images and music.
“He’s also going to be contributing media strategies for campaigns,” Laverty tweeted. “And as someone who I think is so widely respected and so knowledgeable in the music business, he’ll be a great ambassador for us as well. We’ve invested a lot of effort in our staff writing this year, and feel that providing a stream of text and images is really the future for us.
Mansfield once served as entertainment editor (from September 1988 to July 1991) of Post sister publication Nashville Scene.
Shore Fire Media represents more than 50 acts, including Zac Brown Band, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello and Lana Del Rey.
The Music Business Association (Music Biz) has added to its board of directors Nashville-based Kelly Rich, senior vice president of sales, marketing and interactive at Big Machine Label Group, musicrow.com reports.
Rich joins the Music Biz board with Bob Garbarini and Michael Healy.
Garbarini serves as senior vice president of national sales at Sony Music Entertainment, while Healy is executive vice president and general manager of Entertainment One US.
The Music Biz board now has 18 members.
Read more here.
Live music venue and bar The Country will open today within the West End corridor.
To be located at 110 28th Ave. N. adjacent to Jed’s Sports Bar & Grille, The Country will offer 24 taps, “moody interiors and a state-of-the-art sound system,” according to a release.
John Leonard, owner of Jed's (and the former Acorn Restaurant) will serve as owner of the new business.
The Country will operate from a 3,000- square-foot space and offer a 1,200- square-foot front patio. Redmont Enterprises designed and built the space, which features a 30-foot custom steel and granite bar, a reclaimed wood back bar, and industrial, steampunk style lighting throughout, “creating a rustic yet inviting atmosphere,” the release noted.
Local and regional beers and spirits will be a focus with a small kitchen to create shared plates and snacks.
“Music has been a huge part of my life and is a pillar of this city,” Leonard said in the release. “My mother taught me piano when I was a child and I still play to this day. To open a music venue in Nashville has always been a dream of mine. I’m incredibly excited to have the opportunity to add The Country to our city, and specifically to the West End neighborhood where we've had such great success with our first bar, Jed’s Sports Bar & Grille.”
The Country will open its doors tonight at 5 p.m.
The venue’s hours of operation are Mondays through Fridays, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Read more here.
Los Angeles-based social media monetization service AdShare has named Jim Selby as president and has announced he will be based at the company’s recently opened Music Row office.
AdShare, which focuses on music, film and sports rights-holders, operates locally at 1102 17th Ave. S.
Selby once served as senior vice president at Nashville-based independent music publisher ole. For years, he was CEO of Franklin-based Naxos of America, which bills itself as the world's largest classical music label and distributor.
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