Third Man opens in Motor City

Third Man Records has opened a retail store in Detroit.

Recording artist Jack White, who owns the SoBro-based original TMR (which combines a retail shop, recording studio and live music venue) is a native of the Motor Center.

Of note, the Detroit shop will soon offer Third Man Pressing, the label's own vinyl manufacturing facility.

TMR hopes to have eight presses, purchased from German company Newbuilt, online by mid-2016.

Our colleague Stephen Trageser has more here at Post sister publication Nashville Scene.

Nov 30, 2015 2:20 PM

Symphony execs: Sales on track for double-digit gain

FY15 operating loss shrinks to about $700K
Nov 12, 2015 2:13 PM

Collins named SESAC vice chairman

Music industry veteran Pat Collins has been named vice chairman of SESAC effective April 1, 2016, reports.

Collins, president and CEO of SESAC Performing Rights, will also serve as a senior advisor in his new role.

Read more here.

Nov 12, 2015 7:15 AM

Live Nation to run Woods Amphitheater

Live Nation will oversee booking and operations for Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater, according to multiple local media reports.

Previously, AEG Live handled the duties for the 4,500-seat facility, which is located on Whites Creek Pike in North Davidson County at the Fontanel site.

Beverly Hills, California-based Live Nation, which has a Nashville presence, also operates downtown's Ascend Amphitheater.

Nov 10, 2015 2:37 PM

Warner/Chappell Production Music adds VP

Ex-APM Music official will oversee business development
Oct 20, 2015 11:29 AM

Faith Hill, Kellie Pickler on board with planned Nashville-based talk show

Singers Faith Hill and Kellie Pickler have signed on to play key roles in a new daytime talk show focused on cooking, gardening, entertaining and other lifestyle topics. Hill will be an executive producer on the show, which will be filmed in Nashville in "a modern farmhouse-style home," while Pickler is the first person to be named a host. More details, including a name, will come our way later this fall.

Lisa Erspamer added, “Faith is the embodiment of talent, beauty, family values and southern charm.  She is an incredibly savvy businesswoman and viewers will see firsthand what everyone she has worked with already knows…they will see a woman with extraordinary taste, skills and instinct behind the camera.  We’ve wanted to make this show for several years and are thrilled that everything has finally fallen into place.”

Oct 15, 2015 11:25 AM

Florida-based music services company eyes area presence

Boca Raton, Florida-based Ovation Music & Studios Inc. has announced it will open a space in Gallatin.

The company — which offers individual and group lessons, rehearsal studios, professional recording studios and live performances with its Rock Shop and Jazz Jam ensembles — said in a release it has signed a lease in a building that is slated to undergo updates to house the facility.

Neither financial terms of the lease nor the building's address were not disclosed in the release.

Ovation has hired touring blues musician  and vintage instrument collector/trader Elijah Ellis to manage the location.  The company initially plans to build location territories focused on the South Florida and Nashville markets.

"This is the first step in establishing the Ovation footprint in the Nashville market,” Keith De Tone, Ovation CEO and chairman, said in the release. “We cannot be more excited about Ovation being part of the Nashville music scene and a music educator in this market."

De Tone said Ovation has a “personal and educational relationship” with Berry Hill-based The Blackbird Academy Professional School of Audio, a factor in the company wanting a Nashville-area presence.

Oct 13, 2015 12:00 PM

Fox said to plan comedy series set in Nashville

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.


Oct 9, 2015 7:09 AM

Cole Law adds music industry legal veteran Halper

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, 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.

Oct 6, 2015 2:44 PM

Trevecca creates board for proposed songwriting certificate program

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.”

Oct 6, 2015 1:15 PM