Nashville-based Black River Entertainment has paired with artist-producer Mark Miller and Casting Crowns lead singer Mark Hall to launch Christian music imprint M2T Records (Made To Thrive Records), MusicRow.com reports.
Sony’s Provident Distribution will distribute the new imprint.
Black Label is home, among others, Kelsea Ballerini and Kellie Pickler.
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David Clapper has joined Big Loud Mountain Records as Southeast Region director of promotion, according to musicrow.com.
Clay Hunnicutt, Seth England, Joey Moi, Craig Wiseman and Kevin “Chief” Zaruk founded BLMR. The label is home to Florida Georgia Line.
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Nashville-based entertainment company Thirty Tigers has acquired Unrest Music Group.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Music Row reports the company has named Unrest principal Gino Genaro as vice president of country music management.
"I've known and worked with Gino for twelve years and in that time, his smarts, drive and ethics have been an inspiration to me," said David Macias, Thirty Tigers president. "As Thirty Tigers makes our move into being a full-service provider in the commercial country business, I could not think of a person I'd trust more to take the reins off hat will become an important part of our business."
Veteran Music Row marketing executive Jeff Walker died suddenly Monday night at age 65. Walker was a native of Australia who moved to Nashville four decades ago and shortly afterward launched what is now AristoMedia Group, a holding company for various publicity, promotion and distribution services. Beyond that, he had been, among other things, a member of the board of Country Radio Broadcasters for 35 consecutive years.
MusicRow has more on his passing as well as a comment thread with more than 150 tributes.
The Nashville Symphony has promoted Vinay Parameswaran to associate conductor.
Previously assistant conductor, a post to which he was named in 2014, Parameswaran has signed a contract agreement that will keep him with the organization for at least the next three years, according to release. Financial terms are not being disclosed.
“Ever since he arrived here, Vinay has fulfilled his responsibilities with unique dedication and care, and his passion for music education in particular has been a huge addition to the Symphony’s education and community engagement efforts,” Giancarlo Guerrero, Nashville Symphony music director, said in the release. “This well-deserved promotion reflects what an enormous asset Vinay is to both the Nashville Symphony and the entire Middle Tennessee community, and we are thrilled to have him here for the immediate future.”
Parameswaran has conducted classical and pops performances with the orchestra, as well as all of the organization’s community concerts. Working closely with the Symphony’s education and community engagement team, he also conducts and develops the programming for the Pied Piper Children’s Series.
“It is an incredible honor to be a part of the Nashville Symphony, and I am excited for the next three years as we continue to advance the Symphony’s mission of artistic and educational excellence,” said Parameswaran.
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Parameswaran holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music and political science from Brown University. At Brown, he began his conducting studies with Paul Phillips and he received a diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Otto-Werner Mueller, distinguished conducting pedagogue, as the Albert M. Greenfield Fellow.
The entertainment law group of superregional firm Dickinson Wright, which is led out of Nashville by Derek Crownover, has recruited five attorneys in Las Vegas to grow its ranks in media, sports and entertainment to 20. The new additions include members who count Trisha Yearwood, the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Shaquille O'Neal among their clients.
“We are lucky to have this new group from Vegas,” Crownover said. “They have a deep knowledge of the trademark, branding, television and sports worlds. They expand our reach across the country, but more importantly, they help us provide top-tier service to our artist, acting and sports clients who enter these worlds as they grow their brands in new mediums.”
Read the full release on the hires here.
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