CMA picks first ad agency

The Country Music Association has contracted with global advertising agency MS&L to boost its marketing and communications presence. To do so, former Playboy Enterprises regional manager Sheri Warnke will set up shop at the CMA's Music Row digs.
The agency's first projects include the CMA Awards in November and the CMA Music Festival in 2010, and Warnke is currently planning a marketing summit to be held in conjunction with the awards.
Sep 17, 2009 6:58 AM
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A town choir for the new age

Inside the Christian music magazine's digital migration and the bridging of a long-standing divide [From our print edition featured in Monday's City Paper]
Sep 13, 2009 12:54 PM

On Music Row: Special-edition Swift CD set for October release

Also: ASCAP creates Nashville leadership post and local firm hooks up with meteorologists. {From our print edition in Monday's City Paper]
Sep 13, 2009 12:03 PM

Ellen's ethical dilemma

So now that everyone on the planet has caught up to our story from yesterday on record labels suing the Ellen DeGeneres Show for violating copyrights, TheImproper.com in New York eloquently raises the point that the TV show host might have a hard time showing up for the American Idol judging she agreed to this week.
In this day of decline record sales and diminishing revenues, there is perhaps no bigger sin in the record industry, and the cavalier way in which the show dismissed the claims almost demands that she be fired from "American Idol."
Sep 11, 2009 1:49 PM

Coalition of willing record labels sues Ellen over music

Major suit filed in Nashville says TV host's people 'did not roll that way' when it came to licensing tunes -- Updated with comment from Warner Bros.
Sep 10, 2009 2:45 PM

New GM for ASCAP Nashville

Music Row passes on word that Marc Driskill has rejoined ASCAP to be its Nashville general manager, a new position at the performing-rights organization. Driskill had spent almost eight years at ASCAP before serving as COO of two of Music Row impresario Craig Wiseman's companies.
Sep 10, 2009 7:35 AM

Christian media company adds former Thomas Nelson exec

Worthy Media, the multimedia Christian content business launched earlier this year, has hired Rob Birkhead as vice president of creative. Birkhead is a former senior VP of marketing at Thomas Nelson and a senior exec at Integrity Publishers, also a former stop of Worthy colleagues Byron Williamson and David Howell.
Sep 9, 2009 6:38 AM

Trying a new tune

Damn the recession: A piano craftsman dives into the retail business [From our print edition featured in today's City Paper]
Sep 7, 2009 11:27 PM

On Music Row: Cracker Barrel serves up 'Chicken Fried' hitmaker

Also: Gospel association chief steps down and Dave Ramsey to keynote industry event [From our print edition featured in today's City Paper]
Sep 7, 2009 11:20 PM

GMA boss out

Music Row reports that John Styll has left his post as president and CEO of the Gospel Music Association after six years.
Sep 2, 2009 3:43 PM