Our colleague Peter Cronin has the details on a first-of-its-kind agreement that allows recording engineers to join the Nashville Musicians Association and make themselves eligible for a union pension.
Aug 30, 2010 9:55 AM
The Nashville Opera has hired Kira Florita for the newly created role of senior director for advancement, our friends at Music Row report:
The company has strategically focused on collaborating with a wide range of organizations and businesses to extend the reach of the art form, and Ms. Florita’s experience will assist in these endeavors. In addition, all of the company’s fund raising activities will be overseen by Ms. Florita when she assumes her duties at Nashville Opera on Friday, August 27. Florita most recently served as the Executive Director of Leadership Music and is an alumni of the Class of 2000. Prior to Leadership Music, Florita had been Director of Special Projects for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, served as one of the founding executives for the launch of Lost Highway Records (Universal Music Group), and directed the marketing for the 8-million selling O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack.
Aug 27, 2010 1:09 PM
John Ettinger, a longtime exec at Mercury Records and more recently part of the leadership team at Disney's Carolwood and Lyric Street labels, has started his own artist management firm. Ettinger Talent Associates has signed on a few clients and will consult on other gigs. SEE ALSO: Universal Music exec launching management firm
Aug 26, 2010 8:21 AM
Performing-rights organization BMI has appealed a recent ruling from a New York district court judge that it needs to slash the rate it charges background music marketer DMX.
The court noted in its decision that, except for DMX, nearly the entire CMS industry accepted the BMI form agreements. However, the court rejected these marketplace benchmark agreements and instead relied on a small number of direct licenses negotiated by DMX that set fees at a deeply discounted level. The court record contained substantial evidence that these direct licenses did not represent an appropriate BMI license fee.SEE ALSO: DMX wins rate court lawsuit against BMI
Aug 26, 2010 7:46 AM
Jason Owen will next week leave his post as senior vice president of artist development and marketing to open the doors to his own management firm, Sandbox Entertainment. Owen has signed on UMG artist Shania Twain to be his first clients and will maintain a consulting role with the label group.
Aug 25, 2010 2:31 PM
The Academy of Country Music has brought in house the Cornerstone Marketing team it has worked with for a decade. Teresa George and Amy Cannon will continue to work on the internal branding and promotional outreach for the ACM. In recent years, they've secured deals with Dr. Pepper, Cover Girl and Southwest Airlines, among others. SEE ALSO: The Country Music Association's similar move of a year ago
Aug 25, 2010 7:44 AM
The Country Network, the cable channel launched this spring and now headed up by former CMA chief Tammy Genovese, has hooked up with Sinclair Broadcast Group. The network will launch in October reaching 17 percent of U.S. households. SEE ALSO: Genovese leading new country music network
Aug 24, 2010 7:27 AM
MusicWeek is reporting that Kohlberg Kravis Roberts is preparing to pay about $50 million for Evergreen Copyrights, a five-year-old company backed by Lehman Brothers. The chatter comes 14 months after Evergreen's owners took over Integrated Copyright Group.
Aug 23, 2010 12:29 PM
Belmont University has started raising $7 million to renovate its main sanctuary of the Belmont Heights Baptist Church into a concert hall. Earl Swensson has helped come up with the design for the facility and the McAfee family, longtime supporters of the university, have made a gift to kickstart the fund-raising.
Dr. Cynthia Curtis, dean of Belmont’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, added, “The new Concert Hall, which houses a 55-rank Aeolian Skinner organ, provides an outstanding venue for performances of the University’s classical choral and instrumental ensembles, including the symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, Chorale and 200-voice Oratorio Chorus. The College of Visual and Performing Arts is tremendously grateful to the McAfee family for their generous gift which helps sustain the rich artistic history of the Belmont campus and active cultural life of Nashville.”
Aug 20, 2010 12:53 PM
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