Our friends at the Scene have chosen as their 2014 Nashvillians of the Year the seven-member group that led the drive to stop the wrecking ball from taking down RCA Studio A. There were plenty of chances for things to go very wrong for the preservationists led by Aubrey Preston — including at a meeting just two hours before the deadline Bravo Development's Tim Reynolds had set.
"I suppose he knew he was in a strong position to negotiate," Preston recalls, "because I cared enough to show up that day, against the deadline he'd made. It was not a place you ever want to be in as a buyer, where you care more than the seller cares whether the deal works. So he was in a strong position to negotiate."
Every instinct in Preston's body told him to get up and walk away. Every experience told him he was crazy to pay a million and a half dollars more than someone had just paid months earlier. As Preston puts it, "Pretty much every instinct in you says this is unreasonable, I need to get up and leave, which is what I think the same feeling that a lot of other buyers that approached him got."
The Nashville Convention Center Authority announced today the appointment of music industry professional Randy Goodman as a member.
Goodman (pictured), a 30-year veteran of the industry, began his career in 1981 with RCA Records as a publicist. Over the next 16 years, he rose to EVP and GM of the RCA Label Group. Goodman left the RCA Label Group in 1997 for the Walt Disney Company and launched Lyric Street Records.
Currently Goodman is a manager with Maverick (formerly Spalding Entertainment) working with his former Lyric label act Rascal Flatts and new artist Seth Alley.
Goodman has co-chaired Nashville Mayor Karl Dean’s Music City Music Council for the past three years while serving as a consultant for various Nashville-based entertainment businesses. He is also a former CMA Board chairman and a current board member for the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Dean appointed Goodman, with the Metro Council last night having confirmed.
“We are very excited to have Randy join the Convention Center Authority,” Charles Starks, president and CEO of the Music City Center. “His commitment to the music industry and the city of Nashville is unparalleled, and we very much look forward to having him on board as we begin a busy 2015.”
United Record Pressing's venerable plant in Wedgewood-Houston is the largest producer of vinyl records in the country, but it simply can't take any more business right now. Officials put up a note on their site Monday saying they can't accept any new customers for a few months until their second plant in the 100 Oaks area comes online. Read more about the company's expansion in this story from our recent Makers magazine.
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Officials with The Basement Nashville — the diminutive and always humming live music venue located below Grimey's New & Preloved Music shop on Eighth Avenue South — have announced via Facebook they will open a new space in March in East Nashville. The Basement East will operate from a modernist building located at 1917 Woodland St. Of note, Basement Nashville co-owner Mike Grimes once operated his still-missed Slow Bar about two blocks east of the site (see here in an image courtesy of Google Maps). Read more here.
Singer Martina McBride has signed up to move from Big Machine Records' Republic Nashville label to the Nash Icon joint venture Big Machine has with Cumulus Media. Reba McEntire and Robbie Dunn have previously signed on with the label, which was formed this spring.
Nashville-based music industry veteran Tom Truitt recently launched MusicIndustryForum.com and is about to re-launch MusicRowSearch.com, a full-service executive search firm specializing in placements within the music industry.
Music Industry Forum began as a LinkedIn discussion group seven years ago. Since then, the group has evolved into an online community with more than 67,000 global members. The new website is designed to accommodate increased demand.
Post Managing Editor William Williams recently caught up with Truitt to get his take on the happenings.
What kind of demand is there for networking and job placement sites such as Music Industry Forum and MusicRowSearch?
While both of these entities are niche focused, the response we've witnessed indicates that they are both services the market is eager to engage.
What sets MusicRowSearch.com apart is our knowledge base. We know the music industry — where to find talent and opportunities. Pick an industry and there are typically well established “go-to” recruiters who dominate the space. During our initial market research, we discovered a void in the local recruiting landscape. There weren’t any firms focused on the music industry operating in Nashville. That assertion was further supported by the Association of Executive Search Consultants.
Regardless of competition, we do a lot more than simply plugging holes in a company’s management team. Our clients retain us to not only fill jobs, but to also provide strategic support for their business plans. For instance, in the course of filling a CEO slot for a special effects company, we were also able to engineer a separate transaction that allowed this client to “aqui-hire” a team of world-class lighting directors, which enabled the company to aggressively expand its arsenal of services.
By closing this deal, the client transformed itself into a much more comprehensive solution provider for their customers. We were pleased to provide this type of strategic help to our client that went way beyond the scope of our initial agreement.
With MusicIndustryForum.com, we are targeting music industry professionals of all levels, publishing timely information about the real issues driving the industry.
Specifically, we aggregate content from far-flung and often obscure sources making it available to our readers every day, giving them what they need to know.
We also provide our community with the forum to engage in online discussions, publish articles and collaborate with executives from all over the world.
You’ve placed CEOs and CFOs in positions across the country, but what about “everyday people” trying to break into the entertainment industry?
MusicRowSearch focuses on higher-level placements, but we are in the planning stages of a new offering that will allow us to help entry level or less experienced professionals find work. In short, we are creating a “jobs marketplace” that will cater to all aspects of the music business. As such, we will create more opportunities for more people throughout the entire music industry. This should launch in late January.
So explain your plans to launch a job/gig listing site for artists, musicians and industry professionals?
As mentioned, we are developing a platform to facilitate all sorts of employment opportunities for all levels of music professionals. We want to create a frictionless way for candidates and companies to interact with one another.
You’re currently organizing a Nashville meetup in January that will resemble the New York Tech Meetup that will include a panel of industry movers/shakers who address trends and current events. How will the format, panel and discussion benefit Nashville?
Think Shark Tank meets TED Talks meets speed dating. We’re providing a forum where innovative speakers — from thought-leading industry vets to disruptive startups on the hunt for investors — can come together to present their ideas, mingle with our audience and potentially establish working relationships that expand opportunities for all involved.
Our first meet-up, called “Who kNew…" will be Jan. 29. We’ll release additional details in the coming weeks. We’re particularly excited about our speaker lineup, which includes thoughtful industry leaders seldom heard on stage, let alone gathered at the same event. Our panelists include industry leaders like Bertis Downs (REM’s long-time lawyer), Jim Griffin (digital expert and copyright guru), Ken Gay (world-class lighting director) and Jeff Price (Audiam). The overall reaction we’re going for, from insiders and the public alike, is: “Wow! Who knew all this cool stuff is going on in the music biz here in Nashville?”
In what personnel area is Nashville’s entertainment industry lacking numbers and/or people with necessary experience?
I don’t think our market is lacking at all. In fact, we’ve got a huge wealth of talent and energy coming from several sources. Local schools such as Belmont and MTSU are cranking out young grads that are very talented and well trained. We’ve got people moving here from L.A. and New York every month who are bringing new and different skills and energy to the market. Add in the Entrepreneur Center’s new music tech accelerator and we are poised to really create game-changing solutions for the music industry. What an exciting time to be in this business in this amazing town.
MusicRowSearch assists folks in the digital marketing, multi-channel sales and business development sub-sectors of the entertainment industry. What are some challenges your clients face?
They are trying to figure out how to make money and live in a world where a majority of their customers are not accustomed to paying for access to music.
Gibson Brands is further expanding its lineup of instruments and other gear via the launch of Neat Microphones, which the Nashville-based company will roll out at upcoming trade shows. Says former musician and division President Skipper Wise, who previously ran Blue Microphones: "Our products are designed to sound better, look better, and be simpler to operate, while helping to pass the torch of musical creativity and excellence to the next generation. Even better, Gibson understands that just because we’re making ground-breaking, serious products doesn’t mean we can’t have fun creating a brand and culture."
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