Independent music label Razor & Tie Music Publishing is targeting a March opening for its new office in SoBro.
Specifically, the New York-based entity home to, among others, Joan Baez, Dave Barnes, Vanessa Carlton, Foreigner, Joe Jackson, P.O.D., Suzanne Vega and Dar Williams will move to a building located at 511 Eighth Ave. S., near the Music City Center Roundabout and Cannery Row. Currently, RTMP operates locally from space on Music Row at 24 Music Square E.
MTLC Building Group is handling the renovations and build-out of the space (see building here in an image courtesy of Google Maps). The building is located next to the structure home to The Film House.
RTMP‘s new Nashville location will be a “hub for artists, songwriters, and producers to collaborate in a creative environment,” according to a release.
The open-floor-plan space will include several recording studios, writer and listening rooms, and a rehearsal space, according to Razor & Tie co-owners Cliff Chenfeld and Craig Balsam.
Razor & Tie affiliate Shville LLC paid $1.34 million for the property in December 2014.
Razor & Tie also has a Los Angeles presence.
The U.S. Copyright Office recently published a wide-ranging report on the business of music licensing, calling for major changes to the system. Over at David Ross' Nekst site, John Barker of rights management company ClearBox sums up his takeaways and wraps it up with a call to action.
The report opens with a comment, “The Copyright Office believes that the time is ripe to question the existing paradigm for the licensing of musical works and sound recordings and consider meaningful change.” They also intimate that their proposals be “contemplated together, rather than individually…to create a fairer, more efficient, and more rational system for all.” They are asking for you and me to get on this bandwagon…now… and help create change.
Classical music label Naxos, which runs its U.S. operations out from Franklin, has signed a licensing deal with Pandora that will open up Naxos' full catalog to the streaming audio service's more than 80 million active listeners. Check out more info here.
Longstanding music venue 12th & Porter will host its last show on the last day of February, owner Keith Hayman said Friday afternoon, adding that he's selling the building that has welcomed artists ranging from Keith Urban to Ke$ha to Black Label Society. MusicRow.com has some more details, including that the building housing the club's acquirer has "intentions to enhance the North Gulch area."
Marathon Village-based TackleBox Films has added have added former William Morris Agency agent Carey Nelson Burch as an executive producer, musicrow.com reports. TackleBox has created music videos for Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum and Blake Shelton. Read more here.
Angela Borchetta White has launched full service record label Willing Nashville.
The label is a collaborative effort between Canadian-based Willing Entertainment and White’s White House Promotion & Marketing. The new entity is stylized as WILLING NASHVILLE.
White (pictured), the sister of White is the sister of Big Machine Label Group CEO and President Scott Borchetta, will serve as president and CEO, according to a release (read here). She will handle promotion and overall label operations.
Dayna Laverick will oversee marketing and artist development, with Jeffrey R.W. Rath to handle artist management and music publishing with the title of chairman and general counsel for the label.
CMT has promoted Margaret Comeaux, Lucia Folk and Anne Oakley to vice president roles from senior director positions.
The three women will continue to work from the Viacom Media Network-owned cable channel’s Nashville headquarters, according to Brian Philips, CMT president.
Comeaux will serve as vice president of music and events production and will oversee the creation, development and production of music and live event specials for the network.
Folk will serve as VP of public affairs and will lead corporate social responsibility and government affairs for the network.
Oakley will serve as VP of radio and ancillary business and will oversee CMT Radio and additional revenue-generating projects for the network.
Read more here.
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