Music industry marketing and promotion veteran Tom Moran — who has worked with artists such as Aerosmith, Whitney Houston and Guns N’ Roses — has been named vice president of promotion for I.R.S. Nashville Records, company President John Grady has announced, according to musicrow.com.
Most recently, Moran served as senior vice president of promotion and marketing for Nine North Records. His career has included work at multiple entities, including Show Dog Records, Epic Records, Columbia Nashville, Warner Bros. Nashville, Equity Records, Polydor Nashville, Arista and Geffen Records.
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Country artist Carrie Underwood is partnering with Dick's Sporting Goods to launch a lifestyle fitness brand early next year. The first Calia products will hit the market in March.
A New York venture capital firm has committed to helping fund the eight startup teams that will next month start developing their plans in the Entrepreneur Center's inaugural Project Music accelerator program. (Applications are due next week.) Digital Entertainment Ventures' involvement will bump to $30,000 the funds each group will receive as part of their 14-week quest. The EC team also has secured a Project Music sponsorship from Google, which will provide "technical, industry and investment expertise." The EC's blog has more info here.
Global insurance broker Hub International has picked Nashville to be one of five cities to house outposts of its new entertainment industry group, which caters to touring, venue and film production clients, among others. Hub International earlier this year moved into the Nashville market when it bought Los Angeles-based GNW-Evergreen. MusicRow.com has more details.
Suzanne Gordon has told her bosses at Great American Country that she will step down from her vice president of programming post at the end of the year. Gordon joined GAC in 2006 and was promoted in the fall of 2010. MusicRow.com has more details.
Ryman Hospitality Properties has landed a permit for continued work on its $14 million Ryman Auditorium addition now underway, according to a Metro Codes Department document.
RC Mathews Contractor is doing the work, for which no value is listed for the permit on the Metro document.
Nashville-based Hastings Architecture Associates is handling design work.
Read more about the project here.
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