Music City Eats to return in September with tweaked name

The Music City Eats Festival launched last year by members of Kings of Leon and others has changed its name to Music City Food + Wine Festival — the backers say "our style has not changed" — and will again take place at Public Square Park. Dana Kopp Franklin has details over at Bites, including word that tickets will go on sale in four weeks.

Apr 17, 2014 8:46 AM

Royalty Exchange taps Harmon VP of music sales

Royalty Exchange has named Rusty Harmon vice president of music sales in Nashville. Harmon is the former manager of Hootie & The Blowfish. Raleigh, N.C.-based Royalty Exchange is an online marketplace for buying and selling royalties in music, patents, trademarks and film/television. Read more here at

Apr 16, 2014 10:30 AM

Warner Music Nashville adds VP

Former Atlantic Records exec to oversee company's legal, business affairs
Apr 16, 2014 9:51 AM

Words & Music adds Melnick as director of creative licensing

Copyright administration company Words & Music has hired Mary Kate Melnick as director of creative licensing. Read more here at

Apr 16, 2014 7:00 AM

'Rolling Stone Country' taps Hudak as senior editor

Fledgling publication Rolling Stone Country has named Joseph Hudak, a former managing editor at Country Weekly, its senior editor, according to Read the details here.

Apr 15, 2014 12:52 PM

Music/event-focused hackathon set around Bonnaroo

The organizers of the Bonnaroo festival also are again organizing Hackeroo, a local hackathon where participants will build apps, services and technology that serve live events, in conjunction with sponsor Emma. The hackathon will take place at Emma's Bistro on Rolling Mill Hill on May 10 and 11. The winner will receive VIP access to Bonnaroo, where the winning product will be marketed to the festival's audience of 80,000 and to the Southland technology and entrepreneurship conference being held in Nashville just prior.

Travis Laurendine, who started Hackeroo last year, will once again host and mentor developers throughout Hackeroo. Also participating in Hackeroo will be Sarah Lacy, founder and CEO of PandoDaily, which is co-producing Southland with Launch Tennessee.

"Last year, we were empowered by Bonnaroo to test the concept of a hackathon that takes the technology developed and integrates it into the festival," Laurendine said. "Now, with the backing of Southland in addition to Bonnaroo producers Superfly and AC Entertainment, we are going to scale this event into the premier yearly music hackathon in Music City USA."

Check out more info here.

Apr 15, 2014 11:37 AM

Why 'Nashville' will likely get third season

Executives at ABC will next month unveil their fall lineup of shows. At MusicRow, Jessica Nicholson has done a nice job summing up why fans shouldn't fret about Nashville being renewed for a third season. Among the positive signals are the application of the TV network's marketing muscle behind a broadcast special and the apparent success of a concert tour featuring songs from the show.

Apr 14, 2014 12:25 PM

Gibson Guitar's Massman Drive property sells, but company not going anywhere

Arizona company pays $15M for site, will lease back buildings
Apr 14, 2014 11:00 AM

Taylor Swift hires new publicist

A month after bidding adieu to her publicist of seven years, Taylor Swift is teaming up with a Warner Music Nashville executive for public relations. MusicRow reports that Tree Paine will leave Warner at the end of May to launch Premium PR, which will have Swift as its first client. Paine has more than two decades of experience and has been with Warner since 2007, when she joined after spending five years at the Academy of Country Music. She was promoted to her current post just last year.

The hiring of Paine comes after Swift and Paula Erickson, who began representing the singer after her first album began to climb the charts, parted ways last month amid talk that Swift wanted to bring PR in-house.

Apr 11, 2014 7:34 AM

SESAC promotes veteran employee to senior VP

Belmont grad to focus on royalty distribution, research services
Apr 10, 2014 10:56 AM