Copyright administration company Words & Music has hired Mary Kate Melnick as director of creative licensing. Read more here at musicrow.com.
Fledgling publication Rolling Stone Country has named Joseph Hudak, a former managing editor at Country Weekly, its senior editor, according to MusicRow.com. Read the details here.
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."
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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.
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.
Accountant and music business manager Gary Haber passed away in Los Angeles late Monday from cancer at age 68. Sarah Skates at MusicRow.com has a look back at the career of a man who managed Carrie Underwood and Peter Frampton, among others, while doing business in Nashville since 1990. Over at The Hollywood Reporter, local songwriter and critic Holly Gleason also has an homage.
Carrie Underwood, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lyle Lovett, Peter Frampton and Joe Cocker were among the celebrities who trusted the New York-born CPA with their money – and often their lives. When an artist would find themselves in difficult straits due to over-spending, the ravages of the life or the wages of an industry not always stacked to the artist’s best interests, Haber would find ways to make ends meet until the equilibrium could be sorted.