CMA adds senior VP of business affairs

Industry veteran to oversee contracts, content, new media
Aug 6, 2015 12:40 PM

CMA, EC to partner again on Project Music

The Country Music Association and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center have announced they will partner for a second year on music business accelerator Project Music.

Earlier this year, the two entities hosted eight “promising” entrepreneurs for a 12-week music business program and Demo Day. Music-related startups that participate in the program have access to year-round support from the center from both the 2015 and upcoming 2016 cohorts.

According to a press release, music tech startups in social media, big data, content monetization, hardware, distribution and engagement can apply for the accelerator program beginning Sept. 1. Selected startups will receive $30,000 investment to start their businesses.

EC CEO and President Stuart McWhorter said he believes the partnership will create more opportunities for the center as it continues to grow.

“CMA has a strong leadership history in the music industry and we recognize the importance of the partnership to attract innovative entrepreneurs and industry experts to the program,” he said. “This is a unique partnership and we are excited to get to work.”

John Esposito, CMA Board President and President and CEO of Warner Music Nashville, added that the future of music could lie in the businesses that start in Project Music.

Jul 17, 2015 8:30 AM

EC names first Project Music cohort

Eight startups each getting $30,000
Jan 6, 2015 11:59 AM

CMA, iTunes to co-promote TV special

The Country Music Association and iTunes will partner to promote CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock, to be broadcast Aug. 5 on ABC-TV. Read more here at

Aug 1, 2014 1:45 PM

Ex-CMA veteran launches company

Former Country Music Association Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications Sheri Warnke has launched THINK! Media & Marketing, reports. The Nashville-based company’s client base includes YouTube multi-channel network Made In Network, Townsquare Media’s Mountain Jam and Taste of Country Music Festivals, longstanding sports annuals publisher Athlon Sports Communications and Country Living Fairs, the music industry website notes. The CMA promoted Warnke a bit more than two years ago (read here). Read more here about Warnke's new venture.


May 27, 2014 2:15 PM

CMA names chief executive officer

Veteran industry official joins from Great American Country
Nov 12, 2013 12:10 PM

CMA hires Fite, promotes three

The Country Music Association has named Tawni Fite senior director of strategic partnerships. Fite (pictured) previously worked at PepsiCo. In addition, the CMA has promoted three staffers. Lorie Hollabaugh and have the details here.

Aug 2, 2013 1:15 PM

CMA announces hirings, promotions

The Country Music Association has announced multiple personnel changes, including the promotion of Ken Sanderson to director of information technology and the hiring of Scott Frans as manager of digital media. 

Jessica Nicholson and have the story here.

Apr 5, 2013 12:22 PM

CMA to present summit at Disneyland Paris

The Country Music Association will present the International Country Music Marketing Summit March 1 at Disneyland Paris.

The summit includes panels, research presentations, and opportunities to network with country music industry representatives.

A highlight of the one-day event will be the CMA Songwriter Series at Billy Bob’s in Disneyland Paris (formerly Euro Disneyland) with Nashville’s artists and songwriters performing their hits and telling the stories behind each song. Wynonna, Sugarland’s Kristian Bush and hit songwriters Brett James and Dallas Davidson will attend the series, to be hosted by Songwriter Hall of Fame member Bob DiPiero.

“With immediate and convenient access to Country Music, the world market is fertile ground for our industry and artists,” Steve Moore, CMA chief executive officer, said in a release. “Country artists are selling out major venues; our CMA Songwriter Series is returning to the U.K. and Ireland in February; and new events like the 'C2C: Country to Country' Country Music festival at the O2 Arena in London in March are a strong indication of the burgeoning popularity of the music and the need for this type of educational platform across the world.”

Jan 15, 2013 6:45 AM

CMA promotes Maynard

The Country Music Association has promoted Melissa Maynard to manager of operations. Mayard previously served as operations and administration coordinator. Sarah Skates and have the story here.

Aug 15, 2012 8:33 AM