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.
Former Country Music Association Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications Sheri Warnke has launched THINK! Media & Marketing, musicrow.com 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.
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 MusicRow.com have the story here.
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.”
MusicRow has an interesting piece on a recent Country Music Association telecommunications study.
In short, county music fans are hip to technology and social media. CMA conducted the study to get a stronger understanding of the country music consumer.
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