Music Row real estate agent Lura Bainbridge Brothers, who helped Garth Brooks, John Fogerty, Roseanne Cash and others buy homes over the years, died late last week at age 66. Brothers, the wife of Davidson County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Brothers, was born in Greeneville and raised in Cuba and Florida before graduating from the University School of Nashville. She launched her own business in 1985 having started her career at several recording ventures and spent six years at the Dobson & Johnson home brokerage firm.
A memorial service is scheduled for May 9 at 2 p.m. at Belmont Church on Music Square East. Visitation begins at 1 p.m.
In this week's Scene, Adam Gold takes a good look at the complicated and at-times-contentious relationship between Music Row's content creators and the online marketers of Google and its YouTube unit. The sold-out Google for Creators confab earlier this month provided another opportunity to further close what was once a chasm. The long-term goal for its main backer is to get some Google boots on the ground.
"Google proper will never put an office here," says FLO founder Mark Montgomery. "YouTube, however, would."
Montgomery refers in particular to YouTube's new Creators Spaces enterprise. In the video-sharing site's quest to become in essence a boundless cable TV package, it has started funding satellite Creators Spaces in cities like New York, Tokyo and L.A. "And we want the next one here," Montgomery says.
Brooklyn-based Shore Fire Media has established a Nashville office, expanded its digital media department and, as part of the changes, announced various staff promotions and additions, including bringing on former Sony Music Entertainment public relations VP Jacquelyn Marushka as general manager. Jessica Nicholson and MusicRow.com have the details here.
Today marks the beginning of a new job for Justin Cole as the director of country programming for Premiere Radio Networks, a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications. Cole, who has in the past worked at 103 WKDF, is returning to Nashville from Baltimore to lead the daily operations of Premiere's country shows as well as the CMA Awards broadcast and local promotions.
Music-industry-focused public relations firm The Green Room will move from Music Row to The Cannery building in SoBro on April 1.
The five-person company — the client roster for which includes, among others, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum and Tim McGraw — has operated since late 2007 from a space located at 1100 16th Ave. S. Its new address will be 521 Eighth Ave. S., Suite 101.
“I feel like we have outgrown our current space, and I also feel the need to have a more open floor plan and a more creative environment for my employees and clients,” said Mary Hilliard Harrington, The Green Room owner. “Being able to build out and design my own space in a historical building located in an evolving area of town is a huge plus.”
Harrington said she is working with Pierce & Ward on the buildout. Terms of the lease and moving costs will not be disclosed, she said.
The local fallout from the merger of Universal Music Group and EMI's recorded music group: MusicRow has a list of managers who have left the combined company and Billboard has more on the bigger picture, which includes several dozen layoffs in the group's distribution operation.