CMA donates $3M to Monroe Carell expansion

The Country Music Association has donated $3 million to support the latest expansion of Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital.

The $100 million, four-story addition is expected to begin in early winter. The project will add an estimated 70 to 80 new beds when the two initial floors are opened.

“Building floors means helping more children and families — locally, regionally and around the world — and I can't imagine anyone with a heart not embracing what is going on at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt," Kix Brooks, who serves on both the boards of CMA and Monroe Carell, said in a release. "When you see the courage of a child, or the face of a parent, you know how important it is for our industry to support the ongoing growth of Children's Hospital and why it is life changing."

For more on the expansion, click here.

Oct 20, 2015 2:00 PM

CMA to take space in future Music Row building

CMA officials have announced the association will lease about 27,000 square feet in the under-construction 35 Music Square East building.

Panattoni Development Co. is undertaking the $31 million project in Music Row, with the building's tenant roster to also include SESAC.

Read more here.

Sep 9, 2015 7:00 AM

EC music biz accelerator lands more investment

A New York venture capital firm has committed to helping fund the eight startup teams that will next month start developing their plans in the Entrepreneur Center's inaugural Project Music accelerator program. (Applications are due next week.) Digital Entertainment Ventures' involvement will bump to $30,000 the funds each group will receive as part of their 14-week quest. The EC team also has secured a Project Music sponsorship from Google, which will provide "technical, industry and investment expertise." The EC's blog has more info here.

Dec 1, 2014 7:13 AM

YouTube announces partnership with CMA

At an event Tuesday at Pinewood Social, YouTube announced a new partnership with the CMA.

From a press release:

In case you missed it, YouTube’s Director of Music Content Partnerships, Vivien Lewit, announced YouTube is partnering with the CMA to reach more members of the Nashville community and offer new educational opportunities for CMA members that will help them accelerate their musical careers.
In the coming year, YouTube will host multi-day production workshops to share best practices on creating content and building a fan base on YouTube.  Participants can expect an opportunity to collaborate with musicians and other creators, get hands-on training with state of the art equipment and attend seminars on topics like audience development, programming and creative strategy. 

Details, as the NBJ noted, are still vague:

Details about the partnership haven't been released yet, but it marks the second time that the CMA has ventured into music tech in as many months. In September, CMA signed on as the lead industry partner for the Nashville Entrepreneur Center's new music-tech accelerator, "Project Music."

"It's a good example of this moment," said YouTube spokesman Matt McLernon, when asked about the origins of the partnership. "There are a lot of one-off conversations we are having with Nashville right now."

YouTube will also open a version of its YouTube Space concept in Nashville, according to the NBJ; these are studios designed to help people learn the ins and outs and benefits of YouTube.

Oct 30, 2014 12:10 PM

EC, CMA teaming up on music biz accelerator

Partnership plans to invest in up to eight startups
Sep 9, 2014 11:21 AM

CMA hires Disney veteran to lead marketing

SVP will start in January
Nov 15, 2013 1:41 PM

The Long and Winding Road: Preds head on longest trip in team history

The Predators kick off a seven-game 17-day road trip tonight with a game in Glendale, Ariz. against the Phoenix Coyotes.

The trip — a byproduct of the Country Music Association taking over Bridgestone Arena for their annual awards — is the longest in team history. It includes games on both coasts and in four time zones.

The Predators have taken an extended road trip for the CMA Awards every season since 2006 (except for last season, which did not begin until January because of the lockout) and have had a pretty good amount of success, despite the difficult circumstance of playing a bevy of road games relatively early in the season.

The Predators overall record for the CMA Trip is 18-12-1. The team has had a winning record on the trip three times, an even .500 twice and a losing record just once:

2006: 4-1-0
2007: 4-1-0
2008: 3-3-0
2009: 2-2-0
2010: 1-4-0
2011: 4-1-1

In the three times the Predators have "won" the road trip, the team has had a winning record over their next 10 games twice. The one exception was 2011, when the team went 4-4-2, .500 by virtue of the overtime/shootout loss point.

Winning the trip, obviously, improves the team's playoff chances — as do any wins. The web site SportsClubStats uses multiple simulations to calculate playoff probability percentages every day of the season. The Predators improved those chances with each winning road trip — again, obviously — and hurt them in the other three seasons.

The biggest jump came in 2007, when a 4-1-0 road trip helped turn around a slow 4-6-0 start and boosted the Preds' playoff percentage from 21.7 to 59.4 percent, and they followed the trip with a 5-3-2 run in the subsequent 10 games. The biggest dip? In 2010. After starting the season 5-1-3, the Predators went 1-4-0 on the trip, their percentage dropping more than 35 points. In the nine games after the trip, the Preds went a mediocre 3-4-2.

The other difference in 2007 and 2010. The Preds missed the playoffs in the first and made it in the second.

The moral: while the road trip may be an important chapter in the season, it's hardly the whole story.

Oct 31, 2013 5:24 AM

CMA promotes McGrady

The Country Music Association has promoted Sarah McGrady to senior manager of strategic partnerships. McGrady joined CMA in 2009 as senior coordinator of strategic partnerships before being named manager of strategic partnerships in 2011. Lorie Hollabaugh and have more here.

Aug 29, 2013 6:45 AM

Former GAC chief to lead CMA on interim basis

Committee for Moore replacement search to be named soon
Jul 8, 2013 1:04 PM

CMA rolls out new health insurance program

The Country Music Association last week rolled out an upgraded health care program for its members and their families. The new CMA Instrumental Healthcare is a partnership between the industry group, Cigna, Pancoast Benefits and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Enrollees will have access to a free prescription drug discount program at over 58,000 pharmacies nationwide as well as supplemental policies such as accidental, disability, dental and vision. They also will receive a 25 percent discount on their patient balance at VUMC up to a maximum of $2,000 per claim.

“Affordable and available health insurance is one of the most valued benefits for members of CMA,” said CMA CEO Steve Moore. “We strive to provide insurance options that meet our constituents’ needs and offer a whole new level of security — especially for members who are self-employed or otherwise not in a position to obtain coverage that fits their health requirements and budget. We feel confident that CMA Instrumental Healthcare accomplishes this important and necessary goal.”

Nov 5, 2012 11:50 AM