Robbins Closes Nashville Offices; Stark Departs

Phyllis Stark

Phyllis Stark

[updated 4/13/2009]

Robbins Entertainment president Cory Robbins has issued the following statement clarifying information released last Thursday:
“Robbins Nashville is not closing. It is correct that we are closing our Nashville office, but we are continuing in the country format with the same commitment.”We will be partnering with an outside promotion firm to work our records.

“Details about our next release, Ward Davis’ ‘Don’t Open That Door,’ will be announced in the coming weeks.”

Robbins Nashville will close its Music City office at the end of April and VP A&R Phyllis Stark will exit her position. About one month ago the label’s decision  to outsource its promotion department resulted in the departure  (3/11) of promo executives VP Tony Benken  and Dir. National Promotion Joe Redmond. Label President Cory Robbins was in Nashville during CRS, (3/5) meeting with independent promotion companies and announced the label had signed artist Ward Davis. The New York-based label intends to release another country single during this quarter.

Stark will continue to work with Robbins Nashville as a part time consultant, but is searching for her next career opportunity and freelance writing work. ([email protected]). She joined the label in April 2007 and previously serving as Billboard Nashville Bureau Chief.robbins

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