“WSJ” Highlights Compass Records; NaFF Entries; Etc.

bluegrassGrammy award winning banjoist Alison Brown, two-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year  Dale Ann Bradley, and seven-time IBMA Bass Player of the Year Missy Raines are featured in The Wall Street Journal in an article written by Barry Mazor entitled “The Sisterhood of Bluegrass.” The article focuses on the tradition of women in bluegrass and how Brown, Bradley and Raines have each forged unique career paths in a traditionally male dominated musical genre. All three have released albums on Compass Records this year, and each new release is highlighted in the article, as is the 15th anniversary of Compass Records, which was co-founded by Brown in 1994.

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The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF), an Academy Award qualifier for short films and a showcase on the festival circuit for renowned World and U.S. premieres, is currently accepting entries for the 2010 edition of the Festival, scheduled for April 16-23, 2010 at the Regal Green Hills Cinemas. NaFF, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2009 with record attendance, gives filmmakers the opportunity to compete in close to a dozen categories. Early bird deadline is July 15, 2009 and regular deadline is October 15, 2009. For a complete list of deadlines and fees and an entry form, please visit nashvillefilmfestival.org.

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This Wednesday (7/15) Live Nation is expanding its “No Service Fee Wednesday,” promotion to include select $49.99 All-In reserved seats for hundreds of concerts across the country. These All-In prices include a ticket, parking, all fees, a hot dog and a soda. The company is also offering the All-In $29.99 lawn ticket. The special offer, which is good at Live Nation ticketed amphitheaters, runs for 24 hours beginning on Wednesday, July 15 only at LiveNation.com. Among the Country concerts included in the bargain are Brad Paisley with Dierks Bentley, George Strait with Blake Shelton and Julianne Hough, Kid Rock & Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rascal Flatts with Darius Rucker, and Toby Keith with Trace Adkins.

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EMI owners Terra Firma is pushing Citigroup for a 250-300 million pound injection into the struggling record company, the Sunday Times reports.

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Sony Music Nashville is seeking a Manager for Web Business Development…interested parties can check out the Careers section of sonymusic.com or make a beeline for the posting here.

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