Starts Here, touted as “Nashville’s community, city and industry sponsored initiative designed to help artists, songwriters, musicians, technicians and industry professionals simplify and streamline the craft and business of making music,” celebrated its launch on Tuesday (3/2) at the Red Rooster near Music Row.

Over 250 music industry folks gathered to celebrate the launch of the new site, which was founded by Doak Turner and Will Carter. The site offers up over 100 video clips featuring music industry professionals, from songwriters to artists to representatives from ASCAP, BMI and SESAC. Also featured are an image coach, a vocal coach, an entertainment attorney a banker and other professionals, all offering real-world advice to musically inclined hopefuls looking to Nashville as their creative launching point.

The Launch Party included many of the professionals that are on the site, including hit songwriters Byron Hill, Rory Bourke and Rand Bishop. Also on hand were Avenue Bank executives Ron Samuels, Cooper Samuels, Ron Cox, Lisa Meiers, as well as musicians Luis Espaillat and Justin Levinson, vocal coach Kim Wood Sandusky, image coach Suzzanne Skinner, entertainment attorney Philip Lyon and American Songwriter magazine’s Douglas Waterman. Sponsors donating prizes included French’s Boots, Rock & Load U, Hal Leonard Books and NSAI.

“This is a great illustration of what Nashville is,” said Ralph Schulz, President and CEO of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. “Nashville is an entrepreneurial city and entrepreneurship is about taking an idea and making it happen. is so important and necessary and is fulfilling a great need for this city. It is going to help so many people accelerate their success in this community and we will continue to encourage as we move forward.


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