ASCAP Names LeAnn Phelan Sr. Creative Dir.

LeAnn Phelan, a music industry veteran with a background in writer relations and A&R, has been tapped as Senior Creative Director for ASCAP’s Nashville office. She will report to Tim DuBois, who recently took the top local post, working as VP and Managing Executive of Operations.

ASCAP has been restructuring its Nashville branch, re-focusing it as a Regional Office serving all genres of music.

“LeAnn has established a reputation as one of the most assertive, successful advocates for writers and artists in the business today,” DuBois said. “ASCAP is delighted to bring on board her insight, talent and passion, as we broaden our service area and simultaneously deepen our relationships with the writers and publishers we serve.”

Phelan previously worked with 19 Entertainment as a Writer Producer/Manager, where she managed multi-genre songwriters. While at 19 Entertainment, she also worked on the audition team for American Idol, Seasons 6-9. Prior to joining 19 Entertainment, Phelan was Senior Director of A&R at Sony Nashville. She previously helped open Windswept Nashville in 1996, and later served as VP and partner at Windswept’s Combustion Music venture. She began her career as a background vocalist/musician on tour with Steve Winwood from 1988-1989. Phelan has a B.B.A. from Belmont University with an emphasis in music business.

“I am thrilled to step into this creative position with ASCAP, as we make Nashville a comprehensive creative hub for writers and publishers from Nashville and beyond,” Phelan said. “There are unlimited possibilities for our members to expand their relationships across genres and across the country and I look forward to facilitating opportunities for talented songwriters and artists.”

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