Industry Items: Signing, Hiring, Lifenotes

Pictured l to r: Due West’s Brad Hull, Catapult’s Scott Whitehead, DW's Tim Gates, DW's Matt Lopez, and Nancy Tunick of Catapult Management and GrassRoots Promotion.

Emerging group Due West has signed with Catapult Management, in a co-venture with GrassRoots Promotion, for artist management. The Black River Music Group band is currently working its debut single for the label, “The Bible and the Belt.”

Also at Black River, Emily Hungate has joined the team in the newly created position of Director of Business Operations. She will oversee financial operations, accounting, royalty and licensing administration, and mechanical licensing for film and television. She will report
directly to the Chief Operating Officer, Gordon Kerr. Hungate previously worked as the Manager for Finance and Business Affairs at Dualtone Music Group. She also coordinated special events for Festival Miami and holds a Masters of Music in Music Business and Entertainment Industries from the University of Miami.

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Condolences to Sony Music Nashville Promotion Vice President Skip Bishop and his family on yesterday’s (10/11) unexpected passing of his mother Grace Bishop. She was a resident of Alabama. No further information is available at this time. Services are pending, and we will share additional information as it becomes available.

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