Industry Ink Tuesday (8/9)

Photographer Alan Mayor sent this update showing the progress of rebuilding Jack Clement's Cowboy Arms studio following a recent fire.

Matt Gary has visited more than 100 radio stations during the last 24 months. Pictured here with (L-R): Tony Benken (VP Promotion), Lisa Hamilton (MD, KJUG), Matt Gary, and Adam Jeffries (PD, KJUG).

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Artist Matt Gary has signed with John Ettinger’s Ettinger Talent Associates (ETA) for management representation. Since releasing his debut single in 2009 via his own 17 Music Entertainment, Gary has secured sponsorship/endorsement relationships with PING Apparel, Boulder Creek Guitar and Copley, and had his music used in Microsoft ad campaigns. His current release is the single and 6-pack, “I’m Just Sayin.'”

Ettinger’s track record includes time as VP of Promotion at Mercury Records, and Lyric Street. He opened ETA in September of last year, managing Emerson Drive.

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Canadian songwriter Freddy Litwiniuk has signed with Dan Hodges Music , LLC. Hodges can be reached at (615) 401-7399 or

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Steve Wilkinson

Steve Wilkison has joined Watkins College of Art, Design & Film as associate professor in the graphic design department, where he has been an adjunct instructor since 2008. Wilkison has extensive experience building websites, and in creating album packaging for such artists as Emmylou Harris, and Lucinda Williams. He has helmed online projects for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Keith Urban, and Dolly Parton. Wilkison’s previous positions include president of Eminent Records in Nashville, and VP/GM of Koch Records New York.

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Tickets for the 5th Annual ACM Honors go on sale to the public Friday, Aug. 12 at 10:00 AM CT. Joe Nichols will host the show Monday, Sept. 19 at the Ryman Auditorium, awarding the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. ACM A-List members can purchase tickets starting Wednesday at 10:00 AM CT, details at Tickets are $37 at or by calling 800-745-3000.

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The ASCAP Foundation is seeking submissions for its 2011 Nashville Pop Songwriters Workshop. The workshop will be held once weekly for six consecutive weeks beginning Sept. 13. Interested writers should submit a CD containing two original songs with typed or neatly written lyrics, and a brief bio including address/phone number/e-mail.
Send complete submission package to:
Attention: Pop Songwriters Workshop
Two Music Square West
Nashville, TN 37203

Deadline is 5 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 2, 2011. Those accepted will be notified by Tues., Sept. 6. Materials submitted will not be returned. For more information, call the Nashville ASCAP office at (615) 742-5000.


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