Industry Ink Monday (3/5)

Mitch Schneider, President of MSO PR, was the guest speaker at SOURCE’s monthly members luncheon at ASCAP on Feb. 22. (L-R): Lainie Allbee (SOURCE President/Martin-Allbee & Associates), Mitch Schneider, Lyndie Wenner (MSO PR - Nashville Director), Nicole Hardy (Neste Event Marketing VP Sales). Photo: Denise Fussell

Linda Edell Howard, founding partner of Adams and Reese’s Music Row office, is the recipient of the firm’s 2011 HUGS “Volunteer of the Year” Award. Her fundraising and community service endeavors include the Rollin’ Round Robin Classic Wheelchair Basketball tournament at the Webb School in Bell Buckle, and reinstating the Bill Hall Scholarship at Belmont University. She frequently donates her time as a guest lecturer and supports friends and colleagues in times of need. She works with the AFTRA Special Manager and Attorney Committee to create and maintain fairness in recording contracts. Along with music biz husband Doug Howard, she is an active fundraiser for the Tennessee Shakespeare Festival.

Will Byrd has left Fifth Third Bank to pursue other projects. He can be reached at (615) 479-5550 or [email protected]

Todd Fritsch has signed with so much MOORE media for media representation. His first country single in three years, “Calls I Haven’t Made” was produced by Butch Baker and will be released this month. Reach Martha Moore at (615) 746-3994 or [email protected] Her other clients include The Roys, Mark Wayne Glasmire, and special projects for The Grascals.

• The Nashville Post features an interview with Chris McCarty, who is reviving the former UA Tower under the new moniker 50 MSW.

• Songwriter Bree recently became the first staff writer signed to Werewolf Publishing, the outfit launched in late 2011 by David Castello.

• “Damned If I Know,” written by Joyce Harrison (Luvu Luvu Music, Nashville) and Richard Hamersma (Shadow Catcher Music, Chicago) won 2011 Best Dance Track at the Latvian equivalent of the Grammys recently. The song was translated into “Tev Miera Nav.”

In celebration of his third consecutive No. 1 single from Get Closer, Keith Urban surprised the Capitol Records Nashville staff with a performance from the Father Ryan High School marching band, with a special arrangement of “You Gonna Fly.” Click to see the video. Video/photo credit: Brad Belanger

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