Industry Ink (6/29/12)

Nashville-based Artist Growth earned the most votes in the “Best Music App” category during the MTV O Music Awards. The five-month-old startup company beat out fellow nominees like Spotify and Live Nation for the prize. In recent months, Artist Growth has announced a partnership with BMI to help streamline live performance royalties for participating artists.

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Country Radio Seminar is offering a “Crazy Days of Summer” discount on CRS 2013, which will be available from July 2 to July 31. During that period, a special $349 registration will be available until the end of the month or until 349 individuals have registered. Following the promotion, the CRS $399 Early Bird rate will go into effect. CRS 2013 is scheduled for Feb. 27 – March 1 in downtown Nashville. Register here.

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Big Machine Label Group is building on its love of racing and cars, as it has announced a long-term music partnership with Hot Wheels. The companies will celebrate the agreement with a “Double Loop Dare” tomorrow (6/30) during the X Games Los Angeles, which will air live on ABC beginning at 10:15 am. Two Team Hot Wheels drivers will pull off the stunt, driving their cars through 60 foot tall loops. See a preview here.

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Dale Turner

Radio promotion veteran and on-air personality Dale Turner has joined Radio Informer Inc. as VP Sales and Label Relations. In this role, Turner will oversee the compilation of Radio Informer’s Country CD sampler which is serviced to radio outlets and industry executives every month. The next issue ships on July 9. Turner, whose career includes time with RCA and Lyric Street Records, will also maintain his current morning show hosting duties at WDKN/Dickson, TN. Reach Turner here.

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The Society of Leaders in Development recently hosted its 10th Annual Music Row Yard Sale at Bridgestone Arena during the CMA Music Festival, raising $3500 for the Vanderbilt Music Therapy Program. The event collects memorabilia and promotional items from companies in the music industry and offers fans a chance to buy them during Music Fest.

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Congratulations to Dawn Delvo (of Black River Entertainment) and Rick Olszewski, who were named the 2012 Man & Woman of the Year by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Tennessee Chapter. Both honorees are from Nashville and collectively raised over $164,000 for the organization.

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Emily Mueller

Emily Mueller has announced the launch of [listen + connect] creative, a creative services consultancy for songwriters and producers. Among the services the company offers are A&R, catalog management, and songplugging. A graduate of Belmont University, Mueller’s experience includes time working with Sarah Buxton’s catalog at Tom-Leis Music as well as working with Taylor Swift producer Nathan Chapman. She is currently working with up-and-coming songwriter Brett Tyler and producer Eddie Gore. Contact her here.

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Western boot company Lucchese has retained Jim Havey Public Relations for representation of its new Nashville flagship store, which opened June 1 in the Gulch neighborhood. Located at 503 12th Ave. S., the 4,000 square foot space aims to blend the city’s music and fashion scenes.

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Nashville-based application development company WV Magic Design has changed its name to DevDigital. Founded in 2005, the company builds custom products for multiple platforms and has created products for Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean, and more. For more info, visit www.devdigital.com.

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