The Make-A-Wish chapter of Middle Tennessee, has named three Nashville music executives to its Board of Directors. The new appointees are Rob Beckham, co-head of WME; Nina Hammontree, vice president of Financial Services and Operations at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum; and Carolyn Miller, president of MPR Entertainment Group.
“Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee is fortunate to have the support of the generous music community in Nashville,” said Beth Torres, president & CEO of Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee. “Music and entertainment is an inspirational part of so many wish kids’ lives while they fight life-threatening illnesses. Adding Rob, Nina, and Carolyn strengthens the community of support we can provide our amazing kids. This trio brings business savvy and passion for the Make-A-Wish mission and that makes them invaluable to the organization.”
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Music industry veteran Tom Long has been elected as president of the Georgia Music Industry Association (GMIA). Long was a co-founder of the Atlanta Songwriter’s Association, which became the GMIA in 1986.
Long spent 30 years working with publishers and songwriters in Nashville before returning to his Georgia roots. The ASA, co-founded in 1978 by Long, attorney Steven Weaver and Larry Latimer, with the help of Lt. Governor Zell Miller and Bill Lowery, created a bridge between Atlanta and Nashville’s songwriting communities and introduced talents such as Doug Johnson and Tom Douglas. Long also worked for Tree Publishing, ASCAP, and headed up Anne Murray’s publishing company.
Long was inducted into the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000, along with Vern Gosdin. He currently serves as chairman of the Gospel Hall of Fame Committee in Nashville.