Industry Ink (8/31/12)

Lance Carpenter stopped by the ASCAP offices last week to celebrate his recently inked publishing agreement with Songs of Bigger Picture. In recent years ASCAP’s Ryan Beuschel has worked with the songwriter to help him develop his craft.

Pictured (l-r): ASCAP's Ryan Beuschel, Songs of Bigger Picture's Jason Campbell, Lance Carpenter, and Songs of Bigger Picture's Jeff Carlton and Nicholas Garvin

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Republic Nashville Promotion Coordinator Kathleen Drosey is relocating to Louisville, KY with her fiance, and has accepted a new position with Church Hill Downs.

“We are both Wilkes-Barre, PA natives, so I have had the honor and privilege of knowing Kathleen for many years,” says Republic Nashville President/BMLG EVP Jimmy Harnen. “She was here in the Ape den from day one and while we’ll certainly miss her, we are excited as she enters the next wonderful chapter of her life.”

Republic Nashville is currently seeking candidates to fill the position. Resumes can be sent to National Director of Promotion Matthew Hargis here.

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The Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) has opened online registration for its September international panel, scheduled for Monday, Sept. 17, 4-6 pm at Cabana Restaurant. Attendance is free for AIMP members and $40 for guests. Visit to register.

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Music industry veteran April Potter Holleman has launched Creative Vision Entertainment in Hendersonville, TN. The new company specializes in tour booking, artist management, and song publishing. Clients include American Idol finalist Phil Stacey, FFH, The Ball Brothers, John Lemonis, the Browders, and Crosby Lane.

April Potter Holleman has over 16 years experience in the music industry, including time in booking with the Harper Agency and owning her own April Potter Agency. She has also worked in management, consulting, promotion, and publishing. Email her at [email protected] or visit

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San Francisco native Lara Johnston has been named the winner of the inaugural Unsigned Only Music Competition, as her song “K.I.S.S.” was chosen out of nearly 7500 entries worldwide. Judges included Cyndi Lauper, St. Vincent, Kenny Rogers, 3 Doors Down, and more. As the winner, Johnston will be mentored by a group of music industry executives for guidance in her career. More information here.


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