Industry Ink Tuesday

Belmont students and staff at the Best Job Ever Conference. (L-R) Back: John Coker, Taylor Fish, Jamie Stamey (Internship Coord.), Alison Junker, Tori MacDonald, Alena Moran, Tish Stewart (Career Development Specialist) Front: Lucas Boto (Coord. of Sound Reinforcement and Live Events), McKinsay Burnside, Malia Aguilar, Hillary Bridges, Emily Clark, Hanna Easley (Coord. of Student Enrichment), Ansley McAlister, Sarah Cates (Sr. Director Curb College Initiatives)

Recording artist and songwriter Essra Mohawk with HFA’s Sr. VP & CFO Al Pedecine during a recent Nashville meeting. Mohawk first gained notoriety with Cyndi Laupers' 1986 hit "Change of Heart." Today she has a catalog of over 600 songs.

Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business hosted another installment of its Best Job Ever conference Saturday (9/15). Creative Nation’s Beth Mason Laird and Luke Laird offered the keynote address, and panels featured dozens of industry executives discussing publicity, songwriting, touring, agencies, social media and radio promotion. An entertainment journalism panel included MusicRow Founder/Boss Ross Media President David RossMusicRow’s Eric Parker, USA Today’s Brian Mansfield and ABC News Radio’s Hunter Kelly.

NSAI’s Songposium is going on until Sept. 22, offering over 100 classes, as well as stacked nighttime songwriter rounds at the Bluebird Café. Visit or for details.

• Kelly Donley has joined Nashville-based Safford Motley PLC’s entertainment law practice as an associate. A native of Bowling Green, Kentucky, Donley earned a law degree from Vanderbilt University, and a bachelor’s from the University of Notre Dame.

Kelly Donley

• Music by Nashville rock act By Lightning!, which is signed to Universal Music Publishing Group/ Brentwood Benson, is featured in a new ad campaign for Subaru. See it here.

BMG Rights Management is offering alleged copyright infringers the chance to avoid future prosecution by paying a $20 fine, according to Billboard. The offer will be attached to infringement notices sent by ISPs to customers accused of illegal file sharing.

• ole MusicBox, one of the world’s largest providers of pre-cleared production music, has launched a new client website at The site boasts leading edge search, service, fulfillment and e-commerce capabilities.

• Publisher Reservoir has acquired leading U.K.-based independent music publisher, Reverb Music. The deal covers the entire Reverb operation, including its catalog of over 30,000 copyrights and agreements with over 100 songwriters. Among Reverb’s key songwriters are BMI Award winner Jamie Hartman (The Wanted, Joss Stone), writer-producer John Fortis (Ellie Goulding, Prodigy), and Italian writer-producer Matteo Saggese (IL Divo, Zucchero, Adrianno Celantano).


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Sarah Skates has worked in the music business for more than a decade and is a longtime contributor to MusicRow.

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