SOLID Presents Industry Awards at Anniversary Party

(L-R): SOLID Treasurer Mike Whitaker, SOLID VP Heath Baumhor, ACM's Bob Romeo, Tandy Rice, Sony/ATV's Troy Tomlinson, This Music's Rusty Gaston, SESAC's Shannon Hatch, UMG's Mike Dungan, CMA's Steve Moore, SOLID Secretary Sarah McGrady, SOLID President Jon Romero. Photo: knapptimecreative

SOLID (Society of Leaders in Development) wrapped a month long celebration of its 15th anniversary with a reception at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Sept. 25. Awards were presented to members of the industry who have boosted the organization of young music industry professionals. The event brought SOLID full circle, as its very first meeting was held at the Hall of Fame.

Industry Award: Mike Dungan, Universal Music Group; and Steve Moore, Country Music Association
Inspiration Award: Troy Tomlinson, Sony/ATV
Impact Award: Bob Romeo, ACM
Alumni Award: This Music Rusty Gaston, This Music
Friends of SOLID Award: SESAC
Honorary Member Award: Tandy Rice

“SOLID is honored to recognize these industry veterans while celebrating 15 years as an organization,” says SOLID President Jon Romero. “This event was a great opportunity for SOLID and its members to show top executives what we are capable of, while giving us the opportunity to connect with them throughout the evening’s festivities.”

The member application for 2013 is available online at


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