Industry Ink (10/9/12)

Ronnie Dunn, Big Al Anderson, and The Grascals have joined the musical lineup for the 9th Annual Leadership Music Dale Franklin Awards, which will be held Wednesday, Oct. 17 at War Memorial Auditorium. The event, which includes previously announced artists Rodney Crowell, Little Big Town, David Nail and the Time Jumpers, will pay tribute to Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill, and Randy Owen. Tables are sold out, but a few seats remain available here.

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David Levin

BMI has announced the appointment of David Levin as Vice President, New Media. The New York-based Levin will be responsible for the growth of digital revenues, addressing digital market needs, and managing day-to-day operations for BMI’s New Media licensing business. Previously, Levin spent 12 years at Sony Music Entertainment where he was most recently SVP, Digital Sales. He will report to Richard Conlon, SVP of Corporate Strategy, Communications, and New Media.

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Live music powerhouses Tour Supply, Inc. and JH Audio have announced a strategic partnership to serve their mutual customers with top quality gear. Sales reps from JH Audio will be based out of Tour Supply’s New York and Nashville locations, to provide a one-stop hub for sales of JH Audio’s popular in-ear monitor systems and Tour Supply’s pro audio goods.

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RCA Nashville’s Jake Owen has signed with Jensen Arrowsmith’s media relations firm Sweet Talk Publicity for independent PR representation. Owen played sold out stadiums this summer on the Brothers of the Sun Tour, and his current single is “The One That Got Away.” He joins SweetTalk clients Florida Georgia Line and Billy Ray Cyrus.

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Buddy Lee Attractions has announced the signing of singer/songwriter Crystal Hoyt to its roster for booking representation. Hoyt was formerly a member of the popular trio Trailer Choir. “I took about four or five months off and did nothing but write,” she says. “I’ve been in the process of redeveloping myself as an artist and a writer.”

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The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) recently named Lisa Harless, Sr. VP of Regions Bank’s Sports and Entertainment Division, the 2012 recipient of its Stephen Foster Award. The honor was presented at NSAI’s “World’s Largest No. 1 Party” on Sept. 17 in recognition of Harless’ outstanding support to songwriters, the music industry, and NSAI.

(L-R): Lee Thomas Miller, President of NSAI; Lisa Harless, Regions Bank Sports and Entertainment Division; Maria Pallante, United States Registrar of Copyrights; Susan Stewart, South Regional Director of The Recording Academy; Robert Frost of Frost Specialty; Susan Myers, Director of Sponsorships, NSAI.

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