Industry Ink (3-27-13)

digital music lgog1111Robby Towns, Founder of the NestaMusic consultancy, has been named Community Manager of, the home of music business association NARM’s digital initiatives. Towns, who is based in Nashville, will replace Antony Bruno, who is leaving to focus full-time on his content consulting business.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing him on to work with us,” said Bill Wilson, Vice President of Digital Strategy & Business Development for “With his extensive experience at major record labels, premier digital companies, and more, Robby is uniquely qualified to help us advance the cause of digital music.”

Towns, 34, is a graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s degree in Music Business from New York University (NYU). He got his start in the Advisory Services practice of KPMG.

After stints as Publishing Information Researcher at The Orchard, Marketing Assistant at Audible Treats, and Market Research Analyst at Columbia Records, Towns founded NestaMusic in 2010, a consultancy focusing on strategy, research, and new media initiatives in the music industry. In this role, he has helped Columbia Records overhaul their digital resources, served as lead project manager for an upgrade of all contact and content management for Giant Step, authored the “MetaMillions” white paper for, and provided insight and commentary on PRS for Music’s “A House Divided: The Economics of Discounting Tickets” white paper. He also assists clients with strategic planning for Spotify app development.

Towns can be reached at

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The Sins Country

PLA Media has signed husband-wife duo The Sins Country to its roster. They will join PLA’s current roster that includes Lynn Anderson, the Johnny Cash Museum, The Oak Ridge Boys’ William Lee Golden, Emmylou Harris and Scarletta.

“Their songwriting prowess and two-part harmonies of Kristen and Joe impressed me when they performed some songs for us at the office,” said Pam Lewis of PLA Media. “I’m impressed with their tenacity and hard work and look forward to working with them.”
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axs ticketing1AXS TV will broadcast the Stagecoach Country Music Festival LIVE from the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. throughout the three-day event. This exclusive broadcast partnership marks the first time country music fans will be able to watch the premier music festival live across the country. The seventh annual Stagecoach Festival will take place Friday, April 26 thru Sunday, April 28, 2013. Confirmed performers include Commander Cody, Dwight Yoakam, Jeff Bridges & The Abiders, Justin Townes Earle, Lonestar, Nick 13, Rodney Atkins, Tanya Tucker and Trace Adkins.

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Matt Redman

sixstepsrecords’ Matt Redman’s “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” was recently certified Digital Gold by the RIAA. It was the first No. 1 single for co-writers Redman and Jonas Myrin.

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gsc111Global Songwriter Connection will hold a week-long celebration, Rockin’ the Rooster, an event set for April 2-6 at Roosters Texas Style BBQ. Rockin’ the Rooster is a week of shows that celebrates the diversity of Music City’s songwriting talent and introduces the company to the city. Rounds are planned for 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. The concerts will feature not only country artists and songwriters, but also a Hip-Hop Urban night, Christian music night, Latin music night and an Americana-Fusion night. Admission is $5 per round, but GSC members who bring their membership card will be admitted free. Roosters is located at 123 12th Ave. N. For more information, visit







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