Big Machine Label Group Promotes Three

Megan Knutson

Megan Knutson

Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) has made three promotions across various departments within the company. Effective immediately, Megan Knutson has been elevated to BMLG Director of Label Group Resources; Kelsey Chandler was upped to Republic Nashville Label Coordinator and Jimmy Chapin has been named BMLG International Coordinator.

“Scott Borchetta, Jimmy Harnen and the entire BMLG family are incredible!” says Knutson. “Their passion, dedication, intelligence and love of music are unmatched, and I am so proud to be a part of this amazing group of people. Jimmy has been, and continues to be, an inspiring teacher, and I look forward to utilizing all that I’ve learned in my expanded role with all three labels.”

Knutson will now work with departments and artists across each Big Machine imprint (Big Machine Records, Republic Nashville, The Valory Music Co.). Her responsibilities will encompass creating budgets and project rollouts as well as artist development activities and coordinating schedules. Knutson will also act as a liaison with Republic Records, label partner to Republic Nashville. Originally hired as Executive Assistant to Jimmy Harnen, she has risen to both Republic Nashville Label Coordinator and Label Resource Manager in the last three-plus years. She can be reached at 615.324.7901 or [email protected].

Kelsey Chandler

Kelsey Chandler

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my last two years with Republic Nashville,” says Chandler. “Under Jimmy’s leadership I have gained a plethora of knowledge and I look forward to continuing to work with this amazing team and artists in my new role.”

In her advanced position, she will provide administrative support services to all departments in relation to Republic Nashville projects and artists (The Band Perry, Florida Georgia Line, Eli Young Band, Cassadee Pope & Greg Bates). Chandler was previously Harnen’s Executive Assistant, a position she has held since 2011. She is available via [email protected] or 615.324.7930.

Jimmy Chapin

Jimmy Chapin

“International business has always been a passion along with music, so the merging of the two is really amazing,” says Chapin. “This label group has been able to put country music on a global platform in a way that is unrivaled, so I’m looking forward to help take it to the next level.”

In a newly-created role, Chapin will assist in various international press and marketing needs for artists across the entire BMLG talent roster and has already assisted in various projects, including lyric videos for Taylor Swift’s “Eyes Open” and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” which aired globally. Gaining a broad knowledge of the company, he previously served as BMLG Operations Coordinator and interned in both the Marketing and A&R departments. He can be reached at 615.324.7063 or [email protected].

“We’re extremely excited to have Jimmy join our International team. Our department (army) gets bigger as an exciting result of how far and wide we can march across the globe and share our music,” stated Brad Turcotte, head of the International department.

Republic Nashville will fill the Executive Assistant opening immediately. Prospective candidates should submit resumes to [email protected].


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