Industry Ink (8-28-13)

Jake Owen stopped by the CMA offices yesterday (Aug. 27) to thank the staff for their support and present them with a commemorative plaque for sales of over one million career albums. He recently celebrated his fourth No. 1 single, “Anywhere With You,” with a free Nashville concert for a crowd of 20,000.

Pictured (L-R):Jennifer Vessio, Sony Music Nashville Director, Media; Brandon Gill, Morris Artists Management Vice President; Brandi Simms, CMA Director of Membership and Balloting; Owen; Betsy Walker, CMA Manager of Membership and Balloting; Brenden Oliver, CMA Coordinator of Membership and Balloting; Jensen Arrowsmith, Sweet Talk Publicity owner and President. Photo Credit: Christian Bottorff / CMA

Pictured (L-R):Jennifer Vessio, Sony Music Nashville Director, Media; Brandon Gill, Morris Artists Management Vice President; Brandi Simms, CMA Director of Membership and Balloting; Owen; Betsy Walker, CMA Manager of Membership and Balloting; Brenden Oliver, CMA Coordinator of Membership and Balloting; Jensen Arrowsmith, Sweet Talk Publicity owner and President. Photo Credit: Christian Bottorff / CMA

Jake Owen visits with the staff of the Country Music Association.

Jake Owen visits with the staff of the Country Music Association.

Young Entertainment ProfessionalsYoung Entertainment Professionals and the Country Music Hall of Fame have teamed up to present the 2nd Annual Troubadour Society’s  “Nightfall At The Hall” on Sept. 12, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The event, held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, will include free food and drinks, entertainment, and after-hours access to the exhibit galleries. The Troubadour Society members’ donations go to help support the museum’s educational mission.

BlackbirdBlackbird Studios’ Blackbird Academy will present a “Beats and Business” Seminar on Sept. 6-8 with Willpower, the producer behind Eminem, Wiz Khalifa, Yelawolf and others, with new pricing, at $750 for the entire seminar. The event will take place in the new 30-seat classroom at Blackbird and each attendee will work on a digital audio workstation powered by an Apple Mac Mini running Logic, Pro Tools, and a Universal Audio Apollo Interface.

Owned by Martina and John McBride, Blackbird Studios’ Blackbird Academy was founded by John out of his love for the audio world to provide a post-secondary education environment. Blackbird Academy offers two programs, Studio Engineering and Live Sound Engineering.

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