The CMA presented its “Close Up Award of Merit” to winners in two divisions, journalism and photography, for the first time ever this year during the backstage press conference at the 47th Annual CMA Awards Wednesday night (11/6) in Nashville. Student journalist Kelly Dean and student photographer Caitlin Harris were both honored with special medallion awards for demonstrating the most creativity, dedication and promise in their coverage of the CMA Music Festival earlier this year. Candidates for the two awards were chosen based on recommendations from department heads in journalism, photography, and media programs at select universities and colleges, and the final team of reporters and photographers covered all aspects of the CMA Music Fest.
David Lane has enlisted songwriter Roger Murrah to produce his country debut. A Georgia native, Lane has opened for artists like Tracy Byrd and Jared Ashley, and recently signed with indie label MuSick Recordings. Currently based in Fla. and L.A., Lane will perform on the Billy Block Show in Nashville Nov 19.
Round Hill Music, a full-service creative rights management company has added two to the team, Steve Nalbert, Senior Manager of Creative & Licensing, and Britnie Stingelin, Royalty Administrator.
Nalbert joins Round Hill Music after spending the past five years of his career at Cherry Lane Music Publishing and BMG Rights Management, where he gained experience in diverse roles. At Round Hill, his focus will be on synch licensing and pitching the catalog, as well as working with the company’s sub-publishing partners. Nalbert has worked with a range of artists and catalogs, including Kings of Leon, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and other catalogs.
Also joining the team with a history at ASCAP is Stingelin. During her three years there, Stingelin was an analyst in the Quality Assurance and Television departments, and was responsible for calculating adjustments based on performance and copyright changes and interpreting data for statistical reporting across various platforms of distribution.