Industry Ink: Eventbrite Plans Local Office Space

L to R: Peter Strickland (EVP & GM, WMN), Cris Lacy (VP A&R, WMN), John Esposito (President & CEO, WMN), Chris Palmer (VP Promotion, WAR) Vice President of A&R, Cris Lacy, celebrated her second No. 1 in just three weeks with Frankie Ballard’s “Helluva Life” which tops the Mediabase Country Chart and Billboard Country Chart this week. Last month, her other artist, Cole Swindell, celebrated his debut No. 1 with “Chillin’ It,” which is nearing 1 million singles sold. In addition, Vice President of Promotion, Chris Palmer, also celebrated the success as this marks Ballard’s first No. 1 with over 400,000 digital copies sold.

Warner Music Nashville celebrated recent hits by Frankie Ballard (“Helluva Life”) and Cole Swindell (“Chillin’ It”), which sold over 400k and almost 1 million downloads, respectively. Swindell’s debut No. 1 reached the pinnacle of MusicRow’s CountryBreakout Chart in January. Pictured (L-R): Peter Strickland (EVP & GM, WMN), Cris Lacy (VP A&R, WMN), John Esposito (President & CEO, WMN), and Chris Palmer (VP Promotion, WAR). 

Event and ticketing company Eventbrite is moving in to Cummins Station at 209 10th Ave. S. The rehabbed space was once home to Johnny Jackson’s Soul Satisfaction.  The company offers plenty of employee perks and is hiring more than forty Nashvillians. Details here.

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L.A. based Dee Mc Laughlin is exiting her role as CMT SVP, Brand Strategy, Marketing & Creative to take over the VP, Global Marketing post at clothing chain Forever 21.

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Hunter Kelly, ABC News Radio Nashville Entertainment Producer, has taken up new office digs at 10 Music Cir. E., Nashville, TN 37203.

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The Music Managers Forum – US, the National Conference of Personal Managers, and the Talent Managers Association have jointly rejected the SAG-AFTRA Personal Manager Code of Ethics and Conduct. Announced March 4, SAG-AFTRA says the “goal of the… code is to provide some reasonable ‘rules of the road’ for members who are looking for representation by personal managers.” The managers believe the code “is too disruptive to a manager’s ability to work with and communicate with artists…would discourage managers from taking on developmental clients… and that SAG/AFTRA has no vetting process” for those who could receive approval.


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Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 Americana Honors & Awards, slated to take place at the Ryman Auditorium on Sept. 17, 2014. Only members of the Americana Music Association can nominate and vote. The nomination period runs now through Friday, April 4. The Americana Music Festival & Conference will be held September 17-21, 2014 in Nashville. For more information please visit


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